We here at Pared realize that the majority of our audience comes from two key demographics: 16-25 year old males and females make up the majority and the minority is comprised mainly of my mother, grandmother, and great-aunts that think, “it is so neat your sons are making a fashion blog!” The difference between the two demographics is that one has disposable income and the other does not, and I’m sure you can guess which does not. If you’re in high school or college or maybe just out of college, you don’t have a bunch of money to blow on your wardrobe, so we came up with a list of 10 things that all cost less than 10 dollars each to help boost your look. Some are pieces you actually wear, while others keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories looking prestine. Here we go.
Shoe Tree: Shoe Trees are important because they hold the form and fit of your shoe while taking out the creases from everyday wear. The ones that we found for you are rubber shoe trees because they get the job done for less, but consider upgrading to wooden shoe trees. For only around 20 bucks for the pair, the wooden versions absorb the moisture that collects in the shoe and also reduce the odor that your feet may have left behind. However, the rubber ones will get the job done.
Price: $3.99 at Amazon
Hangers: Not only will your closet love you for hanging up your clothes properly, your new set of hangers will also gradually take out any wrinkles or folds that are within the shirt. This will be your savior when you wake up in a hurry and do not have time to iron your clothes.
Price: 15 for $9.72 at Walmart
Magnetic Collar Stays: If you don’t know what a collar stay is, take one of your nice button down shirts and flip the collar up. On the edges of the collar should rest a small, arrow-shaped piece of plastic on each end. This keeps the shirt collar stiff and in good shape. Problem is, sometimes our collars can still stick out too far and make us look like we’re headed for the disco. These magnetic collar stays will keep your collar where it should be. Around your neck. Slip these in place in the collar and get a small magnetic to place on the inside of the shirt in order to make these work properly in your collar. We realize we said collar 10 times. Collar.
Price: $7.99 at Amazon
Socks: While typically overlooked, socks are the perfect way to give your outfit personality. Plain black socks are as fun as they sound. Try investing in a few pairs of bold and colorful socks to amplify what you’re wearing that day. For more information on how to pull off some bold socks, check out How to Look Good in Clothes that you Already Have.
Price: Average $10 at Sock Dreams
Dry Cleaning: Have an important business meeting or are getting introduced to her parents for the first time? Don’t just throw some nice clothes in the washer and hope for the best. Take these important items to the dry cleaners at least once a season (depending on how often you wear them). They will get your clothes properly cleaned and pressed, without the risk of colors becoming faded or stitches coming loose.
Price: $5-10/item at your local cleaners
Downy Wrinkle Releaser: Let’s be real, ironing is a boring and time-consuming necessity that we all should be doing to make our clothes look in the best shape that they can possibly be. Downy has given us a liquid solution that can replace ironing in a pinch. All you have to do is spray some of this liquid onto a hung up piece of clothing, give it a tug where the wrinkles are, and let it sit overnight. You won’t have to iron in the morning and that shirt will still be wrinkle-free.
Price: $7.45 at Amazon
Replacement Shoe Laces: Shoes complete any outfit you have. They enhance the overall look that you want to display to the rest of the public. Don’t let your shoes be seen with torn up laces and broken aglets (the plastic tips on the end of your laces… yes, they have a name). Make sure you replace them when necessary. Also, don’t be afraid to choose laces with a different color to your shoe in order to give some extra pop.
Price: $5-10 at Shoe Laces Express
Shoe Polish: (Same intro as last time) Put a little shoe shine on those fancy pair of kicks to get them looking like new.
Price: $5-10 at Amazon
Pocket Square: A pocket square can act like socks for your upper body. They are the statement piece that adds color and personality to what you’re wearing. The beauty of a pocket square is that it does not have to be for only business occasions, but also any other time you are wearing a blazer. Just make sure that if you are wearing a tie, the pocket square should not be of the same pattern or fabric as the tie. It should compliment the tie, not match it.
Price: $8 at The Tie Bar
Tie Bar: Here is something that is both functional and fashionable. While it keeps your tie in its proper place, it also instantly makes you look more stylish and fashion-forward. They do require some rules that need to be followed in order to wear them correctly. Keep it between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt, clip it to the front of your tie and the placket of your shirt, and never have a tie bar that is wider than your tie.
Price: $6.10 at Amazon
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