Buy great-quality shoes
“Always spend a little more money on quality shoes, as your feet take you everywhere,” explains Vajda. “Do not cheap out on shoes. They are the ‘sole’ of your entire look.” Puns aside, she suggests investing in real leather and handmade shoes that offer trend-forward styling in a last-for-years shape.
Care for your shoes properly
Take care of the shoes you invest in by cleaning, polishing and hydrating their materials each season so they can keep you walking tall in your most treasured outfits for years to come. Try a protector spray for leather, suede and fabric shoes of all kinds. Stylists suggest using it on your favourite bags, as well.
Accessorise with an authentic bag
Both stylists stress that bags constructed from high-quality natural materials like leather and canvas are immediate style statements that shouldn’t be squandered. Vajda won’t let her clients sport knock-offs, either. “A good handbag is worth a thousand words, so don’t buy fake,” she says. “Save toward a quality bag that will go from day to night.” And quality doesn’t mean logos. Instead, focus on the way the bag is constructed and if you’ll be able to wear it throughout the day and with a variety of looks.