How to Be a Sophisticate without Breaking Your Budget

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Most people believe that sophistication comes at a high price, and that only the rich can look beautiful and elegant.

This is not true at all. Being a sophisticate is never just about the money.

Jennifer L. Scott, the author of the “Madame Chic” series, has even shared countless times that her inspiration for her books was a working-class French woman who opened her home to exchange students. The woman took care of household chores – but she was always dressed elegantly, and even wore a string of pearls around her neck every single day.

According to Jennifer, “Madame Chic” (what she called her house mother in France) was the most elegant woman she had ever met. She was graceful and oh-so-stylish but she clearly was not a woman of wealth, much less a millionaire.

Suffice it to say, sophistication is the result of quality choices and not about the expensive things that money can buy. Therefore, if you want to become a more sophisticated person, believe that you can because it certainly has very little to do with having a lot of money.

To help you get you started, here are some fail-proof life changes that will make you elegant and sophisticated:

1. Stop choosing quantity over quality.

If you have long been a huge fan of fast fashion and you dash to sales as often as you can – stop!

Instead, look for timeless clothing styles that are versatile but you know are made with superior materials and quality in mind. Invest in these even if they will cost you a bit more in the short term.

Quality timeless pieces always trump trendy and cheap ones. You will get more use out of them, and they will not fail in making you look beautifully put together.

It’s worthy to note, though, that you can actually obtain some top grade pieces from thrift stores as well. It will take more time to find these treasures, but all the energy you expend searching will be worth it because you may find designer, luxury material items that are literally being sold at a minuscule fraction of the original cost.

2. Wear your height and body right

Proper posture can make a whole world of difference in making you look good.

It can hide your love handles and make your clothes hang on your body better. Additionally, a good posture instantly gives you a more confident vibe, and there’s nothing more sophisticated than the look of confidence.

3. Invest in a few statement pieces

You do not have to stick to classic pieces all the time.

Sprinkle your wardrobe with a few unexpected fashion choices as well such as a modern abaya or a poufy tulle skirt.

Statement pieces can make a casual trip to the mall seem more luxurious. You will look regal and stylish, and yet never out of place.

4. Study a different language during your spare time

Learning a new language is now easy with the help of YouTube. Also, there are skills development platforms that offer language lessons at such affordable prices.

You can learn everything from Mandarin Chinese to French, Spanish, Italian and a bunch of other languages for just a few dollars.

This is a worthy investment of your time. It can align you with renowned sophisticates like Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, who were both multilingual. But, more importantly, learning a new language can improve your cognitive abilities and communication skills, which can serve to your advantage in numerous ways.

And remember, elegant people are always rich with worldly knowledge.

5. Make self-care a habit

Being a sophisticate is about knowing what you are worth. Self-care is one demonstration of this understanding.

When you take the time to just focus on you and making yourself feel better, you reinforce your self-worth.

This weekend, splurge a little on a carefully prepared meal at a fine dining restaurant or get a spa treatment. But if you want self-care to be a regular thing, check out Groupon to obtain discounts on pricey treats for yourself.

6. Create a signature look

Have you noticed that the most elegant women know what looks good on them, and stick to their signature look? You can do the same. For French women, it’s all about the red lips and mascara. The signature look never fails.

You can create your own, of course.

If you are interested in having a signature makeup look, consider enrolling in a makeup master class to learn how to create the perfect makeup look for you as well as identify the products you should use for your signature look.

Get your hair styled, too, one time. Learn the best way to “wear” your hair and how to replicate the style yourself.

When you have a signature look, you get to beautifully set yourself apart from others without doing anything outrageous.

7. Decorate your home with live plants and flowers.

Bring nature in with a few plants and blooms. They are pretty and can elevate the ambiance of your home.

Also, flowers have often been described as nature’s Chanel No. 5. As everybody knows, sophisticated people always surround themselves with lovely scents and beautiful things. So put a bit of fragrance and colour into your home with fresh flowers.

8. Style and class within easy reach

The tips shared here are all a breeze to implement, but they can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself and how other people will perceive you.

Moreover, none of these tips will create a huge dent in your finances. Indeed, class and elegance can be developed and achieved, and they need not come at a high price.


Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.

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