Spoiler alert: you don’t have to drop tons of cash on clothes to look like a million bucks. In fact, it’s easier to get a polished, pulled together, this-looks-way-more-expensive-than-it-actually-was look with just a few simple styling tricks. Because, let’s be real, we’ve all got bills to pay. And while some say there’s an art to mixing and matching your wardrobe to achieve this style, these ways to make your outfit look more expensive are tried and true.
These are a few of my favorite tips for when you’re ballin’ on a budget.
1. Go Monochrome
Whether all black everything is your thing, or you want to do my personal favorite — an all ivory combo — creating a fully monochromatic look is a simple and effective way to make your outfit look more expensive. Opt for different hues within the same color family or choose a navy and black, or black and brown combination. It’s a luxe color pairing that will never go out of style.
2. Add Texture
Faux suede and leather, boucle, tweed, jacquard, oh my! Give me all the texture! Not only do these materials add visual interest to your outfit, but the special details instantly elevate the simplest of looks.
3. Get it Tailored
Probably the most underrated tip of them all: fit is your friend. (But it can also be your worst enemy.) Take the time to nip a waist, drop a hem, or pin a shoulder. These small changes can make a drastic difference in your overall look.
4. Invest in Classic Coats
Find yourself a good coat, wear it over everything, rinse, and repeat. A good leather bomber, a classic trench, a statement winter warmer — you need a great coat. Your closet should play host to a few solid neutrals as well as a more elaborate coat (think pattern, embellishments, or a unique shape) that works over those monochrome outfits I mentioned earlier.
5. Invest in a Hand Steamer
Wrinkles for sure don’t go with your outfit. I love a good hand steamer for last-minute smoothing and to help make your outfit looks their best. And while ironing is great, steamers are much gentler on your clothing, allowing for less wear and tear over time.
6. The Right Accessories
A structured bag, silk scarf, or gold accents (think military buttons or a fancy belt) can easily elevate your look. The right accessories can make all the difference. Choose wisely and wear often.
Do you have any great tips for elevating your outfits? Share with us below!
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