My mom used to always say I had champagne taste on a beer budget. And boy was she right! Without fail, I’d choose the most expensive dress on the rack while shopping for school dances and trust me, it was not on purpose. I knew shelling out hundreds of dollars on a dress I was probably only going to wear once was unreasonable so I started to get savvy with my shopping.
I began really paying attention to the reasons I was gravitating toward the pricier options – cleaner lines, neutral colors – and started looking for those in less pricey options. It became like a game to me to find inexpensive dresses and make them look like I spend a ton of money on them. This soon carried out into all my shopping and now my wardrobe is definitely made up of a healthy mix of high and low fashion.
I still keep myself on a pretty tight budget when I’m shopping for clothes so today I thought I’d share ways to make an outfit look expensive. My taste hasn’t changed but last I checked I’m still not able to drop thousands of dollars on clothes every month so I use this tricks all the time to elevate my style.
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How to Look Expensive on a Budget
Switch out the fabric sash
Lots of pants, dresses, and rompers come with a self-tie sash made out of the same material as the rest of the piece. While super handy, it can take away from the luxe feel. I recommend switching it out for a nice belt. This simple change elevates the outfit and helps it look a lot more expensive than it really is. You can even take it a step further and invest in a designer belt which is an investment piece you can switch out and pair with a lot of outfits. Which brings me to my next tip..
Invest in accessories
Designer shoes, bags, and belts are an easy way to make affordable clothes look chic and high-end. Yes, there’s the initial upfront cost of splurging on a designer or high-quality accessory but if you choose a timeless piece, you’ll be able to wear it forever. Right now this designer belt and this bag are everywhere.
Alter ill-fitting clothing
Nothing brings down an outfit more than it not fitting properly; You can buy something from Forever 21 and make it look like a million bucks if it fits you just right. Make sure you bring it to a tailor to fit your body type so your jean legs or sleeves don’t slouch. Getting rid of unnecessary fabric will create a smoother and better silhouette.
Keep it in the neutral family
Beige, blush, cream, black, and whites will always give off an elegant vibe. They’re seasonless and will never look tired or outdated. When purchasing new pieces, invest in classics within this color family and you’ll have a foundation for a versatile wardrobe.
Tuck in your shirt
A regular tee and jeans outfit will instantly look a lot more put together if you tuck in your shirt and add a belt. This will help a classic OOTD look polished and you look well-groomed.
Keep makeup neutral and simple
Believe it or not, makeup makes a big difference in the overall feel of a look. Makeup and grooming should be clean to keep the feel classic. The only lip color that ups the chic factor is a red lip – that is always welcomed!
Iron your clothes
This is by far one of my favorite tips because I’ve seen a basic white tee transform in front of my eyes by taking the time to iron it. Wrinkles translate to messy and unkept – two things you don’t want to be if you’re trying to look expensive. Take the time to iron your clothes and you’ll see and feel the difference.
Be mindful of undergarments
If the “look” doesn’t call for a bra strap to peek out, try to avoid it. This might be a personal choice, but I really dislike when bra straps show under tanks or spaghetti straps. Have other options at hand when you know a top might be tricky. Target actually has a great selection of sticky bras I use all the time! They’re affordable and last a long time (depending on how often you use them). This one and this one are my favorite.
Share below your easy ways on how to look expensive! I’m always curious to hear your tips!
Until next post!