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How To Make Your Outfit Look More Expensive In A Minute

Just some styling sleight of hand here and an investment piece that you'll keep for a long, long time there. Viola!

There’s no shame in buying cheap clothes. We’ve all been that broke student at some point in our lives – I speak for the majority – attempting to salvage our wardrobe with trendy pieces that end up being very unsatisfactory. If you’re in this situation yourself, or just looking for a way to get a bite at cheap(er) thrills, we’ve got all the tips on how to make everyone believe that your outfit cost you a million bucks. Well, way more than they really do, anyway.

When you’re piecing your outfit together, try to mix in items that you’ve invested in. Say, a designer piece that you’ve been eyeing and know that it’ll take your fashion game to the next level. Now, take that, and dress it down. Maybe throw in a pair of statement earrings, like these ones from J.W. Anderson. In the mood to save? Go for these Kenneth Jay Lane ones that only look expensive. Accessories can make or break your outfit, so choose ones that don’t have obvious plastic jewels or look like they’re weighing your neck down with metal. Swollen red lobes are not chic.

It’s important to avoid any signs of bad quality checks too, such as loose threads or uneven hems. Shopping within a small budget doesn’t necessarily mean that you grab anything and everything off the shelves. Keep in mind that luxe fabrics such as velvet, vinyl, satin or suede – which don’t always have to go into the hundreds – will instantly make your outfit look more expensive than something made from cotton or polyester. (Although, quality cotton paired with good tailoring is a different story.)

The easiest way in our opinion is to go monochromatic. Take Yoyo’s look from Paris above – she kept to crisp pastel blue with an Exhibit shirt and Sacai skirt, with minimal olive green accents to make things just a little bit more interesting.

Of course, we don’t mean that you step out in the brightest shade of orange and look like you’re directing traffic, but instead a full black that can instantly make you look polished and elegant. That’s honestly our secret when we can’t think of anything for an event. Press events, cocktails, dinner parties, shows – guilty as charged. It might not be the most original colour, but it’s the kind of combo where you’re able to get away with anything.

If you’re about to reach for your cotton tote bag, think twice. Carry a structured handbag that will give you a cleaner and neater look. This super cute velvet top-handle from Prada is classy as heck, but if your wallet is whining the way your stomach does when you haven’t had a morsel to eat for the whole day, Mansur Gavriel and Clare V. have more affordable alternatives.

Whether or not you have the capacity to put anything into your shopping cart now, it’s good to note that purchasing a few investment pieces can help you elevate your outfit in an instant. So add these to your wishlist – according to your budget, but don’t forget to keep our tips and tricks in mind. A tip that doesn’t require the ke-chings? IRON THOSE CREASES OUT ALREADY.

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