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How To Make Clothes Look Expensive

how to make clothes look expensive
How to make clothes look expensive. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love it when someone compliments me on something I’m wearing and I love it even more when I secretly know that it was an inexpensive item.
how to make clothes look expensive


Keep it simple. Streamlined pieces and clean lines will always look more elegant and therefore more expensive on first glance. Opt for a very classic look with a pair of black cropped skinnies, a black tee and throw a jacket casually over your shoulders. Add some heels or flats and voila, you’ve got a great classic outfit where no one will know if you saved or splurged.

Upgrade the details. Ever notice how the most expensive fashions are perfect, right down to the details? This is a pretty easy fix for everyone, because it’s all about substituting and removing. The best part is that this can be done in a fairly inexpensive way. Nice buttons are not a fortune and by simply replacing the original standard plastic ones with vintage or natural materials, your outfit will go through a complete transformation in minutes. Another tip is removing all the excess hardware from your bags. Be subtle about name brands as you don’t need to tell everyone who you are wearing. A beautiful bag is a beautiful bag, no matter who made it.

Mix ‘n match. Pick your high end pieces wisely. Take shoes, for instance. While I’m all for buying quality, however, if the heels are comfortable and you take care of them, a less expensive pair can last just as long. My oldest pair of heels cost me about $70 and they still look like new. Now look at it this way, a high-end tweed blazer, in a classic cut, will never go out of style. So pair it with your less expensive heels and no one will be able to tell where you saved and where you splurged.

Accessorize. This is where I generally like to spend my money. A beautiful necklace in silver or gold can be pulled out year after year and it will always look brand new and great. There’s a reason why many of us like looking for vintage scarves. They’ve already stood the test of time and will continue to look fabulous. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of hats, but there’s a good reason for it because wearing a hat sets you apart from the crowd and makes you look like you put some thought into your outfit. Of course, we never want to look like we’ve tried too hard, but as long as your outfit is streamlined, you are good to go.
how to make clothes look expensive

The key to looking expensive is finding well cut pieces that you love but also that fit. Most importantly, look after your clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. Polish your shoes before you wear them, ensure that your bags are clean, don’t be afraid to have your clothing dry cleaned and keep your jewelry shiny!

What are your tips for making your wardrobe look expensive?

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  1. This a great post you can always add that little extra to any piece with some true creative thought

    1. Thank you and I agree 100%

  2. Awesome advice! This is actually so accurate to what I normally do to my outfits, which is try to make them look as expensive as possible haha. Xx


    1. Yay!!! Thanks so much. I agree I always want to look expensive too!

  3. Great article. I have classic pieces that are 10 years old or more that I pair with more up to date accessories that are less expensive and can be replace more easily year after year. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. It’s all about knowing how to put it together.

    1. Thank you! That’s exactly the trick. I have a few pieces that my mom used to own that I’ve just slightly adapted.

  4. Handy to have this guide, a basic tee does not need to be super expensive right 🙂 and for instance to focus on an expensive piece instead of several, is also great.

    1. Exactly!!! It’s all in the details.

  5. Love this post, I always think a nice piece of jewellery or a pair of shoes can always make a basic outfit look more dressed up

    1. Thank you and I completely agree. Sometimes it’s the small pieces that can totally make an outfit!

  6. Hi how are you?

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us. I’ve heard a lot about upcycling clothes to make them stand out and unique so this trend is definitely worth considering. As you’ve said you can enhance clothes through nice buttons and other details. I once bought a Primark dress (£10 so maybe around $13) and the back looked a bit weird. It had a bow in the middle to keep together the ends but it just looked weird and made the dress not quite fitting around my bust. I asked a dressmaker to sew together both ends so it would fit perfectly around my bust and relocate the bow a bit lower, basically it’s on the hight where my spine ends. The dress looks so much better now and people thought I bought it somewhere expensive and then they are surprised when I say ‘No it’s Primark finest’. 🙂

    Hope to speak soon xxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

    1. Oh I love that story so much, thanks for sharing it!!!! I bet the dress looks fantastic.

  7. This is such a great post Caroline, so many good ideas here. Definitely going to start customising some old pieces of mine 🙂


    1. Oh you definitely should! I move so much that I can’t accumulate too much so customization totally saves me.

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