5 Simple Ways To Make Your Outfit Look More Expensive

We love shopping as much as the next person. In fact, it’s a passion we’re particularly vocal about – you may have noticed. If we’re being realistic about it though, we all have bills to pay at the end of the day and sometimes embarking on a shopping spree or treating ourselves to the latest designer splurge isn’t realistic. Here’s the thing though, you can still sharpen up your wardrobe without having to spend a load of money. It’s all about knowing the tips and tricks of the styling trade to take an outfit from zero to hero, channelling your most chic self through a little DIY. 

For those of us ballin’ on a budget, give these tips a try.

Find A Good Tailor

Tailoring will fast become your new best friend in upcycling your wardrobe and taking your style up a notch in terms of looking more expensive. It may cost a couple of dollars in the short term but it’s worth it for breathing new life into the clothes already hanging in your wardrobe. Small tweaks can totally transform a suit while simple tricks like emphasising your waist help to create shape and structure that shifts the entire perception of the price tag. 

Take Time To Do Your Ironing

It seems silly but chic levels seriously deplete when your crisp collared shirt and freshly tailored trousers give way to wrinkled material throughout the rest of your look. It may only take a few minutes to correct this with a steamer or iron the night before but it will make a world of difference to the overall look. Even better, keep a hand steamer close by when getting dressed in the morning to address last-minute smoothing situations in a way that’s not only convenient but gentler on your clothes.

Monochrome vs Block Colours

Simplicity is key when it comes to nailing sartorial sophistication which means both monochrome looks and head-to-toe block colour outfits work best when trying to make your wardrobe look all the more refined. Plus, particularly when going down the block colour route, it’s a look that turns heads for all the right reasons. Just be sure that your separates are the same shade. 

Replace Buttons 

It seems simple but is often overlooked. By removing plastic buttons on cheap clothing and replacing them with something a little more luxe, this small trick can instantly transform an item to look all the more expensive. Try sites like Etsy for buying metal, bone or fabric covered buttons to elevate an old item of clothing.

Know The Right Accessories

When it comes to accessories there are a few things you need to know in order to make your wardrobe appear much more luxe for less. First of all, bags are best kept to petite styles, preferably top handle and ideally structured. For serious style points, a statement hue goes down a treat to add impact. Combine your bag with the tried, tested and trusted trick of shoes of the same hue. It’s a handy tip to have in your back pocket for times when you’re unsure of how best to polish the outfit off. The right accessories can make a world of difference in adding that final, super chic touch that elevates every outfit. 

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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