You probably think that having an expensive-looking wardrobe would cost a lot of money!
Plus, who isn’t guilty of making less than wise decisions when it comes to our wardrobes?
We hang onto old clothes way too frequently (that never get worn) or we impulse to buy things simply because it is staring us cold in the face while we are waiting in line trying to stick to our budget.
To top it off, since our tastes and needs change significantly over time, we tend to either stay trapped in one particular time or we keep buying trends that won’t stick leading us left with nothing to wear.
The good news is, inexpensive clothing and accessories (lacking high-end designer labels) can still look like you’ve spent a lot of money on them!
All you need is a good eye, a bit of creativity, and a few small tweaks to easily make your wardrobe look more expensive than it really is.
1. Keep a Disposable Razor & Lint Roller Handy.
How exactly does a disposable razor or lint roller have to do with enhancing the quality of fast fashion? When you have all your clothes pilling, fur, hair, and various other scattered bits, it certainly improves the look of your outfits.
2. Glam up.
If your lipstick is finished, your nails are sculpted (or even polished and filed), and there’s no hair out of place, it means you’ve taken attention to detail seriously and most likely will have good consideration of your wardrobe.
3. Don’t Buy or Keep Something That Doesn’t Fit.
It’s not uncommon to hang on to things that don’t fit or suit you anymore in the expectation that one day they’ll be fine. Holding on to these pieces – which you can’t wear physically – is one of the worst things you can do if you want to enhance your style.
4. Have a Few Dressier Pieces appropriate for all weather conditions.
We likely feel like we need to wear something different – and hence anything new when we are going to an event. Instead of buying something unique for just a few occasions, aim to have some more versatile dresser items in your wardrobe that work seamlessly for all weather forecasts.
5. Spend More on Classics.
For classic pieces that always remain in style (like a pair of dark wash skinny jeans or a tailor-made blazer), think about spending more on those items and mixing them with your cheaper discounted clothes.
6. Pay a Close Eye to the Details.
Uneven stitching, cheap plastic buttons, or crooked zippers can blow your cost-conscious cover. Make sure to keep a close eye on the details especially if you are buying from the clearance rack.
7. Avoid too much Fake Bling.
Buying inexpensive jewelry is great, but always be wary of going overboard. Go for strong pieces of gold or silver instead of gems and diamonds. Plus you can give them a coat of clear nail polish to prevent them from becoming tarnished too fast.
8. Dark Wash Jeans Will Always Look Best.
The best way to spot a cheap pair of jeans is through their fading, shrinking, and details. It’s best to stick to jeans that are dark or have a strong pair of black or colored jeans.
9. Steer Away from Fake Suede.
Fake suede is the hardest to imitate (and usually looks the cheapest), while softer and patent leather faux versions tend to look the most expensive.
10. Stick with black and white.
Often falsely being accused of being boring by fashionistas is the black and white scheme, but in fact, it is timeless and always stays chic for every season.
11. When it comes to fashion, follow the 90/10 Rule.
Try and keep 90 percent of your lower-priced items in shades of black, white, gray, or a combination of those shades, and the other 10% full of patterns and color. This will ensure that you maintain a wardrobe that lasts longer than if you were to buy trends with patterns that outdate themselves after a few short seasons.
12. Go for Sturdier Bags.
Less streamlined bags that slouch and that are baggy look less expensive than clean crisp lines that are sturdier when buying a handbag.
13. Wear Patterns Diligently.
Mixing patterns requires a great deal of color theory, balance, and composition knowledge. So if you are trying to accomplish a patterned look and you still want to wear a print, choose one you love and pair it with a good basic.
14. Match Your Hardware.
When you wear a gold-buttoned navy blazer, don’t wear a silver buckle shoe “Hardware” is an object like a belt or a shoe buckle, buttons, zippers, chains on a bag.
15. Replace Zippers and Buttons.
Replacing inexpensive-looking buttons or tiny zippers can make a big difference in making cheap clothing look like it costs a lot more.
16. Play with your body’s silhouette.
Make sure that your pants reach their best length on your waist (high waisted jeans are best) and wear elongated necklaces and necklines to add and elongate your height. Inexpensive clothes and accessories can easily help you add inches without needing to have a big-budget.
17. Question Every Purchase.
Ask yourself while shopping: “Is this piece going to help me build the look I love?” You’re going to be surprised how many times you’re going to put away something when you ask yourself this.
18. Always Have a Pair of Nude & Black Dress Shoes.
While you don’t have to revamp your entire collection of footwear, classics like black and nude dressier shoes mean you’re always going to have something to put on for any occasion.
19. Sale Racks Are A-Okay — Just Be Picky.
Search through the sale racks, fast-fashion has allowed us to find pieces that look designer without the designer price tag. Just make sure that you are being picky even though it’s on sale.
20. Add Accessories for the Very Last Detail.
Accessories are going to either make or break an outfit! Whether its rings on every finger, a statement bag, a bunch of bangles on your wrist, or a good hat? Make sure to always include a few accessories to complete your look.
All the world’s most stylish women have their own style – they don’t play it safe — they keep it simple.
And since all trends will disappear at some point, if you have some classics paired with a few of these tips, then you’ve got yourself a pretty solid (and wearable) wardrobe!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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