One question I’m often asked is how to make an outfit look expensive even if most of the clothing you’re wearing is on the affordable end of the fashion spectrum. While I do have some pricier items in my closet, like my Kate Spade feather blazer, I generally wear budget-friendly clothing, so I often depend on my accessories to elevate my looks.
So how can you easily pull this off? When in doubt, always remember that less is more, and classics should outnumber trendier pieces. Even a simple jeans and turtleneck combo can look elevated if you add a few key accessories.
Here are five tips to making any outfit look expensive:
As I mentioned, you don’t need to spend a lot to capture the essence of luxury. Instead of loading on the faux jewels, keep your jewelry sleek and simple with a few affordable takes on the classics, like faux pearl earrings and minimalist gold bangles. They add just enough shimmer to look expensive, without inviting people to wonder whether they’re real or not.
Thanks to fashion-forward retailers like Zara and ASOS, you can find beautiful, designer-inspired handbags for a fraction of the price. To make sure the bag always looks on the more expensive end though, stick to classic shapes and colors with understated hardware that goes with everything in your wardrobe.
A little bit of color on your lips is a fail-proof way to instantly polish your look, whether you're wearing jeans and a tee or a simple black dress. The best part: You can carry lipstick everywhere, so it’s the perfect finishing touch you can add any time.
There’s a reason why celebrities always wear sunglasses in public: They add a sense of mystery and effortless cool to any look (and you can skip the eye makeup if you’re running late!). Choose a classic shape that complements your face, like subtle cat eye or oversized, Jackie O-inspired frames in a neutral color like solid black or tortoise.