Everyone wants their clothing to be flattering and look expensive. Your outfit is the first thing a person notices about you. Professionals say it’s even more important than your business card. However, not everyone (aka most of us) can afford a stylist or drop thousands of dollars on clothes. If you’re apart of the “can’t afford a stylist” crew, but still want the illusion of expensive clothes without maxing out your credit card, see below for my secrets to putting together a stylish, expensive-looking outfit .
Wear Weighty Accessories
A blingy necklace may seem like an easy way to pick up an outfit, but it can easily look cheap. When looking for a statement piece look for sculptural pieces, clear jewels, and heavier metals. Avoid jewelry that feels and looks flimsy or lightweight. They always look cheap. A nice heavy watch always adds some value to an outfit.
Buy High Quality
This may seem like it will cost $$$ but if done properly you can buy high quality items for less and will last you longer to save money in the long term. Go to sale sections, last chance stores and thrift shops. You never know what you’ll find. Subscribe to coupon newsletters from major department stores. Often they’ll send you coupons that will help you save money when purchasing “expensive” clothing.
Pay Attention to Fabrics
Stick with high quality, but affordable fabrics that look better with age like cotton and linen. When you think of cheap clothing, you think of shiny, obviously synthetic materials. Natural fabrics look expensive, because they’re the opposite of synthetics. They typically even look better with age.
Mix & Match
Don’t try to look like the mannequin. Pick up a fashion magazine every now and then. Identify the people you think are stylish and pay attention. Most wealthy people and celebrities are adventurous in their clothing. They mix and match prints and textures. This not only makes the outfit look more expensive, but will makes you stylish.
Use That Steamer
If you need to ask yourself if your clothes should be ironed, the answer is yes. Ironing clothes helps make them look brand new. All too often we don’t wear the pieces in our closets because they require extra care. A crisp button down will always look more expensive than any old t-shirt. It just requires a couple extra minutes of prep.
Have a Good Tailor
Only wear things that fit you and are flattering. It doesn’t matter if you find the most beautiful piece of apparel in the world. If it doesn’t fit you, it looks terrible. We’ve all seen that girl in the too tight dress. This doesn’t mean you have to throw away everything in your closet that doesn’t fit you. You can try selling some old clothes to a thrift store or getting your favorite ill-fitting items altered. It may cost you a little bit, but is well worth the small investment.
Stop wearing outdated trends. No one wants to see low-riding jeans or oversized cargo shorts in 2017. If you love something that’s not in style, put it in your closet and save it for the year that it comes back in fashion. Every trend rolls back around again. The best way to stay away from this predicament is to focus on quality basics versus fast fashion and overly trendy clothing.