5 Tips to Make Affordable Clothing Look Expensive

Just like most people, I love designer items! But my budget doesn’t allow me to go all out and wear a head to toe designer look every time I dress up. That is exactly why I am such a big fan of mixing high and low end fashion. 

Something I love is when people come up to me and ask me what I’m wearing when it’s from a very cheap store. I’ll straight up tell them the price just to see their surprised face! After that, they usually ask me how I make such an inexpensive piece look so expensive (and where to go get it, hehe).


Here are some useful tip and tricks on how to make affordable clothing look expensive and very luxurious:


When something is very cheap we are always tempted to buy it even if it doesn’t fit our body – BAD IDEA – unless you take it to the tailor. But fit is the main key in making something affordable look expensive.


Choosing a very embellished piece will usually give away where you got it. Try to stick to slick cuts and little to none beading or adornments. In this case, less is really more.


The material in which the piece is made is always important. If the fabric looks cheap from the get go, there is no way in earth to make it look expensive. Also, bad fabrics means the piece will most likely not make it through even one wash.


In my opinion, inexpensive pieces always look sophisticated in neutral colors  like black, white, beige… Skip the neon tones.


When I wear inexpensive pieces, I try to keep my outfit as simple as possible. A minimalistic style is generally considered chic, so going that route guarantees looking expensive, and not overdone.

What I wore: Top: Forever 21 (similar here) | Shorts: Zara | Long Vest: Stella Maris | Handbag: Fendi (Preowned here) | Earrings: J. Crew | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar here) | Wedges: Jimmy Choo (similar here)


6 thoughts on “5 Tips to Make Affordable Clothing Look Expensive

  1. I’m all about minimalism these days in my wardrobe, so I’m working to buy pieces that I know will coordinate with everything I already have. You’ve given me some good things to think about as I slowly build up my new clothing collection!

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