There are some girls who can make bargain-bin finds look like designer splurges. The secret to such an amazing style isn’t magic: It’s knowing how to spot the design details that make clothes seem cheap — and the ones that make them look way more expensive than they are.
Today we’re sharing 10 personal tips to make your clothes look more expensive. As a personal stylist, I love to play around with my outfits, and since I don’t have the budget to wear Chanel or Valentino all the time I have to be creative. Here are some of my favorite tricks to make your clothes look more expensive.
#1 – Replace cheap plastic buttons
The ultimate stylist tip! Replace cheap buttons with more expensive-looking buttons. You can find amazing and affordable ones from Etsy or similar.
#2 – Choose a simple bag without too much hardware
It is difficult to make cheap embellishment look more expensive. A plain bag is a better choice. In this case, less is definitely more. I would say if there’s one thing a girl needs to invest in it’s a handbag but if you’re on a budget look for handbags that are simple and good quality.
#3 – Buy flats in faux suede
Fake suede appears in most cases much more expensive than fake leather. So when looking for flat shoes, opt for faux suede.
#4 – Buy a steamer
Wrinkles can make anything look cheap, but ironing is a hassle and many synthetics can’t be ironed. A good steamer like this one can blast wrinkles out of just about anything in a couple of minutes.
#5 – Know your fabrics
You can fake the style, the fabric you cannot. Cheap fabric is always obvious. Stay away from anything that’s more than 20 percent synthetic. Tweed, linen, and cotton are materials that often seem more expensive.
#6 – Get it tailored
A cheap blazer from Zara can end up looking like a Stella McCartney with just a couple of quick stitches. If the fit isn’t spot-on right off the rack, take those cheap clothes to a tailor before you take them home. It is absolutely worth it. Also the simpler the garment, the easier (and cheaper) it is to tailor.
#7 – Get it in black
Another way to make your clothes look more expensive is your choice of color. A little black dress looks more expensive when you combine good quality fabrics with a flattering color. Black is the perfect color to flatter any figure but also hide any signs of a budget buy like seams or sewing.
#8 – Get stains out as soon as you can
Treat a stain while it’s fresh. To avoid traditional stain removers (which can be harmful to both humans and clothing) try some alternatives like vinegar and baking soda.
#9 – Take care of your footwear
Treat your shoes every now and then with a major cleaning and replace the heels. Nothing is worse than worn or broken heels.
#10 – Invest in accessories
Fabulous sunglasses, a beautiful watch, a designer bag, or amazing shoes. These beauties will upgrade your outfit in a sec. It doesn’t have to be that expensive. On websites like The Outnet, Vestiaire Collective and Yoox you can find amazing affordable designer pieces
What is your favorite fashion tip? Let us know how you make your clothes look more expensive.