Drape Your Jacket
Above: Doing my drape-y thing at fashion week.
Instead of putting your sleeves into your jacket, drape it over your shoulders like a cape. I don’t know if it’s because of the endless number of designer-clad fashionista’s ‘caping’ it, but this luxe tactic really does make your outfit look instantly more expensive.
Tuck It In
Above: By tucking this flare sleeve top into the skirt, it balances and the shapes and makes the outfit look for expensive.
Tucking a baggy top into a high waist skirt or pair of trousers is like a magic trick. As well as making your outfit look more expensive at no extra cost, it’s also going to make you look a dress size smaller.
Be Your Own Tailor
Above: A brand sent me this dress and it was a literal sack on me. I sewed the seams in at the waist and it ended up looking surprisingly expensive.
There’s nothing that cheapens a piece like a bad fit. If you really love a piece, but want to make it look more expensive, you can get it tailored. This is worth it if it’s an expensive piece.
For everything else, get a needle and thread and give it a go! I am considering doing a post on how to DIY tailor your own clothes if you guys are interested.
Add A Silk Scarf
Above: I got this C/Meo Collective scarf when I went to see their show at Australian Fashion Week. The luxe fabric and monochrome print make the rest of the outfit look more expensive.
Although silk isn’t exactly as expensive as gold nuggets, there is something so darn luxurious about it. Wear a silk scarf around your neck or tie one to your bag to instantly up your look.
Invest In Your Sunglasses
Above: This $70 dress and $20 looks super duper expensive due to the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses.
If you have to spend your hard earned dollar on something, make sure it’s a luxurious pair of sunglasses. They add an air of expense to any outfit, whilst making you look just that little bit mysterious.
With the average pair of designer Sunglasses costing $300, it’s a far cheaper investment than a dress too!
If It’s Had It, Bin It
Sure you may have loved that faux leather handbag once, but its peeled facade isn’t doing anything for your outfit now. Do yourself a favor and ditch any handbags and shoes that are scuffed, ripped or peeling, all they are going to do is cheapen that gorgeous outfit!
Go For Gold
Above: the gold chains on my dress ensure my Michael Kors dress looks super expensive. The earrings? 15 bucks!
When choosing jewellery, slightly polished gold pieces look far more expensive than silver, diamante and resin pieces. I recommend opting for solid pieces or fine chain; this is sure to make your outfit look more expensive.
Never Underestimate The Power Of An Iron
Above: I call this skirt, which is actually one of my favorites, my wrinkle skirt, as it takes a ridiculous amount of ironing. However, if I don’t iron it, it looks crap!
If I had a dollar for every woman I saw wearing a crinkled shirt or a crumpled skirt, I’d be rolling on it. Nothing… and I repeat NOTHING ever looks good when it’s crinkled. You could spend hundreds of dollars on a stunning piece, but add a few wrinkles and you may as well have got your outfit from the local skip.
By purchasing a piece that wrinkles like a nightmare, you need to be willing to spend that extra five minutes to iron or steam it. Ironing cheaper clothes is also an instant way to make your outfit look more expensive.
Right, that’s it: I’m off to do a wardrobe clear-out!