Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to break the bank to achieve an expensive-looking wardrobe. With some fashion sense and the creative tips shared in this post, you can create an opulent and chic look that celebrities flaunt each day.
Read on to learn the top tricks to take your outfits to new heights, making them look expensive and up-to-the-minute.
- Invest in Timeless Classics
It is easy to get influenced by the latest fashion trends; however, trends fade over time, making an outfit look obsolete and boring later on. Invest in a few classic, functional, and versatile pieces of garments that can never go out of style and pair them with trendy accessories to complete your look.
Some classic wardrobe must-haves include:
- 2-3 well-fitting button-up shirt
- 2-3 well-tailored short or long kurtas and leggings
- A pair of straight-fit, dark-wash jeans
- A few formal pants and shirts
- A chic black dress
- A pencil skirt
- A classic mid-length trench or jacket for winter
- A few sweaters
- 2-3 pairs of fleeced leggings
The aforesaid items have been the staple elements of an Indian capsule wardrobe for several years and can be embellished with pricey-looking accessories to elevate your attire.
For instance, a basic outfit like a long kurta with leggings can be made to look classy by adding statement jewellery, a silk scarf, or an upmarket pair of heels.
- Know Where to Splurge
If you desire to look opulent, but are on a budget, know where to skimp and splurge. Follow the 70/30 fashion rule which states that 70 percent of your wardrobe should comprise timeless classics and 30 percent should be trendy articles, such as a sequined jacket, an attractive silk scarf, or a statement-making pair of shoes. Adhering to this rule will help you save your money for expensive fashion items that can become the focus of your outfit.
It’s worth spending a little extra to buy a signature handbag, jacket, shoes, or jewellery that complements any attire, making you look impeccably refined.
For instance, a book-sized top-handle bag, a trendy pair of sunglasses, a well-tailored blazer, or attractive pumps, slingbacks, boots, or flats can go a long way in adding value to your attire.
A word of caution here – investing in statement pieces doesn’t mean sporting a garment or a fashion accessory with its logo plastered across it. No one cares whether your top-handle bag is from Hermès or Louis Vuitton. Avoid adorning yourself with flashy brand names as it may be read as if you are trying too hard to look stylish and opulent.
- Go Monochromatic
Everyone loves a splash of colour in their outfits; yet, too many patterns and colours can kill sophistication, making you look garish. If you desire to look classy, dress in a monochromatic style (diverse shades of the same colour) from head to toe.
Experiment with different shades of solid neutrals, such as white, beige, cream, navy blue, black, and grey to create your personal style. Mix textures in your monochromatic outfit and add subtle accents (a pair of red pumps, a paisley scarf, or silver jewellery) to prevent your attire from looking one-dimensional and boring.
Lastly, when in doubt, go for an all-black attire as black looks great on everyone and can be paired with a variety of textures and accessories to create that instant stylish look.
- Tuck Your Top In
Want to flaunt a polished look? Try tucking in a collared shirt or tee, thereby flaunting your waistline and giving your outfit a neat and sophisticated look.
Tucking is a styling trick that continues to be in vogue as it works with just about any pair of trousers or skirts, making the wearer feel confident and stylish.
- Take Care of Your Whites
Nothing spells sophistication like a white outfit. However, over time whites lose their clean and crisp look and fade into a creamy hue, which looks dull and cheap.
If you love wearing whites, make sure you take extra care to keep your white outfits from losing their charm. Looking after your clothes can instantly add a polished and expensive appeal to your attire.
- Say It with Bling (But Don’t Go Overboard!)
Wearing simple jewellery is the best way to make any outfit look classy and expensive. However, it is critical not to go overboard as it may make you look desperate for attention.
Our jewellery recommendations are mentioned below –
- Necklace: Long-pendant necklaces with gemstones and pearls or monogram necklaces.
- Earrings: Gold and silver hoops and diamond or other gemstone studs.
- Rings: A thin metal (gold, silver, or platinum) band, heirloom rings, or a diamond ring.
- Bracelets: Delicate metal bracelets or a statement watch.
Diamonds have always been a woman’s best friend. Invest in a wide collection of diamond bangles, bracelets, and pendant necklaces to create a sophisticated look without attracting too much attention.
- Layer with Fabrics That Look Pricey
Fabrics like linen, cotton, suede, velvet, chiffon, faux leather, and fur feel expensive, make an instant style statement, and are low-maintenance. Pair these fabrics with garments from the same colour family or patterns to create a curated and stylish look for any occasion.
For instance, if you wear jeans and tees every day, you can instantly elevate your attire by pairing them with a suede or velvet blazer. The same trick will work wonders with a chiffon dress or a skirt.
Layering casual garments with these rich fabrics and eye-catching accessories will boost your outfit’s classy quotient, making you feel trendy and confident.
Flaunting an expensive outfit should not be confused with having an infinite budget to purchase it. If you desire to look stylish and rich, all you need is some sense of style and the creative tips shared in this post.
Use the above-mentioned fashion tricks as guidelines to curate your closet and look luxe in the coming seasons.
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