In an ideal world, we would be able to splurge any item of clothing we wanted without consequence. But in the real world, we have dozens of other financial responsibilities to worry about. Picking up expensive items isn’t always practical, but there are other ways to achieve sophisticated-looking outfits without overspending. These are some tricks that I use to make my wardrobe feel a tad more high fashion.
One of the easiest ways to make an outfit look a little bit more expensive is to add a statement piece. When paired right, a bold, chunky piece of jewelry brings the perfect balance of fun and sophistication to an outfit. In particular, I like to put statement pieces with otherwise plain outfits. For example, if I’m wearing a simple gray sweater, I may add a colorful bib necklace to give my outfit the pop of vibrancy that it desperately needs. I’m a big fan of statement necklaces in general, but my favorites tend to come from Forever 21. They aren’t the greatest quality and definitely won’t last forever (no pun intended), but they’re inexpensive and stylish, which is pretty much all you can ask for. Plus, their low prices may give you the opportunity to frequently buy new ones, which is wonderful when you’re trying to achieve an expensive-looking wardrobe. Variety is certainly a good thing.
If you’re not into preppy or retro fashion, then collars probably don’t sound appealing to you. But this happens to be one of my favorite tricks. When I put on a sweater, I like to layer a sleeveless, collared blouse underneath it. The exposed collar gives the outfit a more sophisticated feel, especially if you pair it with a statement necklace. Blouses like this one from H&M are marvelous because they are neutral and inexpensive. You can pair this blouse with virtually anything and achieve this polished look. It’s a great way to spruce up the sweaters you already have in your closet, especially the ones that you find dull or plain-looking. Layering a collared top underneath a sweater has helped me make use of items in my wardrobe that I would otherwise have no interest in.
If you’re going to splurge on one item, a nice, versatile pair of shoes should definitely be something that you consider. For the fall and winter, a pair of stylish boots is always a good investment. A multipurpose pair of shoes can be worn on a daily basis for the duration of a particular season, so splurging on shoes is likely to give you the most worth for your dollar. I also love the fact that a high-quality pair of shoes can last for a decent amount of time. Some of my favorite boots and flats are several years old, but still look as good as they did when I first purchased them. It’s good to find shoes that will withstand the test of time if you’re trying to save money on your wardrobe.
What are some of your tricks for making your wardrobe look more expensive?