Want to look inexpensively expensive? Ooshey we got you!
No sane person wants to move around naked and we all want to be put on some form of clothing and of course look our best.
You do not have to break the bank, whether you like buying more clothes at lower prices or to by just one once in a while for the price of fifteen clothes, we still got you.
Trends come and go, how do you need to look all expensive at all times and season? That’s why we are here with 13 fashion and styling tips to make you look expensive on a tiny budget. Let’s get started!
1. Have an eagle eye
To look inexpensively expensive, you have to have an eagle eye. What am I talking about?
You have to have an eye for luxury-looking high-quality pieces, you need to be able to pay attention to details, let your perfectionist side be awakened.
Then we can start! Mind you, you could spend a lot of money on a clothing item and still might not look well put together if you lack on this attribute.
2. Keep it simple
Simplicity reduces the heaviness of life, fashion is a part of your life. A style is an expression of yourself through how you dress.
Keep it simple. The more simple you dress, the more elevated you’ll look. Too much of everything everywhere gives a cheap look. a good approach to this is going monochromatic. You can bet on this one, it gives a totally classic look.
3. Do Minimalist Fashion
Having a minimalist approach towards style and fashion doesn’t mean boring and also doesn’t mean you have to be constrained to pale and neutral colors.
This concept means that you should approach your closet with an intentional intent, let your choice of clothes fit your lifestyle, let it express you with an aim of owning high-quality pieces that you love and will last for years. Own fewer clothes that serve a purpose with quality and not so many that look shabby.
For example, if you have 3,000 Naira for a wristwatch, instead of buying 3 wristwatches that look not all put together, buy one that looks classic and expensive. Less is more.
Imagine you open your closet and you see a couple of clothes and pieces that you definitely love, first off, no matter what you pick, it would make you feel confident and amazing.
You would feel less confused about what to wear each time and you would be familiar with what you love and what you don’t. This is a great step toward achieving that inexpensively expensive-looking wardrobe.
4. The Rule of 3’s
The rule of 3’s has to do with your pieces combination, when you wear your cashmere top and ankle length pants, you should consider wearing a blazer on this 2-piece as it gives the look a more elevated look. Hats, faux fur, scarfs, and turbans could also do the trick.
5. Go Brandless
Well, maybe not totally brandless. It’ll surprise you to find really good pieces that are quite affordable just because they aren’t branded. Check around for such items and they would you do you a great favor on your mula :).
6. Master your favorite designer and get yourself a tailor
Are you a Gucci freak, a Prada fanatic or you are in love with that latest D&G collection? Well, get yourself a tailor. Become convenient with the designs, study them and replicate what you love. Simple.
7. Match your shoe to your bag
This is some old school trend that looks totally classic. Matching your shoes to your bag give you an automatic elevated look. The elegance that comes from this style never ever goes out of fashion. To make this perfect, let the matching colours be a detail from whatever you might be wearing.
8. Wear pointy toe shoes
Pointy toe shoes are a classic fashion statement and they’ve been in and out of style for centuries.
Whether flat or heeled pointy shoes, it’ll definitely make you look expensive. The good thing about this fashion piece is that it goes with almost anything from short dresses to A-line skirts, skinny jeans, boot-cut jeans, a tuxedo, it goes with virtually anything.
9. Add Sunglasses
Yes, Sunglasses! Whether tinted, oversized, cat-eyed, Flattop, retro, 90’s inspired or anyone that suits your taste they all pop when well combined. This fashion statement never goes out of place if you can find a perfect type for your facial structure.
10. Keep jewelry simple and delicate
‘A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.’ – Oscar De La Renta
There you have it. Most times a look without any accessory is not even a look at all. You know how meticulous you are with that pearl cuff bracelet you were gifted and how you wear it on your wrist with no other accessory because you think it’s delicate and special?
Buy simple and cheap but good looking accessories and treat them the same way, they’ll look expensive
11. Create a smooth silhouette under your clothes
Visible panty lines and bra straps diminish your look, invest on your undergarments.
Since we’re working on a low budget and more cheap clothes might be purchased, it is important to pay attention to how transparent they are, their sleeves and so on.
You could try out this transparency test, put your palm inside the piece of cloth against a source of light if you can see your palms visibly, that means the cloth would be too transparent and never wear a white bra under a white chiffon top, wear black instead.
12. Do more thrifting
Thrift stores a great stop to find undervalued items that can give you some value.
Thrift store flipping could be daunting at times as you may not find pieces that you like at times but most often than not, here in Nigeria, you’ll see something you like. We call it Okrika. this helps to save a lot of money compared to buying from fashion stores.
13. Tuck It In
Ever tried tucking in that floral shirt on that pencil skirt?
You should! Tucking in tops and shirts gives you a more finished and elevated expensive look. It makes you look nicer and all put together.
We hope you enjoyed the styling session.
These styling tips will help you to stay classy in different trends and seasons from pointy toe shoes to sunglasses to thrifting and going brandless all these tips would make you slay on a LOW budget.
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