Dressing like you look like you have your life together is hard you guys. Figuring out the latest trend (before it’s too late and everywhere) and trying to afford nice things is a struggle any stylish woman will face —multiple times a month — for the rest of their life. So how do you step outside the house looking chic, polished and, well, a bit more put together than you actually are.
It’s easier said than done, but there are ways to elevate your clothes to make them seem a bit more expensive and allow you to appear you’re living the life of a wealthy celebrity rather than a regular person with credit card debt. How so? For one, getting cheaper clothes tailored can instantly elevate them. As does pressing and ironing your entire outfit — wrinkles look sloppy. Below, we’ve rounded up seven tricks to making your clothes seem more expensive.
It’s the secret to every editor’s wardrobe, trust us. Tweaking even a $20 pair of pants to fit your body can add hundreds of dollars for just a small investment. It works with everything from shirts to dresses and will instantly elevate your outfits.
Choose one designer item
Even if the rest of your clothes are affordable, carrying an investment bag or wearing a glamorous pair of shoes will elevate the entire outfit and give the illusion that, yes, maybe everything you’re wearing is designer.
Swap the buttons
It sounds simple but buttons can add serious value to an item. Switch out buttons on a cheaper blazer or jacket and it’ll instantly add class.
Invest in staples
It’s the line touted by every editor, but investing in good quality basics really will make a difference. A cheaper pair of jeans can be saved by a beautiful jacket, and leather boots will last longer and look more polished than their faux counterparts.
Make sure your clothes actually fit
Unless you’re dabbling in the oversized trend, wearing ill-fitted clothes is a total no. Buying the right size (and then getting it tailored) is so important to the overall feel of an outfit and will ensure no awkwardly hanging bits of fabric.
Cinching your waist, ballooning your sleeves or flaring your pants might seem like simple styling tricks, but adding them can bring serious rewards. By creating silhouettes with your clothes, you’re able to make simple pieces do double duty. A jacket all of a sudden takes on new meaning and a classic sleeve gets a pop of volume.
Steaming, ironing and pressing is of utmost importance to ensuring an outfit looks polished. It goes without saying, but a wrinkled shirt isn’t going to be doing you any favours.