Is there any bigger compliment than when a stranger stops and asks that question “ Where did you get that?”. This normally happens when I am wearing my most luxurious looking items, whether they are actually pricey or not. I normally wear clothing that is less than $150 per piece. I always say that if you add a designer accessory or two to any outfit, it can make this average Topshop cami that was only $30 and this Free People chunky knit cardigan that was $148 look like it could have been over $500. I was so excited when I saw Nordstrom started selling Gucci handbags, that I actually went and bought two. They are the perfect statement bag to make any basic outfit look like a million bucks!
Since we all can’t afford cashmere and silk, here are some simple tips on how to make cheap clothes look expensive so you can save up and buy the staple designer handbag you have been lusting over.
1. Buy a steamer.
I get yelled at for this all the time. I tend to leave the house forgetting to steam my clothing but wrinkles can make anything look cheap. Ironing can definitely be a hassle, but a good steamer can take out just about any wrinkle within a couple of minutes. If streaming isn’t for you, they sell wrinkle release spray.
2. Don’t wear clothing with stains.
If you see a stain and you can’t get it out, immediately take it to the dry cleaners to see if they can help. If you notice the stains, other people will too.
3. Don’t wash your clothing after every wear.
Obviously we want to keep everything as clean as possible, but washing your clothes wears down the fabrics and fades the color. If you end up with a stain or a mark you can always spot clean with a sponge.
4. Get it tailored.
A $30 Topshop cami can end up looking like a $300 Vince cami after a few quick stitches. If it doesn’t fit perfect right off the rack, you should take it to the tailor before you even get it home. We all know the second it is in your house you won’t take it to get tailored. Trust me, I have done this on $10 shirts and it’s worth every penny.
5. Keep it basic.
Buying basics and simple stuff is always the way to go. It is harder to find great embellishment pieces that look expensive on a budget.
6. Invest in expensive statement pieces and trend items, and save on basic and classic pieces.
Don’t spend $300 on a simple black cami from Vince when you can get that for $30 from Topshop. Save your money for the attention grabbing trend items that will become the focus of your outfit anyway.
* This post is sponsored by Nordstrom
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