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8 Simple Ways to Make Your Outfit Look Expensive

Written by Grace & Silas
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Do you have high end fashion tastes but a shoestring budget? Don’t panic! You don’t have to have sales rack looking clothes due to a limited budget. We have some easy techniques to take your outfit from basic to chic. So let us know what you think!

Tuck It In

Tucking in those long shirttails, oversized sweaters, and loose blouses takes your outfit to the next level by providing a clean and polished look that screams sophistication. To emphasize your waist, add a belt to create a refined look and show off your waistline.

Make Friends With The Tailor

Seriously. Get your clothes to the tailor. Tailoring your clothes for a customized fit will take that cheap skirt to the next level. Trimming that extra long hem, taking in your new dress an inch or two, and adding or removing stitches will maximize style while avoiding a high end price tag.

Wash Less

I know, I know, I’m telling you to NOT wash your clothes, but you’ll thank me later. Excessive and frequent washing damages your clothes more than you realize. Frequent washing deteriorates the fabric, weakens the fibers, as well as fades the vibrant colors which turns your clothes into distressed, old, and cheap looking pieces. So instead, you can pop your clothes in the freezer if they start to smell and use spot cleaning techniques if they become stained.

Structured Bags

Just like baggy shirts and slouchy sweaters, baggy, unstructured, and slouchy bags and backpacks have the same effect. Use a structured purse or bag to add a touch of expensive high end fashion (without breaking the bank) to jazz up your outfit.

Maintain Like New

Wearing clothes with stains, holes, and rips screams frumpy. Keeping your clothes like new is vital to adding that expensive touch to your outfit. You can replace buttons or take your clothes to the dry cleaner for some clothing TLC.

One Statement Piece

Having one statement pieces in your wardrobe like a good pair of pointed heels, a structured bag, or jewelry is a very simple and practical way to take your outfit from a cheap look to an expensive look. Even more important is that the statement piece be eye-catching.

Go Monochromatic

There’s nothing tackier than wearing a mix of bright colors that just don’t blend well. And using a monochromatic color palette is easy to do. If you aren’t using multiple shades, you can instead add different textures such as different types of fabric.

Avoid Logos

Logos and embellishments can unfortunately fail us; they can fall off and fade, and sequins and beads are not the way to add sparkle to your outfit. So instead of being eager to show off your brand name embellished t-shirt, stick with logo free pieces that are trendy and timeless.


Even if you’re on a budget, there are always great ways to make your outfit look more expensive. So give these ideas a try and let us know how it goes!

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Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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