Whatever the year or season, there are certain items that always look expensive. If you want to look polished at all times, we've pinpointed six wardrobe essentials that will elevate any wardrobe, including a perfectly tailored coat and a classic tote bag. Instead of flashy embellishments and logo-splattered pieces (that can skew perceptions of how much you may or may not have spent), we find that minimal, quality pieces look just as—if not more—luxurious.
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These tips are styling and closet-building philosophies that the iconic British brand Joseph has mastered over the years. The brand's creative director, Louise Trotter, knows how to create luxury staples that you'll love for years—made with modern and with updated silhouettes. She's been adapting the brand's timeless DNA to appeal to cool girls the world over since she took the helm in 2009. Meghan Markle perfectly exemplified this when she wore a khaki midi skirt by the brand to her first official royal outing. Seemingly simple, it had a flare on the right-hand side that made you look twice. Keep scrolling to see and shop the six classic items that always make you look expensive.
1. Minimal Tote Bag
Joseph Leather Sevres Bag (£595)
An easy way to sharpen up all of your looks is to stop carrying multiple bags and retire your scruffy tote bag. Instead, opt for a minimal leather bag, such as this Joseph tote bag from the brand's new handbag collection, which proves practical bags can still look luxe.
2. Classic White Shirt
3. Cashmere Jumper
4. Tailored Overcoat
5. Heeled Boots
Plain and understated leather heeled boots are another item that instantly elevates any outfit, and these black boots are an item you'll have in your wardrobe for years. Tip: Remember to weather-proof them first.
6. Silk Slip Dress