6 Cheap Styling Hacks That Make Any Outfit Look More Luxe

cheap styling hacks for expensive outfits



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You might assume that in order to create expensive-looking outfits you need to invest in expensive pieces, but that's not always the case. Sure, an endless budget definitely gets you some pretty luxurious outfits, but so does having a few savvy styling hacks up your sleeve. If you find yourself wanting to make the most of your clothes and create outfits that look ultra luxurious on the cheap, you've come to the right place. Boy, do I have some outfit tips in store for you.

There are little tricks for when you're shopping or getting dressed that can make any outfit look more elevated. Whether it's adding a belt to your everyday jeans outfit or shopping certain fabrics that look expensive at literally any price, keep reading to discover these tips, see how fashion girls are putting them to the test, and then shop affordable pieces to nail each look.

1. Belt Anything and Everything

Add a belt to your favorite trousers or jeans, or think a bit outside the box and cinch up a blazer or dress with the addition of a waist belt. Despite their "boring" reputation, belts can do wonders to an outfit and make it look instantly more put-together.  I wouldn't be surprised if people assumed you spent far more on your outfit than you really did.

outfits with belts


belt outfits


cool outfits with belts



2. Go for a Monochrome Outfit

Monochromatic ensembles, but especially an all-white outfit, automatically look more expensive. Try mixing shades of cream, white, and beige for a luxe look.

3. Take the Next Size Up

We recently learned the French girl way to make cheap clothes look more expensive (thank you, Jeanne Damas), and it's as simple as ordering the next size up to achieve a slouchy, oversize look. We recommend trying it out with basics like blazers, tees, high-waisted trousers.

oversized outfits



4. Choose Silk and Satin Fabrics

Silk and satin fabrics have a luxurious quality to them that make them appear more pricey than they tend to really be. Use this to your advantage by incorporating a satin skirt, dress, or top into your outfit rotation.

satin shirt outfits


satin dress outfits



5. Double Up on Knits

Polished knits are the micro-trend we're loving most this fall since they make for an ultra-elevated outfit, no matter how much you actually spent on them.

knit sets


knit skirt and sweater sets


knit top and cardigan sets



6. Top off a Blazer With an Overcoat

Leave it to fashion girls to find creative new ways to layer. In our minds, innovative layering always equals a well-thought-out outfit, and right now it's all about layering with jackets—a blazer underneath an overcoat, to be exact.

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