A French Girl Says You Can Spend a Little on These Trends for an Expensive Look

A French Girl Says You Can Spend a Little On These Trends for an Expensive Look



Aïda Sané, the creator of @basicstouch, is a French girl we routinely turn to for sartorial guidance. She's perfectly mastered that je ne sais quoi with inspiring ensembles that are equal parts effortless and chic. And while she certainly wears some investment pieces, she often completes her looks with more affordable finds as well.

We thought we'd get further insight into some of the specific items she's gravitating toward that are affordable but look quite expensive. "Even though investing in statement pieces is a good idea, it's always nice to have alternatives—and you don't need to break the bank to look chic and expensive," she said.

Without further ado, keep scrolling to check out the trends Sané recommends for an expensive-looking and fashion-forward vibe.

1. Knit Polos

Best polos for women



"A polo top is a piece that I love to pick because it's so easy to wear, and it's well known as the ultimate casual, super-chic item. I love when the polo and the sleeves are a bit oversize, and I like to pair it with heels."

Stripes are a wardrobe classic and this polo design is extra sleek. 

Neutral tones blend easily into any wardrobe. 

Creating chic looks doesn't mean you can't have colour. This orange tone polo top by COS is a trending colour this season. 

If you like to tuck your tops in this bodysuit is perfect for you. 

This sleek polo also comes in blue and green and I personally can't choose. 

2. Blazers

Best blazers for women



"I feel like I always mention blazers, but blazers are such staples. This is the ultimate item to look expensive without spending too much. It's also my go-to when I don't know what to wear but want to look put together. I always wear a blazer with a neutral tee, and I'm ready to go."

A linen blazer will see you through summer. 

A checkered blazer never goes out of style. 

A classic black blazer can be worn over dresses, jeans, shorts or paired with tailoring. 

This khaki tone makes this look really expensive. 

Buttoned up or left open, a blazer finishes any look. 

3. Black or White Midi and Maxi Dresses

Best black dresses for women



"I think that a long dress is always chic, but when you go for a monochrome long-dress vibe, it gives your silhouette a clean and classy look."

When it comes to a little black dress subtle design details make a big statement. The cutout sides and pockets make this a great contender. 

Style with trainers, sandals, heels, clogs, boots… Basically, it goes with everything. 

As shown by DVF, a wrap dress is as versatile as it is timeless. 

The smocked top means a perfect fit whilst the flowing skirt means you'll feel comfortable in this all day long. 

Trust us—the back is even better. 

4. Slim Belts

Best belts for women



"When you want your outfit to look expensive, most of the time, it's those little details that do the most to your look. So for me, adding a slim belt makes such a big difference."

The gold details make this really expensive looking. 

The braided style adds texture to your look. 

This sliver of white will break up monochromatic outfits. 

A dark brown belt contrasts perfectly with a white. 

Bonus Tip

"Invest in a steamer. It's life-changing because looking expensive is not always about the clothes but also how you wear them. Ensuring that your clothes are ironed is a must to look clean and expensive."

Steamery's portable steamer keeps clothes wrinkle-free on the go. 

If you're not a fan of ironing, steaming is the easiest alternative. 

This mini steamer will even fit in your suitcase. 

Next: 7 Easy Jeans Outfits You Can Wear on Repeat This Summer

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

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