7 Secrets to Making Your Outfit Look 100 Times More Expensive

Aiming to look chic on a shoestring budget? It's possible—we promise. There are many tricks of our trade that enable you to not spend a truckload of cash but still look en pointe and expensive. From selecting the right kind of pared-back sandals that look beyond their price tag to timeless jewellery updates and more, we’ve covered the bases. You might even have a couple of pieces stashed in your wardrobe, you just haven't realised how much chicer they'll make an outfit. Keep scrolling for these inspiring outfit ideas, then shop our favourite pieces.

Style Tip #1: Chic sandals with minimalistic separates

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Style Notes: Sandals might not be exactly winter appropriate, but if you're planning ahead with your summer wardrobe, then this is what you want to go for. For the cold-weather version, opt for simple ankle boots with the minimalistic separates. 

These look way more expensive than their £79 price tag.

Style Tip #2: Colour-block with a royal hue and neutrals

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Style Notes: When it's cold out, purple is a great colour to feel wintry in. Not only that, when paired with neutrals it looks super expensive. A total win. 

Snatch this up before it sells out. 

Style Tip #3: Drape a blazer over your shoulders

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Style Notes: Shoulder draping isn't anything new, but go for a jacket or coat that comes in a check print or a luxurious fabric and you'll look pretty swish.

This might be high street, but it definitely doesn't look it. 

Style Tip #4: Keep it very, very simple

Style Notes: If there's one thing we've learnt from French women about style, it's that simplicity is the key to looking chic.

Don't go oversize with this jumper—instead, keep it fitted for a more expensive look. 

Style Tip #5: A medium-brimmed hat is always a good idea

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Style Notes: Hats and correctly-placed jewellery can finish off an outfit. Just remember to not overdo it with the other accessories. 

Ideal for keeping the winter wind off your face. 

Style Tip #6: Swap your stones for a strong metal bracelet

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Style Notes: Delicate jewellery always looks expensive. 

Don't overstack this bangle—just let it shine by itself. 

Style Tip #7: An understated outerwear piece makes a stronger statement

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Style Notes: Trench coats are always a classic piece. And when you throw it over the top of any outfit (even jeans and sneakers), you'll look 100 times smarter. 

We're all about this minimalistic trench from Gucci. 

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