6 Tricks for an Expensive-Looking Wardrobe on $40K a Year
While we all probably dream of stepping into a luxury department store and grabbing every single thing we want (and more!), the truth is that’s just not realistic—we're normal people with normal salaries. But that doesn’t mean our everyday outfits can’t look high-end. With a few simple style tricks, any of us can instantly elevate an outfit, regardless of how much (or how little) it costs.
Keep scrolling for six ways to look make your outfits feel more expensive and to shop affordable must-haves under $100.
Sometimes looking top-notch has to do with your styling. If you layer unexpected pieces like a varsity jacket with a classic trench, you’ll end up with a higher-concept outfit, and your look will feel incredibly elevated.
A coat or pair of trousers with clean, crisp lines will inherently make you look more polished, which will in turn make your outfit look more expensive.
You don’t need to spend a lot to find pieces that feature higher-end materials. Fabrics like suede and silk look luxe and rich and can be found for under $100 (especially if they’re faux!).
The simplest way to come across more polished? Try sophisticated pieces like a sleek blazer or vest. Seriously, a tailored vest that costs $60 could easily look like $600 when correctly styled with just-as-sleek separates.
It’s the extra details—like a skinny scarf—that will make your overall look feel more fashion-forward and, in turn, more luxe and expensive.
When it comes to footwear, it’s best to think simple; don’t go for shoes that are too statement-making. It’s precisely these flashy items that could make a pair of shoes feel even less expensive than they are. A few pointers to keep in mind: When you’re going for heels, think a classic pointed pump, and when you’re going for a pair of boots, think basic black with a chunky heel.
What’s your style trick to making your outfit look higher-end? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!