These 4 Fashion Trends Will Make You Look Richer Than You Are

While summer was all about streetwear like track pants and sneakers, plus a heavy dose of “cheap” accessories like beaded bags and plastic shoes, this fall, get ready for an injection of polish into your wardrobe. For months, I’ve been studying the runway images from the fall 2018 collections, and one thing I noticed is how elevated and expensive-looking many of the new trends are.

You might assume that you need to break the bank to pull off “expensive-looking” style, but the truth is that savvy shoppers can do it on a budget. Ahead, I’m breaking down four major fall trends that will always make you look richer than you are. Each category includes designer pieces to pull off the elevated looks as well inexpensive finds. So you’ll be able to tap into each expensive-looking trend whether you plan to splurge on an investment piece to have in your closet for years ahead or you’re in the market for a great affordable find.

Mock Croc

Faux croc has all of the allure of an exotic print without the sky-high price tags. 


Suiting is one of the easiest ways to look polished and put-together. Pro tip: Hire a tailor to make sure you have the perfect fit.

If you're looking for a timeless investment piece, you can't go wrong with Gucci.

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 48.

But here's a more affordable style.

Available in sizes P to L.

And one that's just $50.

Available in sizes 2 to 14.

Snake Effect

Similar to the faux-croc trend, snake-effect pieces allow you to tap into elegant fashion pieces at a fraction of the price.

The snakeskin on these is subtle but stunning.

Zara fans, get this before it sells out.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Faux Fur

For fall, there was a strong movement toward faux fur on the runways with designers like Stella McCartney, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren leading the pack. But here's the best part: By wearing faux fur, you're not only supporting a noble cause, but you're also tapping into elevated style with luxe outerwear.

The trick to bundling up and looking elegant.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Pair this with high-waisted trousers.

Available in sizes XXS to M.

This looks so cozy.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.