9 Affordable Winter Items That'll Make Your Outfits Look Lavish

Cute winter outfit



Of all the seasons, winter is the easiest one for looking "lavish" without trying all that hard or spending that much cash. For example, the right coat can make any outfit look luxe, the colors of the season are inherently rich, and it's not hard to find an expensive-looking sweater for a great price. I'm making it even easier by sharing exactly what you need to achieve a lavish winter wardrobe that only looks expensive.

Instead of one big, overwhelming shopping roundup, I'm breaking things down into nine categories of items that will make your winter outfits chicer, year after year. Plus, they're all shockingly under $100. Read on to shop my carefully selected picks, including accessories, outerwear, sweaters, and everything else you need to stay cozy and look cool this winter (and leading up to it, of course).

Cream Sweaters

More than any other sweater color, cream sweaters look elegant and expensive. My advice is to opt for one with an oversize fit.

Long Coats

A long coat makes every winter outfit look instantly elevated—even a sweatsuit.

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Velvet is my go-to for winter evenings. A mix of textures (such as velvet and denim or wool) is a great way to make your outfits look expensive.

Camel Scarves and Hats

Camel will always be the most expensive-looking color on the planet. Adding a touch of it via your scarf or hat goes a long way.

Dark Denim

Of all the denim washes, dark denim is the one that looks the most expensive, hands down. A dark-denim maxi skirt or straight-leg jeans will take you far this winter.

Suede Bags and Boots

Suede—even faux suede—just looks so much more luxe than leather in the winter. Look for pieces with minimal hardware.

Full Skirts

A full skirt will lend a chic, vintage touch to your outfits, which is always a good thing.

Jewel Tones

As far as expensive-looking colors go, jewel tones such as burgundy and forest green are right up there with camel.

Checked Wool Skirts

Pair a checked wool skirt with a cream sweater, tights, and knee-high boots, and you're set. 

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.