11 Style Tips for the Girl on a Shoestring Budget

Just because your closet isn't filled with designer pieces doesn't mean it can't look expensive. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a designer-filled wardrobe to look impeccably dressed at the office or on the weekend. Just follow our clever tips and you'll look like a million bucks.

For example, do you know which type of pumps look the most expensive (but aren’t) or how to upgrade your jackets for a few bucks? Or the dress style every fashion girl should have in her closet? If not, read on to find out. 

Scroll down for our best tips for maximizing your closet on a budget. 

1. Replace cheap plastic buttons on a coat or blazer to make it look more upscale.

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2. It's hard to do quality embellishment inexpensively, so opt for a simple bag without too much hardware.

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3. Lower-priced faux-suede pumps look more posh than faux-leather pumps do.

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4. Invest in a steamer. Wrinkled clothes look inexpensive.

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5. Purchase a slip. Inexpensive clothing usually isn't lined, so the addition of a slip will prevent any wardrobe malfunctions while allowing your garment to fit and flow more elegantly.

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6. Keep fabric in mind. Tweed, cotton, and linen often look expensive—even if they're not.

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7. Two words: fabric shaver. The inexpensive device will make your pilling knit pieces look like new.

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8. See a tailor. Sure it's more money up front, but a piece that is custom fit to your body will always look more expensive.

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9. Get it in black. The dark color will hide the signs of a budget piece.

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10. Swap out the belt. Cheap dresses and coats will often come with their own sash that betrays their humble origins.

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11. Coddle your footwear. Even if your heels are inexpensive, take them to a cobbler for a cleaning and to get heel caps replaced. Nothing looks worse than worn-down shoes.

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