3 Things That Make Cheap Sweaters Look Expensive

For the most part, sweaters are not something I love to splurge on. I won’t act like I’ve never spent big on a a turtleneck or cardigan—even I'm not immune to the allure of Alexander Wang, and sometimes sweaters can be investment—but if you gave me the option, I'd much rather allot funds to designer shoes, coats, or bags. Of course, that’s just a personal preference, but I have a feeling some people are in the same boat. That's why today I thought I’d share with you the three things I look for when shopping for sweaters on a budget. Whether the garment checks one box, two, or all three, the below characteristics are all guaranteed to help you look luxe for less. Just keep scrolling to get started.

1. Thick Trims

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The added detail of thick or long trimming along the neckline, cuffs, and/or waistband of a sweater has a way of making it look particularly high-end. It's also one of the easiest things to scan for in a store or when shopping online.

2. Textures

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Cable-knit and ribbed sweaters with texture have a tendency to look more luxe than your average plain-knit versions. They're pleasing to the eye and add another tactile element to any outfit.

3. Rich Colors

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Aside from black, rich shades such as camel, burgundy, navy, and charcoal make any garment look expensive, and sweaters are no exception. Style them with like colors or, of course, any neutral and you can't go wrong.