And Now, the Secret to Making My Warm-Weather Outfits Look Expensive


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If there’s one area I truly shine in as a fashion editor, it’s finding expensive-looking items that aren’t actually expensive. This especially comes in handy when I want an outfit to look impeccably chic but don’t want to spend a fortune on it. So how do you make an outfit look luxurious in the sweltering summer season when all you want to reach for are flimsy shorts and a tank top? I’ll let you in on my little secret. It’s all about opting for the right fabrics in chic silhouettes. For example, linen is something that can look premium at a more affordable price point, especially when it’s paired with a minimalist silhouette.

Below, I’m sharing more of my go-to fabrics and textures that I always lean on when I want my outfit to look expensive. Keep scrolling to shop my favorite finds in each category that not only exude an effortless elegance but also won’t break the bank.



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Linen is one of the go-to fabrics I reach for in summer because not only does it exude an effortless elegance, but it’s also one of the best fabrics to beat the heat. Moreover, it softens with regular wear. Opt for a piece in a minimalist silhouette.




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Silky and satin-effect pieces always look so luxe because of their lustrous nature. Try a camisole, flowy trousers, or a slip skirt to add a posh touch to your outfit.




Our Who What Wear editors love plissé pieces and for good reason. The lightweight crinkled fabric elevates an outfit in an instant. 


White Cotton


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Crisp white cotton is not only soft, lightweight, and breathable (allowing your body heat to escape), but it also looks impeccably chic. Opt for a breezy button-down or a long, flowy dress.


Seersucker and Textured Cotton


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Seersucker and textured fabrics are ideal for summer (they’re light and comfortable), and they offer a plush touch to your warm-weather looks. A seersucker swimsuit always looks expensive.


Ribbed Knit and Textured Knit


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The easiest way to elevate your basics? Opt for fashion-forward ribbed knits for your tanks, tops, and staple dresses.


Eyelet Lace


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Eyelet dresses ooze charm and the intricate embroidery looks luxe. They’re an easy and breezy option for plenty of summer occasions. Go for a loose and relaxed silhouette.




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When it comes to pants, aside from linen, I love easy-to-wear crêpe options because of their distinctive crisp and crimped appearance which drapes nicely. Just add a belt, a tank top, and sleek sandals and you have one seriously chic summer outfit.


Tweed/Textured Weave


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I’m always looking to get that Chanel aesthetic and tweed and textured weave fabrics channel the style perfectly. A chic blazer is perfect for cooler summer nights.


Up next, 12 cheap summer staples that will make getting dressed easier.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.