The Surprising Thing That's Making Your Outfit Look Cheap

Good news: Your outfit doesn't actually have to be expensive to look expensive. Conversely, an outfit doesn't have to be cheap to look cheap. Regardless of budget, cheap is something that no one wants their outfit to be. And because that's something that we all have in common, we took it upon ourselves to find out what the number one outfit-cheapening culprit to blame is for many an unsuccessful look. To do so, we turned to an expert: celebrity stylist Tara Swennen. Swennen is the genius behind Kristen Stewart's rule-breaking looks and also counts Anna Faris, Aja King, and Allison Janney among her clients.

We were surprised (and relieved) to hear from Swennen that the culprit is one that actually has little to do with the cost of an item. She told us, "Bad tailoring! To me, an ill-fitting outfit is the easiest way to cheapen one's look. Always invest in pieces that fit the curves of your body properly or invest in a good tailor."

Now that you know, read on for examples of well-tailored, expensive-looking outfits to inspire you.

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In a pinch, achieve a better fit with a sleek belt.

A structured blazer makes even the most casual of outfits look expensive.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

Red dress outfit


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A dress that's fitted at the waist and flares out at the hips is universally flattering.

Lisa Aiken street style


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When in doubt, you truly can't go wrong with a black blazer, a midi skirt, and heels.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

Similar to a blazer, a trench coat worn over even a simple outfit will instantly elevate it.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

A well-tailored jumpsuit is as easy and polished as it gets.

Available in sizes 14 to 24.

A flowy maxi dress can easily look sloppy and cheap. Instead, opt for a slim, sophisticated style such as this.

Monochromatic outfits can look quite expensive when they fit as well as this.

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