It's a tale as old as time, but it rings true: You don't have to spend a lot on your outfit for it to look elevated and expensive. Whether it's a specific colour to tap into, a styling trick to try or a trendy basic to incorporate, I'll rarely pass up the opportunity to share my favourite ways to achieve that luxe look. Since I know you're curious about how to create this effect with minimal effort and/or funds, I thought I'd compile some of the best expensive-looking outfits out there into one useful guide.
So if you're looking to emulate this elevated vibe, consider the below nine looks to be your guiding force this spring and beyond. This year, there are a few formulas that should be on your radar, and trust me when I say they couldn't be any easier to re-create. When it comes to expensive-looking outfits, the simpler the look, the better, so I mean it when I say that the ones you're about to discover are just as aspirational as they are attainable.
Simply keep scrolling to discover nine of these elevated ensembles and read about which details make them stand out. Of course, you can peruse similar shopping picks as well.
1. Drench Yourself in Camel
Camel is littering our social feeds, and it happens to look especially elevated. My favourite way to adopt the hue is via a few key basics, such as a camel coat or camel knit, that you can style all together like the above image or separately.
2. Supersize Your Carryall
Extra-large bags have dominated the runways, and fashion's early adopters are already endorsing the oversize carryalls, which tells me they're a key trend to know for 2022. Trendiness aside, though, there's something about a large leather shopper that's quite luxe—probably because the price point tends to start higher than it does for mini bags.
3. Load Up on Leather
Leather (and its vegan alternatives) just screams "money." It's pretty much a given that genuine leather has a rich-looking effect, but leather lookalikes are also getting so good that they've become my favourite way to achieve this look on a budget.
4. Try a Relaxed Silhouette
It might sound counterintuitive since sharp tailoring is typically associated with an elevated outfit, but when done right, relaxed and roomy silhouettes can do the same in an especially fresh way for 2022. Take TyLynn's look here, which she styled with beige tones and a thin top to offset the denim's volume.
5. A Big Blazer Always Does the Trick
Whether you spend £30 or £300 on one, a big, boxy blazer will single-handedly elevate anything you wear it with. Seriously, with blue jeans or atop a minidress, it's the one piece that does all the legwork for you.
6. Incorporate Cable-Knits
Cable-knits are going through a chic rebrand. The "grandma" knits have officially gone from feeling dated to elevated thanks to a number of cool new versions on the market that are breathing new life into the classic texture.
7. Marry All Your Skirts to Tall Boots
I'll never tire of knee-high boots because of their uncanny ability to bring a whole look together. I look for leather pairs with a structured shaft that stand up without slouching. With a mini or midi skirt, they're just *chef's kiss.*
8. Keep It Monochrome
Monochromatic outfits are probably the quickest and easiest way to look put together, and while the exact colour you wear doesn't always matter, neutrals tend to convey this elevated vibe the best. I like styling crisp basics, like a button-down shirt and tailored jeans, with a simple, slicked-back hairstyle. It's clean and simple but very chic.
9. Throw a Long Tailored Coat on Top
The Olsen sisters are on to something with their floor-length coats. Outerwear doesn't just finish off your outfits—sometimes, it is the outfit, period, and I adore long, ankle-grazing coats for that reason. They cloak you in one chic silhouette. Go for a blazer-inspired coat for extra polish.