5 Tricks to Help You Build an Expensive-Looking Wardrobe on a Budget

Let’s just debunk one of the greatest sartorial myths right here. In no way do you need to drop a ton of cash to look fashion-forward. Seriously—whoever said that was seriously disturbed (shout-out to Elle Woods). Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I thought I’d take the next chunk of time to back this all up by showcasing exactly how you can build a chic wardrobe without draining your bank account.

It basically boils down to a few simple tricks to remember as you’re shopping the more affordable picks out there. If you remember the five key points coming your way, you can truly build an expensive-looking wardrobe (one that would rival that of any fancy fashion person). So with that in mind, keep scrolling for my top tips to elevate your closet on a budget, complete with visual under-$75 shopping inspiration thanks to our Who What Wear collection for Target.

1. Play with texture

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Mixing in different textures—like faux leather or suede—will give an instantly luxe feel to your silhouette. This fall, it’s all about luscious leather-like trousers and unique jackets that look like they cost hundreds of dollars (but actually ring in for way less).

2. Integrate strong tailoring

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You’ll appear so sophisticated and elegant with a range of tailored pieces in your arsenal. A crisp blazer (even one under $50!) or streamlined trousers add that polished look to an ensemble.

3. Upgrade your outerwear game

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You can wear the simplest outfit—jeans and a turtleneck, for example—but enhance that “basic” look completely by tossing on a bold coat or jacket. The best part is that many of the elevated outerwear picks out there right now just so happen to be under $100—ideal for building that expensive-looking wardrobe.

4. Embrace animal prints

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Ensuring your wardrobe is stocked with of-the-moment patterns is essential. Right now, it’s still all about animal print. Infusing an eye-catching leopard-print piece into your ensemble will make your entire vibe feel inherently chic.

5. Go for architectural pieces

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One of the easiest ways to make any outfit look way more expensive than it is? Try architectural pieces in modern designs and cuts. (Think strong shoulders and asymmetrical skirts.) The not-so-average shapes are directional and fashion-forward.