There are two fundamental ways to make it look like you spent a lot of money on your clothes: 1) You can actually spent a lot of money on your clothes, and 2) you can spend a lot of money on a select few items, and ration the rest of your income by wisely investing in budget pieces that only look expensive. Personally, we’re big fans of the latter.
By only investing in a select few pieces, you leave a lot of room for yourself to save money by purchasing more affordable, trendy items likely to cycle in and out from season to season. In this spirit, we came up with six ways to look expensive without spending a ton of money to do it.
Keep scrolling to find out the six pieces you don’t need to spend your savings on to look expensive!
From pricey-looking bags to sub-$100 sunglasses loved by bloggers and editors alike, your accessories are the quickest way to look like you spent a million bucks—without actually doing so.
Serefina Double Layer Crystal Quartz Necklace ($78)
Waiting for the Sun Essential Bamboo Round Sunglasses ($65)
A good runway-inspired dress is a quick and easy way to upgrade your closet. And as long as the fabric doesn’t look cheap, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to achieve a chic look.
From feminine tulle skirts to button-up blouses, you should try to stock your closet with a few essentials that don’t blow your budget.
Along with handbags, outerwear is another swift and easy way to give your wardrobe an expensive-looking upgrade. From a modern trench to a chunky knit sweater, you don’t need to spend a lot to find good pieces to carry you through fall.
Nasty Gal Double or Nothing Convertible Trench Coat ($98)
Whether you’re more of a jeans-and-a-tee kind of gal, or you prefer rocking a sleek pair of crisp trousers, your pants don’t need to be expensive to look like they are. For proof, just keep on scrolling.
Free People High-Rise Roller Skinny Jeans ($68)
As we’ve seen, one quick way to make your shoes look more expensive is to opt for pairs constructed of suede or suede-like fabric instead of matte leather. But with so many solid options out there for affordable shoes in just about every fabric, why limit yourself?