I'm Not Sure What It Is, But These 3 Things Always Look So Expensive to Me

If I’m an expert at anything, it’s finding things that look way more expensive than they are. I’m always looking for the next cool thing, investing in fashion risks, and testing out new trends—aka constantly shopping—so I literally can’t afford to cash out all the time. After trying on what feels like hundreds of thousands of clothes, bags, and accessories, I’ve developed a discerning, CIA-level eye for fabrics, construction, and fit that would make even the best bootleggers sweat (and give me a heavy discount). That stitching is plastic, sir.

My years of scientific research have shown the trick to looking expensive is finding inherently luxe pieces to anchor all your looks, and the three items below reliably meet that need. There are so many options in each of these categories this season, so stay woke, and keep scrolling to see the best finds from across the internet. Here’s to us manifesting a rich auntie winter. Clink, clink!


1. Vegan Leather
(Image credit: @katcollings; STYLING: Who What Wear Collection Anneliese Top and Eli Trousers)

Vegan leather hit the ground running this fall and shows no sign of letting up. From pants to blazers, skirts to jackets, anything made in this fabric elevates whatever you choose to pair it with. Accomplish Kat's effortlessly cool look by layering knits over your vegan leather Monday to Thursday, and switch to a formfitting corset top on Friday. 

Some pro tips: Avoid glossy or patent leathers and stick to relaxed-fit styles to ensure a timeless look.

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2. Hardware-Inspired Jewelry
(Image credit: @raayya )

There's nothing quite like hardware-inspired jewelry to add some weight to a 'fit… and to your words. And the best part? You can layer them to achieve the precise amount of drama you desire out of the night. Feeling extra dramatic? Mix silver and gold pieces, and you'll look plucked out of the pages of your favorite editorial. If you prefer more understated elegance, stick to a single chunky gold chain necklace, and let me know when you notice people start treating you differently.

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3. Faux Fur
(Image credit: @aimeesong)

I love faux-fur jackets and accessories because they allow me to get away with an otherwise utterly casual outfit and somehow leave me still looking expensive. Gray sweats paired with faux-fur is peak chic, and for that, I'm totally bought-in.

However, we must acknowledge that all faux furs are not created equal. When you've landed a good one, however, the payoff lasts a lifetime. Linked below are the best affordable options out there.

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