There are few things more gratifying than triumphantly transforming a super-affordable piece in a way that elevates it and makes it appear more expensive-looking than it actually is. Sure, investing in well-made staples is always well advised, but when the budget is tight or you simply want to take a stab at the high-low mix, a cheap item isn't necessarily always a faux pas.
Rather, it's all about the styling approach. You can make almost anything look pricier than it actually is just by the way you layer it on with your other wardrobe staples. A $5 Hanes white tee is instantly made Olsen-approved chic just by layering it under a blazer and wide-leg slacks with sandals. A floral dress from somewhere like H&M or Zara? Cinch a leather belt around it and accessorize with a Birkin-esque straw bag. Catch our drift?
There are so many ways to breathe new life into a budget-friendly piece when you've got an arsenal of tips. Speaking of, ahead we've rounded up the best ways to do this inspired by savvy influencers and included their under-$150 items so you can shop to get their look.
The texture and weight of this Zara knit is inherently expensive looking, so it's simple enough to pair it with jeans for a luxe look. While Lauren's is sold out, it's easy to find polos made of luxe-looking fabrics this season.
White button-downs are one of the most versatile items we own, so finding new ways to wear them is pretty easy. Our favorite at the moment? Just buttoning a few of the top buttons to show a sliver of skin. It'll look instantly designer.