6 Classic Items That Always Make You Look Expensive

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Whatever the year or season, there are certain items that always look expensive. If you want to look polished at all times, we've pinpointed six wardrobe essentials that will elevate any wardrobe, including a perfectly tailored coat and a classic tote bag. Instead of flashy embellishments and logo-splattered pieces (that can skew perceptions of how much you may or may not have spent), we find that minimal, quality pieces look just as—if not more—luxurious.


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These tips are styling and closet-building philosophies that the iconic British brand Joseph has mastered over the years. The brand's creative director, Louise Trotter, knows how to create luxury staples that you'll love for years—made with modern and with updated silhouettes. She's been adapting the brand's timeless DNA to appeal to cool girls the world over since she took the helm in 2009. Meghan Markle perfectly exemplified this when she wore a khaki midi skirt by the brand to her first official royal outing. Seemingly simple, it had a flare on the right-hand side that made you look twice. Keep scrolling to see and shop the six classic items that always make you look expensive.

1. Minimal Tote Bag

2. Classic White Shirt

3. Cashmere Jumper

4. Tailored Overcoat

5. Heeled Boots

Plain and understated leather heeled boots are another item that instantly elevates any outfit, and these black boots are an item you'll have in your wardrobe for years. Tip: Remember to weather-proof them first.

6. Silk Slip Dress

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.