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An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive & Style Mistakes To Avoid

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Ever wondered how ladies manage to look too gorgeous in high-end fashion all year round? They look too polished! Too rich! Too sleek! And too gorgeous! And that makes you even save up with the aim of banking too much for that high-end haul, right?

Well, looking expensive in whatever pieces you wear doesn’t have to drain your wallet. Even on a limited budget, you can get to look expensive.

We all want to look stylish at all times, and that is mainly dictated by how we wear our clothes and the little tricks that will make your outfit stand out.

But when it comes to looking expensive, we must go a step further and lean on ensuring sophistication and elegance in our looks.

So, ride along to learn of 9 ways that will ensure you are looking expensive without draining the bank!

9 Tips On How To Look Expensive

An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

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1.Understand your personal Style

Every woman who looks expensive understands her personal style. She knows what she wants to achieve with any outfit.

In the same way, if you have to look expensive, find your personal style and define it. Don’t know where to start? Here are tips to help you find and define your personal style.

Once you have defined your personal style in three words, you’ll easily know what clothes work best for you and the colors that look best on you.

9 Ways To Look Expensive Without Breaking The Bank

2. Keep your wardrobe neutral

Keeping your wardrobe neutral might sound too unfair especially if you love a colorful closet like me.

But coming to think of it, most of the quality fabrics like wool, cotton, linen, and leather come from the earth.

Take an example of wool which is gotten from sheep and leather from cows. These animals are neutral in color unless you’ve seen a red cow?

I don’t say you go and burn the colors you have. Just inject more pastel shades and neutrals to your closet. Neutral shades are a perfect addition to anyone’s closet and will leave you looking stunning.

Wondering where to start? Get more clothes in white, camel, blush pink, beige, grey and black. Neutral colors are very easy to style and you can quickly mix and match outfits in neutral colors.

Read Also: How To Mix High Fashion And Low Fashion Pieces To Look Expensive

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    3. Avoid too many patterns and prints.

    Well, I have a thing for patterns and prints but wait…trying to switch up with more solid outfits would not be so bad after all.

    Prints, patterns, plaids, checkered, gingham and florals  can bring about that quizzical effect to any look thus attracting all eye balls than plain outfits. Hence, smaller is better. Too much loud patterns going on take away the attention.

    If your outfit has to compliment you as a whole, as you wear prints and patterns, then consider going minimal.

    For example: use small patterns, minimal stripes and instead of wearing an outfit with prints, you can have an accessory like a scarf or neckerchief in print. That would ready work wonders sis.

    9 Ways To Look Expensive Without Breaking The Bank

    Also, you can always break up any look in print-on-print using solid colors like just layering in some solid-colored clothes and accessories to calm things down and ground your look.

    Read Also: How To Style Prints and Stripes Like A Pro

    4. Know What To Invest In And Invest in quality

    Whenever you consider going shopping for outfits; be it online, in physical stores or thrifting, try as much as possible to avoid flimsy and poor fabrics.

    In order to do so, look at the clothing tag inside the clothing you just bought and go for clothing that is made of cotton, cashmere, tweed, velvet, linen, satin and silk.

    These fabrics are also loved for their rich legacy and can stand the test of time.

    Another tip is to avoid clothes made of plastic. A good example is polyester and any other polymers. Just don’t buy them because you’ll be getting rid of them in the next two months. And that’s just not sustainable at all.

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    Another example is when picking out chiffon clothes. Get quality chiffon which is usually soft, unlike fake chiffon which is rough, tough and absorbs no sweat.

    There is no doubt that quality fabrics have this elegant feel hence will leave you feeling and looking expensive.

    An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

    Image Source: @Marii Pazz

    Some of the key fashion pieces to invest in include:

    (A) A few polished accessories.

    Every classy woman knows that quality accessories have it. They will not only serve you for years to come but add an expensive touch to any look.

    So instead of having a whole bag of low-end accessories; more of which you’ll even forget about, why not save up and get a few perfect pieces?

    To make the work easier for you, have go-to matching sets of accessories. In this case, a bag, shoe and if possible, a belt too of the same color and material.

    For example: invest in a bag, shoe and belt of a lighter color like white, beige or camel and a similar combination of a darker color like black, navy blue or grey.

    Read Also: 4 Rules For Finding Your Perfect Signature Accessory

    9 Ways To Look Expensive Without Breaking The Bank

    A bag, shoe or belt can make or break your outfit. A quality piece will instantly make the most basic of looks dressy while some poor dirty one will tarnish your look no matter how good you are dressed.

    Read Also: 5 Types Of Shoes Every Woman Must Have

    Apart from the bag, shoe and belt, invest in amazing pieces of jewelry and a classic watch.

    You don’t a whole jewelry drawer since you can get a nice necklace and some studs for a start as you build up your collection.

    Here is a post I wrote on 10 accessories every woman must have in her collection. 

    (B) Invest in your outerwear

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    Nothing makes a statement like the perfect outerwear; from trench coats, to biker jackets, to blazers, to sweaters and jumpers, to cape coats…well, name them!

    Read Also: The Ultimate Guide To Buying Winter Coats

    Suppose you were invited to a business dinner date where the ‘whos-are-who’ in the society would be present and yes, you would have to present a speech. What would you wear in case you don’t love suits?

    Lemme give you a style tip…embrace that perfect long coat.

    Long coats, cape coats and trench coats are a big bang in the fashion world right now and having them would be the best decision you can ever make. Trust, they are going nowhere in the near future. How timeless.

    So just by layering a sleek black long coat over a well-fitting sheath dress and finishing off with perfect accessories and makeup, you’ll be perfect for that business dinner date.

    You see? You don’t have to shop for the whole look in a high-end boutique in the city!

    Read Also: How To Layer Clothes Like A Style Pro!

    Other fashion pieces to invest in include: a gorgeous long coat, an over-sized blazer, an evening dress, a great bag or purse, work-style pants, a smart shoe like a pair of high heels and stilettos.

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    5. Don’t be afraid of going for structured pieces.

    An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

    Image Source: @Marii Pazz

    Structured pieces include a blazer, suits, work-style pants or any other tailored clothes you got.

    As much as a structured piece will lend you a classy look, it also gives you such massive confidence that will leave you garnering attention as you go.

    Tailored pieces go all the way from getting a fabric tailored to your desired design to trimming clothes that do not fit you properly.

    With the right and trusted tailor, you can get the best fit and design that will leave people appreciating your look.

    Read Also: Why Every Woman Needs An Oversized Blazer + How To Style One

    9 Ways To Look Expensive Without Breaking The Bank

    6. Get some designer dupes…just some.

    Want to enjoy a perfect trend? Maybe join the Gucci belt bandwagon? Or the Puma sneakers? Or even the Zara metallic skirt? Why not get a dupe if you don’t want to drain your bank account?

    We all know that getting these designer items could leave some of our wallets drained but now that they can easily be found on Amazon.

    Just shop for them right and get to done them as you dress up. Just be sure not to invest in the dupes but get some items especially when on sale.

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    7. Learn to wear neutral makeup

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    Now that makeup is part of the modern’s woman way of life, no woman wants to leave her house without makeup in most instances, right?

    So you’re wondering how to look expensive, just embrace a healthy lifestyle that will ensure your face and skin looks so healthy and silky.

    Once you’ve achieved this, learn to do neutral makeup, or rather, the no-make-up makeup look!

    Ditch the bold and too much colored makeup looks while embracing the laid-back makeup look. Those glossy lip balms, smoky eyes, well-done eyebrows…all look perfect when neutral.

    Anyway, if you want to go bold, have some neutral touch to your makeup. For example: you can have bold eyes with the rest of the face in nude.

    Read Also: How To Rock The No-Makeup Makeup Look

    8. Perfectly take care of your outfits

    How To Repeat Clothes Without Anyone Taking Notice

    Good looks start with good clothes; clothes that are in perfect condition. If your cloth requires ironing, iron them well. If they need hanging, hang them right.

    And if they have some washing requirements, follow them to the latter to ensure they always remain in the best condition ever and last longer.

    In regards to taking perfect care of your clothes, always ensure all your clothes fit your effortlessly.

    Invest in a tailor who knows your body shape rim any outfit to suit your shape perfectly.

    Any woman who looks expensive appreciates her body and doesn’t struggle to change her body shape. She changes her clothes to match her body well.

    9. Wear The Crown Of Elegance

    An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

    Image Source: @Marii Pazz

    Elegant women are not just elegant based on how they dress but also how they carry themselves. If you have to look expensive even after wearing all these timeless pieces, your character has to be well built.

    Talk about greeting people well, speaking eloquently, being caring, walking confidently and maintaining the highest form of good behavior.

    And this has to start right from home. Treat your family members right, maintain dining etiquette, be caring and this is a big one: wear the right clothes even in the comfort of your home.

    I’ve been guilty of staying with pajamas in the house when alone and going to bed with some old clothes before. And that’s just not elegant at all.

    Remember the saying, ‘charity begins at home?’ But if you need to repeat clothes at home, here are tips to ensure you don’t look too scrappy.

    If you have to look elegant, cultivate that nature in you right from home. To start off, get up early, take a shower as if you were going on a date, scent yourself up, dress beautifully even if you’re working from home and carry yourself elegantly around the home.

    Trust me, you’ll bring this habit to whatever place you attend. And you don’t wanna look expensive in dressing yet your manners are scrap.

    Well lovelies, with those 9 tips you can look expensive without spending a fortune!

    Quick Tips To Make Your Look Expensive When Dressing Up

    An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

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    • Wear minimal accessories. For instance: favor the minimal jewelry look and only wear what will not overwhelm your look to ensure you get that modern, sophisticated and balanced finish.

    I shared tips on how to style accessories to ensure they neither break your look nor look too loud here.

    • Have neutral makeup.
    • Learn to wear neutral color blocks. And if you have to wear prints, do it minimally.
    • Groom properly.

    Get to fix our hair well and for a hack, always let your face show as you fix your hair since classy women like you are proud of their looks.

    Keep your nails neat and of medium-size. You can also use nude or French manicures to make them look as expensive.

    • Don’t show too much skin. Remember, elegance comes through decency too. So if you have to flaunt your best asset, do it with moderation.
    • Match all of your hardware. I mean, anything metal you are wearing. For example, your belt buckles, jewelry, shoe, and bag buckles. This creates a seamless look since they will all complement each other.
    • Go monochromatic if you don’t know how to dress up. Read more tips on how to wear a monochromatic look here.
    • Wear contrasting materials. A neutral wardrobe can be easily spiced up by having contrasting fabrics and textures. A good example is a faux fur piece and denim.
    • Wear sunglasses and have pointy shoes.
    • Always dress up for the occasion. While you can easily wear some jeans and a tee to the baseball match, wear a cocktail dress to an evening party girl.

    Now that you know these quick tips on how to look expensive, you should also ensure that you don’t commit these serial fashion mistakes that could tarnish the whole of you.

    An Illustrative Guide On How To Look Expensive( 9 Ways, Quick Tips And Style Mistakes To Avoid So As To Look Expensive)

    Image Source: @Marii Pazz

    Well ladies, avoid those style mistakes and embrace those 9 tips so that you can look expensive without spending a fortune!

    So how do you ensure you look polished and expensive in any look you wear? Please let me know in the comments below…



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    1. Vicky says

      I absolutely love the way you have put these outfits together. Sometimes we need a little help and some tips to look like we are dressed well in a budget. You do it so well!

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        Aaw Vicky; I’m so glad that these tips come in handy. For sure, it’s always advisable to stay within budgets especially when trying to look best. Hugs!

    2. Brandi says

      I love all of these tips. I definitely stick to blacks and neutrals. I love your suggestion on shoes and jewelry. I never go cheap on either one of those. I love shopping at thrift stores we have several high-end ones near me and I can always find quality pieces on a budget. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        That’s good for you Brandy; well, I’m trying to incorporate more neutrals too. I’m so glad you can relate since quality shoes and accessories are just the way to go! Thanks for stopping by!

    3. ruffeecola says

      Cool tips! Neutral shades and dark ones are most favorable for me. Having the opportunity for trench coats on spring and autumn are perfect!

    4. Monidipa Dutta says

      I go for designer stuff and all in black but these points are really helpful and great. I need to redo my wardrobe i guess

    5. Lyosha says

      Neutrals and basic are great ideas! I would totally add investing in a good designer bag (neutral for sure) and good watch. if chosen right it doesn’t go out of style and looks perfect always

    6. Takara Ayana says

      I love these looks! I totally agree with the tips and try to shop this ways. I only have a hard time with wearing neutrals because I love red and leopard print so much!

    7. Akamatra says

      These are great tips! I wrote a similar post for a fashion blog once and I remember how much it resonated with the readers the monochrome option. It seems to scream money doesn’t it?

    8. Chris Ellis says

      A great list and great ideas in general. I have to particularly agree with going monochrome and making sure the accessories are the best you can get.

    9. Elizabeth O says

      This was a really interesting post. I definitely gained a few new tricks to stick to. I like the idea of blacks and neutrals.

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        Hi Iya; thanks for the love girl. Anyway, I made them from Polyvore until SSense bought them so unfortunately, no links for shopping can be displayed. ??

    10. Elle (CleverlyChanging) says

      I would definitely wear each of the looks that you displayed. All seem to be classically elegant for women.

    11. Geoff C says

      Thank you very much for such useful information! I feel that I shall be benefitted and my friends will be benefitted!

    12. Laurie says

      So many beautiful pieces and insights were shared in this post. That red coat is perfection. I am going to look at my closet and jewelry armoire with a very critical eye in a bit. Thank you!

    13. Zehra says

      Your tips are absolutely on point! I always found wearing a simple look more sophisticated. Sometimes less is really more 🙂

    14. christinewillgo says

      I looooove this! I am so into fashion but hate having to spend so much to look well-polished but these are really great tips. Thank you!

    15. Astrid says

      Oh I love these outfits! I agree with investing in quality fabrics and keep accessories to a minimum . I am inspired to change my wardrobe. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        Aaw Tina, thank you. I really loved creating sets on Polyvore when it was here. And I’m glad I could use my sets now to show that looking fly doesn’t have to cost a lot. Hugs!

    16. Sulav Sapkota says

      These clothes and jewels look sleek. Have to share this with my girlfriend right away.Thanks.

    17. Ally says

      I love the outfits in this post, especially the second one you posted! These are such helpful tips that you posted I will absolutely be following them!

    18. Princess Quinn says

      I don’t think you need to embrace the idea of spending much to look good. These are amazing tips and hacks. If the price is fair and the quality is good, feel free of getting it.

    19. David Allen Elliott says

      My daughter is really into fashion. And she especially likes doing a lot on a budget. I will have to show her this post. I am sure she will understand all the great information.

    20. Marie Fe says

      Awesome post Dalene! I love it. I love those fashion outfits in your photos. Im trying to collect quality but not expensive clothes for my daughter. I need to start too for myself. I grew up like just wear t shirt and pants. Thanks for sharing your talent in fashion!

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        Aaaaw hun… I’m glad you love the post and it’s nice to hear that you’ll opt for quality over quantity. Your daughter will look great…Hugs!

    21. aareeba says

      This is such a great post . who doesn’t want to save few bucks? Thanks alot for sharing

    22. Natonya says

      Incredible tips! You are such a genius, I always feel like I learn so more about fashion because you provide an in depth look to style. My way to look expensive is minimal styling, statement piece such as a high-end handbag, name brand belt, or name brand tee, or good quality shades. I believe investing in one expensive item and making it your statement piece will kinda give your look the expensive boost. Thanks for sharing this Dalene <3

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    23. Ana De- Jesus says

      Ooh you have given me so much inspiration for outfits that I would like to add into my wardrobe, especially the pink pencil skirt look. And I do agree that fabrics like velvet really do help elevate a look and make it look more expensive too!

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