11 Simple Pieces of Advice to Look Luxurious Without the Cost

Social network fashionistas look gorgeous, and it seems impossible to imitate their images without lots of money.

11. Pay attention to the lining


Look carefully at the lining when buying clothes: on quality items, it’s invisible, neatly done, and doesn’t show from under the clothes.

10. Check out the materials


Opt for modern materials, such as neoprene that’s present even in the low-cost brands. There are also textured fabrics like tweed, cotton, and linen. Such items look expensive even if they’re actually not.

9. Opt for imitation suede


Imitation suede looks more expensive than imitation leather, so choose it without doubts.

8. Avoid visible zippers


The quality of a garment is often given away by its accessories, and open zippers in cheap clothes are just such indicators. If the zipper is visible, the color of all its parts should be similar to the fabric. Otherwise, when it’s not a design solution, the zipper should be covered.

Bright pumps look as pretty in the mass market as they do in luxury brands, while pointed black or nude ones will nicely finish any office image.

7. Create the impression of custom-made clothes


Only a luxury brand can afford good patterns that give the impression of the item being unique and sewn specifically for its owner.

Therefore, a neat appearance is vital

6. Don’t neglect the bag


Opt for neutral tones, such as black, white, and beige. Look at colors of precious stones, like sapphire or malachite. Such colors, combined with imitation leather, look much better than bright or pastel shades.

Don’t buy bags with contrasting clasps, fringes, folds, or embroidery. Such details conceal bad quality, like the item being sewn from pieces.

Nothing gives away a cheap bag like cheap accessories: expensive bags almost never have zippers.

A hard-lined bag will last longer, and it looks more like a designer item.

5. Don’t abuse decorative elements


Lace in designer clothing is nothing like lace in the mass market. Opt for a small lace element: it will add to your femininity. Sequins and spangles have the right to exist only in haute couture items, and that’s a rule.

4. Tuck in your clothes


A tucked shirt makes the image more complete. It’s better to step away from grunge, boho, or hippie styles, and come back to classics, romanticism, or casualness.

3. Mix several textures in a single image


Combine different textures, such as silk, soft knits, suede, denim, etc. Your image will become much more interesting without additional accessories.

2. Choose white


Allow yourself to be totally white sometimes, and the effect will be the same, no matter how much you paid for these clothes.

1. Manage your priorities


It’s sensible to spend more on the clothes you wear often (jeans, shirts, blouses) than on a fancy evening dress. There’s good reason to give away even $50 for a high-quality white T-shirt instead of buying five low-quality ones for the same amount.

And a special event dress is best rented.


Preview photo credit Micah Gianneli


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