How to look expensive on a budget

When it comes down to looking expensive on a budget the idea is to work with what you already have in your closet and spend the money on set quality pieces. Not saying fashion is the end all be all, but there is no problem with wanting to make sure you're slaying the game on a budget. Today, I'm going to bring you a fashion rundown on ways that you can look expensive on a budget and slay all day every day.  

1. Wear Black.

Black is such a timeless color that goes with everything! It's because of its simplicity that you could even wear it with other colors and/or prints. This neutral color is a classic and goes with anything and everything so styling it should be easy! Take some basic clothing piece in that neutral tone and dress it up to fit your own style. You can create a multitude of tailored and cute looks using those neutral tones. 

2. Choose colors that compliment you.

Choosing colors that best compliment your skin tone can make a huge difference in the turn-out of your look. It can turn a dull outfit into a bomb one, all because it compliments your skin tone. Colors that compliment you will visually brighten up simple things like your eyes, skin, and mood. A happier mood can also provide confidence and that confidence just radiates as well.

3. Buy/wear the right fabrics.

You can never go wrong when wearing natural fabrics. These are your cotton and silk clothing pieces. Silk is something that will always make you look chic, you can find inexpensive silk clothing pieces in places like Zara (on sale honey) or Forever21. On the other hand, Cotton is a quality natural fabric that can be found literally anywhere! And a good quality cotton top, pant or skirt can add a great touch to a look!

4. A structured bag.

This could be both pricey, but inexpensive in the long run. Pricey if you plan to splurge on designer handbags. Inexpensive if you were to purchase a cute Chanel-inspired bag from stores like Romwe or Forever21. Splurging on a chic and structured handbag or mini backpack and then wearing that with the most basic look in the world, can instantly make any outfit look expensive, just because the bag is already polished. So, if you were thinking of a quick way to make a basic look expensive this is the way to go. 

5. Pick clothing that flatters your figure.

If you want to look expensive on a budget, your clothes should flatter your figure, comfortably hugging all the right curves, alternatively loosely forming around them. You shouldn't be drowning in the clothing you're wearing and also, the clothing you wear shouldn't be so tight that you can't breathe or move in them. You want to feel comfortable and look confident in the clothing you wear. 

6. Show your clothes some love.

As I said, it all comes from working with what you already have in your closet and then investing in quality pieces. Take the time to take care of your clothing so they last and look new for a long time. Also, find ways to restyle clothing pieces you already have within your wardrobe. 

7. Accessorize.

After you've got the basics of your look set, pull everything together by accessorizing it! My favorite are layered chokers with my simple gold heart necklace. Then, I'll put on these simple diamond studs and I'm good to go. You can simply accessorize that way or rock some statement sunglasses. Maybe you like the look of stacked rings? So, go for it! Feeling like making a simple statement, grab a statement necklace that goes with your outfit and you're ready to head out the door.
Added tip: triangle toe shoes, in the form of flats or heels, adds a hint of sophistication to any look.

8. Coordinate your shoes and bag.

As I mentioned before a basic look is instantly upgraded when paired with a structured bag. Take this look to the next level by wearing matching colored shoes! You can literally be wearing a simple black top and black jeans, but take that basic look to the next level by pairing it with a white pair of sneakers and a white handbag. The colors can be interchangeable, so, color coordinate your looks, and make it personal to your style.

9. Color combos.

There are clothing in colors that you could wear that could quickly make a simple outfit look sophisticated. Various shades of brown, nudes and blush pinks, when worn separately are colors that add a hint of sophistication to any look. Another go-to color combo that never fails to look expensive, depending on how it's styled is black, white and blue. You can grab a simple white t-shirt to wear with dark blue jeans and a black cardigan for a casual look. There are many ways to wear and style any of these color combinations. 

10. Take care of yourself.

You can't look expensive solely on just the fashion. You have to take care of yourself as well, yes, personal hygiene honey. You can't look expensive with chipped nails, that isn't cute. As for your hair, style it in a way that pulls the whole look together.  Finally, if you wear makeup minimal or extra, you better make sure that your makeup is looking bomb all around. Those lashes are long and luscious and that highlight is poppin'. This will ensure you are slaying all around.

Quick shopping tips:

1) Be smart with your money. Save and spend on quality pieces and work with what you already have.
2) When shopping, really think: Can this be styled multiple ways? Can this be worn more than once?
3) Clothing you buy should be versatile. This meaning that you have the capability to style one clothing item AT LEAST three different ways. Why? You save money this way. You don't have to keep buying all this stuff you don't need because you'll hopefully have pieces that can be styled multiple ways to create a new outfit each time.
4) Can this be worn more than once? If yes, and the clothing item is what you genuinely feel is at a reasonable price, then purchase. If no, drop it and move on.
5) If there are sales, only purchase QUALITY items on sale, obviously because of the fact that it's cheaper than buying quality items at regular price. Never purchase something just because of the fact that it's on sale because then, you're just wasting money on something you probably won't wear again, just solely based on the fact that a sale price tag was put on it.

Hope you found the tips/advice useful!

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