For most of us, being able to spend thousands of dollars on clothes and Jimmy Choos like our favorite Carrie Bradshaw will always be a dream. But there are ways to make your Forever 21, H&M budget-clothing look expensive. (Because in the end, that's all that really matters.)
1. Tailor, tailor, tailor!
I can't even begin to describe to you how many things I've bought that are sizes too large specifically so I can have them tailored. Seriously, a good tailor makes all the difference. Clothes that are form-fitting and actually look good on you is really the key between looking expensive and looking like you're wearing a mass-manufactured piece, even though you probably are. (And I'm here to tell you that it's definitely okay to do so.)
2. Invest in some cocktail jewelry.
A statement piece like a big ring or chunky necklace makes an outfit look all the more put together, something I've only recently discovered. With the right jewelry, an outfit can go from blah to fabulous in a heartbeat. For statement jewelry, I almost always go to Forever 21. They have a wide selection of pieces that are in style for a fraction of the cost of designer jewels. Plus if it falls apart or you end up losing it at the bar, you won't feel nearly as bad.
3. A good shoe compliments the wearer.
Keep your shoes in shape ladies! If you don't think people notice your footwear (especially other women) you are entirely mistaken. It doesn't have to be an expensive Louboutin, but if you keep your footwear in good condition by going to a cobbler and getting the sole replaced every so often, your shoes will look and feel better. Properly cared for shoes = more wear (and less money spent on a new pair every six months!) = epic win.
4. When in doubt, buy it in black.
I don't really know how to explain it, but for some reason black just tends to look chic and more expensive. Plus it's super sliming on every body type.
5. Wrinkles don't make you look nicer.
In college, most people don't even pay attention to the fact that your clothes are wrinkly — in the professional world, it's a whole other ballgame. Wrinkles just make your clothes look unkempt, which then reflects badly on yourself. No time to iron (like so many of my fellow classmates)? Hang your clothes in the bathroom when you shower; the steam helps keep your pieces neat and wrinkle-free.
6. Store your pieces properly.
Hanging every item of clothing in your closet isn't always the best solution, even though it lets you see everything you own in once place. Store heavy knits like thick sweaters by properly folding them; wire hangers leave gravity to stretch them out even more. Another tip? Keep layering pieces like camisoles, tank tops and plain t-shirts rolled up in your drawers instead of folding them. The twist of the fabric eliminates wrinkles and leaves more space in your closet for dressier items. [via The Huffington Post]
What are your tips to looking and dressing expensively, Lovelies?