Can’t afford designer clothing? That’s okay! Here’s some tips on how you can make items in your wardrobe look expensive and luxurious.

When a girl reached out to me on Instagram asking how to make an outfit look expensive, I just knew I had to blog about it. Not all of us can afford the latest ‘it’ bag or designer clothing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look the part.

With influencers constantly emerging on social media, showing us their luxury lifestyles, it’s hard for us all not to get a little jealous and want to invest in some nice pieces ourselves. Thankfully there are ways to make an outfit look expensive on a smaller budget. Here’s a few tips-

1. Adopt neutral tones

Colours such as black, beige and white tend to look more luxurious than bright colours and neons. They add an instantly classic appeal, that while slightly understated and minimalist, brings chicness to an outfit. With these tones, it becomes about the tailoring, focusing on the high quality of the product. These tones are also good as they can be easily paired with other clothing and accessories and are timeless as they can be worn in any season.

Influencer Lorna Luxe is a great example of how you can use neutral tones to look luxurious. I definitely recommend checking her Instagram out if you need inspiration.

2. The devil’s in the details

Small finishings and details in clothing can make all the difference between whether a garment looks cheap or expensive. Brands that offer cheaper clothing options use cheaper buttons, cuffs, trims etc. My advice is replace these with nicer ones that look fancier for example, pearl buttons or lace trims to instantly add an instantly luxurious appeal to your outfit. This is a good method to use if you don’t want to break the bank, as it is a lot cheaper to buy finishing touches than a full garment.

As well as making changes to clothing details, you can also adjust your accessories. Trying wearing gold jewellery instead of silver. Gold is known to be more expensive than silver so even if you buy it at a bargain, people will think it costs more.

3. Invest in a good handbag

The handbags we choose to wear can have a huge impact on our outfits. More often than not, it’s one of the first things we see on a person and can be used to draw focus. Unlike my first tip suggesting neutral tones, it can be beneficial to go more bold in your handbag choice as this will definitely encourage people to focus in on your handbag.

The handbag you invest in doesn’t have to be an expensive one, just look for one that has high quality stitching and good finishings.

4. Wear season trends

If you are wearing on-season trends, others are less likely to notice the brand you are wearing. I definitely recommend looking at designer brands such as Dior, Chanel and Gucci to see what will be big trends for each season. Even Pinterest will have some great insight for you, with moodboards from various trend forecasting agencies.

Brands like Zara are a favourite among consumers, as they often replicate fashion runway trends at more affordable prices. (Zara is also one of the higher quality fast fashion brands so can still appear to look expensive). I suggest taking a look at the quality of a garment before you buy as this is more important than the label. Sustainable brands in particular can be good for ensuring quality as lots of effort goes into the making of the garment.

What are your tips for making an outfit look expensive? Let me know in the comments!

*Disclaimer- Photos are not my own and are sourced from Pinterest and Instagram.