how to look high end at no extra cost and effort
We’ll never say it enough but investing in quality, basic pieces is what will make any closet turn into a high end haven. Everyone needs a good pair of denim, a few white shirts and that one designer jacket that will make your outfit look instantly more expensive – and you don’t even have to break the bank for that. Of course, you can spice it up with some trendy, seasonal stapes but limit these to buying a couple a season and make sure they fit your personal style. Try to declutter your wardrobe by keeping only the garments and accessories that you really love and you wear all the time. You’ll notice that these timeless items probably trigger deep memories associated with them. But if you really want to buy new, make it right by following these next few steps.
Choose the right fabric and textures
Be curious about what your garments are made of and always read the label before buying a piece. If it’s made of more than three different materials, step away from it as the closer it gets from 100% of one fibre, the more expensive looking it will be. When it comes to fabrics, animal-based will always look costlier – think leather, wool, mohair, cashmere, and so on – and will also be the more durable provided you really take care of them. Then comes fabrics made of plants, such as cotton, viscose and linen, which look natural and don’t harm the planet if you choose the right declination – organic cotton, TENCEL instead of traditional viscose, etc. And finally, avoid petroleum-based materials such as polyester, nylon or acrylic at all cost – they make any garment look cheap and they’re very difficult to recycle.
Now pay attention to textures and place them in your everyday looks with a pinch of salt. Animal prints, velvet or cords are great to create a pricier outfit but limit them to one or two so that you don’t end up with the opposite effect.
Wear neutral colours
Inside your closet, create a palette of neutral shades that go with everything, especially when it comes to those basic pieces. They can vary depending on the season as autumn/winter asks for darker tones such as black, grey, rust and caramel, and spring/summer entails brighter hues ranging from off-white to dust pink and beige. You can then combine them and play with tone on tone variations, or style them with prints and vivid colours to tone down flamboyant staples. Remember monochromatic ensembles will always look pricier and when in doubt, go for head-to-toe black!
Make sure the cut is perfectly fitted
Hurray, you found the item of your dreams and according to the two points listed above, it’s definitely worth its price. Now make sure this staple is the perfect fit for your body shape and that you don’t end up regretting your purchase. Ask your friends or a sales representative for advice as a second eye will help your decision. You might not even notice this pair of jeans is too big for you or that a mid rise cut might fit you better. And if something bothers you, don’t hesitate to go see a tailor who will adjust it for you and make your garment look couture without having to spend a fortune.
Mix with high end accessories
We never said your outfit needed to look boring and adding some sparkle with the right amount of jewellery might just do the trick. Take your basic white tee and jazz it up with statement earrings or a golden necklace and you’ll be ready for a date while looking effortlessly chic. If your jeans look a bit sad for a night out, swap your sneakers for high heels that you’re keeping for special occasions. And for your office look, elevate any outfit with a designer bag that you’ll have found in a second hand store in really good conditions. Try to avoid embellishments and logo on your accessories that won’t age well and prefer timeless items such as the Fendi baguette and Manolo shoes that will never go out of style.
Pay attention to details
Finally, little details can downgrade your look even if you’re wearing the most expensive designer clothes. Make sure your garments are in pristine conditions; they must be clean, ironed and seamless. It’s easy to fix a lost button or mend a hole in your dress, and if it needs more advanced repairs, look for a seamstress or a cobbler in your local area. Then launder your clothes according to colours and fabrics, and if they’re delicate, hand wash them or bring them to the dry cleaner. If you really want your outfit to look expensive, make sure the rest of your look is up to it, so match it with nice hair, a chip-free manicure and natural makeup. A clean and classic aesthetic never goes out of style and is easily achieved at home without even visiting a salon.