How to look expensive & put together on a budget
The reason I love minimalistic outfits is that they are simple and classic. They look expensive and make you look put together. Some people may see bloggers and think that they are wearing all of these expensive clothing. However, it’s the type of clothing they wear (and how they wear it) that gives the impression that everything costs a lot of money when in fact, they most likely shop at the same places you do. Although it’s okay to splurge on good quality pieces that you’ll have forever, there’s no need to spend a lot on every item in your closet.
I’m not currently at a point I can afford to wear a head-to-toe high fashion look and even if I was, I wouldn’t because I love mixing high and low. A lot of people think that “quality” is synonymous with “expensive” and that’s not the case. I’m going to tell you how to look expensive and put together while on a budget.
1. Keep the overall tone of the outfit neutral.
It’s okay to add a pop of color but keeping the overall tone of the outfit neutral will give it the timeless, minimalistic feel that makes it look more expensive. All black, all gray or even all nude outfits look so chic and expensive just because they’re all one tone and they look put together. Neutral toned pieces can be worn much longer and many times without people noticing that you’ve worn them 3 times in a row.
If, like me, you’re trying to infuse more color into your wardrobe, I’d recommend keeping the prints to a minimum when wearing bright shades. As someone that loves a clean and minimal look, I find that prints can look a little busy.
2. Fit is Everything.
It doesn’t matter how much something cost if it doesn’t fit well. If you’re wearing ill-fitting $200 jeans then they will look like they cost $20. If you really love a piece, why not spend an extra $10-$15 at the tailor to make it fit better? You look much more put together when your clothing fits just right.
3. Shop online for the best deals.
Sites like Asos, H&M, and Zara all have great pieces that are fashionable and affordable that you can use to build an outfit that looks expensive but costs less than $200. Even if you go to the sale section on a site like Shopbop or Nordstrom, you can find really great pieces. (I actually got my Alexander Wang Rocco bag on Shopbop when it was on sale.) Just keep in mind the tips above and you can create some beautiful outfits on a budget.
4. Learn to layer like a boss.
Pair an oversized sweater and white tee over a pair of skinnies and throw on a statement piece like a bold lip or sunglasses and you have yourself a luxe and minimal outfit.
5. Leave the logos.
Try to steer clear of noticeable logos on your clothing. No one needs to know that your sweater is from the GAP. You are not a walking advertisement. Now, if you choose to invest in a KENZO logo sweatshirt, that’s a key piece that will make a fashion statement. However, if you’re buying a piece from a fast-fashion retailer, leave the logos.
6. Take care of your clothing and accessories.
Don’t wear a t-shirt with a hole in it that isn’t supposed to be there. Take care of your handbags and shoes and invest in good quality so you won’t have to worry about them ripping or falling apart.
7. Go bold on the accessories and lip color.
You can instantly bring your outfit to the next level by pairing it with a statement bag or sunglasses and a bright lip. My favorite accessory for making any outfit look more expensive is a matte red lip. It’s a statement look that never goes out of style.
8. When you find a good and affordable basic, buy multiples.
If you happen to go into a store and find soft, high-quality tees, buy multiples. As a minimalist, I always build my outfits around the basics and add a key piece at the end to bring it up a notch. So when I see basics at an affordable price, I always stock up.
9. Know when to splurge.
I know that this post is all about dressing on a budget but you have to know when to save and when to splurge. This is always going to be an ongoing topic on this blog because I’m trying to help people choose wisely when it comes to fashion and beauty. There are some things you will have to splurge on at some point in your life. These are the items that you see people wearing for their whole lives because they never go out of style. Being a Luxe-Minimalist is all about saving for the pieces that you can have forever and pairing them with basics and trendy items that you can get for a cheaper price.