Tiny tweaks, big results
If you’ve ever wished that you could be one of those people who always looks on-trend and incredibly put together, we’ve got some news for you: You can—and you can do it on a budget. And thank goodness for that, because life is expensive enough as it is without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe every season! The key to looking like you spent a fortune without bankrupting yourself is to shop smart. By knowing a few clever style tricks, mixing the right pieces, and investing in a few well-made staples, you can completely transform and elevate your look. That is, as long as you also avoid these outfit mistakes that make you look messy.
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Opt for better fabrics
You don’t need to plunk down all your spare cash on designer labels—as long as your fabrics are mostly natural and high quality. Nailing the perfect business-casual look, going-out ensemble, or weekend wear comes down to using better fabrics in chic ways, says Ashley Michelle Miller, a celebrity wardrobe stylist who works with everyone from major talk-show hosts to regular Janes in need of wardrobe refreshing. “It’s all about organic and true fabrics,” she explains. “Cashmere is the way to go, and while those fabrics need a little more love and care with handwashing and dry-cleaning, they can make all the difference and last so much longer than synthetic versions.” Opt for cashmere basics like this versatile crewneck-style top from Naked Cashmere.
Wear dark denim
Whether you’re into trendy cut-off hems, boyfriend fits, or slim and tapered ankles, stylists say that a sophisticated dark wash can take you from a runway-worthy day to a night out with friends. The key is choosing the right size and a high-quality dark wash that won’t soon fade. Try these Kut from the Kloth Donna High Waist Skinny Jeans with a turtleneck and ballet flats for a chic and classic Hollywood look, and then read our tips on how to make all your jeans look expensive.