How to Look Expensive
Once I was at a party when I saw a woman look me up and down, turn to her friend and say “she looks expensive.” I laughed because one, this was quite the compliment, and two, I had spent no more than $35 on my dress at the time. (I was wearing this outfit.) One could say I have always had a knack for dressing well without spending a lot of money on clothes. Of course, my tastes have changed over the years and I prefer high-quality pieces which in turn usually have a more expensive price tag. However, my favorite looks are still the ones I put together with totally affordable pieces like this one. I scored this turtleneck sweater and pleated skirt at Target and mixed them with a few pieces I already had to create this luxe look.
Honestly, when it comes to looking expensive a big part of it is all about how you wear your clothes. So I am here to break it down for all of you in a few simple steps …
Classy women have a certain confidence about them. They gracefully walk with their head held high. They smile often and seem approachable. (Victoria Beckham is the exception to this rule.)
Elegance = Good manners and not just at the dinner table. It is how you greet the doorman or thank the staff, making polite conversation with complete strangers and not always trying to be the center of attention. (Your fabulous outfit can do that for you.)
3. Wear one designer logo
Keep it simple when wearing designer clothing and accessories by only wearing one logo. My favorite way to incorporate designer items is with a designer handbag, statement-making shoes, or a brooch or two. (I am a big fan of a well placed Chanel brooch.)
4. Dress in Neutrals
White, beige and cream are always timeless colors. Take it a step further and create a head to toe cream look. Or if you prefer, head to toe black with pops of color here and there.
5. Get it Tailored
Clothes should always compliment your shape, not drown you in fabric. Often times it is worthwhile paying a tailor to get the best possible fit for your clothes. Nordstrom has a tailoring service that isn’t just for items purchased at Nordstrom. I recently brought in a few items and with the Nordstrom credit card, the money I spent on the tailor was put back on my card in the form of gift cards!
6. Pleats Please
There is always something so elegant and ladylike about pleats. That’s why this pleated skirt in white was such a great find. It’s the easiest thing to throw on and layer with jackets and sweaters. I loved it so much I bought it in burgundy, too. Here are a few more pleated looks I’ve worn over the years: here, here and here.
7. Less is More
Less makeup, fewer accessories, less everything. Stick to one pop of color with perhaps a beautiful shade of red lipstick and one designer logo.
There you have it, my five tips to look expensive. As always, thank you for stopping by!
SHOP MY LOOK:
// Jimmy Choo Sacora heels // hat: unknown // Chanel brooches //
Photos by Taylor Lynn Photo
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