One of my favourite things to do when it comes to working with my clients is to teach them how to make cheap clothes look expensive. So today I am very excited to share my tricks how to make high street appear as high end. I am using the same tips for my own outfits and very often people think I’m wearing designer clothes when actually it’s all very much budget.
You have no idea how much a piece of clothing can change by just having it ironed. Wrinkles make anything expensive look cheap and having cheap stuff pressed instantly looks way more luxurious than it might be.
I am astonished how many people actually skip this step. And I get it, it takes time, it’s not fun and etc. I have to admit I absolutely hate ironing my clothes. I solved this problem by getting a steamer, believe me it will change your closet forever. It’s so much easier to manage and faster to use than an iron.
#2 Take Care Of Your Things
Worn out or washed out clothes look old and cheap. You should also never wear anything with stains, loose threads, missing buttons or a ripped seam. Small details like this make a huge impact on the overall look. They are easy to fix it, so no excuses.
I noticed that a lot of my clients are washing clothes way too often which leads to colours fading and fabrics wearing down. If you get a mark or stain on a piece of clothing, spot clean it with a sponge, there is no need to wash the entire piece.
#3 Don’t Wear Ill-fitted Clothes
It doesn’t matter where you bought your clothes and how much you paid for them, if they don’t fit you, they will look cheap.
I often find that women are hesitant to have their clothes tailored so they end up wearing trousers which are too long or blazers with sleeves which are too long. If you don’t want to use a tailor, just don’t buy the clothes which don’t fit you. Try different brands until you find the perfect fit.
The same rule applies to anything is too small – it’s like a shortcut to looking cheap! Too tight and short tops, trousers or skirts always make you look cheap. Keep in mind that some clothes shrunk when you wash them incorrectly, it might fitted well before but if doesn’t anymore, it’s time to get rid of it.
If you really want to make your clothes look expensive, make sure the rest of your look is up to par. It’s much easier to make clothes look a million bucks if you match them with a flawless blowout, a chip-free manicure, and clean, neutral makeup.
You don’t have to hit the salon on the daily to make sure you have a million-dollar look. Instead, it’s about a clean and classic aesthetics. It’s pretty hard to look expensive with a ton of turquoise eye shadow and the latest trendy polka-dot manicure. Instead, go for neutral colours and remember that a well-done beige manicure trumps a sloppy design any day.
Great accessories can work wonders when it comes to styling yourself and it doesn’t have to be designer pieces. Never underestimate the power of a statement earring or a great pair of heels. You can pair them with any basic outfit and you will look effortlessly chic.
If you’re on a tight budget and want to invest in designer shoes, keep your eyes open during sales or check out sample sales. I buy most of my designer pieces at sample sales for a fraction of the price (if you want to receive information about sample sales in London, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter).
Whether your monthly clothing budget is £100, £1,000, or £10,000, the old saying is true: Fashion fades, but style is forever. Don’t let a small clothing budget fool you into thinking you’re not stylish. By paying attention to the quality, you can make sure that your clothes last, look great, and, most importantly, make you feel like a million bucks when you wear them.
Photos by Marcel Herciu Photography
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