- We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong. Bill Vaughan
Duplicate an Outfit from a Magazine
Five Ways to Make Your Clothes Look More Expensive & Fashionable.
See a Tailor
I often find that women are hesitant to have their clothes tailored. Many women believe that tailoring is expensive; however, in my experience, a simple tailoring fix (such as nipping in a waist or letting down a hem) usually costs between $15 and $20 – but it makes your clothes look like a million bucks.
You know that tag on the inside of your shirt? It’s not just there to tell you what size you’re wearing. All mass-market garments come with laundering instructions that should be followed to make the clothing last longer and look better.
Fading, wrinkling, and shrinking are all telltale signs of cheap clothes. However, you can fool everyone by taking great care with all of your garments. Always check your clothing tags to find out how best to care for your clothes so they stay crisp, bright, and expensive-looking.
Here are some general clothes washing tips:
Always wash clothes with like colors, especially dark colors that can fade easily Run a disposable razor over wool clothes to remove pilling Never wash clothes at home that specify “dry-clean only” Wear clothes a few times before you wash them to maintain color and shape Invest in a drying rack (less than $30) for garments that fade and change shape in the dryer, such as jeans and dresses Store out-of-season clothes in a cool, dark place Blot (don’t rub) stains out of fabric, since rubbing can ruin clothing fibers Just by paying attention to laundering your clothes properly, you help them maintain color, shape, and quality, even if you nabbed those pants from the clearance rack.
Look for Workmanship
When I’m bargain-hunting and see something I love, the first thing I look at are the buttons and zippers. Even cheap clothes should have sturdy workmanship, or you’ll risk ruined clothes, fallen hems, and loose threads.
Always check out the fasteners first: Does the zipper close smoothly? Are there loose buttons and threads? Then, check the seams of the garment for holes and loose threads as well, which are signs that the garment is poorly made and will likely fall apart or lose its shape.
Finally, do a once-over for stains or holes that could have been introduced from other people trying on the item in the store. While some stains (makeup, for example) can usually be washed out, you should be able to find another sans stains.
Avoid Embellishments and Logos
We all love a little sparkle in our lives, but if you’re going for beading and sequins, you risk your clothes looking cheap. This happens for a couple of reasons: First, embellishments can wear over time, which means that beaded sweatshirt is going to look dowdy and old when some of that beautiful beading falls off. Second, embellishments simply aren’t as lasting trend-wise as a crisp, clean look. Sure, that pair of embroidered jeans might look great this season, but a pair of tailored, dark-wash jeans are much more timeless.
The same can be said for logos. Logos are often used as a statement in fashion, meant to declare that the item was expensive. And while you can find deals on logo-emblazoned clothing and accessories, I think a well-made, faux brown leather bag always looks more expensive than one covered in a loud logo.
One thing about trends is that, over time, they’ll fade away into the same place “Hammer Pants” and butterfly hair clips went to die. If you really want to make your clothes look more expensive, focus on purchasing classic pieces that never go out of style.
My must-have classic wardrobe staples look something like this:
A pair of dark-wash, straight-leg jeans
A well-tailored button-up shirt
A little black dress
A classic mid-length trench
A pair of black pumps
A v-neck sweater
These items have all been staples for decades and are unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. By skipping the trends, you can avoid spending money on cheap duplicates and instead focus your clothing budget on items that always look current and well-made.