So we’ve all been there – trying to replicate awesome, expensive-looking outfits that we see on celebs and bloggers. Well I don’t know about you, but I do NOT have that kind of money! So I’m here to share a few of my favourite tips on how to make sure the affordable, high street clothes you buy look expensive and luxe.
First of all, you have to really look at the fabric of the shirt/dress/etc that you want to buy – if there are any stains on it, any stray string left over from sewing, and slight ripping at the seams, it will automatically look cheap. You also have to look at the quality of the fabric and what kind of fabric it is – if it’s a heavy material, and it has a lining sewn to it, it will look more expensive. Think gorgeous white suit jacket. If it is the type of material that wrinkles really easily, you might have to spend a fair amount of time ironing it – and it doesn’t always finish out totally ironed. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will look cheap, but it could end up being one of those pieces that you can’t be bothered to iron and wear anyway – and THAT looks cheap.
Second, look at the fit – if it’s meant to be a slouchy sweater, make sure it really is slouchy. You can always go a size up if it doesn’t fit the way you want it to. If you’re buying a blazer, make sure the shoulder seams fit AT THE SHOULDER! Not below, not above, and definitely not out of the shoulder area (you don’t want to end up having man shoulders). You also need to see if you can close the buttons without it being too saggy or too tight at the seams. If it’s a pair of jeans, make sure they make your bum look fab (unless we’re talking boyfriend jeans).
Third, look at the runway for inspiration. You know the most expensive trends and fabrics are shown off on the runway before they get to the high street, so the best way to make sure you stay on trend is to look at all the gorgeous new designs and try and see which parts you can replicate. Maybe it’s a eye-catching new print. It might be a statement necklace or a pair of playful shoes. Maybe the clean cuts and monochrome neutrals grab your fancy. Whatever it is, make it your own and always remember where you got the inspiration from – It may come in handy when people ask you where you came up with the idea.
So good luck and don’t forget to send me a pic of your fabulous new ideas!