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31 Ways To Make Your Outfits Look More Expensive For Cheap

Subscription boxes, easy hacks, cheap accessories, and more ways to just look boujie AF without spending much at all, bless.

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1. Mix and match patterns in the same color family to create *just* enough contrast, while still looking put together.

Check out even more ways from Advice From A Twenty Something or our guide to how to mix and match like a pro!

2. Make a statement with creative earrings that master the art of surprise, but with a refined approach. Not to mention interesting gold jewelry with anything = instant upgrade.

And who could make a *face* at these? Sorry. Btw, it's easier to pull off fake gold or silver with delicate jewelry! Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of these. They're really unique but their design lends some subtlety, too. They stay put really well. They're just the size I like: kind of medium-ish. Actually, I lost my first pair (I think they fell out of my bag), so I'm re-ordering another. I like them that much." —christy robinsonGet them from Amazon for $8.80.
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And who could make a *face* at these? Sorry. Btw, it's easier to pull off fake gold or silver with delicate jewelry!

Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of these. They're really unique but their design lends some subtlety, too. They stay put really well. They're just the size I like: kind of medium-ish. Actually, I lost my first pair (I think they fell out of my bag), so I'm re-ordering another. I like them that much." —christy robinson

Get them from Amazon for $8.80.

3. Avoid buying cheap things just because of their inexpensive price tag. Instead, join a fashion subscription service, like Frank and Oak, that'll send you a monthly supply of on-trend pieces that are actually high quality.

Promising review: "This is a phenomenal product for the price. It truly looks and feels like something that would retail for three times as much." —BenYou take a short style survey to let them know your size, style, and budget preference. Then you'll receive a style box preview of what's inside your box so you can confirm (or further customize)! All you need to do from there is show off your temporary new wardrobe!Check out how a BuzzFeeder cheaply upgraded her look with this subscription service!Get a subrsciption to Frank and Oak for $25+/month.
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Promising review: "This is a phenomenal product for the price. It truly looks and feels like something that would retail for three times as much." —Ben

You take a short style survey to let them know your size, style, and budget preference. Then you'll receive a style box preview of what's inside your box so you can confirm (or further customize)! All you need to do from there is show off your temporary new wardrobe!

Check out how a BuzzFeeder cheaply upgraded her look with this subscription service!

Get a subrsciption to Frank and Oak for $25+/month.

4. Combine stripes in different directions to add visual interest to any outfit, no matter the price tag.

Check out more from Trendy Curvy for how to rock striped outfits!Get a similar outfit from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 1X-3X).
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Check out more from Trendy Curvy for how to rock striped outfits!

Get a similar outfit from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

5. Take a break from jeans in favor of belted paperbag chino pants. They're roomier (hello, comfort) and provide a more sophisticated take on casual dressing.

Plus, they're super versatile! They go just as well with sneakers as they do heels. But at the end of the day, really any bottom with a high waist will upgrade an outfit.Get them from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes S-XL).
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Plus, they're super versatile! They go just as well with sneakers as they do heels. But at the end of the day, really any bottom with a high waist will upgrade an outfit.

Get them from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes S-XL).

6. Win the best of both worlds and still live in your favorite leggings — but this time pair them with an oversized blazer to transform your bottoms from lazy to sharp.

Check out how Aimee Song from Song of Style on how to restyle your leggings!Get an oversized blazer from Nasty Gal for $30 (originally $50; available in sizes S-L).
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Check out how Aimee Song from Song of Style on how to restyle your leggings!

Get an oversized blazer from Nasty Gal for $30 (originally $50; available in sizes S-L).

7. Accessorize like the French (a.k.a. who I would give my left foot to dress like) with a wool beret. Voilà! You are très chic.

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AND this is 100% wool, so for ten bucks you're really upgrading your outfits!!

Promising review: "This is made out of a great material. It's made with 100% real wool and is extremely soft on my head. I definitely recommend." —Janae Abraham

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 19 colors) or a similar product from Walmart for $10.35 (available in black).

8. *Cut out* boring, old jeans and design your very own distressed hems. Not only will it look like you splurged on expensive jeans, but the added element will compliment any of your shoes.

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Check out more from J.Crew for how to cut your own jeans!

Or if you're feeling lazy, get similar jeans from J.Crew for $125 (available in sizes 23-32).

9. Pair different textures into one ensemble so you can rely on added dimensions to help you stand out. A luxe velvet crossbody on a fuzzy top will do the trick.

Really any amount of extra texture is sure to make an outfit look more expensive!Promising review: "I love it! It's the perfect travel bag that fits my passport, different passes, phone, and everything else perfectly. I find myself going back to this bag again and again. This is such a gem!" —ZC46Get them from bag from Urban Outfitters for $19.99 (originally $39; available in two colors) and a similar top from Urban Outfitters for $34.99 (originally $49; available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).
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Really any amount of extra texture is sure to make an outfit look more expensive!

Promising review: "I love it! It's the perfect travel bag that fits my passport, different passes, phone, and everything else perfectly. I find myself going back to this bag again and again. This is such a gem!" —ZC46

Get them from bag from Urban Outfitters for $19.99 (originally $39; available in two colors) and a similar top from Urban Outfitters for $34.99 (originally $49; available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

10. Invest in one pair of neutral, classic shoes that are actually worth the price tag. A truly great pair of shoes will last for years, match with everything, and consistently elevate your look.

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This pair has over 76 five-star reviews (a lot for Nordstrom!) that speak to comfort, durability, and style!

Check out these tips from Who What Wear on how to invest in long-term shoes!

Promising review: "This shoe is so comfortable. I wear flats all the time, so I often find heels uncomfortable — but not these. They are just the right height and are definitely going to be my go-to pair for any time I need heels! And the natural color is perfect!" —MRBMomof2

Get them from Nordstrom for $88.95+ (available in sizes 5-12, two widths, and in three colors).

11. Give your current wardrobe new life by layering your usual go-to pieces for a more fashion-forward ensemble. An old striped T-shirt looks brand new under a chunky sweater!

Don't forget the importance of finishing off with a longer coat so everything looks put together instead of frumpy. Get a similar coat to the one above from Boohoo for $52 (originally $86; available in sizes S-L and six colors).Check out more from Advice From A Twenty Something for how to stylishly layer!
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Don't forget the importance of finishing off with a longer coat so everything looks put together instead of frumpy.

Get a similar coat to the one above from Boohoo for $52 (originally $86; available in sizes S-L and six colors).

Check out more from Advice From A Twenty Something for how to stylishly layer!

12. Boost your outfit with a *timeless* yet deceivingly inexpensive watch that'll polish your outfit without forcing you to spend too much.

Promising review: "I'm so happy with my purchase. It looks expensive and dressy!" —Gin ginGet it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three styles) or a similar product from Walmart for $8.53.
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Promising review: "I'm so happy with my purchase. It looks expensive and dressy!" —Gin gin

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three styles) or a similar product from Walmart for $8.53.

13. Pick jeans that really fit (a.k.a. are nice and snug). A pair that truly fits your figure instantly improves the rest of your ensemble — plus, you'll just feel fantastic.

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Promising review: "I've gone through Levi's, BDG, and basically any jean out there, and nothing fits as well as these. They are super comfy without feeling like they are going to fall apart or stretch out. They have fattering cut outs and the waistline gives me the perfect rise. 10/10!" —UMICHGAL

Check out how this dancing BuzzFeeder ended her quest for the perfect jeans!

Get them from American Eagle for $41.21 (originally $54.94; available in sizes 00-20 and in short, long, regular, and extra-long lengths).

14. Unleash the magic of the wrap dress — seriously, there is no one on Earth who won't benefit from this classically sophisticated design. Throw this on, and *poof* you're basically DVF herself.

Promising review: "This is such a great dress. It fits and hangs well. It's a lovely design and color and it's very comfortable! It looks great with flats, heels, or sandals, and it shows the perfect amount of skin without it being too much. This is my new favorite Torrid piece!" —KlionheartGet it from Torrid for $38.94 (originally $64.90; available in sizes 00-6). OR invest in an actual DVF wrap dress from Nordstrom for $298+.
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Promising review: "This is such a great dress. It fits and hangs well. It's a lovely design and color and it's very comfortable! It looks great with flats, heels, or sandals, and it shows the perfect amount of skin without it being too much. This is my new favorite Torrid piece!" —Klionheart

Get it from Torrid for $38.94 (originally $64.90; available in sizes 00-6).

OR invest in an actual DVF wrap dress from Nordstrom for $298+.

15. Follow trends successfully without blowing your money on fads with inexpensive versions, like these cat-eye sunglasses. You'll be able to mimic the more expensive celebrity-inspired looks, but you won't have to take out a small loan to do so.

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Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors) or a similar product from Walmart for $9.95.

Promising review: "These are perfection. I never, ever write reviews but I had to for these. For one, the price was unbeatable. I was looking for knock-offs of this Le Specs style (which go for over $100) so I wasn't expecting much for this price but, wow, do these exceed my expectations. They came in perfect condition, inside a really nice case (!) with a lens cloth to boot (and the outside packaging is adorable, as well). As for how they look — AWESOME." —Brooklyn Ali

16. Throw people off your trail with unexpected *twists*, like a sweater knotted in the back. A unique piece always makes for a memorable outfit, and increases your rank as a style guru.

Check out how more from A Sparkle Factor for how she pulls off this look!Get a similar style from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in one size and in eight colors).
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Check out how more from A Sparkle Factor for how she pulls off this look!

Get a similar style from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in one size and in eight colors).

17. Throw on some fashion editor-eque shoes, like these satin-y pointed mules, so you look sleek and polished even if they're paired with old denim.

Get it from Asos for $32 (available in sizes 5-10).
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Get it from Asos for $32 (available in sizes 5-10).

18. Play a bit of peek-a-boo with a gorgeous lace bralette underneath a sheer shirt. Its suave appearance will create a pricier effect, and yes, maybe cause a little ~intrigue~.

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Promising review: "I noticed these lacy bralettes were on-trend at many expensive retailers, and stumbled upon this one for a fraction of the cost. I'm 30DD, a tricky size, and medium works well. It offers light support, is very pretty, and is comfy. It will be cute under light tank tops or lounging around the house. I got the set and I'm happy with this purchase, especially for the price!" —Jenn

Get it from Amazon for $8.64+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 26 colors) or a similar product from Walmart for $9.90 (available in five colors).

19. Learn different ways to tie a scarf for a playful take on both indoor and outdoor dressing. These tricks work for any material scarf, and never fail to lend a little interest!

20. Measure everything to end around the same length (preferably maxi) for an elongated effect, which in turn will easily bestow a sleek, costly-looking impression.

Check out more from Simply Covered on how to conquer this trick!

21. Cinch your dresses with a faux leather corset belt to not only give your usual garments new life, but also highlight your (sneaky) high-end taste.

And who couldn't benefit from a dapper bow?!Promising review: "I've had this for a couple of months and I wear it with so much stuff in different ways. People always ask me where I got it from. This is definitely an accessory you should buy!" —KeKeGet it from Amazon for $4.89+ (available in nine colors) or a similar product from Walmart for $15.66 (originally $31.99).
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And who couldn't benefit from a dapper bow?!

Promising review: "I've had this for a couple of months and I wear it with so much stuff in different ways. People always ask me where I got it from. This is definitely an accessory you should buy!" —KeKe

Get it from Amazon for $4.89+ (available in nine colors) or a similar product from Walmart for $15.66 (originally $31.99).

22. Update old button downs with trendy, rolled cuffs. You already have everything you need (the...shirt), so all you need to do is roll with the compliments.

Check out more from Who What Wear on how to cuff your shirts!

23. Get a little ~frilly~ and embellish your favorite shoes with some sheer mesh socks. From sneakers to booties, everything can benefit from this super-easy accessorizing.

Get them from Free People for $12 (available in four colors).
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Get them from Free People for $12 (available in four colors).

24. Contrast your hemline with your shirt collar by choosing pieces that angle in different directions for an outcome that's ironically harmonizing. Are you now a fashion blogger? Definitely.

Check out more from Trendy Curvy for how to master angled outfits!Get a similar skirt from Boohoo for $12 (originally $40; available in sizes 12-20).
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Check out more from Trendy Curvy for how to master angled outfits!

Get a similar skirt from Boohoo for $12 (originally $40; available in sizes 12-20).

25. Remember to regularly check for special deals to score a designer handbag. Sites like The Outnet always offer high-end purses (and other pieces!) that are significantly discounted.

And when you *do* splurge on one, make sure it's a neutral color in a classic style! You'll want a bag that goes with everything, so you get your money's worth. Check out more from Who What Wear for all the ways you can get a designer handbag for less than sticker price!Get this Alexander Wang bag from The Outnet for $362 (originally $725).
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And when you *do* splurge on one, make sure it's a neutral color in a classic style! You'll want a bag that goes with everything, so you get your money's worth.

Check out more from Who What Wear for all the ways you can get a designer handbag for less than sticker price!

Get this Alexander Wang bag from The Outnet for $362 (originally $725).

26. Top off your outfits with an inexpensive faux leather jacket for the ultimate cool look (that will never go out of style). A bit of leather is foolproof for elevating just about anything!

Promising review: "This jacket is exactly what I was looking for! The quality is great, the style is amazing, and it's honestly the most comfortable faux-leather jacket I've owned. It doesn't look cheap whatsoever like other faux-leather jackets do. I've been searching far and wide for a comfortable, affordable, non-cropped, faux-leather jacket and I finally found one!" —Abby SGet it from Old Navy for $32.20 (originally $59.99; available in sizes XS-XXL).
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Promising review: "This jacket is exactly what I was looking for! The quality is great, the style is amazing, and it's honestly the most comfortable faux-leather jacket I've owned. It doesn't look cheap whatsoever like other faux-leather jackets do. I've been searching far and wide for a comfortable, affordable, non-cropped, faux-leather jacket and I finally found one!" —Abby S

Get it from Old Navy for $32.20 (originally $59.99; available in sizes XS-XXL).

27. Go monochrome for an effortlessly cool appearance — matching colors together is an easy way to come off super polished and put-together.

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Check out more from Aimee Song on Song of Style to see how she put together this burgundy outfit and grey outfit!

28. Rely on a bold A-line skirt to do all the work for you — its cute pattern will make a fun statement but in a sophisticated way, thanks to the length.

Promising review: "I am a sucker for twirly skirts and dresses, and when I saw this skirt I HAD to have it. The material feels high quality and twirls like a dream, plus the liner helps keep the skirt down, even on windy days like when I first wore this skirt. I love the fit, the fabric and the fun print so much! Would love to see many more fun versions of this amazingly twirly skirt in different colors & patterns!" —cassidyGet it from ModCloth for $26.97 (originally $69; available in sizes XXS-4X).
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Promising review: "I am a sucker for twirly skirts and dresses, and when I saw this skirt I HAD to have it. The material feels high quality and twirls like a dream, plus the liner helps keep the skirt down, even on windy days like when I first wore this skirt. I love the fit, the fabric and the fun print so much! Would love to see many more fun versions of this amazingly twirly skirt in different colors & patterns!" —cassidy

Get it from ModCloth for $26.97 (originally $69; available in sizes XXS-4X).

29. Add a bit of extra pattern and texture to things like your LBD with some elaborate fishnets. They're cheap, but definitely say, "I'm a full-on fashionable adult."

Promising review: "I was nervous about the quality of these when I pulled them out of the package, but after a full day of wearing them I know they're going to last longer than my other 'regular' pantyhose. They are super silky and don't seem like they'll rip easily. I got about 15 compliments on them too! I LOVE these. I'm seriously thrilled at the quality, beauty, and price! Can't beat it." —Jennifer37

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S/L-XL and in five styles) or a similar product from Walmart for $6.

30. Wear things with sharp lines, like this asymmetrical houndstooth wrapover skirt to emphasize your ability to dress ~cutting edge~. Plus, the angled design will polish any combination.

Get it from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes 2-16).
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Get it from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes 2-16).

31. Embellish anything from your purse to your neck (or your hair!) with a patterned square silk scarf. For under $10, you just made your old purse look like an Hermès. Mazel tov.

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Promising review: "This scarf exceeded my expectations. It's large, looks beautiful, and has glossy and vivid colors, It is also very soft! I bought it so I can wear it as a headband or a hair wrap. It has so many color tones that I can select by folding the scarf in different ways." —Clorena

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 30 colors) or a similar three-pack from Walmart for $11.99.

32. Refresh long-used tops with nothing more than the *half tuck~. You literally just tuck a teeny bit of your top into your pants so it looks more angled. So little effort, such a big difference.

Check out more from Advice From A Twenty Something for how to do the half tuck!

You looking at literally your own wardrobe like:

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