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How To Look Expensive (When You've Really Just Looked At Your Online Cart & Cried)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Metallic Bodysuit & Cardigan

One question often asked is how to put expensive looking outfits together while on a less than expensive budget. As much as I would love to be able to score high end pieces at their original value & not even worry, it's just not realistic at this point in my life, & my stats show it's not for y'all either.

But what IS realistic is looking polished & put together and like you've just stepped out of a Chanel shop, when in reality you've been hovered over your computer, netflix in the background, shedding the slightest of tears over your current shopping cart total. 

What you should be doing:

How To Look Expensive
Look Expensive On A Budget

Invest In Key Basics 
The first step in building any kind of look/ wardrobe is investing in key basics. (you can check out my essential checklist here) You don't have to spend a lot of money for quality, & places like target & forever 21 will be your best on a budget bet. (although f21 will be a ~tad~ lower quality.)

Once you have a few basics that can be used multiple ways, everything else will come together. 

Choose One Piece To Style Around 
Having one central piece in an outfit to style everything around can make everything look & feel structured & really put together. One thing I think is a MUST is a good fitted leather jacket. An outfit can feel a bit plain until a jacket's thrown on, & then you're instantly transformed.

Body Suit & Jeans Outfit

Don't Be Trend Only
I talked in a recent post about the importance of mixing trends & basics and essentials, and this is especially important when it comes to putting structured outfits together. If you've got dad sneakers & leopard (no offense to leopard, of course) and neon galore all in one, you're gonna be looking sloppy. Incorporate one trend & then build the rest on basics. It all comes back to basics...

The Art Of Thrifting
The art of thrifting is learned, but can be so easily done. It's one of the best ways to find high end or designer items on your budget. You'll have to do some researching & digging once you get there, but it's so worth it! Some of my favorite pieces are thrifted finds. (like that velvet skirt I've talked about 578124 times) This strategy comes in handy when you're wanting to invest in some quality pieces (I know you're like duh kaeleen what are you thinking) & you can do a little high-low styling. (don't know what that is? Don't worry, I'll have a post on it soon) 

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xo, kae

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