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5 Combos That Will Always Look Like Expensive Outfits

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Creating outfits that look expensive is nothing new around here. But, you may still be looking for a bit of inspiration on how to get started. That’s why, for today’s post, I’ve created five outfits using the tips and tricks I’ve shared in order to help you create expensive-looking outfits, but without the expensive price tag. By combining the right pieces (some of which you may already own!) and using a few styling tricks, you can make a huge difference in your style and elevate your overall look.

Combos That Always Look Like Expensive Outfits

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Shop similar: White Blazer | Satin Top | White Pants | Pearl Earrings | Nude Heels | Reptile-Print Bag

what makes it look expensive:

Neutral Color Palette: Going for a look comprised of light neutral colors is an easy way to give your look that chic, and put-together appearance. Notice how the entire outfit is comprised of shades like white, cream, blush, and nude?

When styling with colors from the same color family, creating a cohesive outfit that doesn’t clash together is much easier. Plus, it results in a much more refined final product!

Luxe Fabrics: One detail that sets many expensive outfits apart is their inclusion of high-quality, luxe fabrics. This usually includes silk, cashmere, leather, and any other fabric typically associated with luxury. But getting this look doesn’t require a ton of money, as you may think.

If you’re on a tight budget, alternatives like satin and faux leather can still give you the touch of sophistication that will elevate your entire look. However, if you do have a little more money to spare, a silk blouse or button-down is a worthwhile investment piece that can be found for a reasonable price.

Structured Bag: In my post on looking more expensive, I mention that a structured bag is a great way to elevate an outfit and give it that classic look of sophistication. You can see that in action here! This Hermes Birkin-inspired bag will give you that designer look, but without spending the designer bag price.

expensive outfits

Shop similar: Top | Shorts | Loafers | Scarf

what makes it look expensive:

Elevated Basics: Another reason why expensive outfit looks so, well, “expensive” is because they often use basic items with special, unique touches. For example, these shorts would be just your average pair of high-waisted white shorts, but the pleated front adds an extra dimension of interest and style.

Flattering Silhouettes: Coco Chanel once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.” Wearing an unflattering outfit is the easiest way to make even the most expensive outfit look cheap.

To avoid this, knowing which silhouettes to pair together is important. This look uses the classic combo of a fitted top and more voluminous bottoms. This gives the outfit balance and hits right at the waistline, creating a flattering figure for almost all body types.

High-Quality Accessories: One of the most simple tricks in the book for creating an expensive-looking outfit is to invest in some great accessories. Even the most basic, fast fashion pieces can be given new life when paired with a high-quality accessory.

A silk scarf is perfect for adding a pop of color and pattern and classic loafers will always be in style. Here are a super affordable scarf and loafers that will give you the same chic look on a budget.

expensive outfits

Shop similar: Camel Coat | Blouse | Slim Jeans | Sling-back Heels | Pearl Earrings | Black Sunglasses | Gold & Black Belt

what makes it look expensive:

Long Coat: A long coat is one of those classic styles that will always elevate your outfit to the next level. Even over a basic pair of jeans, a good coat gives your look clean lines radiate elegance.

Timeless Basics: When in doubt on how to create an expensive look, you can’t go wrong with combining classic basic items. A button-down shirt, slim-fit jeans, black pumps, and a black pair of sunglasses are all considered classic pieces.

So, combining them together is a surefire way to create a sophisticated, and expensive-looking, outfit. If possible, try to go for basics that are higher quality. These items will get plenty of wear, so it’s a worthy investment!

slip dress and long coat expensive outfits

Shop similar: Coat | Slip Dress | Quilted Heels | Gold Earrings | Clutch

what makes it look expensive:

The Little Black Dress: Every stylish woman loves it and no closet is complete without it. The LBD is a timeless piece that will instantly make for a chic outfit. You can go for any style for this piece, but I love the modern and luxe look of a long satin or silk version.

Upscale Details: Details like quilting or embellishment add a special touch to otherwise basic items. These black mules are instantly made more special by their quilted detail and will easily add a touch of interest to a simple outfit.

Minimal Gold Jewelry: You can never go wrong with a touch of gold! Simple, classic styles like hoops and a sleek bangle are perfect options for a signature accessory.

turtleneck and blazer expensive outfits

Shop similar: Blazer | Turtleneck Bodysuit | Ankle Pants | Heels | Pearl Earrings | Reptile-Print Bag

what makes it look expensive:

Tailored Pieces: When going for an expensive look, you’ll want to avoid anything ill-fitting or too slouchy. While this blazer is oversized, its tailored details create a sleek modern look that’s super chic.

A tailored pair of trousers are great to have on hand as well! Just be sure to have these pieces tailored if you notice anything off, like too-long sleeves or awkward pulling and bunching.

Classic Black Stillettos: The timeless black stiletto heel is one pair of shoes that all stylish women have on standby. They go with everything and give you a flattering boost of height.

Sleek Lines: The secret to this outfit’s expensive look is replacing a standard fitted top with a turtleneck bodysuit. This gives the whole look a seamless streamlined look that’s figure-flattering and free of wrinkles or bunching.

Where to Shop:

Just getting started in this type of wardrobe? Express, Loft, and Ann Taylor have a lot of professional-looking pieces. If you’re on a budget, try H&M, Mango, Topshop, and & Other Stories. If you have a bit more money to spend and/or want a sustainable wardrobe, try out Everlane and Reformation!

Looking for more advice? Check out these related posts:

How to Fake Expensive Shoes | How to Look Expensive On a Budget | 9 Ways to Look Expensive + What to Avoid | 9 More Fabulous Ways to Look Expensive | 5 DIY Hacks to Get the Designer Look for Less

Until next time!

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.