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Eight tips to help you look expensive

Fashion Tips By Esther Muchene
Pick one item that stands out and keep the rest of your outfit simple (Photo: Shutterstock)

Looking good isn’t always necessarily about buying new things or having the latest trends. It has a lot to do with how you present yourself which is good news because you don’t have to struggle to keep up with every new fad all the time. Some of the most common fashion mishaps can be avoided with just a slight tweak here and there.

Well, here is how to look like money without trying too hard.

1. Embrace simplicity

Don’t be quick to wear too many things at once. One of the mistakes people make is combining too many brands at once, where all the logos are competing for attention. That is a huge no-no! Take a step back and pick one piece as the center of attention whenever you’re dressing up. This also applies to jewellery.

2. Stick to classy fabrics

Certain materials can give off a cheap vibe to anyone who spots them. The major culprits are those spandex type dresses or anything that never flatters anyone’s figure at any point in time. As you choose what to buy during a shopping spree, pay attention to details like the material. For instance, try cotton, suede or cashmere and check if the stitching is properly done.

Ensure that all your clothes fit right (Photo: Shutterstock)

3. Find what suits your frame

We all have different body shapes ranging from the pear shape to the much-coveted hourglass. Of course you have the freedom to wear what you want but it’s definitely better to wear what brings out your best features in a good way. Don’t you think? Look for some style inspo from others who have a similar body shape to yours and learn more style tips with time.

4. Always choose the right size

This is a huge fundamental of looking expensive. Everyone’s made fashion mistakes when it comes to choosing the right size but it’s never too late to learn. You have to start with the right bra size and panty size or even body shaper for that matter before moving further. Those are the items that make or break your outfit, regardless of what you’re wearing.

Secondly, choose the right size when it comes to your clothes. Wearing clothes that are too tight will make you look squeezed or like you have love handles even when you actually don’t have any. On the other hand, oversized clothes can make you look like you have no confidence at all.

Keep up with weight fluctuations and replace items that don’t fit anymore so that you’re always alert with sizing.

Shoes should be clean and in good repair (Photo: Shutterstock)

5. Dress for the occasion

Such situations expose the fashion fails of being too dressy or being underdressed. You might look like you’re trying too hard if you look too fancy for a simple event even when you’re wearing designer that day. The best hacks for this is planning ahead of time so that you’re not caught off guard and keep the specific occasion you’re going to in mind as you choose what to wear.

6. Iron your clothes

Everyone knows how to iron their clothes, I hope, but how many actually do it consistently? Creased clothes will never be acceptable and you should avoid this at all times. Whether you’re going for a meeting or hanging out with friends for lunch, you must look presentable.

Avoid creased clothes as they are unpresentable (Photo: Shutterstock)

7. Wear proper shoes

Don’t hoard old shoes that are faded, torn or discolored in your wardrobe. People subconsciously judge each other based on what shoes they’re wearing so you should make sure that they look good. Always keep them clean or polished before going out. That simple step will instantly make you look expensive.

8. Follow the right role models

Not everyone who’s in the public eye is fit to give style advice. Celebrity life is different from the life we live and that’s something most people fail to understand. Don’t get caught up in wearing something you’ve seen a celebrity wear because the outcome is never the same. What you see is not always what you get. Be confident with your own signature style and learn when to draw the line between normal life and celebrity life.

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