If the holidays left your bank account feeling a litte.....um, underdressed, it doesn't mean your style has to suffer. Here are a few easy ways to look expensive while letting your finances recover!
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Take Care of What You've Got
The fastest way to look shabby is to wear clothes that are wrinkled, pilled, stained or stretched out, and the easiest way to look expensive is to have impeccable clothes, regardless of how much they cost. Forget quantity, and focus only on the quality of each item. You're better off having one black sweater that's in great shape than 3 that have seen better days. Every wardrobe needs these clothing care essentials to look it's best, and these simple products will help all of your clothes look like a million bucks!
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Everyone needs a fabric shaver to remove those little pills that show up on knitwear, especially in high-friction areas like under the arms and where necklaces lay. You'll be astonished by how much newer, fresher, and yes, more expesive your items look when you shave those little guys off! I've had this Conair version for years, and swear by it.
Lint rollers are a must have, and I stash these babies everywhere--one in my closet, one by the door, and I even keep one in the car. Sticky lint rollers like these are great for getting pet hair, your hair, and random lint off of your clothes, and they can even prevent bigger pills by picking up fuzz before it grows.
Who has the time, energy, or desire to get out an iron and ironing board these days? No one, that's who. So you're either left wearing clothes that look a little disheveled, or not wearing clothes that would look more polished, but require a little more care. What's a girl to do? Clothing steamer to the rescue! I bought model above after having a smaller one for ages, and it's been a great purchase. It takes about a minute to heat up and I can steam a garment in about 30 seconds. I think we can all find 30 seconds in our day to look a little nicer, don't you?
Choose Suede Instead of Leather
When it comes to inexpensive materials, some hide their price points better than others. Faux suede appears richer and more expensive than it's sister, faux leather, which can look a little plasticy. Since faux-leather is a thing these days, I wouldn't shy away from it, but if you want your look to look a little more high-rent, pick suede when you can. To really look expensive, choose black suede shoes with a pointed toe. Here are a few picks under $35 that will look like you paid a lot more
Carry A Structured Bag
To avoid looking like a bag lady, carry a bag with structure, and ditch the slouchy tote. Crisp sides, top handles, and understated hardware on a bag help your whole outfit look richer. To really look expensive, carry your bag like this. Sounds silly, I know, but check yourself out in the mirror...it works every time. For a winter handbag, black is always a safe choice, but why not try a nearly nuetral like navy, burgundy or olive? Click the pictures for more info and color options.