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If you’re someone who enjoys watching the Style Network or Joan Rivers and her guests on the Fashion Police, then there have probably been more than a few times when you’ve seen an outfit that you’d love to have in your closet. The thing is, your current budget may not agree with your personal sense of style.
The good news is that there are all kinds of ways to get an outfit for a quarter of the price and then add to it in a way where it won’t look like it’s on the cheap side. If you find that hard to believe, check out our five tips, try them out and then ask your friends if you look good enough to be on the runway (or at least have a great seat at New York’s Fashion Week).
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1. Shop at outlets.
OK, this first tip is more like a “fashion trick” but it’s definitely worth mentioning. Whether you like Ann Taylor or Ralph Lauren, many higher-priced designers have outlet stores where you can get a lot of their clothes for a mere fraction of the cost. You might be a couple of months behind when it comes to “what’s in” but it’s one way to actually wear an expensive outfit at a cheaper price.
2. Get it altered.
One of the reasons why people like high-end fashion is because it tends to be designed in a way where it makes a person look like it was made exclusively for them. If you find a nice-looking suit but the arms are too long or the waist is too big and you decide to wear it “as is”, that’s one way to make it look pretty low quality. However, if you decide to have it altered, that can make it look like it’s worth a million bucks (relatively speaking).
3. Have it dry cleaned.
Now, if you to happen to get an outfit at a place like Target or even something at a thrift store that still has the price tag on it, remember that a part of what makes something look “good is new” is the condition of it. Nothing says “cheap” quite like wrinkles do. So, with the money you saved on the outfit, use a couple of those bucks to have the pieces dry cleaned.
4. Get some really nice accessories.
Because some clothes are so basic-looking, you definitely want to dress them up with a few accessories. Just make sure that if it’s custom jewelry that it’s earrings that aren’t made out of plastic. Or you’re going to accompany it with some nice shoes that the soles aren’t worn. As a matter of fact, if you have an expensive purse or pair of sunglasses, that’s a great way to make an outfit look like it’s worth much more than its price tag.
5. Make sure your hair and make-up look great.
Something that is important to remember is that clothes are to enhance the person inside of them. In other words, they don’t make you; you make them. As long as your hair is done and your make-up looks nice, already, you’re going to make your outfit look more expensive than it already is. That’s why you need to take out 15 minutes for yourself every morning. Once you look and feel great, making your outfit look the same will be easy.