10 Tips To Look More Expensive On A Budget | Budget Shopping Tips

Look Expensive On A Budget

I love to mix high and low pieces in my own wardrobe…so I always try to offer a mix of suggestions.
But, in this post and video (above) I wanted to focus more on budget shopping.
And, how you can shop or style yourself to look expensive…
Even if you are on a really tight budget!

Budget Shopping Tips, How to look expensive on a budget, styling and shopping suggestions, by Fashion Blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style

1) Wardrobe Basics

Making sure you have wardrobe basics is VERY important when sticking to a budget.
You need the foundation pieces in order to pair with other pieces.
So stay focused by sticking to a list and only buying the things you really need!
You can get a wardrobe basics checklist (for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter) by subscribing to my blog here!

2) Online Outlet Stores

Online outlet stores make it easy for you to find high end goods, while avoiding the potential chaos of the store.

Some of my favorite online outlet stores are:
Nordstrom Rack
Saks Off 5th
Neiman Marcus Last Call
The Outnet

Other Affordable Stores

Some of my favorite, more budget friendly sites for trendy pieces include Asos, Topshop, Zara and Misguided.

3) Consignment Stores

Some great online consignment stores are Vestiaire Collection and The RealReal
They authenticate bags, giving you piece of mind that what you are ordering is the real deal.
You can also use eBay but you’ll always run the risk of getting a knock off.

4) Promo Codes

Stores have sales… ALL THE TIME.
You can search for sale promo codes on Google.
Or you can sign up for sites like Honey or Retail Me Not, which find or list promo codes.
You can also sign up for a store’s emails… to get sale notifications.

5) Dark Colors

If you’re buying something that’s lower-quality, it’s better to buy a dark color like black, navy, or gray.
If the fabric is less expensive, it’s less obvious with dark colors and MUCH more obvious with light colors.
This is applicable to handbags and shoes too!

6) Suede

If you’re on a budget, shoes will look much more expensive if you buy them in suede instead of faux leather…
Also look for minimal hardware.

7) Change Buttons

Another trick is to replace the buttons on your garments.
If you buy a blazer or a coat that has dated buttons, swap them out for something more luxe (like gold or tortoise shell).

8) Tailoring

Spend the extra money on tailoring a garment so that it actually fits, flatters, and looks more expensive!

9) Swap The Belt

Whenever you buy something that comes with a belt, just swap it out for a high quality belt!
This elevates the piece and makes it look more expensive.

10) Take Care of Your Clothes

Even if you’re on a budget, taking care of your clothes is easy and important!
This means making sure they’re steamed (this is my favorite steamer), ironed, dry cleaned, hand washed, and fuzz free!

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  1. Hey Erin … hope your having a great day … somehow i missed the Fall/Winder Wardrobe checklist can you let me know where to find it on your site … thanks Renee

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