4 Ways to Make an Outfit Look Expensive

 How to Make an Outfit Look Expensive | The Girl From Panama

Something I’m a big fan of is mixing high and low fashion. Like most people, I don’t always buy designer clothing, and I still love shops like H&M and ASOS for trendier pieces. Sometimes when people find out that I’m wearing a piece from a trendier, more affordable store, they seem in shock. Then they usually ask me a couple tips on making cheaper items look nice. Since everyone wants to look their best, I wanted to cover how to make outfits look expensive, no matter the budget.

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Blazer // Pants // Tank // Mules // Chloé Bag (similar) // Earrings

 How to Make an Outfit Look Expensive | The Girl From Panama

These are the 4 tips I always keep in mind when making outfits look high-quality:

Consider monochrome

Monochrome dressing in general is chic, so I like to pair cheaper pieces together with one color in mind. Both of my main pieces here, the pants and the blazer, are from H&M, but to me they look like they could be a designer set. I kept everything else minimal and within the same theme of the neutral tones, and that’s one of my go-to styling tips.

 How to Make an Outfit Look Expensive | The Girl From Panama

Choose wisely

I pay close attention to the material and the detail of pieces, and if something has a ton of beading, seems like it’ll shrink, or is very flimsy, I’ll skip it. Those are pieces I save for and turn to a better quality choice from somewhere else.

 How to Make an Outfit Look Expensive | The Girl From Panama

Prioritize fit

It can be tempting to purchase something – even if it doesn’t fit your body right – when it’s cheap, but it’s not the best idea. Unless you tailor it! If you really love a piece, take it to your tailor, even if the tailor is more money than the actual item. Wearing something that fits well makes all the difference in the world, so make sure hems hit you well or adjust them if not.

 How to Make an Outfit Look Expensive | The Girl From Panama

Maintain everything else

When I want to look and feel my best, I make sure to have everything else maintained other than my clothes. Throwing on some lipstick, getting a mani/pedi, wearing jewelry, a clean bag, curling my hair, taking care of my skin, etc., makes the whole look more polished.

Do you have any tips for making things look expensive?  Would love to hear!

4 Ways to Make an Outfit Look Expensive
  • Wonderful tips … everyone love ❤️ a good affordable purchase and still look like a million bucks! :)
    Love your looks, always a fabulous style!

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  • Love this look! The mules are gorgeous :)

  • Loving this pantsuit look!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • You always look so gorgeous! Great tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Kritsida

    You look gorg! This is literally story of my life…, but I think putting your own twist on things make it look unique and different!
    x. kritsida

  • Perrier Émilie

    In love with the mules ! beautiful pics
    thks for sharing the tips <3


  • those are some great tips, monochrome always wins!

  • Aldenice Uí Fhlaithhearta

    It’s true that having a nice make up, a nice styled hair and clean nails make a great impact on the outfit.

  • Natalie Redman

    I love this, great tips!


  • Michelle K. Lee

    thanks for sharing!

    great tips!!


  • great tips! and yea you definitely elevated this H&M set! It looks so expensive!


  • I love the monochromatic look so much! You make it look great! However, I am very sick and don’t have the need to dress up, like when I worked in an office. I am wish I had used it when I was working.
    Like you, for me there is nothing better than a mani/pedi, and I like tennis clean shoes or something cute with arch support to go with my jeans or shorts.
    After years of ill-fitting jeans in college, I wont wear anything that doesn’t fit well, plus I like shirts that are comfortable, but not sloppy looking. Usually, since I have a big bust for my frame, that means wearing high quality bras that have been professionally fitted. They can make a huge difference.
    Also, even if my makeup only takes 5 minutes, I make sure to do it and make sure that my eyebrows are professionally done every 6 weeks. All of that keeps me from feeling worse about myself when I leave the house.
    And if it’s too hard on my shoulder to use a curling iron, I fake a blowout with hot rollers! Also, I get regular trims–after going 3 years without a haircut because I was so sick. And I have even started playing with balayage, but I don’t think that’s necessary as long as you have a flattering haircut that you can commit to styling!

  • Emily

    After years I already found my perfect outfit. Thank you for this article and tips. Also, I bought my clothes, shoes, hanbags etc online – https://get2lux.cn/en/. You can’t even imagine how good are those replics of fashion designers. I wont wear anything else which is not from this online shop. Everything is perfect, fast delivery – which is really basic condition to buy something online. Its nothing better than beautiful things which looks like original.