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20+ Expensive-Looking Wardrobe Staples

Updated: Mar 26


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One of the guiding principles behind The Fine Refine is "Shop Smarter". Throughout the years I've applied this motto to my personal care, my home, and most of all to my shopping and styling habits.


So in the pursuit of curating a wardrobe that looks more expensive than it really is, I have found 20+ items that don't necessarily need to be designer-grade to elevate your look.


These items will ALWAYS elevate your look and make you seem more put-together, polished, and EXPENSIVE.

Don't know where to start?

Contact me here.

I love answering all of your questions and getting recommendations from you guys!

01. Pearl Earrings


Nowadays, fake pearls look just like real pearls to the untrained eye, and let's face it no one is checking out your earlobes under a magnifying glass? No one that matters anyway.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS


Related: How to Find Quality Clothing at SheIn and Romwe: 15 Hacks

02. Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings


Just enough bling to look expensive but not enough to look gaudy. Modesty is key here, keep them on the smaller side because larger stud earrings can easily look cheap.


Find them at:

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS



03. Black Dark Sunglasses

Whether they are from the gas station or the mall, darker lensed sunglasses are almost symbolic of expensive shades and you can rest easy knowing that when you eventually lose them, drop them or loan them their price tag will never haunt you.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL

Related: How to Always Look Put Together

04. Blazers


Wear a blazer over anything to instantly give your entire outfit a good polishing. The more structured the blazer, the more expensive it will look.


TIP: avoid shiny cheap buttons, switch those out if you can.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL




05. Midi Skirts


If you don't have a Midi Skirt in your wardrobe yet where have you been? Midi skirts are THE staple for spring and summer because they are flattering on every body type, you can dress them up or down, and they're incredibly comfortable!


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL

Related: How to Develop Elegant Style


06. Ribbed Basics


Take your basics up a notch. Ribbed fabrics add textural interest and design to an otherwise plain basic shirt, making it seem more expensive... even when it's not.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL






07. Minimalistic Watches


Less is more when it comes to watches. A simple, classic, minimal-faced watch will look more expensive than a design-heavy watch.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS









Related: Shop Smarter: Shopping Checklist and Saving Tips

08. Denim Jacket


This all-season staple is the perfect addition to dress-down a nicer outfit making it suitable as a daytime look.


Denim is the king of casual without looking cheap.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL






09. Military-Inspired Design


The structure, piping, buttons and detailing used in military-inspired coats, blazers, jackets, and pants make garments look way more expensive than they are.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL




10. Palazzo or Wide Leg Pants


These triple-threat pants make you look expensive, taller, AND slimmer. Tip: Make sure these are high-waisted to make you look as long and lean as possible.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL






Related: 70 Easy Swaps to Look More Expensive

11. Classic White Button-Down Shirt


I own about 5 white-button downs and I have never paid more than $40 for one. These are such a staple! If you want to take it up a notch and make it look even more expensive try a Linen White Button-Down shirt.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL


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12. White Dresses


White airy dresses just scream Summertime Chic. These are also easily dressed up or down and can be found just about anywhere!


Tip: Make sure they are LINED.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL








13. Trench Coats


My favorite trench coat is from Forever21, and no one can tell it was only $30. That's the magic of a great well-fitting trench coat.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL












14. Corset Tops


Nothing provides support and structure quite like a Corset. They often look like they were tailormade to fit you perfectly... and this is precisely what makes them look more expensive than they are.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL



Related: How to Define your Personal Style

15. White Sneakers


Sneaker snobs skip this one!


A white sneaker is a white sneaker no matter what brand it is. An expensive white sneaker adds the same design impact to your outfit as a slightly less expensive white sneaker.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL








16. Maxi Dresses


Maxi dresses just make you feel like you are floating, the movement of the fabric and the length they give you make Maxi Dresses one of the most universally flattering clothing items ever.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL





17. Minimalist Sandals


Sandals with lots of straps, studs, glitter, ties, and colors are the easiest way to cheapen your look.


Opt for minimalistic sandals in nude or neutral colors.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL


Related: Where to Shop for Quality Basics

18. Vests


Whether it's a knit vest or a wool vest adding this to your wardrobe can take a super casual look and make it super stylish.


*Just make sure it's not a puffer vest.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL








19. Dark-Wash Jeans


Avoid ripped jeans and uneven stains. Dark wash jeans look most expensive when compared to other washes and styles.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL









20. The Little Black Dress


You should already have this in your closet and I know you're no stranger to the versatility and potential LBD's add to your wardrobe.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL


21. Small Hoop Earrings


Smaller hoop earrings are all the rage right now but they are, in fact, a trend and if you read my posts on shopping smarter you NEVER break the bank on trendy items.


Find them at:

ASOS

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL







Related: How to Look Taller: Know your Lines

22. Vertical Stripes


Vertical stripes over Horizontal Stripes.


Vertical stripes add length to your body making you appear slimmer.


Find them at:

ASOS

MACYS

NASTY GAL








23. Pointy Toe Shoes


Whether they're slides, flats, or heels... a pointy toe shoe is almost synonymous with classic elegance.


Find them at:

ANN TAYLOR

MACYS

NASTY GAL







Want more personalized help? I love answering all of your questions, sharing my journey and making recommendations so feel free to contact me here.


XO


TFR

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