Sure, it would be great if every single piece in our wardrobes were made of silk and cashmere designer things, but hey, we live in the real world where you can still get the runway vibe without your squad forcing you to freeze your credit cards in an ice tray (that’s what squads are there for, right?). So before you think you need to buy a ton more to look good this spring, try these eight tricks for to refresh your wardrobe and yes—make the pieces you already own look way more expensive.
1. Play With Neutrals
There’s just something about camel, cream, tan, and other shades in the neutral family that make you want to kick your feet up on a tufted ottoman and call everyone daaahhhling. Mix them together for a supremely luxe look.
2. Throw On Some Tailored Pieces
Who doesn’t love a good blazer or button-down shirt? But pair them together and it’s nothing but polish.
Pick a bag and shoes in the same color, or pair your sweater (or perhaps even a hat) to match your bag. It’s a terrific way to up the ante of any outfit.
4. Go Monochrome
Wearing head-to-toe white or black gives an air of I-woke-up-like-this elegance.
5. Play With Proportion
Try a car coat over a tucked-in button-down shirt, or a fitted sweater, with billowing trousers. The unexpected proportions will give you outfit added intrigue.
6. Metallic Details
Opt for pieces with shiny gold or silver buttons, or a fancy exposed zipper, for a jewelry-like touch.
7.Shine Your Leather Shoes
No matter how chic your are above the ankles, it all goes downhill if your shoes are scuffed and scratched. Keep them looking new with a shoe-shine sponge like this one.
8. Throw Your Coat Over Your Shoulders
Going casual in a t-shirt and jeans for brunch this weekend? Throw your trusty trench over your shoulders (so very Derek Zoolander, no?) and you’ll have them wondering what runway show you’re heading to next.