2023 Guide to Expensive-Looking Outfits: Formulas That Work Every Time

Kristina Akhrarova

Chic, simple and easy to copy.

Throughout my extensive experience in the fashion industry, one valuable insight remains undoubtedly accurate: the cost of an outfit does not determine its overall appearance. There exist numerous methods, be it strategically specific colors, styling techniques, or integrating sophisticated wardrobe staples, all of which effectively elevate overall aesthetic.

Looking to recreate a high-end look? Keep scrolling for 10 specific items that can make your outfits appear elevated.

1. Crisp, Relaxed White Button-Down

There's nothing quite like a well-pressed white shirt to instantly elevate an outfit and give it a sophisticated touch. For a polished yet effortless look, opt for a relaxed fit and pair it with other refined basics.

Crisp, Relaxed White Button-DownPhoto by@SYLVIEMUS_

2. Long Wool Coat

Exuding an air of opulence and staying in line with current fashion trends, these long tailored wool coats exude sophistication, effortlessly enhancing the perceived value of any ensemble.

Long Wool CoatPhoto by@MODEDAMOUR

3. Loose Tailored Trousers

Elevate your tees and sweaters with tailored trousers. This trend is popular among fashion enthusiasts, who confidently pair them with heels and sneakers. Enhance your chicness effortlessly by incorporating these trousers into your outfit.

Loose Tailored TrousersPhoto byIMAXTREE

4. Striped Sweater

Elevate your look with a timeless striped sweater. Choose from turtleneck, half-zip, collared, or crew-neck styles for a chic touch.

Striped SweaterPhoto by@DEBORABROSA

5. Something Silky

Silky fabrics exude elegance, elevating any outfit. Invest in real silk or opt for satin. Pair a shirt, dress, pants, or skirt with a soft sweater to effortlessly enhance your ensemble.

Something SilkyPhoto by@SYLVIEMUS_

6. Classic Belt

Elevate your outfit effortlessly with a chic leather belt. Wear it with jeans, trousers, or skirts for instant sophistication.

Classic BeltPhoto by@ANOUKYVE

7. Black Slingbacks

Invest in chic shoes like loafers, black boots, or trendy slingbacks (seen on runways). It elevates your outfit. Choose black for a luxe look.

Black SlingbacksPhoto by@JORDANRISA

8. Understated Handbag

Whether pricey or affordable, opt for low-key luxury styles and silhouettes with clean lines, minimal prints, and muted colors that exude elegance and ease.

Understated HandbagPhoto by@TYLYNNNGUYEN

9. Oversize Blazer

A neutral blazer in a relaxed silhouette adds an expensive touch when thrown over T-shirts and dresses.

Oversize BlazerPhoto byIMAXTREE

10. White Turtleneck

A white turtleneck adds a subtle sophistication. Wear as a base, layer with elevated basics—like a V-neck sweater, blazer, or trench—for a striking, expensive touch.



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