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How to Make Cheap Clothes look Expensive

how to make cheap clothes look expensive
how to make cheap clothes look expensive

How smug on a scale from 1-10 do you feel when you utter the words “oh this thing? it’s from Primark”. Watch the spread of envy over your complimenters face within seconds and bask in the glory of your bargain hunting. Trust me we’ve all been there. However there is an art to perfecting making cheap clothes chic. Today I thought I’d share a few of my tips to help you make the most of your most barganious items!

Customize
Things as simple as buying some new buttons to sew onto a coat in place of the ugly ones that it came with to throwing away the ugly plastic belt that came with the dress. Those things can instantly cheapen the way and outfit looks and a few little easy customisations can totally change the way a garmet looks. Swap the freebies that cheapen a garmet and add your own elements to create your own looks.

Make sure it fits
Honestly, one of the thing thats gives away cheaper items instantly is something thats ill fitting and doesnt suit you. Pay those extra few pounds to get pieces that fit you in all the right places if they dont fit leave them or consider getting them tailored to suit.

Logo no go
Now going back to my Primark point from earlier the key is to not buy things that are obviously branded. Ignore things are emblazoned with cheap looking logo’s is the number 1 rule. Avoiding logos and obvious branding keeps things looking understated and not too in your face. And whatever you do don’t try and pass something off as real when it’s a knock off. You aren’t fooling anybody and just making yourself look like a fool. If you don’t have the budget for more expensive items seek out designer inspired highstreet items.

Acessorize
The best way to jazz up inexpensive items is to add some kick ass accessories. Adding some carefully selected jewellery can really elevate a whole look and take it from something boring to something really special. Add a statement necklace and some heels to a simple jeans and white tee combo and you have a perfect going out outfit. But at the same time avoid cheap looking jewellery. Ghastly oversized gemstones and overly yellow gold jewellery can look tacky so try and keep things minimal and classic.

Check how it’s made
When I’m bargain-hunting and see something I love, the first thing I look at are the buttons and zippers. Even cheap clothes should have sturdy workmanship, or you’ll risk ruined clothes, fallen hems, and loose threads. Something that looks poorly made runs the likely hood of it looking cheap.

Don’t let having a small budget for clothing make you feel like you aren’t stylish! Style isn’t something that can be bought. If you have a £10 or £10,000 budget for clothing it’s what you do with that not.

Pay attention to the details, invest in classic basics and choose things you know are going to last rather than just because they are cheap!

Let me know if you have any other tips on making cheap clothes look more expensive! Would love to know your thoughts!

59 comments

  1. This is all so true! I love primark but sometimes you have to go a little higher on the budget to get something that doesn't bobble after one wash! I'm really liking H&M at the moment as it feels slightly better quality than Primark at times xx

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  2. I love these tips, Lily! Gorgeous outfit too...please don't tell me 'this old thing? It's from Primark...'??

    Annadorabel | Annabel xx

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  3. this is such a helpful post lily! and ill-fitting clothes are such a give away that it's a cheap garment!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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  4. Thank you!! :O
    I will try this out in the future!! Especially making sure the clothes fit. Most of them look too big and shapeless on me.

    Elena.

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  5. Perfect tips, going to spread it more to the world =D.
    And the no logo thing! That's the best way..

    Cheers,
    Michael
    www.ontheleaf.net / facebook

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  6. great tips, definitely can't agree more with the logo one!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  7. great post! thanks for the tips lily...

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  8. This was such a great post!!

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  9. Great tips, I agree with all of them, especially 'check how it's made', I think details like this can give everything away!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  10. I got a Burberry coat on eBay for £50 - I LOVE telling people that when they ask, such a bargain! I like to change belts on dresses, but nowadays I only invest in pieces that have good long-lasting materials

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I think accessories make an outfit. It just looks so much more put together with some jewelry and a nice bag.

    Emma & The Beauty Blog

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  12. loved this..
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  13. These are all so true! I love when my cheap clothes look expensive :)
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  14. Ahh thanks for sharing these tips :)
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  15. Nice post and some really good simple ideas to make something look more expensive
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  16. Totally agree with these tips x

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  17. Fabulous post. I think another great point is to buy from charity shops etc. to get bargains on things that would usually be more expensive.

    Bloglovin | Sparkle Motion | Instagram

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  18. Super helpful! Lovely post! x

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  19. These tips are so applicable for university students like me!
    "Logo no go" is my favourite. Sometimes an item of clothing can be really nice but the logo on it just ruins it.
    I enjoy buying wholesale items from places like thailand and hongkong, and i make sure to only buy items without logos.
    It also ensures that you aren't buying any imitation goods!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses

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  20. Such a great idea for a blog post! Couldn't agree more about looking at buttons and zips to see how well something's made, no point buying it cheap if its going to fall to pieces after one wash xx

    A Fashion Tale // UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  21. Great tips, Lily! I adore a bit of Primarni and being able to tell people that's where it's from is my favourite thing - I love seeing the reaction x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  22. I always pay attention to details like the fastenings too. Nothing looks worse than big dodgy logos all over something x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  23. So helpful lily, especially about having things that fit you! x

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  24. Such great tips! I love that scarf! x

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  25. Ugh there's nothing I hate more than fake logos covering something, I was on holiday in April and this guy was selling fake handbags on the beach, people were all over him like a rash - they were awful though!

    xx

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  26. Great review my dear.
    Love to read your blog post always.

    Have a lovely day sweety.

    xo

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  27. Awesome post, I'm so with you on avoiding logos on clothes. They always make the clothes look cheap, definitely not a fan.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  28. The way that you put outfits together can obvs make a HUGE difference to whether the clothes look cheap or not - I've had outfits where all the pieces are from Primark and it doesn't look it! Love this post, thanks for sharing!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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  29. This is great advice, I'm always buying cheap clothes trying to make them look a little more expensive!
    Tiana x
    Www.tianaesparon.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Great idea!

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  31. I love this look!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  32. This is helpful, thanks for the tips!

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  33. What a great post!! Thankyou for the tips :) x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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  34. Avoiding things with logos is such a great tip. Even if you aren't looking for things to look expensive, a logo can make even a moderately priced item look cheap.

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  35. Amazing post, I totally agree as a vintage Boutique we alway stress the idea of elevating cheap and second hand pieces. Those are the best finds!!

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  36. This is very useful!Thanks for the amaaazing post x

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  37. Nice tips! I definitely always avoid purchasing anything with large logos, I think it is so huge for my ego when I get compliments on my style and it really was a $10 top or something or another. My mum always used to collect buttons to revamp her cardigans, it's so handy!

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    xoxo

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  39. This is every fashion conscious girl's holy grail I think! Completely agree about the logo thing, I cringe when I see it, but I definitely need to get more into accessorising as I don't think about it enough sometimes 👌😙 curiousaliceloves.wordpress.com

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  40. Defo. I think that you need to invest in a good coat and bag, always spend more on these items and then you can get away with primark clothes x

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  41. This is such a helpful post! Totally things to keep in mind when shopping going forward!

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  42. This is such an amazing post! I agree that style isn't about what clothing brands you buy but how you put an outfit together :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  43. How cool! Great inspo! I love your outfit!
    ♥XO♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  44. This literally happened to me yesterday! I told people my ankle boots were from Primark and their faces of disbelief were so amusing! x

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  45. Its basically all about trendy accessories and that is what women bother the most which is a good thing because fashion should be the one that is in trends.

    Footwear fashion

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