How to Make Your Basics Look Expensive with Jacey Duprie

Making your outfits look more expensive without spending tons of money is one of the most creative ways to look fashionable and gain great impressions on your street style. Mind behind the Damsel in Dior blog, Jacey Duprie is a New-York-based style blogger known for her simple yet expensive-looking outfits featuring the most basic pieces in your wardrobe. Whether you only have the basic pieces like button-down shirts, pencil skirts, striped tee, blazers, and skinny jeans, keep on reading for fashion tricks on how to make them look expensive.

Going for head-to-toe neutral is the key.

black and white outfit with ankle strap sandals

white dress with camel bag sexy black business suit nude v neck dress with lace up sandals chiffon blouse with jeans and tote bag

Though a monochromatic look maybe the timeless way of making your looks elegant, you may still resort for head-to-to neutral dressing to avoid looking boring. Like Jacey, a simple chiffon blouse worn with a pair of plain skinny jeans look chic over ones with prints worn with distressed denim. Also, think of the classic combination or black and white, or nude outfits that will look classy even you’re just wearing the most basic pieces. Instead of going for flashy combinations on your suits, think of a black one that will look modernly sexy when worn with bralette or a sheer camisole like Jacey did.

Play with structures and proportions.

abstract print romper with black blazer white wrap dress structured dress with bag pastel outfit with structured blazer cut out leather top with camel clutch

Skip those ill-fitting ensembles and resort to figure-flattering ones. Like Jacey, you may balance your structured cut-out top with fitted shorts or skirt. Simple structures like float-style dresses in a neutral shade look sophisticated enough since it has a minimal and no-fuss look. If you’re wearing a loose or lightweight outfit, think of adding some structure to your looks by topping it with a vest or blazer.

Select smart prints and sophisticated-looking patterns.

geometric print top with skirt striped tee with shorts striped shirt with chic shorts leopard print dress book clutch with striped dress

Classic prints like stripes, leopard, snake, and such look smarter over those retro floral and abstract. You might want to skip those novelty prints like food print tee, fruit print clutch, or other quirky elements that will only take away the classy vibe from you. Like Jacey, resort to a striped tee that will go well with denim shorts or a leopard print dress that will look simple yet expensive-looking. Refrain mixing two prints at once or wearing flashy versions of classic stripes that won’t look classy.

Carry a statement bag.

white outfit with red bag and statement heels structured top and bag with chic loafers statement black clutch with chic outfit sling bag with casual chic outfit

To make your basic outfits look expensive, you need a statement bag that will do the tricks for you. Whether it’s a designer bag or simply a structured one, you bag can make or break your look so be mindful of picking them. Generally, matte textures look cheaper over glossy and shiny ones. But, skip those glittery and sequined styles as they don’t look expensive enough. Also, you may wish to go for structured bags with stiff formation over those slouchy hobo bags. By heeding these simple tricks, you’ll make your basics look more expensive without spending a fortune.

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