10 Ways to Style a Cheap Outfit to Make It Look Expensive

There are few things more gratifying than triumphantly transforming a super-affordable piece in a way that elevates it and makes it appear more expensive-looking than it actually is. Sure, investing in well-made staples is always well advised, but when the budget is tight or you simply want to take a stab at the high-low mix, a cheap item isn’t necessarily always a faux pas.

Rather, it’s all about the styling approach. You can make almost anything look pricier than it actually is just by the way you layer it on with your other wardrobe staples. A $5 Hanes white tee is instantly made Olsen-approved chic just by layering it under a blazer and wide-leg slacks with sandals. A floral dress from somewhere like H&M or Zara? Cinch a leather belt around it and accessorize with a Birkin-esque straw bag. Catch our drift?

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