How to create an expensive-looking wardrobe without going over budget

Stylist Erica Wark shows us how to look expensive for less!
November 21, 2023 2:53 p.m. EST
November 21, 2023 2:53 p.m. EST

A great outfit can make you feel like a million bucks – even better if it doesn’t have a hefty price tag. Stylist Erica Wark shares simple ways to elevate your wardrobe without spending too much. 

Cozy and Casual 

When it comes to elevating your wardrobe, even when it comes to casual looks, opt for classic wardrobe staples. Think of simple pieces like this mock neck pullover and a quilted jacket. Stay warm and stylish on the bottom with black leggings and finish with accessible accessories like a black crossbody bag and boots. 

SHOP: Padded Quilted Coat; at Muji | Quilted Active Pullover; at Joe Fresh | Stretch Fleece Active Leggings; at Joe Fresh | Ankle Boots; at Joe Fresh | Black Multi Pockets Crossbody Bag; at Pretty Little Thing 

Winter White 

Wearing the same shade head to toe immediately elevates your look. Winter white, in particular, looks extra chic during the colder seasons. The key to nailing the same shade from top to bottom is to combine different textures, like this cut-out cable knit sweater from H&M paired with these faux leather pants from Dynamite. Finish the look off with cream-coloured accessories like these snakeskin-patterned ankle boots. 

SHOP: Sweater; at HM | Gisele Faux Leather Straight Leg Pants; at Dynamite | Boots; at H&M | Silver Abstract Long Hoop Earrings; at Pretty Little Thing | Cream Soft Rib Slouchy Clutch; at Pretty Little Thing | Cream Soft Pu Knot Handbag; at Pretty Little Thing

Elevated Silhouettes

Another great tip when creating a chic outfit is to choose elevated silhouettes. For example, a wide pant with a turtleneck is always a sophisticated option. Pair it with chunky gold accessories and a pair of easy slingbacks. 

SHOP: Wide Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater; at Muji | Trouser; at H&M | Belt; at H&M | Flats; at H&M | Black Croc Mini Shoulder Bag; at Pretty Little Thing | Gold Chunky Flat Curved Earrings; at Pretty Little Thing 


You can’t go wrong with tailored pieces. If the fit is correct, it always looks expensive. This pinstripe vest and matching pants from Zara symbolize today’s modern suit. Keep it classy with a pair of heeled sock boots. 

SHOP: Pinstripe Menswear Style Vest; at Zara | Tapered Pinstripe Pants; at Zara | Fabric heled Ankle Boots; at Zara | Gold Chunky Flat Curved Earrings; at Pretty Little Thing 

Little Black Dress

When in doubt, wear black because it’s always chic! This sexy off-the-shoulder bodycon dress pairs perfectly with simple gold earrings and a sparkling clutch bag. Add a pair of knee-high boots to amp things up. 

Another great way to take your look to the next level, especially during the holidays, is to add some sparkle. Add a rhinestone mesh bodysuit underneath the dress, and you’re ready to shine. 

SHOP:  Dress; at H&M | Boots; at H&M | Gold Metallic Slouchy Clutch; at Pretty Little Thing | Gold Tear Drop Oversized Statement Earrings; at Pretty Little Thing | Rhinestone Mesh Bodysuit; at Zara | Black Diamante Fish Net Over the Knee Boots; at Pretty Little Thing