How to Look Expensive on a Budget

How to Look Expensive on a Budget

How to Look Expensive on a Budget

I have an announcement!

Before I get into the actual topic of this post, I want to just take a minute to thank all of you wonderful people for the congratulations on my ENGAGEMENT!  Yes, on the day before mine and Brandon’s 2nd anniversary (a.k.a. Wednesday evening), he arranged the most spectacular proposal and #ISaidYes ❤️ You can see how it all went down here, and don’t worry, I’ll be posting the full story soon!

Ahem – now for the fashion post I originally wrote (I added in the above paragraph the night after he proposed)! I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve had a friend text me asking where to get such-and-such item but save money simultaneously.  If your budget is on the smaller side (I’m with ya, sistah), it can be challenging to find pieces that fit well, look good, feel great, and don’t cost an arm and a leg.  I’m going to divulge my two shopping secrets when it comes to looking expensive on a budget:

Wait for it to go on sale

It can be so easy to just impulse buy when you see a beautiful, high-quality item in-store.  However, I’ve learned that waiting for sales to occur can end up saving you a fortune.  I wrote a post earlier this year about an app that will save you bucket loads by saving pieces for you and notifying you when they go on sale, all the way until final clearance.  Let’s just say I ended up getting a $110 dress for only $33, and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s some major saving right there!  I sign up for the sales newsletters from my favorite stores.  This way, I’m aware of their major clearance events.  I love shopping from H&M’s annual 80% off clearance, and I recently scored a bunch from ASOS’ 70% off sale (including this gorgeous top) and the Forever 21 40% clearance sale!

Shop the dupes

I fooled a great deal of people last week when I posted my “Gucci” belt and “Rayban” sunglasses on my Instagram story.  In reality, I purchased these two pieces from Amazon, and only spent $28 between the two.  However, you’d really never be able to tell the difference between my knock-offs and the originals.  I love getting my hands on dupes because then my outfit can look luxuriously expensive while costing a mere fraction of the price.  I especially love dupes for accessories.  I don’t mind spending on basic clothing items, but I like to save the most on accessories since they get the most wear.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite high end or designer dupes for you to shop right now! (All of these pieces are under $200.  Don’t be fooled by the prices when you hover over them – the prices definitely vary, and a lot of them cost less than shown).

Outfit Details // top | pants | shoes (currently only available in black) | belt | bracelet | sunglasses

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How to Look Expensive on a Budget

Photos by Brandon of Erudite Productions Inc.

Outfit Details // top | pants | shoes (currently only available in black) | belt | bracelet | sunglasses

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17 Comments

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    Steph
    August 18, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Holy cow that belt looks exactly like the real one! This is a great post and I am bookmarking this.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    ashley
    August 18, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    congrats on your engagement! love this style guide!

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    Liz
    August 19, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    I live this top so much! And congrats!! 🙂

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    August 19, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    This look is so chic! Such a great post with some awesome tips!!

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    Azanique
    August 19, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Congrats on your engagement girl! That is so awesome 🙂 I agree with waiting for things to go on sale. I almost never pay full-price for anything anymore

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Nataly
    August 20, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Congrats on the engagement girl! That is so exciting! I love all these tips too!

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    Ashley
    August 20, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Such a great post!! I am obsessed with your top!! Oh and CONGRATS on your engagement!! Enjoy every minute babe! Such an exciting time!

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    Stephani
    August 21, 2017 at 12:09 AM

    I love this! Thanks for sharing your dupes!!! And CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! Can’t wait to hear the full story!

    Xo, Steph
    http://www.sassandsun.com

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    Carolina Hellal
    August 21, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Super cute look! Love how that belt elevates the outfit in a sec! love it! Congrats on your engagement!!!

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    Maggie
    August 21, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Congrats on the engagement!!!

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    Chloe
    August 22, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Love this top and those shoes!!!
    http://beyondblessedblog.com/

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    Nita
    August 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Love that belt and OMG congrats on your engagement!!!

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    Kasey | Running in Heels
    August 22, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    1. congrats on your engagement! 2. you look amazing 3. I totally needed this post today! I was just stressing about spending money on NYFW clothes!

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    Greta
    August 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    I always wait for items I’m crushing on to go on sale. Especially at Anthropologie and Free People. Great tips lady!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Taylor Ann
    August 25, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Great look for such great prices! And congrats on your engagement!’

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    August 31, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Congrats on your engagement! How exciting! I love this post! I am always looking for ways to save money but still look high-end fashion!

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    Mary Powers
    September 15, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    This outfit is FAB! I love finding items for less. Why pay more when you don’t have to?! Love all your dupes!

    – Mary
    http://www.MissMaryPowers.com

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