How to Make Your Outfit Look Expensive, as Illustrated by Olivia Palermo

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The perennially chic Olivia Palermo turns 31 today and, at this age, she has already mastered a skill that we all wish we had – and which could have saved us a few thousand dirhams along the way. The New York-based tastemaker has become somewhat of an expert on wearing high-street clothing and looking immaculately polished at the same time. (Speaking of birthdays, it might have something to do with Palermo being a Pisces, who tend to be creative and artistic by nature). Now, as she turns a year older, we’re turning to her for some style wisdom on how to expertly make high-street pieces look expensive.

1

Can't Stop the Feeling

A trick that you should develop is to form a habit of feeling and touching fabrics when you are shopping. Remember: retailers try to do everything at a lesser cost, so they will skimp on materials. If the fabric feels thick and expensive, buy it and you won’t regret it, as it will stand the test of time.

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2

Neutral Ground

Keep it simple. Reach for pieces that come in neutral colors and thick fabrics. Additionally, monochrome makes for an easy outfit that both looks expensive and gives you a slimmer silhouette.

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3

Golden Touch

Add a golden touch – be it in the form of a cuff, a necklace, earrings, or a watch. Like all things, less is more and perceived as elegant, so don’t pile it on. Wear only one statement-making accessory instead.

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4

Higher and Higher

Wearing heels can instantly elevate an outfit and make it look more than it’s really worth. For proof, try your most casual outfit on tomorrow and try it on with flats, then with heels. Spot the difference?

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5

Prime Source

An expensive “look” comes down to your grooming habits – having well-groomed hair and nails alongside a well-primed face can go a long way. Notice Olivia’s perpetual blowout and fire-red mani?

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6

Choose Wisely

Take your time when it comes to scouring the shops and making purchase decisions. Never underestimate the importance of simple things like stitching and buttons, so pay extra close attention to these details.

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7

Nip and Tuck

We can never stress enough that a tailor can be your best fashion friend, and you should have one saved in your contacts list. Alterations will cost additional money, but will take your look a notch higher. A quick fix would be to add a belt to make you look more polished.

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