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Colors That Make Everything Look More Expensive

We all want the same thing when it comes to style – to look chic, polished and well put-together without breaking the bank. Believe it or not, you definitely can look like a million bucks without making every piece you purchase an investment one. However, there are a few things to take into consideration when making new additions to your wardrobe.

One of them is the fit; you can own the most expensive dress or blazer in the world, but if it doesn’t fit perfectly, it’s not going to do your figure justice. The second element, perhaps one of the more crucial ones, is the fabric. Not all fabrics are made equal and some simply exude a more elevated, expensive vibe than others, even though they usually come at a lower price than one might expect. Always be on the lookout for natural fabrics and flowy materials, such as cotton, faux suede and linen, and let’s, of course, not forget silk and even great faux leather.

Now, the third element that can make or break a piece is the color choice. Again, just like with fabrics, not all colors were created equal, and with no offense to certain shades and hues, some shades are simply better than others. Our mission today is to guide you through all the amazing colors that have that chic and pricey vibe so you never again have to deal with doubts and ask yourself whether you look great – you’ll be completely confident that you do.

The obvious choice

We will, of course, be starting with black. Not only is black slimming, but it also has this power of making you look incredibly powerful, like you have everything in your life all figured out. Now, bear in mind that the choice of fabric is also crucial and always make it part of the equation. Although black blazers might be the obvious choice, there are times when they can seem a tad dull. That’s precisely why your choice of black garments should be more aimed at dresses, no matter if we’re talking about skater, sparkly evening dresses, A-line, tea-length or any other cuts that suit your body type.

Black shoes are always a foolproof choice, as well as great black jeans and the inevitable moto leather jacket. Regular tees are a definite yes as they are the Cadillac of basics around which everything else revolves.  

Bring on the big guns

This may come as a surprise, but a color deemed by many as the most luxurious-looking one is none other than camel. Still, there is a catch; if you choose the wrong pieces you can end up with an outfit that makes you look washed out and plain dull. This is why there are three golden pieces of attire that will ensure that scenario doesn’t come to life.

Camel outerwear is one of such unmistakable choices. Whether you’re rocking a camel winter or trench coat, you will always ooze that effortlessly-chic vibe. Camel handbags are another great weapon of choice, as well as great ankle suede boots that somehow make your life (and style) 125% better.

Just the right shade

As the book says, there are fifty shades of grey, but not all of them are as good as the few chosen ones. Kidding aside, yes, there are numerous shades of grey, some of them we perhaps don’t even know the names of, but they’re there. Among those, light and blue-grey are definite winners in the ‘expensive looking’ category, closely followed by dim grey and platinum.

There is undoubtedly a great deal of clothing and accessory items in these shades, so incorporating them into your wardrobe definitely won’t be much of a challenge. From regular tees to cotton body-hugging dresses, sweatpants and even wide-leg trousers and oversized grey plaid blazers, with this color family, the world will be your luxurious-looking oyster.

Crisp clean

White can look incredibly elegant, sleek and sophisticated, but you have to be very careful with the types of materials you choose and even the occasions you choose to wear them too. Once wrinkled, even the chicest outfit can turn to shabby, so make sure you stick with those that don’t crease easily.

As for particular garments, the latest in the dress family – the tuxedo dress – takes the gold, and white culottes aren’t too far behind. The white wide shoulder blazer, as seen in Tom Ford’s spring line, is as classy as it gets, and of course, there is nothing that can elevate a casual outfit like a quality white cotton tee and a button-up.

Expanding the palette

So far we’ve stuck with neutrals and non-colors, but for all of you out there with an inclination for pops of color, worry not, there is something in here for you too. Navy crew sweaters, as well as navy straight leg jeans, solid bags and navy patent leather pumps are always here to take your look to a whole new level. Certain types of red, particularly maroon and berry red, are also incredible choices, particularly in the shoe, bag and at times cocktail dress department.

Finally, for those who have an even more prominently playful side, burnt orange can look quite quirky, pricey and cool at the same time. Just make sure not to use it in large quantities – bags, sunglasses and cute flats will suffice, just don’t go out of your house in a head-to-toe orange outfit.


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Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, High Style Life, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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