I am a competition level thrifter and bargain hunter. And because when I’m from the Midwest, when you compliment my coat, I have to tell you that I got it for $12, ten years ago, at the thrift store in Sauk Centre.
5 ways to make cheap clothes look good
1. Invest in a slip or an inner layer
I think one of the things that separates Cheap Looking Foolishness from Fancy Looking Poshness is lining.
High-end stuff is lined. Stuff from Target isn’t. Just go buy a slip (yes, they still make them) and all of a sudden you don’t have to wear Spanks and your dress fits and flows so much more elegantly. Try to find a white or neutral slip without any lace – you don’t want the texture of the lace showing through the top layer of your $12 dress.
2. Fake leather + shiny metal = no. Canvas + wood = yes
Pleather is obvious from 8 feet away and shiny metallics look tacky. Matte metal isn’t any more expensive (or real) but it looks much nicer. This bracelet is only $15 but it looks fancy and like some rich relative gave it to you.
Also: canvas. It always looks posh and it’s not expensive. See? Wood bangles are cute and make people think you a) bought them in a pricey museum shop b) spent some time in Africa. Can you believe this set of three is $7?!!
3. Take good care of your cheap clothes
These pieces were not built to last. But you can extend their life by:
* Only washing them when they’re really, actually dirty
* Washing them inside out, in cold water, and air drying them
* Using one of these fabric shavers. No exaggeration, this purchase will change your wardrobe life
4. Only wear one trend at a time
Oh, this is terribly boring advice you’ve read a thousand times before. But that’s because it’s sort of true. You look waaaay classier when you pair your sheer neon top with a black boyfriend blazer and jeans and cute black t-strap sandals, rather than with sequinned dropcrotch pants and those wedge sneaker things. (Of course, ‘classy’ can be very overrated so feel free to ignore this advice)
5. Shiny hair + lip gloss + clean nails always look good
Your mom was right.
Do you guys partake in cheap fashion? How do you make your cheaper items look good?