How to Look Rich When You’re Poor
Know That Less is More
Accessorize with a statement necklace or some pretty bangle bracelets. Accessories can refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank -- but don't wear them all at the same time. In the words of fashion icon Coco Chanel, "When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on."
Stay within your budget, but don't be afraid to invest in a few key classics. Spend a little extra on some sexy nude pumps that won't kill your feet, or a chic bag that you'll have forever. Think about it this way: If you spend $500 on a bag you love and you'll carry it for five years, you'll wind up spending less than if you bought a cheapy bag every season.
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Mix High- and Low-End Items
There's nothing wrong with shopping at Forever 21 or H&M. In fact, it's smart. This is where you'll get your essentials. Every closet needs basic tanks and tees, and trendy items of the season, but apply Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour's philosophy of pairing them with higher-quality pieces. Wear your Old Navy black sheath dress with a designer belt or Tory Burch flats. Your coworkers will never know how much you paid for the whole outfit!
Look at the Care Label
If it looks cheap, then it is cheap, and your new top won't last long. Be smart when shopping at budget retailers and examine the labels. Look for cotton and polyester blends; then decide if it's worth the hassle to buy a $25 blouse that requires dry cleaning.
Take Advantage of Sales and Discount Retailers
Between Nordstrom Rack, outlets and the frequent sales in major department stores, there's plenty of opportunity for locating the Jimmy Choo pumps you've always wanted at a price you can afford. If you have a busy schedule, don't forget about online shopping. Try Bloomingdales.com or HauteLook.com for more designer deals.