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12 Styling Tips To Make High Street Fashion Look Expensive

Love fashion, but your budget doesn’t stretch further than the high street? It doesn’t matter if your wardrobe is more department store than designer if you know how to shop savvy; and our fashion team know exactly what you should be looking for.

In fact, you don’t necessarily need to buy anything new to give your wardrobe an expensive-looking edge. Get that luxe look nailed with our expert advice on how to style your way to a better-looking wardrobe…

1. Choose styles with small, intricate details

Blouse, £49.99, Mango

Look for minor details to make your high street buy a stand-out. This blouse comes with simple detailing on the shoulder that makes it look for more worthy of a designer price tag than its affordable high street one!

2. Tie a printed scarf around the handle of your bag

Scarf, £6.99, Mango

Accessories add an edge, and a simple styling trick like tying a scarf around the handle of your bag can be the difference between looking high end and high street.

3. Opt for pewter over silver

Necklace, £18, Marks & Spencer

Embellishment and sparkle lift the everyday, and pewter always looks far more expensive than silver.

4. Don’t ignore the ‘classic’ buys

Shirt, £32, Next

A classic striped shirt with a good cut, fabric and neat front pockets looks the business – are you sure you’re not wearing designer?

5. Choose indigo denim

Skirt, £26, M&Co

Owing to better technology and fabric, the high street is really picking up the pace when it comes to denim. Indigo instantly looks more polished and this knee-length skirt falls at exactly the right point.

6. Try suede instead of leather

Shoes, £18, New Look

The high street makes great suede pieces at a fraction of the cost of its designer counterparts. Take advantage and embrace this season’s must-have texture.

7. Choose simple, structured bags

Bag, £25, Marks & Spencer

Handbags should have a classic, simple shape. If the fabric’s faux, make sure it looks and feels like leather; the high street i great at the saffiano effect – that grained look that Prada is known for.

8. Choose styles with print on the front and back

Dress, £45, Wallis

Prints should continue around your body and match up perfectly to the side seams; ones that don’t are a dead giveaway.

9. Add some woven leather or fringe detailing

Bag, £29.99, New Look

Steer towards designer accents; lattice leather spells high end.

10. Match your shoes to your bag

Shoes, £79, Carvela at House of Fraser

Finish the look with shoes that echo the lattice effect. Matching your shoes to your bag is still very much a ‘thing’.

11. Wear one block colour


Bomber jacket, £45, Dorothy Perkins

Tone-on-tone colour instantly spells luxury – the high street is particularly good at nude and putt shades. A bomber elevates your look, but stick to simple designs to keep it looking sophisticated.

12. Choose structured pleats

Skirt, £39.99, Zara

Look for crisp, structured pleating in a heavyweight silk or crepe. Metallic skirts are having a fashion moment, and you can echo the designer styles easily on the high street.

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