Usually, when you’re living life on a budget, the first thing you need to cut is your fashion expenses. It’s hard to look gorgeous while not spending a fortune, or is it? While it can seem easy to justify spending a ton of money on your new favorites, it’s actually easy AF to shop fast fashion and get the look of your fave fashionable celeb without overspending. So if you’re hoping to look like Blake Lively without spending your entire paycheck, there are a few easy things to keep in mind the next time you’re at the mall.
1. Solid colors. One of the easiest ways to look like you spent a fortune is to pick solid colors instead of prints. This Forever 21 Contemporary Cape Top ($23) looks like something Gwyneth Paltrow would wear, but it’s cheap, cheerful and can be dressed up or down.
2. Subtle detail. Small touches are a surefire way to make it look like you spent a fortune on designer duds without actually spending a fortune. The back detail on this H&M Off-the-Shoulder Cheap Midi Dress ($40) makes it look like you shopped with MK & Ashley instead of Heinz & Moritz.
3. Real leathers and suedes. If you want to look like a million bucks, skip the fake fabrics and opt for true leather and suede. Investing in an affordable jacket, like this ASOS Curve Ultimate Biker Jacket in Leather ($162), vs. a designer one (which can cost over $500!) will take your look from sad to chic.