Here are a few tips on how to look expensive on a budget:

The Little Black Dress
If you don’t already own this, you should get one. This dress easily transitions from day to evening, you could wear it to work and then later for a meet-up with friends for drinks. It never goes out of style; this outfit could be in your wardrobe for years whilst keeping you looking classy and timeless.

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Naomi Campbell. Photo: Pinterest

Ankara prints
The power of Ankara is often neglected; whether as a blazer, shoe or bag, this fabric can do no wrong. It can be mixed with your favourite pair of jeans or worn alone. Ankara prints have a certain unexplainable power of creating glamour and taste. We’ve seen Jidenna own this look a number of times.

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Jidenna at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

The white button-down shirt
One of the best inventions in fashion history, the white button-down shirt defies time and purpose! You can dress it up with heels and a pencil midi skirt, or down – with jeans and sneakers. Either way, be sure that this look will keep you crisp and chic. For the guys, it is that pair that goes with your jeans, shorts and pants as well as dress shoes and sneakers.

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Stay wrinkle free
There’s nothing more cheapening than a wrinkled outfit, it kills even the most expensive of looks. No matter the outfit or price tag, stay as wrinkle-free as possible. And no! You can’t iron the front of a shirt and leave the back!

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Perfect make-up
Unless you’ve perfected the almighty art of contouring, try to opt for as little make-up as possible. Nothing screams tacky like badly applied make-up. Let your skin breathe if you can, and you get to save all that money you would have spent on contouring kits!

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Mayowa Nicholas

Get the right fit
Oversize is a trend, the wrong fit is not! Before buying any outfit, try it on to see if it fits; don’t just assume it will because you might be disappointed. Proportions might be the difference between dapper and cheap.

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