We all love luxury items and clothes put together well. But, certainly we do not have a ton of money to splurge on everything we want. As weddings are lined up and festive season is here, we need a lot of ethnic pieces to go with the occasions. While designer outfits are way costly for our budget, there are many ways you can dress smartly to look like a million bucks. It all comes down to picking up the right pieces and coordinate them well. Here are 10 simple and chic ways to look expensive in a budget.
1. Choose your fabric wisely
A good quality fabric is the base of the whole look. So, you need to set it right. When it comes to ethnic wears, silk has its own place. Splurge on classy fabrics like silk, linen, cotton, chiffon etc. For example, go for a good quality lace fabric rather than net.
2. Be specific about colour and prints
If you want to look expensive, avoid wearing earthy tones. Instead, go for pastels and vibrant jewel tones. If it’s a day wear, stick with pastels and muted shades. Incorporate glitter in evening wear, but don’t overdo it. Small elegant prints can flatter any body type. Try to stay away from huge floral and paisley motifs.
3. Fit matters
A quick nip and tuck can make your outfit look custom made. Baggy outfits are never entertained, when it comes to look classy. A good tailor is an ultimate necessity. Make sure the garment has the proper length and fit. Take an appointment with your tailor after every purchase, to get that perfect fit.
4. Layer ’em up
Layering is equally important in ethnic wear as well as western outfits. A third layer over your normal kurtis can elevate the entire look in a snap. If you are bold enough, try out capes over sarees. Go for sheer net capes, neat cotton capes or elegant silk capes. Adding a cape or jacket can make your attire totally outstanding and stylish.
5. Replace Churidar with Palazzo
Instead of going with age old churidars and salwars, opt for palazzos or cigarette pants. Pair your long kurtas with Ghagras. Don’t go for too much contrast, as it can look cheap if not coordinated correctly.
6. wear crop tops with ethnic skirts
Make your ethnic skirts look expensive by pairing them up with exquisite cropped jackets and tops. Experiment with western crop tops to get a fusion look. If your skirt is solid go for beautiful zardozi, brocade, mirror worked or embroidered tops.
7. Slit as high as possible
High slit kurtas look very classy and elegant. Go for lengthy kurtas with single or double front slits starting from your navel line. High slits make you look taller and thus give you a sturdy look. Stick to straight or A-line kurtas with cigarette pants or palazzos.
8. Make a statement
People tend to go gaga with jewelry when comes to ethnic wear, and ends up looking tacky. Take it easy, until and unless you are a bride. Make sure to stick to only one statement piece. Keep one real good jewelry for others to focus on. If you don’t like heavy jewelries, invest in a fine gold/diamond pendant or studs and you will be good to go.
9. Nude your face
When it comes to makeup, nudes are always classy. Give yourself a fresh dewy makeup. Opt for matte foundation and concealer to avoid looking shiny. Don’t forget to do your hair. If you don’t have time, a quick blow dry or a sleek ponytail is enough. Chipped nail paints are a big no no. Keep your nails bare, if you are not willing to put effort in painting them.
10. Smell good
No look is complete without a luxe fragrance. It works like a first impression for olfactory sense. Pick up a perfume you love and spray it modestly. If your perfume fades out too soon, apply petroleum jelly on your skin before spraying.