#1: Opt For High-Neck Clothes

High necks give the illusion of an elongated neckline, which gives your outfit a chic and sophisticated look. They’re also one of fashion blogger Chriselle Lim’s favourite tricks on looking luxe.

Here are some affordable options you can get:

Polyester high-neck top, $45.90, Zara

We’d pair this number over a white shirt to give it more depth.

Polyester shift dress, $59.90, Mango

Here’s a fun update to the usual LBD, the high-neck detail features a bow-tie at the back.

Polyester sweater, $35.90, Bershka

This piece would look great with this season’s hottest trend, flared pants.


#2: Structured Bags

A women who looks posh and polished is almost always carrying a structured bag. They not only help you look put-together, if you get the right pair, they can actually last you a long time. Our tip: Stick to neutral tones, whites and blacks, for a more timeless appeal.

Shop these:

PU sling bag, $49.90, Charles & Keith

Cop this adorable bag at an affordable price.

PU cross body bag, $49.90, Stradivarius

We’re digging the feminine flower embellishments on this pair.

PU cross body bag, $46.90, Topshop

Here’s one for the girl with a minimalist style, we love the simple yet chic touch the hardware gives the bag.

#3: Red Lips

Looking expensive isn’t only about what you wear, how you look plays a part too. An easy way to look more striking is with a good red lip. It’s no secret that they are super classy and flattering on most skin tones.

Shop these:

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave, $40

This lipstick from Nars features an orange-red undertone that’ll look especially great on deeper skin-tones.

Tom Ford Lipcolour in Cherry Lush, $76

Slightly on the pricey side for lipsticks, but super worth the investment. Tom Ford is the go-to brand for highly-pigmented and long-lasting lippies.

Kat-Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, $31, Sephora

Kat-Von D liquid lipsticks are known for its long-lasting ultra-matte formula that sits comfortably on the lips. We think this brick red shade would look great on anyone with a cool-undertone.

#4: Pointed Shoes

A pointed shoe will add a touch of class to your outfit, be it flats or heels. They work great with both dressier and casual outfits.

Shop these:

Polyester pumps, $55.90, Bershka

Get fashion blogger Samantha Maria’s (above) look for less with this pair.

Textile flats, $59.90, Topshop

These flats come in a trendy plaid print. We especially love how the bejewelled details add a bit of femininity back to the shoe.

Polyester kitten heels, $45.90, Zara

Do colour-blocking right with this pair, it’s in between a neutral and a statement shoe.


#5: Tone-on-Tone Outfits

Wearing only the same tones/hues in an outfit won’t only make a statement, it’ll also make you look chic and put together. Best part? It’s super easy to piece together quickly. We’d play around with textures to bring more depth to the outfit. Click here for outfit inspirations.

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