Dressing on a budget and looking good at the same time isn't an easy task, but it's not impossible either. Stretch your budget by focusing on some core, monochrome outfits.
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As finance blog Money Crashers explains, black, white and grey clothes are abundant, but you can also get them for pretty cheap. Because they all fit each other without being very season-specific (unlike colourful outfits which may be more limited), you can mix and match all year long.
One surefire way to look cheap is to pile on a ton of different colours and patterns. While I definitely love a splash of colour, wearing a monochromatic tone from head to toe creates an idea of quality. You don't have to wear head-to-toe black, but an outfit made from different shades of grey looks sophisticated and expensive.
Neutral colours look best for this trick: White worn with shades of khaki, or dark-wash jeans worn with a lighter chambray top easily trick others into thinking you spent a fortune on pieces that can be found at a huge discount.
Of course, this doesn't mean you can never wear colours. In fact, adding a dash of red to an otherwise monochrome outfit can draw attention to a particular area of the body, or make an otherwise boring outfit standout. Feel free to experiment, but save money by building on a more neutral, flexible foundation.
9 Ways to Make Your Clothes Look More Expensive & Fashionable [Money Crashers]