It's not that we don't drool over clothing with price tags that make our palms sweat. (In fact, we have a hard time picking our jaws up off the floor every time Paris couture week rolls around.) But there's always that little voice in our head telling us not to spend our entire paycheck on one dress. So we found six ways to fake it.

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STEER CLEAR OF BOLD PRINTS

Busy patterns can come across as overdone and mainstream, whereas simple color-blocking or neutral designs like horizontal stripes seem more high-end. The trick is to go for pieces that won’t look out of season in just a few months’ time, and instead opt for classic solids that stick around. 

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STICK TO A COLOR THEME

While you’re looking for solids, make sure to prioritize a simplified palette of related shades. It appears more put together and elegant than, say, a range of bright hues.  

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KEEP EMBELLISHMENTS TO A MINIMUM

Bling, while oft mistaken for opulence, can detract from the overall appeal of the clothing, and usually goes in and out of style within a season. The less baubles and beads, the more versatile and elevated the overall look.

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LOOK FOR FABRICS THAT MIMIC SILK

Lightweight plain-weave fabrics that mimic silk (think: rayon and polyester blends) will look just as fluid and feel just as soft on your skin but won’t cost a pretty penny. 

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PAY ATTENTION TO FIT

Repeat after us: Your tailor is your best friend. An affordable dress that hugs your body perfectly looks light years more expensive than an ill-fitting designer piece. 

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ACCESSORIZE STRATEGICALLY

Coco Chanel was onto something: Put on all of your accessories, then take one off before you walk out the door. Statement handbag, power heels and you’re good to go. Keeping the garnishes to a minimum while making sure they serve a purpose will prevent that cheapy, over-accessorized look. 

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