Nine Ways to Give Your Outfits a Luxe Look

While searching for pieces for a client’s wardrobe I came upon the picture below left at Matches and while the outfit is expensive it simply oozes luxury. So I decided to try and recreate it at a fraction of the price. Total cost of the outfit on the left £3,110 and on the right £160

how to wear neutrals, how to look expensive

Left – Jumper // Bag // Trousers // Shoes //

Right – Jumper // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

I thought I would style some more looks that have that luxe feel about them. Some of the items in the outfits are at the high end of the High Street but you can use them as inspiration to find pieces at more budget friendly prices

So if you want to give your wardrobe a luxe look here are my top tips.

how to wear neutrals, how to look expensive

Add a pair of big sunglasses, tortoiseshell will work well with neutrals, or pick a classic pair of Aviators or a light neutral frame.


Choose neutrals – a mixture of creams, beiges, ivory and tan looks incredibly expensive although you may want to check if the pieces are machine washable or be prepared to have them dry cleaned often to keep them looking perfect.

how to wear neutrals, how to look expensive

Left – Scarf // Jumper // Bag // Trousers // Shoes //

Right – Scarf // Shirt // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

Use classic colour combinations like Navy and Cream.

Add a luxury fabric, for example in a long flowing silk shirt.

Choose muted prints that either blend with a neutral or that can be worn top to toe.

how to wear neutrals, how to look expensive

Left – Top // Bag // Trousers // Shoes //

Right – Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

Add metallic accessories to tone with your outfit.

Use suede in bags and shoes – they do take a little more care especially if you get caught in the rain, but spray them with a protector before you use them.

Quilted bags have a “Chanel” feel to them that look incredibly chic.

Add a scarf – not just at the neck, use one as a Twilly on the handles of your handbag for that Hermes look.

how to wear neutrals, how to look expensive

These ideas work both now and into Autumn and Winter too – a classic camel coat, for example is a brilliant Autumn buy for your capsule wardrobe.