How to Look Expensive #1 | Styling Tips

– How to look luxe on a budget. (upbeat electronic music) Hi ladies, it’s Erin, and
welcome back to my channel. Through my channel Busbee Style, my goal and mission is to
help women just like you, who are busy juggling life. Look like you have your act together, even if you don’t. This is a video topic
I have done once before and I felt like it needed a redo. I wanted to go in a different direction. If you missed the first one, I’ll put a link to that
below in the description box. So that’s a lot about where to shop: consignment stores, outlet stores, flash-sale websites. This one, I wanna tailor more toward what to actually
wear to look more expensive. I also wanna explain a little bit that expensive, to me, also means elegant, sophisticated,
age-appropriate, chic. It’s not just like I look like money, because I don’t necessarily
think that’s so important. I think that looking elegant and chic and sophisticated are the goals and what you should target. I’m gonna kind of walk you through some basic tips to help you look more elegant and sophisticated and chic. (upbeat electronic music) Number one is to wear all black. It’s such a chic combination but there are a couple of factors
behind the all-black look: So, number one, it’s easier to buy inexpensive fabrics, and
have them look expensive, if the fabric is a dark color. Number two, black is very slimming. Number three, it’s a great blank canvas for any accessory you want to add to it. Number four, it just looks more chic and elegant when you wear all black. The nice part about all black is that you don’t have to worry so much about your fabric choices because again, that color will hide if the fabric isn’t that expensive. One of my favorite
go-to’s this time of year when it’s a little bit
warmer, is just a really nice pair of black trousers,
whether it’s a culotte or an ankle trouser, and a black cami. It’s just so simple, it’s so chic, it’s so elegant, and then you could always throw a
little moto jacket over it. You could throw a great necklace on with it, a scarf with
it, a blazer with it. There’s endless possibilities. So all-black is definitely a home run. It’s very difficult to screw up all-black. (upbeat electronic music) In contrast to all-black, I think all-white can be equally as chic. Maybe even more
luxe-looking than all-black. The tricky part with
all-white, a couple things. Number one, you have to kinda pony-up a little bit more for the fabrication because when you have inexpensive or synthetic white fabrics, it’s going to show a lot easier
than it does with black. Number two, it does show a lot more so it will show lumps
and bumps a lot more. So you have to be a little bit more strategic about the silhouette and the fit and how it works. So here’s an example of an all-white outfit I wore this Fall, that I loved. It was just a white fuzzy sweater and a wide-leg white trouser. And then I wore an all-white look recently at the beach. These really, really sexy high-slit white pants with a white sweatshirt. I absolutely love an all-white look, I think that it does look very chic and expensive. So, if you can get those things right. Where you get the fit and the silhouette right and you also get
the fabrication right, then go for the all-white look. It’s just divine. (upbeat electronic music) The third thing to consider is the fabric, the fabric choices. So when you are looking at the tags of something and you’re thinking about buying it, if it is a natural fabric- So that would be linen, cotton, suede, leather, cashmere, silk,
those are natural fabrics. They are naturally going
to look more expensive. They are naturally going to drape and fit the body better than synthetics. Synthetics like polyester, rayon, nylon- they are going to not drape as well and not look as chic and expensive as those natural fabrics. So that’s another thing to think about. (upbeat electronic music) Number four is jewelry. So jewelry, there’s a couple of different ways you can go about it when you want to
look very chic and luxe. The first way that you can go about it is to wear dainty jewelry. So that would be kind of like what I have on right now. The circle necklace, these little stud earrings, this ring- When you’re wearing these dainty pieces, it looks like it could be the real McCoy, it looks like it could be real gold and real diamonds. Another route you can go is wearing bold gold jewelry and I would just do, if you’re gonna do this route, just do one piece and then
leave everything else out. So something like this would be a good example of how that will just elevate your whole look. It’s a really cool, bold,
gold choker necklace- unfortunately not available anymore, but you get the idea that if you just pick one bold gold piece and add it to your outfit,
that will elevate the look. It will make you look more chic and it will make you look more stylish. Another jewelry option for you is the tried and true pearl necklace. It’s just very classic and pretty and feminine, but also very sophisticated. So I happen to love this one, it’s a multi-layered pearl necklace but you don’t have to go that route. You can do just like a smaller multi-strand piece, or you could even just do a single strand which would be really beautiful as well. (upbeat electronic music) Number five are sunglasses. Here’s where you can really play around with going high or low. I think the dupes for the high, high-end sunglasses are so good that you do not need to spend three, four, even $500 sometimes
on a pair of sunglasses. Take a look at what Celine has, take a look at what Channel has, take a look at what Khloe has. Take a look at your favorite high-end designers: Valentino, Prada, Gucci- and then look for the dupes. And the dupes can be at Nordstrom in the BP section, the dupes can be from Amazon, the dupes can be from just about anywhere. They are so good, just make sure that they have UV protection. But when you where a pair of sunglasses that looks high-end expensive, that instantly brings your
whole look up a notch. It just makes you look a little bit more mysterious, a little but more stylish all-around and
definitely more luxe. So sunglasses are totally key. (upbeat electronic music) Wearing a scarf is another option for you, if you want to
look more luxe, expensive. So you can go the route of that skinny, silky scarf
and you can roll it up. I have done three videos
on how to tie scarves. I’ve done the blanket scarf, the rectangular scarf,
and the skinny scarf so you should check that video out if you haven’t already seen it. I’ll put it in the description box below, but you can just add a really
cool scarf to your look. There’s a lot of options. (upbeat electronic music) Next up is belts. Belts are something that are not gonna break the bank, even the high, high-end ones, and they will take your whole look up a notch. Like it defines a waist and
it looks more expensive. So you could go the route of the high, high-end designer belt. Like the Hermes H belt, or maybe the Gucci belt, or maybe the Salvatore Ferragamo belt, that’s the one I have, but get it on the consignment store. Don’t pay full price for it if you know exactly what you
want and what your size is. Just go to The RealReal,
or Vestiaire Collective, or eBay, or someplace like that and get the same belt for a lot less. I mean there’s no reason why you need to pay full price for that. So here’s the belt that I have. It’s real understated, the Gucci belts, some of them are really big. I happen to prefer this kind of smaller, more understated size but I also always look for a reversible option, especially if it’s a higher end, because then you get two-for-one. I always like a two-for-one, especially if you’re
paying a lot of money. This one was a hand-me-down. (upbeat electronic music) The next tip I want to
talk about are handbags. Handbags are one of those really easy things that you can incorporate into your wardrobe that will definitely elevate your overall look. There are a couple of
ways you can go about it: You can go the high,
high-end luxury bag route. If you are going to go that route, you may wanna look at consignment stores. You can get something that’s really classic and lovely kind of like this belt bag that
I got on The RealReal. You see there’s not a lot of logos, there’s not a lot of hardware on this bag, it’s a structured bag so it looks very luxe and expensive,
but it’s also very classic. So if this is like your one bag, it’s gonna go with everything and it’s not gonna, you know, go out of style in five years. It’s going to last forever,
so that’s one option. The other option is just to think in terms of a really chic, structured bag. So it doesn’t need to be a super high-end bag like the Celine bag but you could do something more like this. Here’s a Brahmin bag that’s structured, that’s really beautiful
and looks very expensive. Here’s another one that I
have that’s python embossed. This one’s by Michael
Kors, a little bit smaller, and it’s metallic so that’s a very neutral color as well. And then here’s another example. This is a Henri Bendel bag structured in white, that has the top handles that’s very elegant, chic, and versatile. That’s not going to be crazy expensive. It’s something that you can wear with almost anything and it also, again, just takes the whole look up a notch. Those structured bags, if you get one with just some nice, clean lines, with the minimal hardware if you go the route of a more subtle luxury bag, it’s going to be more relevant, longer. So just something to think about. (upbeat electronic music) Next up I want to talk
about classic pieces, and the importance of
wearing classic pieces. So by no means does this mean you cannot wear, like, trendy pieces, I’m just saying that if you want to look more luxe and more
sophisticated, and timeless, then classic pieces are the way to go. By classic I mean tailored, clean lines, minimal details, pieces that will really span the decades, that never go out of style. They’re really timeless and those are the pieces that
will look the most luxe. When in doubt, go classic vs trendy when you want to elevate
and look more expensive. (upbeat electronic music) Dark jeans, I just mentioned them, those are a big deal on a couple fronts. Number one, they make you look slimmer. Number two, they’re really versatile and they go with
everything in your closet. And number three, they
can elevate your look and look dressier, more sophisticated. I love to pull out a pair of dark-washed skinny jeans, pair them with a pair of great chic, classic pumps and a cute top and be done with it. Maybe a blazer or moto jacket over it. It’s a wonderful look, the dark jeans are terrific, they’re a wardrobe basic. If you don’t already have a great pair of dark washed jeans that you feel really good in and really confident in, that is definitely something that should be
high on your shopping list. (upbeat electronic music) The crisp, white button-down
is always a slam dunk. Now I know some of you
may have larger busts, and have trouble with a white button-down. In that case, either you can take your garment to the tailor and have them fix it in the waist so it’s not so big in the waist,
or what you can do is just wear the button-down open with a really lovely cami underneath and it will still look really
chic and sophisticated. So that crisp, white button-down, those dark wash jeans, that belt and the pumps and you’re
like yes, that’s a winner. (upbeat electronic music) Pointed-toe shoes are
definitely a classic. I don’t feel like they’ve ever gone out of style, even though they can be a nightmare to wear
unless you find the right pair. They do look very expensive, so if you’re contemplating between a rounded-toe or a pointed-toe, when it comes to a flat or a heel, I would go the direction of the pointed-toe
if you can take it. So I would have a pair of black pointed-toe pumps, I would have a pair of skin-colored pointed-toe pumps, and maybe one fun subtle print like a polka dot, or a
stripe, or an animal print. When in doubt, go the route
of solid colors vs prints. Prints are wonderful and I love to wear prints, but it’s so much harder to get that sophistication right with the print, unless
it’s an animal print. It’s a lot easier to do when
you’re wearing solid colors. (upbeat electronic music) You know when you’re wearing something that’s a little more fitted, you want to make sure you have a really smooth, more t-shirt type bra that fits you well so there’s not like folds of skin peeping
through to your shirt and also, you don’t want to wear a lacy bra that’s gonna look lumpy under a shirt and you don’t want to have the bra a contrasting color. You want the bra to be a color that really will not
show through the shirt. So those are just some of the things to think about with the undergarments and also obviously you don’t want panty
lines showing through. So you wanna do a no-seam panty. Soma Intimates makes both a great vanishing back bra, and also a vanishing panty line bra,
I’ll link both below. (upbeat electronic music) Okay, this next combination is one of my favorites and when it comes to, like, looking really elegant and luxe, it’s a winner. Every time. And it’s the
turtleneck/blazer combination. So you throw on a turtleneck and a blazer, you just look really expensive. You do the turtleneck, the blazer, the dark wash jeans, and
the pointed-toe pumps, and the belt- let’s not forget the belt! And you are, you’re so good. (upbeat electronic music) The next piece I wanted to talk about that I think is one of those fail safe look-luxe options
also, is a camel coat. Whether that’s a camel trench, a camel overcoat, outerwear coat, or a camel blazer: all look expensive. All look luxe, all look super regal and classic and sophisticated. So can’t go wrong with camel. (upbeat electronic music) The last tip I wanted to share is to make sure that you are walking around with confidence because if you are not walking around with confidence and owning
what you’re wearing, then it will show. People will see through that so whatever it is that you put together on your body, whatever outfit you decide to do, whatever tip you decide to employ, make sure that you’re walking around owning it. Confidently wearing it, smiling, happy, and that’s gonna make all the difference in the world. A couple of other quick
things I wanted to mention, just, hair is important. You want it to be sleek and clean and nice and not messy. And also, you need to think about steaming or ironing your garments so that they’re not all wrinkly. That one’s a hard one for me. And then also tailoring your garments because if something doesn’t fit quite right, it will make
it look less expensive than if it’s tailored for your body. It’s going to look so beautiful and elegant and just crisp and perfect. So those are my tips to helping you look more expensive, but also more elegant, more sophisticated, more chic, more stylish- And I think that if you use these tips, you’re just gonna feel awesome. You’re gonna walk out your door with an extra spring in your step and I think, you know, who doesn’t want that? Thank you guys so much for watching! If you like this video, I hope that you will hit
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over there, as well. Thank you all so much for watching! Do let me know if you have any questions, just comment below, and I will see ya next time. Bye! (upbeat electronic music)


  1. You left out hats. I wear a beret and also a fedora, straw in the summer. I feel confident when I wear a hat

  2. Black don’t look expensive, it depends what fabric will you use. If it’s not a good fabric it gives you the opposite result. White well. White, beige, camel there are the good looking colors, sometimes also red.

  3. All white is 1000X better than all black. (Open necklines help the black appeal, otherwise it does NOT flatter face shadows )

  4. Thanks for your advice and I am a 9 year old girl I love fashion and want to be a fashion designer

  5. Then there is Iris Apfel, who is 97. Actually wealthy, but may not look expensive by these standards. However, an amazingly unique woman. I could never pull off her style, but I admire her.

  6. Great tips! What tips do you have for accessorizing when wearing glasses or headbands/barrettes? I walk with a cane, for example. Does that count as an accessory? Thanks

  7. THANK YOU!!! Put rice water (spritz at night and leave on) to make hair GROW and SHINE! Also Aloe vera (real clear goop) around vagina to make it tight as a drum! WORKS!!!

  8. V shoes will deform your feet…. and make them look like you have GOAT HOOVES… my moms feet are deformed now because of those shoes

  9. Where do ankle trousers end? How many inches above the part where your foot meets ankle? How are they not to be confused with what we once called " floods"?

  10. Thanks for sharing this!! Always been one whom finds it stressful placing outfits. Going bck to the all black or black/white concept. Dark Jeans & blazers definitely are my FAVS! THANKS!!! 40+Club

  11. Anyone pleeeease legs 27 inches inside leg look so small and frumpy in skinny jeans look ,,so much fatter than everyone elses. Im 5ft 2 and weigh 11 stone which is a little overweight but im really not obese! I dont like really high heels Im more of an ankle boot ,medium heel girl

  12. Sure: "wear all white but if your shape allows it…" " if you want your fabrics to look expensive look for the natural ones which ARE more expensive" "absolutely must have the Camel trench coat" This is the BS all the girls an women are fed everyday and this is why they feel they need to fit in and all dress the same like a bunch of brain washed Barbies. You can have your own stlye (without the Camel, which by the way might not fit everybody's complexion ….) and still be stylish. Expensive or not. The only thing I agree with is the confidence. The rest is useless and a reason for you to feed your own ego posing arround in your little dresses and pointy shoes.

  13. Very professional and straightforward presentation. Love the consignment store idea and the bold necklace on all black. any woman regardless of age and size can use these ideas to be just a bit more chic. Great inspiration. 😊

  14. Where are the black pinstripe pants from that are shown in the "pointed toe pumps" section?

  15. Where can I find those white purses! You are using them with the "White Look" ! They are adorable!

  16. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for all the tips. They are very useful. I have a question about your 2 dinning rooms. Where did you got them and what is the name of them? I am looking for a set for my kitchen (6 white chairs with metal plus a glass table with metal base). It will be a great help if you could share that info. Thanks. 🌸

  17. Poited toes are just unattractive to me, idk they remind me of chinese feet binding too much, shoes should be feet shaped

  18. what is her meaning "all – black is definitely a home run. it's very difficult to screw up all-black"?. thanks alot

  19. i think yr too good looking and way lovely slender and im trying to get there-ive got 20 lbs to go but yr advice is great thanks oh wat size jeans do you wear i play heavy metal and i song hard but i want to look prof and ultra feminine-yr tips and suit looks are lovely

  20. Hi Erin, I love your content👌🏻. I’m 6 ft tall & struggle with online clothes shopping. Any tips would be great! I have a good sense of style but, I have a hard time with fit (especially pants).

  21. Everything is going to look beautiful on you because you already are beautiful and elegant and stylish. We can try but never look as elegant as you…☺ it is the true..😊 Thank you any way for these tips.

  22. turtle neck and blazer is good if you have a longer neck – If your neck is short try a V neck top, blazer, scarf or long n, simple necklace

  23. Rayon is a naturally sourced fabric made from trees cellulose. Unfortunately it shares some qualities with synthetic cloth – it doesn't breathe like cotton but then neither does silk. You forgot to mention natural fabrics made from bamboo and hemp.

  24. Hello! I just found you and am so delighted by your great videos! Thank you for sharing your knowledge☺️🛍! Can you please share what gorgeous gold “Y” gold medallion necklace you’re wearing and brand? It is absolutely stunning! Loved your Nordstrom’s anniversary sale video and purchased the snakeskin booties! Many thanks ~ will look forward to watching more from you!

  25. I do have one add and one question, I think natural-looking makeup/ nail polish works best with classic luxe. Now the question, I had large toe replacement surgery and can NOT wear pointy toes what is the alternative best to wear in that instance without looking too clunky. Any magic tips for me on that? Thank you so much for your tutelage in this. Much appreciated.

  26. Erin these were really great tips! Rules to live by! Today I have an all black. A black pair of very tailored commuter shorts a black tank and I have on a pair of Vince Camuto animal print mules. And I’m caring and all black Louis Vuitton bag. I also have on my handy Fendi shadesI actually feel tres chic!thanks!

  27. 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜Love your tips girl! This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!!! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  28. A really great video
    Jus wonderin wot yr ideas would be for an expensive bohemian look if there,s even such a look So pls would U do a video on a bohemian expensive look Thanks 🌻

  29. Loved your video, and I love wearing black and white, but all black doesn't really suit me. Can you give some stylish tips for plus size women that are shorter? Thank you so much for your great tips!

  30. I like how casually have a Youtube channel 😍 I definitely get the sex and the city vibes ☺️ but you rock the styles and are not afraid of showing confidence and awesome music choice, subscribed immediately 😍

  31. You are really beautiful ! Say where did you get the multi strand pearl necklace? Thanks for all the tips and pointers, I love your style. <3

  32. I wore all white outfit (TJ Maxx / spent about $50) to my daughter’s graduation with a “bold gold “ statement bracelet (Napier) and 3 ladies who were sitting behind me told me they were discussing how they loved my look and “why can’t we afford to dress like that ?”😉👍🏻

  33. Erin, this is an amazing video!!!!😀👍👍👍…Thank you very much!!💙….A lot of help with this stylish advisors!!….of course coming from a classic- elegant woman as you are!!…you look great on evey outfit you wear…👌…Congratulations!!…I'm from México, the State is Sonora…I heard you live in Colorado, I studied 1 school year on Cañon City Co….on 1985….uuuuhh long time ago, I was a sophmore and it was a great living experience on a boarding-catholic school….Do you live around there or near Colorado Springs or Denver?…I have never went back to Co…just to Az or Ca near the border…..Blessings!!!💖✌🙏

  34. I love all these tips on how to look expensive! My jewelry fits in with this check it out!

  35. Black means I am at work… In my work all store service wears all black… So everyone used to think she is a store servicer and I can ' t even go for shopping without stupid asking from other customers… Sick of black. I hate it

  36. Can you please do a segment on how to apply makeup if you cannot see very well? Due to retinal detachment I’m legally blind in my right eye.

  37. My friend is broke for several reasons, but she looks stylish even if she wears scarves from Dollorama and costume jewelry. She has patterns and color and stand out in her own style. She may not has an expensive look but she looks stylish and put together. Money is useful to look stylish but taste matters a lot. She always liked classics and I think that is why her style works. Please wear comfortable shoes, it is better to have fewer pairs than have a ton that will hurt your feet. Put the finishing touches elsewhere so people won't look as much at your shoes and Smile!

  38. I have to disagree.. cotton can look cheap. But natural fibers are nicer for the environment, and breathe better than synthetic fibers

  39. Thank you for the awesome video. I am torn between a Ralph Lauren single breasted trench and double breasted. I am 5' 3" and double breasted usually overwhelm me, but they seem more stylish. ???? Thank you.

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