How To Fake A Really Expensive Wardrobe

Expensive Wardrobe

Last week, I asked you which products are worth the brand name, and many of you listed clothing items. I tend to agree that sometimes, it’s quality over quantity when it comes to my wardrobe.

However, there was a time and place where I simply couldn’t afford higher end clothes, but I still had to pull off a professional look at work. Because of that, I learned quickly how to fake a really expensive wardrobe and always look my best, even if I didn’t have the money to splurge on higher end items.

Here’s how I did it:

1. Shopping at Goodwill

Not everyone likes buying clothes at used clothing stores. It actually gives my husband the heebie-jeebies. However if you shop at a Goodwill or other thrift stores in a really affluent area, it’s amazing what you will find. I used to go to garage sales and target specific neighborhoods where I would buy extremely nice clothes that were hardly worn. Even though I work from home now, I still have several blazers and designer items that I found at thrift stores and only paid a fraction of the cost for.

2. Give Up on the Little Polo Player

If you give up the notion that you have to have a little polo player or bear or elf or whatever it is on your shirt, then you can still look extremely nice and avoid the cost that the emblem brings. I can always find those brands on sale during the off season or on holidays, but I’m also not married to the idea that every button down shirt or collared shirt has to have something on it. Once you give yourself the freedom to shop around and look for quality construction, you will be amazed at how much money you save.

3. Stick to the Basics

You can fake an expensive wardrobe by keeping it neutral. It’s often easier to afford high end accessories like scarves and bracelets than it is to afford a name brand silk blouse. By wearing less expensive items and accessorizing them with the name brands, you can get the same look for half the price.

4. Focus on the Fabric

Remember, a big leather bag is a big leather bag regardless of the name brand on the inside. Similarly, a white cotton shirt is a white cotton shirt. The lesson is that if you consistently look for specific fabrics that are classics, you can’t go wrong. Leather purses will last for a really long time regardless of which brand made it, and the same goes for many other wardrobe items.

Of course, I’m not advocating that we all aspire to have a high end wardrobe. However, I also realize that when you go to work or out and about, we all want to look our best. One way to do this is to emulate some of the higher end styles, but if you can’t afford it, the above tips can help you fake it and still look amazing.



What brands are you willing to pay full price for when it comes to clothes and accessories? Have you ever ‘faked it’ to make a good impression? If so, where do you find deals on name brand clothes, shoes and accessories?


photo courtesy of: Clotee Allochuku

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Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer and blogger. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. When she is not writing for other websites on all topics frugal and fabulous, she enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog,

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