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The Style Guide: How to look expensive on a budget

Whether you’re covered kids’ paint or you’re five days into a hair-washing strike. Sit back, don’t break the bank, and make like The Girl with the (cheap) Pearl Earrings.

Written by High Life North
Published 18.08.2022

By Iona May Todd

 

Outfit 1

If false nails are good enough for Blake Lively at this years’ Met Gala, then they’re certainly good enough for us. When those four-week-old acrylics are popping and snapping, take a pack of these press-on nails for that coveted style that won’t set you back.

Now, anything tailored is bound to flatter every figure, and with an iron and a soft satin shirt, you’ll be crisp and fresh for the school run. You excel with accessories, so a matching earring and necklace set is sure to portray your outfit pre-planning prowess. Complete the look with a pair of chunky sunglasses and like the Love Islanders, you’ll be wearing them in bed, out of bed, all day, all night.

Zara, Satin Shirt - £22.99

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boa., Eucalyptus Wide Leg Suit Trousers - £45.00

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Pretty Pro, Press On False Nails Ray of White - £6.95

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The Little Pearl Co, Freshwater Pearl Thread Earrings - £45.00

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Orelia, Pearl Drop Satellite Gold Necklace - £20.00

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NA-KD, Slim Sunglasses - £10.17

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Outfit 2

Monica Bellucci blended with Madaline Ghenea; the sultry sophistication of a leather midi skirt paired with a conservative, yet stylish sweetheart top does wonders for the confidence. Make use of the tiny elements which tie into the compelling complexity of your styling choices, like a chunky eyeliner wing, made quicker by using this time-efficient stamper.

A pop of colour works well for the summer, and your handbag is no exception. Even though the July humidity may be ruining your put-together attire, apply this Molly-Mae and Kim Kardashian approved ‘WOW’ Dreamcoat Hairspray to cocoon your locks in a layer of humidity-proof staying power. Voila!

Dorothy Perkins, PU Seam Midi Skirt in Black - £38.00

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Pretty Little Thing, Sweetheart Ribbed Long Sleeve Top - £16.00

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Boohoo, Pointed Court Shoes - £17.60

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Boohoo, Orange Chain Cross Body Bag - £16.00

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Waterproof Eyeliner Stamp - £11.98

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Colour WOW Dreamcoat Supernatural Hairspray - £10.00

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Outfit 3

Slouchy but stylish. Totally put-together but simultaneously messy, with that Serena van der Woodsen, thrown-together, just of out bed vibe. A comfy blazer-trouser combo never misses the mark of feeling expensive.

Matching your nails to your jewellery shows pre-planning, like you’re ahead of the curve. And like I said, you may be at that point of your hair-washing week where it looks more wet than it does dry (I’m at the point ATM), but for those tiny baby hairs that droop from the back of your high bun, try this Bed Head hair stick that work like hair glue to keep those fly-aways from foiling your fashionista plans.

Nasty Gal, Pleated Wide Leg Belted Suit Trouser - £27.00

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ASOS Design, Jersey Single Breasted Suit Blazer - £25.00

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Forever New, Women’s Green Eva Shirt - £45.00

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Boho Moon, Greek Key Ring - £6.00

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Nails Inc., Show Up Gold Quick Drying Nail Polish - £8.00

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Bed Head Hair Stick - £8.45

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Outfit 4

Any co-ord has put-together potential written all over it – your top matching your pants is planning enough, right?! Take it up a notch with a matching shoe, and complement that earthy green colour of your pantsuit with these trendy Zara trainers.

Keep your accessories one colour, going for gold on this occasion. Add a dab of white, and a tiny wrap-around bag to keep the kids’ sweet wrappers and your gum packets, and no-one will know no other than that you look super expensive on the high city streets on a basic budget.

MissPap, Turtle Neck Wide Leg Trouser Knit Co-Ord in Green - £22.50

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&OtherStories, Wavy Hoop Earrings from - £17.00

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Zara, Contrast Colour Trainers - £32.99

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iets frans, Monogram Camera Bag - £29.00

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