Expensive Looking

Top: Old Navy (shopsimilar)  |  Navy Blazer: H&M (shop similar: one, two, three)  |  Jeans: Loft  |  Bag: Target (similar)  |  Heels: Target (shop)  |  Necklace: Forever 21 (shop)

This outfit transitioned beautifully from my long meeting yesterday straight to Thai food with the husband.  My favorite–both Thai food and the hubs.  Even though all of these pieces are from Old Navy, Forever 21, Target, and H&M (all of my most shopped at stores!) this outfit felt expensive.   I was trying to figure out why.  Maybe it was that my top wasn’t t-shirt material and the blazer fit well and had a special touch of striped lining on the cuff of the sleeves.  Or maybe it was that the necklace, though it cost $6, seems more expensive because it has a strip of leather woven in (closer look here).  Or maybe because my purse feels a little expensive with its hardware and rich color.  Or all of the above?

I used to spend a lot of time trying to crack the code on why some outfits seem expensive when they’re not, but I didn’t have a style blog back then to document it and now I’ve forgotten.  Looks like it’s time to figure that one out again!  Any thoughts on how to make an outfit feel/look expensive without having to buy expensive items?

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