12 easy ways to make your outfit look instantly more expensive

Amy Bannerman, Katie Saxon
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From Cosmopolitan

1. Add a pair of points

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We love a pointed court or flat, but we hate those pesky creases that appear across the toes after you've worn them. To stop this pesky mark forming, simply stuff the toe tightly with cotton wool until your toes just touch it.

2. Stop the snags

Nothing is more annoying than when your tights get snagged and pulled in the wash. To keep your hosiery in tip top condition invest in some little mesh bags to wash your delicates in. Lakeland have the perfect solution.

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3. De-bobble

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Cosy knits are a winter essential but the bobbling that comes from wearing them is our pet peeve. Luckily, all you need to do to remove those little bobbly buggers is buy one of these de-bobblers and refresh all of last winter’s knits. Alternatively, if you don't have a debobbler handy, try this clever razor hack. It’s weirdly therapeutic, we promise!

4. Add a scarf

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Tie your scarf wrong you instantly look like a bit of a dork. Get it right and it will make an otherwise plain outfit infinitely more interesting. If its cashmere or a thinner material, use your sweater, 2 for 1. Plus, if you get cold you can untie it and wear it - simple.

5. Stuff and Shape

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When splurging on a lovely new handbag, you want to make sure to keep it looking fab for as long as possible. When you're not using your new acquisition, re-stuff it and store in a dust bag to keep it protected and in shape.

6. Embrace colour

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First work out what shade suits you best. We believe anyone can and should wear what they want, but when it comes to colour blocking certain things just work. A blonde will always look amazing in pink and richer hues, while jewel colours work really nicely on brunettes and red heads. Earthy tones (think 70’s) work on everyone – hoorah! The key to success is playing with different textures.

7. Big vs Small

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Carry a tiny bag and offset your normal outfit with a HUGE coat (extra point for giant pockets). Think of the Olsen twins and layer an oversize sweater dress over a skirt or dress. I mean, who needs house keys anyway?

8. Stop your jeans from fading

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Black jeans are a wardrobe staple, but we hate it when the colour fades. To prevent this from happening, turn your jeans inside out when washing, and only ever wash on a cold setting. Some people also believe that soaking your jeans in cold water with a cup of vinegar before your first wear will lock in the colour.

9. Use unexpected items

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Have a look through your wardrobe with fresh eyes. Your ex-boyfriend's old swimming shorts? Sure! Those cycling shorts normally saved for spin class? YES BOSS. An old grey track pant from 1996? GET IN. These are all ideal. Now put them with something totally the opposite, like a spangly lurex top or a fancy silk blouse. It’s all about playing with the unexpected.

10. Don't be afraid of clashing prints and fabrics

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Prints or florals in different colours work surprisingly well together, so try taking a page out of Susie Bubble's, expert clasher, book. Spots and stripes in the same colour palette also make for a funky pairing. A useful tip is to use a plain layering piece in a neutral colour to break up the patterns.

11. Tuck it in

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Massive chunky sweaters and jeans can make you look like it’s Sunday and you’re off for a dog walk. Amp things up by tucking your sweater all the way round your waist, or just at the back or the front. If the jumper's ultra chunky just tuck in the hem to avoid bulking out your tummy. With a shirt, try tucking the section where the buttons are sewn to so it lies flat. When it comes to boots/trouser combo, the our favourite way to wear them is by teaming a knee boot with your jeans/track pants/trousers loosely tucked in.

12. Layer everything

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Layering is a massive trend this season, especially when it comes to coats. Cold? Us? Never! Wear a few of your lighter weight coats at once and you can forgo a big bulky coat over the top or, alternatively, wear more layers under a shirt/jumpsuit/denim jacket/dress/summer suit. The styling possibilities are endless!

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