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How to Make a Cheap Coat Look More Expensive

Some of these tricks involve a quick, easy craft; others involve an even easier layering move. Either way, they'll help you fake a fancy coat all winter long. Even when you're wearing one that cost less than your Halloween costume.

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Swap Out the Buttons

In place of the standard plastic buttons, sew on worn leather or antique-looking gold ones. (On a trench or any double-breasted coat, they're the main thing people notice anyway.)


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Add a Girly Belt

It'll turn a flouncy coat into more of a fit-and-flare, Oscar de la Renta-like sort of thing.
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Pin on Some Brooches

The bigger the brooch, the better. They'll look especially kitschy and Marni-like on a colored coat.
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Toss on a Collar

Then tell everyone you bought your cape at A.P.C.
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Layer a Vest on Top of the Coat

It sneakily camouflages most of your cheap coat, of course. But it's also what most of the Helmut Lang-wearing cool kids are doing these days.

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