I’m 55 and a Former Nordstrom Buyer—These 5 Items Make My Outfits Look Expensive

Susie Wright—the 55-year-old stylist, influencer, and former Nordstrom buyer—is always full of stellar style inspiration. And while age should clearly have nothing do with sartorial choices, her more experienced fashion point of view is often particularly intriguing. In fact, she recently shared with us the fall basics she can’t live without. She also recently posted an IG showcasing the color that makes everything look expensive. This peaked our interest, and we thought we’d ask her for the specific items she thinks makes any ensemble feel particularly high-end. You know, those pieces that are forward in nature and can be bought on the more affordable side.

While the items she wears do vary in terms of price point (and she will invest in pieces, like accessories, that have strong cost per wear), the items she mentioned feel incredibly elevated and could be bought for under $100 based on what’s currently out there in the market. Keep scrolling to check out the pieces in question, including everything from sleek outerwear silhouettes to gorgeous faux-leather items. You’ll also find a range of under-$100 shopping recommendations throughout.

“Camel is the color I can think of that instantly adds sophistication and elegance to any outfit.” — Wright

“A must-have for this season, faux leather can easily pass for real leather but at a fraction of the cost. A faux-leather blazer, dress, or jumpsuit is current and cool.” — Wright

“Denim is always stylish and adds a chic twist to any outfit. Since we all love denim, try dressing your favorite pair up by adding a blazer and strappy sandals—you’ll feel quite put together.” — Wright

“All black—it always, always elevates your look. Your outfit will appear more elegant and expensive … even if you scored a deal.” — Wright 

“You really don’t need to spend a lot to get a really nice belt, stylish handbag, or trendy jewelry. Accessories will complete your outfit and make you look polished and ready to go.” — Wright

Next, check out more style inspiration from Wright.