I'm a fashion expert – the best cheap alternatives to pricey fabrics like silk & how to make fast fashion last longer
25th April 2022

GONE are the days that obtaining solid fashion pieces on a budget seemed impossible.

Lately, there are many ways to ensure that your look is one for the books without emptying your wallet, and a fashion-savvy woman has revealed how.

Erica Ball, a personal stylist to the stars and the creator of Erica Ball
Style, gave us insight on how to appear luxurious for less and make sure your garments last.


According to Ball, one of the best cheap alternatives to expensive fabrics like silk is polyester satin.

"A polyester satin blouse is an affordable alternative to a silk blouse while still having a luxurious appearance," she said.

"When I work with a personal styling client with a smaller budget, I look at brands like Vince Camuto for their polyester satin blouses."

Ball made it clear that she's not in any way affiliated with any brands, and that she recommends items to her clients based on quality and individual budgets.

Ball continued: "I also love the quality and luxe appearance of items that are 100% cotton.

"Cotton is a great inexpensive alternative to cashmere for sweaters and cardigans.

"A cotton poplin dress for spring and summer is a great alternative to a silk dress. It's affordable, looks effortless, and is one of spring's big trends."

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Ball says that how you care for your clothing is an important way to extend the life of your fast fashion pieces.

If you wash these items in cold water with gentle detergent in a mesh bag and hang them to dry, they will last longer.

"I even do this with my workout clothes because it makes them look better and last longer," the fashionista added.

Another thing to look for if purchasing fast fashion is more simple
pieces like cotton t-shirts and denim jeans.

The expert explained: "The more embellished an item is, the more likely it will fall apart quickly if it's from a fast-fashion line."

You should also look at the inside seams of the items. Are the threads starting to come undone?The construction of fast fashion is generally overlooked, so you want to look at the inside of pieces to see if they were made to last.

Fabrics like cotton, denim, and spandex that have a heavier weight to
them, will do much better long term.

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"Avoid sheer or lightweight fabrics like rayon and chiffon as they tend to fall apart quicker," Ball advised.

"Knits that are made from materials other than cotton, will typically pill quickly on fast fashion items, so avoid sweaters made from acrylic."

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