― The cheap and cheerful rule of thumb. ∙ Try not to wear all of your bargain basics all at once. The general rule is that cheap pants in bright colours usually look cheap. But a cheap pair in a neutral colour generally look more expensive. An example is that a cheap white tee will do fabulous with a tailored skirt or pants. Or the basic footless black tights will go great with a fabulous print dress and black flats. A simple, classic but chic look. ∙ images pinterest .