How To Look Expensive On A Budget

How To Look Expensive On A Budget

Want to feel and look your best with a fashionable, expensive-looking style without breaking the bank? You’ve come to the right place. Just because you aren’t rich, doesn’t mean you have to look like it!

Here is how to look expensive on a budget:

  1. Make sure your clothes fit well
  2. Keep it simple
  3. Keep your clothes clean and polished
  4. Wear timeless, rich colors
  5. Pay attention to details
  6. Match accessories
  7. Make sure your grooming and personal hygiene is on point
  8. Invest in quality shoes   

In today's post, I'll go over each of these concepts in depth and offer you practical tips that you can start using right away to improve your style. Continue reading to find out how you might begin to appear more costly.

Why Dress to Look Expensive?

Before we continue, you might question why anyone would want to dress to appear more costly in the first place. Dressing to appear more costly to me is more about feeling confident, well-dressed, and polished on a daily basis than it is about impressing others.

Dressing properly also affects our performance and makes us feel better about ourselves, according to research and studies.

Furthermore, whether we like it or not, we are judged based on how we dress and show ourselves to the public. You've probably heard the phrase "dress for the job you desire" before. When you dress to impress, you not only feel more confident, but you are also perceived as more confident and successful by others.

Whether you're reading this to look more professional for work or simply want to improve your appearance,

Make Sure Your Clothes Fit Well

You can have the most expensive clothes on the market, but if they don't fit you well, you won't appear to be wealthy.

It's not always easy to find clothes that suit you perfectly. Make sure your garments aren't too big or too loose, but also not too small or too tight. The purpose of proper clothing fitting is to showcase your visual assets while also concealing your flaws.

Correct Sizing

The best way to make sure the clothes you buy fit you well is to pick clothes that are your exact size, not based on the size the garment is labeled, but the measurements the garment actually is. When shopping at a brick and mortar location, you can always try on the size you think is best in a changing room and adjust as needed.

Online Shopping: How to Pick Clothing Size

When shopping online, unfortunately, you don’t get the opportunity to try the clothes on before purchasing. While you should do your best to select sizes that you think fit you best, make sure that the company you are ordering from has a return policy in place. In case the clothes you order don’t fit you perfectly, you want to be able to return them for a refund.

One way to make sure you always purchase clothing that will fit well is to have measurements of your body taken by a professional tailor or clothing store employee. Once this is done, you’ll be able to order the exact right size for all of the different kinds of garments.

Alternatively, you can take the necessary measurements yourself.

Women – You’ll want to measure your bust (the fullest part of your chest), bra size, natural waist (slimmest part of your torso), hips (the fullest part at the top of the leg, around your bottom), inseam for pants and slacks, neck size, and sleeve length. These measurements should be all you need when ordering any kind of garment online.

Men – For pants and slacks, measure your height, waist size, inseam, and hips. For upper bodywear, you’ll want to measure your chest size or waist size (whichever is larger), sleeve length, and neck size.

Size Charts

Unfortunately, different clothing companies use different measurements for their clothes. The only way to know for sure that you are ordering the correct size from a certain company is to look at the size chart they base their sizing off of and find whichever size correlates to the physical measurements you took from your own body.

Keep in mind that a certain size – like medium – might actually be a different size from company to company. This is why it is important to make sure you look at the size chart of each and every company from which you are considering ordering clothing online.

I have found this is be a very reliable method for selecting the correct size when ordering from stores online. However, knowing your measurements is also key when ordering secondhand clothing online from places like Poshmark, ThredUp, Ebay and similar sites. Make sure the item listed has the measurements listed and if not, contact the seller and request them.

Keep it Simple

Less is more when it comes to attempting to look rich. Avoid ostentatious elements such as diamond decorations, elaborate styles, and distressed denim. Instead, go for a simple, clean look with solid hues that complement your skin tone.

Don’t Overdo it With Name Brands

When trying to appear more costly, avoid wearing clothing with large logos and brand emblems, as this will make you look like a walking advertising. Consider some of the world's wealthiest and most well-known celebrities; you rarely see them flaunting the name brands of the clothing they wear. Instead, they dress in clothes that are comfortable, simple, and high-quality, and that fit them precisely.

Classic Outfits

When looking to rock a simple style, stick to classic, timeless pieces that are staples in the fashion industry.

Keep Your Clothes Clean and Polished

When most people think of luxury, they envision something gleaming, polished, and immaculate. A more costly outfit that is soiled or wrinkled will appear significantly less expensive than a less costly suit that is clean and pristine.

While keeping your clothes clean and polished is not difficult, it does necessitate a purposeful effort beyond merely throwing them in the laundry whenever you feel like it.

Wear Timeless, Rich Colors

Wearing timeless, rich colors is another way to make your outfit look more expensive than it truly is. Colors such as black, white, navy, and burgundy are timeless and coordinate very well together. Be careful not to go too over the top with bright colors and prints/patterns.

Pay Attention to Details

Expensive clothing is all about the fine details: quality fabrics, designs, and finishes that indicate high quality and high cost. When wearing inexpensive clothes, the trick is to conceal any details that might reveal its subpar quality. You don’t want to wear any clothes that have stains, holes, loose threads, ripped seams, or are missing buttons.

Match Accessories

Once you have your outfit down, it is simply a matter of topping it off with additional accessories.


A quality handbag is essential for any woman who wants to look expensive. A handbag is something that you will want to pay a bit more for. Cheaper handbags not only look cheap, but will not last as long as you’d like and in the long run, aren’t worth your money.

Whether it be a designer bag, a shopping bag, or a crossbody bag, opt for something made of real leather or other durable materials and a neutral color that can match most of your outfits. Matching your handbag with your shoes is one of the most effective ways to create an expensive look.


A scarf is a great way to up your style and add a bit more dimension to your look in the colder months of the year. Having several different colors of scarves can allow you to either contrast or complement a number of different styles.


A simple piece of statement jewelry such as a necklace, earrings, bracelet, or expensive watch can be the highlight of a basic, inexpensive outfit. Choose clear crystals and dark metals over plastic gemstones and shiny metals. Also, for any metal jewelry, make sure it has some weight to it and does not look and feel thin and flimsy.

A metal or leather watch can complement a classic look very well. Alternatively, you can make the jewelry pop by going with a more ethnic or vintage style.

Make Sure Your Grooming and Personal Hygiene is On Point

You can be wearing a $10,000 outfit, but if your personal appearance is unkempt and you look like you just fell out of bed, your overall appearance will not look expensive.

Those in respected positions that attain wealth, power, and prestige make grooming and personal hygiene a priority. This makes them pleasant to be around and indicates that they respect themselves and can take care of business.

The essentials for grooming and personal hygiene include:

  • Hair – keep it fresh, healthy, and styled
  • Nails – keep them manicured
  • Teeth – brush and floss daily; whiten if needed
  • Scent – make sure you smell good; use deodorant, fragrance, and/or cologne
  • Makeup – less is more
  • Invest in quality shoes
  • Similar to bags, you’ll want to pay more attention to the quality of your footwear. Like a nice bag, a nice pair of shoes can make a less expensive outfit look polished and more expensive. Invest in quality leather or vegan leather shoes and keep them clean and looking nice.

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