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How to Look Expensive

In the age of social media, influencers are the new celebrities, promoting brands and dressing expensively. They have us copying everything they wear…or at least trying to. After all, it’s not easy for us regular people to look as expensive as a celebrity. Or is it? Well, it’s actually not as hard as it looks. 

Here are some factors that can make or break an expensive look:

TIP #1. Colors

Looking expensive is all about the basics, and that starts with color. While it’s possible to look polished in any color, certain shades achieve a polished look more effortlessly, which can be helpful for people who don’t have a lot to spend on their wardrobe. Pastels, natural colors and animal prints radiate sophistication. If you’re new to dressing up this way, I’d suggest you stay away from loud prints or artificial colors like neons or purples [red is an exception]. You can opt for neutral shades or monochromatic looks instead.

TIP #2. Materials

Dressing expensive is all about quality over quantity. Good quality fabrics not only cost more, but are more durable and adjustable, as well. If you’re on a tight budget, a good rule of thumb is to invest in a few quality pieces which will last you for a long time. 

Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, satin, suede, tweed and cashmere are the best. But, certain synthetic materials like elastane, viscose and rayon are more affordable and will get the job done just as effectively. The key is to avoid anything that looks rough, washed out or overly artificial [PU or PVC]. 

TIP #3. Metals

How often do you inspect the metal work in your jewelry and clothing when you shop or dress up? Now is the perfect time to start. By metals, I mean buttons, chains, zippers and accessories. They are usually present on tops, trousers, handbags and dresses. The best style tip that I’ve learned is to make sure that all of them match. It’s something very subtle that won’t occur to most people, but somehow can take your look from ‘Bla bla’ to ‘ooh la la’. 

Consider identifying your skin undertone before you start buying jewelry [There are tons of articles and YouTube videos on the subject]. For a more posh look, it’s advisable to don delicate and simple jewelry that doesn’t take away attention from the main thing. But it’s all about personal choice and balance, depending on your style. 

TIP #4 Silhouette and fit

The two basics of fashion, fit and silhouette, are necessary for any look, expensive or not. In fact, even the most average dresses can be made ten times better by adjusting the fit and silhouette to highlight your assets and cover up the undesirable areas. Before purchasing anything, measure yourself at home [height, waist, bust] and always try it on before buying it. Or at least make sure that the return policy is good! You can also get your clothes tailored to your needs. I’ll let Marilyn Monroe explain this- “Your clothes should be tight enough to show that you are a woman, but loose enough to show that you are a lady”. 

Tip #5. Intimates

Even though nobody is going to be seeing them, your undergarments are an important part of your look. They give your clothes structure and make them look seamless and expensive by extension. Choose one that is comfortable yet sexy in different colors (nude, black, white) and styles (adhesives, strapless, backless), depending on your wardrobe. Make sure your lingerie is hidden and the right size. It can make a world of difference!

Tip #6. Grooming and Makeup

No look is complete without proper grooming and makeup. While lathering multiple layers of makeup or looking like a model isn’t required, that doesn’t mean that you pay no attention to your grooming. Clean and manicured nails, good skin, oral hygiene and healthy hair go a long way in enhancing your look. Stick to light makeup that accentuates your natural beauty. Fun hack: Even the most drab outfits can be spiced up with good grooming and tasteful makeup.


Looking expensive is all about class. Contrary to what most people think, less is more in this regard. While wanting to look expensive and polished is a great thing, it’s important to not go bankrupt or obsess over it. After all, the clothes are only as good as the person wearing them. 


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