10 Ways To Look Expensive On A Budget

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10 Ways To Look ExpensiveWhile On a Budget

Do you want to dress like a million bucks, but think you can’t because you’re not rich?  You don’t have to be rich to look expensive!  And, when you wear clothes that you love and fit well, you have confidence!

Follow these tips to look expensive while on a budget:

1. Wear Black

Black is a neutral, it goes with everything.  Since it is a solid color it coordinates with other colors and patterns.  When we think of the color black, we think of Coco Chanel.  She made the colors black and white famous in her tailored clothes and fabrics.

look expensive - black

Recommended Pieces:
black heels
black ankle boots
black tailored pants
black blazer

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2. Wear A Blazer

ways to look expensive - blazer

Recommended Pieces:
striped blazer
blue blazer
pink blazer
black blazer

Blazers add an instant polished look to any outfit.  You can wear them with a dress, with a pencil skirt and white top or even with jeans and a tee.  Although black is the most popular classic blazer, you don’t have to limit yourself to just black.  Striped, blue and even pink blazers are excellent completer pieces!

3. Wear Pieces That Fit Well

Always make sure your clothes fit well.  If you have an hourglass figure, wear pieces that fit showing off your curves.  If you have a few pounds in areas you want to conceal, opt for pieces that are slightly loose and flow when you walk.  For all figures, avoid wearing clothes that are too loose.


4. Wear Pointed Flats or Heels

ways to look expensive - flats heels

Recommended Pieces:
black heels
black pointed loafers
black lace-up flats
nude heels
 sandal nude heels

Women who wear flats or heels that are pointed have a look that screams expensive!  Black or nude are popular colors that go with everything.  They are considered wardrobe essentials.

5. Carry a Structured Bag


  ways to look expensive - structured bag   Recommended Pieces:

pink bag

burgundy bag

leopard clutch

taupe bag

When you see a woman who looks poised and polished, she almost always is carrying a structured bag.  This type of bag completes the “expensive” look.  It’s simple lines and hardware gives an outfit a “finished” look.

6. Wear Sunglasses


  ways to look expensive - sunglasses   Recommended Pieces:


black sunglasses

aviator sunglasses

cat-eye sunglasses

leopard sunglasses

Wear sunglasses and you’ll look cool and collected!  Perhaps the images of celebrities wearing beautiful sunglasses have been an influence to us to wear them.  The fancier the sunglasses help make your outfit look expensive.

7. Beauty Matters

Make sure your hair is clean and have a nice hairstyle.  Keep your skin in good condition.  Wear makeup that looks natural and wear lipcolor.  Make sure your nails are kept trimmed and/or painted.

8. Wear Lipcolor


ways to look expensive- lipcolor

Recommended Pieces:
MAC “Ruby Woo”
MAC “Koi Coral”
L’Oreal “Tropical Coral”

L’Oreal “Blake’s Red”

Wear a lipcolor that has a colored tint, like red, coral or pink.  Red is a classic lipcolor.  It goes great with black and white.  Wear a shade of red that looks good with your skin tone.


9. Wear Statement Jewelry


ways to look expensive - jewelry


Recommended Pieces:
Baublebar silver necklace
Kendra Scott cuff bracelet
Kendra Scott earrings
Baublebar gold necklace


Wear jewelry that makes a statement.  Fancy jewelry adds a polished look to any outfit.  When your outfit is basic, like black pants and a white top, add a statement necklace, earrings or bracelet and you outfit instantly looks “glam”!


10. Coordinate Your Shoes & Bag

A key to making your outfits look polished is coordinating your shoes and bag.  If you wear black shoes then carry a black bag.  Brown shoes look great with a brown bag in the same color tone.  You can venture out a bit by wearing black shoes with a nude or a solid color bag, like pink.  Leopard flats or heels look great with a black or nude bag.

A Few Tips


If you are on a budget, you have a limited amount of money to spend on clothes.  Don’t feel overwhelmed and think you have to buy everything at one time.

Here are some tips to buying expensive-looking pieces for your wardrobe:

Buy one piece at a time

If you are going to spend money on a piece, spend it wisely.  When you buy an item for your wardrobe, make sure it is well-made and is a quality piece.

Buy quality items

Just because you are limited on funds, don’t skimp on quality.  If you buy an item, say a blazer, on sale because it’s cheap, chances are it won’t last long due to wear and washing.  Instead buy a great quality item at a higher end store.  Because it will be well-made with quality fabric, it will last you for years.

Buy items on sale

If you’re looking to buy a certain piece, wait until it’s on sale.  You can save lots of money for items on sale.



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  1. Great tips! I agree that keeping your makeup and hair in check will definitely pull together any look. I also agree that black is a timeless color that looks great on everyone. Have a good day!

  2. I’ve been a follower on Instagram for a while, but just finally made it to your blog and I LOVE it. My favorite spot for deals on quality pieces is my local thrift store. I’ve found great brands, like Kors, Ralph Lauren, and French Connection for under $10 a piece!

  3. I think one thing you overlooked (despite being an awesome post otherwise) was to keep your items in good repair. No wrinkles (steamer!), no loose threads or hems, clean, polished shoes (resole investment shoes/boots because they are worth it). The biggest one for me is keeping shoes in good repair and clean.

  4. I’m reading this in December of 2018 and it still makes sense
    I wish you’d have posted photos of blazers and elaborate on skirts and pants to favor look taller slimmer
    Thank you much

  5. I love linen it’s classy and wears well even though it is easy to wrinkle , but it looks well in the long run .

  6. What a sweet! Always check to see if your clothing are comfortable. Wear clothes that fit well and show off your curves if you have an hourglass body. If you want to hide a few pounds in certain areas, use items that are slightly loose and flow when you walk. Avoid wearing clothing that is excessively loose on all figures. What a fantastic idea to make use of the space and fill it with something lovely! Good luck with your blog!

  7. You know what would be awesome? A foundation capsule, which shows good collections of socks, no show socks and hose, shapewear, bras and camisoles to go beneath the capsule items. Also, a makeup capsule for different skin tones! Thanks!

  8. Such an excellent article why am I just now seeing it, I really appreciate what you wrote, everything is perfect

  9. Excellent advice! I completely agree that maintaining a polished makeup and hairstyle can truly elevate any outfit. Moreover, black stands as a timeless color, universally flattering on all individuals. Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!

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