How to Dress Rich (Even When You Actually Aren’t)

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Want to look more upscale even if you're on a budget? This is the ultimate guide on how to dress rich, even when you're actually not. - www.theballeronabudget.com

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Every so often, I’m asked this question: How do you manage to look like you’re made of money? Even my own friends ask this, and they know I’m not rolling in dough.

Honestly, I’m one of the cheapest people on this planet, but I also think that you can manage to appear expensive even when you’re actually broke. Here are some of my best tips to dress like you’re rich.

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#1 Pick Up a Designer Dupe

You should know me by now! I’m a huge advocate of designer dupes – in fact, I wrote up a post explaining the differences between legal dupes and fake designer goods. When styled appropriately, designer dupes can instantly become the “luxury touch” to any outfit. My favorite dupes are Hermés ones because of the clean lines and timeless designs – they truly compliment any outfit.

When styled appropriately, designer dupes can instantly by the "luxury touch" to any outfit. My favorite dupes are Hermés ones because of the clean lines and timeless designs - they truly compliment any outfit. - www.theballeronabudget.com

JW Anderson Pierce Handbag Dupe ($53.98) | Valentino Rockstud Handbag Dupe ($109) | Hermés Birkin 30cm Handbag Dupe ($119)

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#2: Wear Simple Pointed-Toe Pumps

Pointed-toe stiletto heels are the epitome of classic fashion: you simply cannot go wrong with them. Not only do they match with practically everything in your wardrobe, they can also bring a touch of class to even the most casual of outfits, from a plain T-shirt-and-jeans combo to jogger pants on your errand-running days.

One tip to mention: Avoid platform heels at all costs. Although the comfort they provide might be tempting, platform heels can easily “cheapen” or tarnish the look of any outfit if not styled wisely. Save those platforms for the club when you really need the comfort!

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Pointed-toe stiletto heels are the epitome of classic fashion: you simply cannot go wrong with them. Not only do they match with practically everything in your wardrobe, but they can bring a touch of class to even the most casual of outfits, from a plain T-shirt-and-jeans combo to joggers on your errand-running days. - www.theballeronabudget.com

Shopping tip: If you want to invest in a good quality pair of pumps, check out Shopbop’s sale section. They have some amazing sales on designer shoes – check out their selection of Stuart Weitzman pumps on sale! That’s just one of the many designer deals you’ll get at Shopbop.

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#3: Incorporate Structured Shapes

Long structured coats, straight-leg boyfriend jeans, boxy handbags or even simple loose blouses that drape over the body rather than hug it can create a simple silhouette that’s synonymous with classic style. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to upscale fashion.

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Long structured coats, straight-leg boyfriend jeans, boxy handbags or even simple loose blouses that drape over the body rather than hug it can create a simple silhouette that's synonymous with classic style. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to upscale fashion - think: less is more. - www.theballeronabudget.com

H&M Wool-Blend Coat ($79.99) | H&M Double-Breasted Coat ($59.99) | H&M Wool-Blend Coat ($129.99) | H&M Oversized Coat ($99)

#4: Choose Simple Color Palettes

Although there’s nothing wrong with bold colors, simple colors like black, white, grey, and nudes work best in creating simple and minimalistic outfits. Focusing less on colors and more on shapes and details are often the best way to give a subtle hint of luxury.

Not sure where to start? Go for all-black and top off with a warm-colored coat like camel or try an all-white outfit for warmer days. You can also keep it simple and stick to all black and white.

Although there's nothing wrong with bold colors, simple colors like black, white, grey, and nudes work best in creating simple and minimalistic outfits. Focusing less on colors and more on shapes and details are often the best way to give a subtle hint of luxury. - www.theballeronabudget.com

Showpo Trench Coat in Grey ($69.95) | GoJane High-Waisted Skinny Jeans ($33.30) | Delicious High Heel Ankle Bootie ($35.99) | Chloé Drew Handbag Dupe ($55.04)

#5: Go For Good Denim Washes and Distressed Jeans

It’s so interesting how a good wash or distressing can instantly amp up a pair of jeans. And isn’t it crazy how designer denim prices can surpass $100? If you have the time, you can make them yourself with my DIY distressed denim tutorial to bring back some life into your old and boring jeans. If not, check out some of my favorite budget-friendly jeans below.

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Faux Fur Leopard Coat ($30.50) | Public Desire Sock Boot ($59.99)

It's so interesting how a good wash or distressing can instantly amp up a pair of jeans. If you have the time to spare, distressed some unloved jeans in your closet or shop these denim jeans under $100. - www.theballeronabudget.com

GoJane Step Above Distressed Skinny Jeans ($27.90) | GoJane Let it Rip Distressed Boyfriend Skinny Jeans ($25.50) | GoJane Destroyed It High-Waisted Skinny Jeans ($26.40)

#6: Integrate Designer Logos

If you can’t afford designer clothes, shoes or handbags, you can always start your designer collection with accessories or lower-priced designer items. Items with designer logos can easily be integrated into casual or athleisure outfits to play up the use of labels. Go for affordable items like T-shirts, belts, scarves, and jewelry. The best part: a lot of these items can go on sale for less than $100!

If you can't afford designer clothes, shoes or handbags, you can always start your designer collection with accessories or lower-priced designer items. Items with designer logos can easily be integrated into casual or athleisure outfits to play up the use of labels. Go for affordable items like T-shirts, belts, scarves, and jewelry. - www.theballeronabudget.com

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#7: Add Some Dainty or Layered Jewelry

Simple or casual outfits can be played up with fine jewelry: add a dainty necklace, stack on bohemian-style rings or mix and match bracelets to add some feminine flair to even the most casual outfits. Gold and silver jewelry and perfect colors that are universal across all seasons.

Simple or casual outfits can be played up with fine jewelry: add a dainty necklace, stack on bohemian-style rings or mix and match bracelets to add some feminine flair to even the most casual outfits. Gold and silver jewelry and perfect colors that are universal across all seasons. - www.theballeronabudget.com

Tip: Be careful not to overaccessorize – it’s much easier to focus on 1 or 2 types of jewelry at the most. For example, don’t overdo it with layered necklaces, chunky bracelets, rings on every finger and earrings – try to pick a max of 2. Less is more!

Charming Charlie Pavé Ring Set ($12 $7.20) | Madewell Disc Earrings ($32 $12.80) – More Madewell Earrings | Kate Spade New York Linear Earrings ($78 $15.60) – More Kate Spade Earrings | Madewell Pink Jade Signet Ring ($28 $11.20) – More Madewell Rings

#8: Add a Blazer

Not sure what your outfit is lacking? Add a blazer – I guarantee you, you’ll look much more classy. Don’t want to look too businesslike? Make it oversized, roll up the sleeves or even drape it over your shoulders for a more casual look.

Not sure what your outfit is lacking? Add a blazer - I guarantee you, you'll look much more classy. Don't want to look too businesslike? Make it oversized, roll up the sleeves or even drape it over your shoulders for a more casual look. - www.theballeronabudget.com

H&M Blazer Jacket ($49.99 $34.99) | Cupcakes and Cashmere Blazer ($140.00 $70.00) – Shop More Cupcakes and Cashmere on Sale | Free People Silky Jacquard Blazer ($128.00 $89.60) – Shop More Free People on Sale | H&M Checked Jacket ($49.99 $34.99)

#9: Don’t Forget to Iron and Steam Your Clothes

If you’re wearing fabrics that wrinkle easily, do yourself a favor and iron or steam them before wearing them! Pieces like button-down collared shirts, plain cotton T’s or flowy chiffon skirts can easily make you look as if you were in a rush and ran out the front door when wrinkled. If you’re pressed for time, plan ahead and iron/steam your clothes the evening before and hang them up so they’re ready to go when you get dressed.

If you're wearing fabrics that wrinkle easily, do yourself a favor and iron or steam them before wearing them! If you're pressed for time, plan ahead and iron/steam your clothes the evening before and hang them up so they're ready to go when you get dressed. - www.theballeronabudget.com

Members Only Satin Long Bomber ($180 $80) | Allegra K Longsleeve Shirt ($19.99) | Top Level Baseball Cap ($10.99) | H&M Slim-Fit Tregging ($14.99 $12.99)

#10: Top it Off With Simple Hairstyles

Hairstyles can definitely make or break an outfit. You don’t need to have elaborate curls – you can do an easy at-home blow-out with the John Frieda Hot Air Brush or the Chi Heated Styling Brush if you prefer subtle and voluminous waves. You can also check out how I give myself a salon blowout at home with the John Frieda Hot Air Brush here.

If you’re not good at heat-styling your hair, try using gel and combing back your hair for a slicked-back look (excellent for blazers or “power-suit” outfits!) or tie your hair back in a high ponytail. You can even throw your hair into a bun and pull out some baby hairs for an effortless “I-woke-up-like-this”  look.

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Hairstyles can definitely make or break an outfit. Try using gel and combing back your hair for a slicked-back look (excellent for blazers or "power-suit" outfits!) or tie your hair back in a high ponytail. You can even throw your hair into a bun and pull out some baby hairs for an "I-woke-up-like-this" effortless look. - www.theballeronabudget.com

John Frieda Hot Air Brush ($31.99) | CHI Heated Styling Brush ($69.96) | ArtNaturals Thermal Hair Protector Spray ($11.99)

What are your favorite ways to dress like you’re rich? Let’s talk in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter below for more styling tips and outfit ideas.

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2 Comments

  1. Robyn
    June 19, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    There are some great tips here. However, who would ever wear pointed toe stilettos on “errand day”? LMAO

    • The Baller on a Budget
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      June 20, 2018 / 10:56 am

      Rich people! Lol!

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