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