**UPDATE- check out part 2 of this post where I give even MORE tips and tricks to look expensive!
You can look expensive without having your closet full of names such as Gucci, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent. While these brands do make great classic investment pieces, there are other ways to look high-end without spending the high-end price tag. You can keep all that money in your wallet and fool everyone into thinking you paid a lot on your outfit by using these super simple tips!
9 Tips on How to Look Expensive
1. Long coats
Long coats instead of short puffy coats make your outfit look more elegant! We’re looking for something almost floor sweeping here, but for sure past the knee. The longer the better, as it gives off more luxurious vibes!
camel coat | leopard heels (similar)| handbag (similar here and here)
2. Tailored pieces
When everything is polished and fits well, you look like someone that knows what they’re doing and where they’re going. Even if you don’t have a corporate wardrobe with pantsuits, a button down or a blazer is a good place to start because those can be worn anywhere and in many different ways!
Related: 15 Ways to Wear a Black Blazer
brown midi skirt (similar) | white button-down (similar) | tweed blazer (similar)| sweater (similar) | mules (similar)
3. Structured bag
Every chic outfit seems to have a classic, structured bag. When aiming to look expensive, stay away from slouchy bags and backpacks. Instead, focus on black handbags with minimal hardware. Too much hardware can make your bag, and thus your whole outfit, look cheap!
light wash jeans | block heels| blazer (similar) | handbag (similar here and here) | moto jacket (similar) | wide leg pants (similar)
4. Pointy shoes
It’s funny how just going from a rounded toe to a pointy shoe changes an outfit. A pointy toe shows that you mean business and it adds that extra polish to an outfit!
polka dot skirt (similar)| strappy heels (similar)| split sweater (similar) | faux leather leggings | pumps (similar)
5. Tuck it in
Similar to #2, adding structure to an outfit will class it up. Feel free to go a step further and add a belt! A belt polishes it off, but don’t go too crazy. Something small and classic is ideal.
White blazer (similar)| sequin tank (similar)| high waist black pants | bell sleeve top (similar) | leopard belt | black jeans (similar)
6. Tasteful jewelry
You can’t forget accessories when dressing high end. Avoid plastic jewels and costume jewelry, and instead focus on classic pieces such as watches and minimal jewelry. Especially if the jewelry is gold because gold instanly equals expensive and luxe!
striped button-down, similar here | brown fedora hat, similar here
7. Throw on some sunglasses
I don’t know if this is something that the celebrities started, but throwing on a pair of sunglasses somehow makes you look important and it makes your whole outfit look better! Big and black would be ideal!
necklace, similar here | sunglasses, similar here | leopard belt | duster, similar here | bodysuit, similar here and here
8. Don’t forget beauty
Don’t forget that your skin is a canvas and every little detail matters to the outcome of your look. It’s hard to make an outfit look good when your nails are chipped and cracked and your hair has seen better days. Not saying you need to always step out with a full face of makeup, but attention to the details show that you care. A bold red lip never hurt either!
bell sleeve top | suede jacket | fedora hat | sunglasses, similar here
9. Go simple
Simple colors, outfits, and silhouettes are not “boring”, but classy. Don’t be afraid to tone it down. Take inspiration from the French, as they always look chic and expensive!
trench coat | striped top, similar here | leopard flats, similar here | chambray top, similar here | white blazer, similar here | leopard heels, similar here
What to Avoid to Look Expensive:
1. It should go without saying, but pieces that have holes, stains, or rips will not make you look more expensive, but instead careless.
2. Stay away from non-classic prints. For sure wear stripes, dots, and leopard print, but prints such as aztec, florals, and chevron are just going to come and go. Also, look for quality. Florals that stretch when you put it on just won’t look good.
3. Things that just generally don’t fit well, especially items that are too small. It’s obvious when something is being stretttcheedd to the limit and it looks like you’re not aware of your body type.
None of these tips require dropping lots of cash on a designer-filled closet. Just make a couple tweaks here and there, and of course, don’t forget your confidence!