*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
Every coat has its place in your wardrobe, but to look expensive, go for a long coat over a short puffy one. The longer the better, but for sure at least get one that goes past the knee. It will make you look elegant and luxurious!
2. Tailored pieces
When everything is polished and fits you 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!
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!
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!
Related: How to Look Expensive On a Budget
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.
6. Tasteful jewelry
You can't forget accessories when looking to dress high end. Avoid plastic jewels and costume jewelry, and instead, focus on classic pieces such a watch, pearl earrings, or hoops. Double points if the jewelry is gold because gold instantly equals expensive and luxe! As long as it doesn't look fake and plastic, of course.
7. Throw on some sunglasses
I don't know if this is something that the celebrities started or what, but throwing on a pair of sunglasses somehow makes you look important, and therefore, makes your whole outfit look better! Big and black would be ideal.
8. Don't forget skincare + 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 or anything, but attention to the details show that you care. A tasteful bold red lip never hurt either!
9. Go simple
Simple colors, outfits, and silhouettes are never boring and instead, they're classy! Don't be afraid to tone it down. Take inspiration from the French, as they always look chic and expensive!
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 and instead, careless.
2. Stay away from non-classic prints. For sure wear stripes, dots, and leopard print, but prints such as aztec, (some) 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 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 of tweaks here and there, and of course, don't forget your confidence!
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