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9 More Fabulous Ways to Look Expensive

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I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants to look expensive, especially if it doesn’t involve a huge credit card bill. You know what they say – fake it till you make it, right? But dare I say, learning how to look good without having to pay a ton of money is making it. As a follow-up to my first post on ways to look expensive, I’m bringing you part two – here are 9 more fabulous ways you can look expensive. Starting today!

1. Pick a Couple of Pieces To Invest In

You don’t need to be wearing head-to-toe designer to look expensive, but you do have to be a bit choosy about the fabrics that you put on your body. Let’s say it’s the season of fall. Your top and jeans could be from H&M, but no one would know if you have a gorgeous wool camel coat. Quality fabric and a timeless piece: the makings of any expensive-looking wardrobe. Sometimes you just need that one “winner” piece to take your whole look up a notch.

2. Stick With Neutral Colors

You don’t need to change who you are if you and color are *like this*, but there’s a reason neutrals are associated with classiness. Neutral colors don’t date your wardrobe to a certain season, age, or time. Instead, neutral colors say, “Wow, that girl has got it together.” (Even if you don’t – that will be our little secret though.) Neutral colors don’t have to mean all black either. Navy, gray, brown, and white all work too!

3. Dress for Your Best Features

What do you like about yourself the most? Spend time finding items that play those up! Like your neck? Go with v-necks and off-the-shoulder tops that show off your decolletage. Like your waist? Wear high-waisted bottoms that hit just right, or cinch yourself in with a belt. Not only will you look good, but you’re going to feel more confident and we all know attitude is 50% of what you wear!

4. Be Mindful of Bare Skin

Now, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do with their bodies, but women who look expensive are usually elegant too, and elegance comes from being decent and choosing when and what to cover up. Celebrities like the Kardashians may look expensive to those in the know with fashion, but if you don’t know labels, then you probably wouldn’t think they look very high-end. If you’d like to highlight a favorite body part, do so in moderation. This will make even more of an impact! Be a sniper instead of a grenade.

5. Try Out a Monochromatic Look

A monochromatic look doesn’t have to be drab, because you can have lots of fun mixing and matching textures. And as a bonus, wearing one color head to toe will look very polished!

6. Dabble in Some Designer Dupes

Incorporate dupes into your wardrobe in moderation, because sometimes a closet full of “fake” items can actually make you look cheaper. I have a pair of Chanel slingback dupes that I love. There’s no logo and they’re not trying to be Chanel, but they have the same style and color and because of that, I think it instantly classes up the look and gives chic Chanel vibes!

7. Skip the Grunge and Athleisure Trends

Baggy, oversized clothes with rips and holes, as well as leggings with dad sneakers, do not give off expensive vibes, even if your shoes are Balenciaga and you paid $950 for them! This should be another reminder that just because something is designer and/or expensive, doesn’t mean it’s going to instantly class you up. Take the Golden Goose sneakers as another example. Though I think they’re cool, they’re still $480 for scuffed-up sneakers, and most people on the streets are just going to think your sneakers are old.

8. Highlight Your Personal Style

If you don’t know what you’re doing and you end up trying too hard, guess what? You’re going to look like you’re trying too hard! When in doubt, try to stay true to who you are. It’s cheesy advice, but it works. Don’t even know what your style is? I created a resource for you that will help you discover your personal style and dress in a way that feels like you!

9. Wear Luxe Fabrics

Wear fabrics that are considered to be expensive across the board, even if you didn’t spend a lot of money on them! For example, velvet and silk/satin give off luxe vibes.

Some people say sequels are never as good, but incorporating these 9 more tips is sure to have you feeling and looking luxurious without having to pay for it!

Want the rest of your life to feel luxurious too? Up Next: How to Live a Luxurious Life On a Budget

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.