How to Look Expensive

While I love to experiment with my style and look, there are some days where I love a simple, put together look that makes me look fashion-forward and sophisticated. I channel the bougie girl inside of me and pull my best Hilary Banks. The problem is, I don’t have sophisticated Hilary Banks money. No worries, though. There are plenty of ways to keep an expensive, high fashion look for less. If you’re wondering how to look expensive for less, check out the tips below:

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How to Look Expensive

Neutral colors

If you’re trying to have a more “put together” look, try wearing a neutral color palette. Blacks and whites go a long way, and you can implement other colors such as camel and olive.

Structured pieces

Pieces that have a structured look automatically appear to be more expensive. They look more carefully and skillfully made, even if they aren’t designer. Try out a structured bag or a pair of trousers.

Dainty accessories

Lucky for you, you don’t need huge stones and loud jewelry to look expensive. Often, small, dainty pieces can do the trick. Try small bracelets and pendants to add a hint of glamour.

Red lips

For a more expensive look, less is often more. A fresh face with a red lip gives a glamorous, sophisticated look without too much effort. Also, a nude lip is a great option.

Classic styles & patterns

Classic styles go a long way. White button downs, loafers, fur coats (faux, of course) are just a few options. Also, classic patterns like houndstooth and herringbone scream expensive.

Big sunglasses

For some reason, expensive people love to cover up their faces with huge sunglasses. Get yourself a pair (cheap ones willmost certainly do), and experience the feeling of true bougieness.

One statement piece

While neutral colors and classic silhouettes are staples of the expensive look, adding one statement piece to your look adds a new layer of style. A colored fur coat or a loud pair of sneakers is eye-catching and expensive, and it doesn’t cost a million dollars because its only one pair.

In other words…

Looking expensive doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to add a sense of bougieness to your look. Also, remember that we’re building steadily towards being expensive IRL. Work on those credit scores and implement a budget to let your finances thrive. 

Talk soon,



    • Maya Fleming
      January 17, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      I agree! I always feel so grown-up. Thanks for reading!

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