3 Tips That Will Teach You How To Look Expensive On A Budget

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A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget

In this post I am going to teach you how to look expensive on a budget.  But before we get into the tips I have to let you know exactly what expensive looking means just to ensure that we are on the same page.  When I say expensive what I am really saying is classy.  There are clothes that cost a lot of money but in the same token when you wear them if you look like belong on the street corner somewhere that does not say that you are expensive, I do not care how much you paid for your clothes.


When I say expensive, think of clothes like you are going to a cooperate job or an upscale party.  I have wrote about this in my how to be classy blog which you can see here.  Never associate classy or expensive with how much skin you show off or how much of your breast you are showing. Even if the clothes cost you a lot of money there is nothing about you that says expensive.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget
Thrift Store Outfit

You would never show up to a cooperate job like that, or at least I hope you won’t. This type of dress was my main grip with the teacher bae (click here). I do believe in looking nice and feminine.  But I also believe that you must not cross the line of overtly sexy,letting it all hang out, and allowing you clothes to be too tight.

When I say expensive, think of all the upscale class women that you know.  I have some a few examples such as Kate Middleton (click here to get her style on a budget), Taylor Swift (Click here to get her style on a budget), and Solange Knowles (click here to get her style on a budget).

Now that you have a fair understanding of what the expensive look is, I want to give you MY tips on how to look expensive on a budget.

How To Look Expensive On a Budget Tip # 1 Use the Thrift Store

Never underestimate the power of the thrift.  I also wrote about this in my beauty tips on budget post (click here). But not all thrifts are created equal but there is a key in finding a thrift store that you want to get stuff in.  There is no sense in going to the thrift store and getting other people stuff that looks like junk.  And that is what going to a bad thrift store will get you.  Second hand stuff that looks second hand.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget
Thrift Store Outfit

What you want to aim for is a thrift store that has high quality brand names that you would not be able to afford otherwise.  The key to finding those thrift stores is that you need to focus on thrift stores that are in really nice and affluent areas.  The people living in those areas are more likely to donate their expensive clothing there, and you will get their 2nd hand clothes that they have taken REALLY good care of, sometimes with the original tag on them.

You can also look at consignment stores.  To me they are similar to thrift stores, but for some reason consignment stores seem to be known for more upscale clothing.  But similar to the thrift store, it is still at a discounted price.  And before you go into any thrift store wasting your time, Google and Yelp are your best friends. Read other people’s reviews on the thrift stores, 9 times out of 10 people will tell you what type of brands, labels, quality of the clothes, and the prices.



Now remember when you go to the thrift store, even though I am not a labels person you need to be ABLE to identify labels. The reason being is because you need to train your eye for the expensive look and determine good quality clothing. As more of the expensive labels even if they are at thrift stores are made to last and often time they do not go out of style.

Some of the labels I am on the lookout for at the thrift stores and have gotten include:

  • White House Black Market

  • Vera Wang

  • Cold Water Creek

  • Anne Taylor

  • Liz Claiborne

And these are just to name a few. The more familiar you are with expensive brands, the easier it will be to get them and pick them out at the thrift stores.

How To Look Expensive On a Budget Tip # 2 Change Where You Shop

Looking expensive has nothing to do with labels.  There are so many options now in which you can go shopping at really affordable places and get an expensive look.  No lie, I was at Forever 21 and saw a shirt that I really loved for $20.  I also went into Saks Fifth Avenue and saw a very similar shirt, as in almost identical, for $200.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget
Michael Kors Swimsuit from TJ Maxx

My point is that when you learn how to look expensive on a budget the point is that you can get something that looks expensive without paying the price by changing where you shop.  No one is going to look at the tag of your shirt to see where you got something.  So if it looks similar no harm not foul. In order to do this you must know and recognize what looks expensive and what does not.  I encourage you to have fashion icons and study their style so you can get what looks expensive.



As for places to shop that are within most people’s budget are TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls. There are times in which you can get labels from these stores that are more affordable.  The reason being is because these are overstock stores or stores that have clothes that are considered defective and cannot be sold in a more expensive department store. The plus for you in this situation is that the defective item is not that bad off where people will notice.   Leaving you with the option to get more expensive looks at an affordable price.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget

The second option is not looking for labels at all and just going to places like Target.  I go to Target all the time and they have really stepped their fashion game up.  If you check out the picture above, I got the pants from Ross, the jacket from target, and the shoes from Zara.  Even places like Zara offer really expensive looking clothes and many of them are affordable to everyday people such as yourself.

How To Look Expensive On a Budget Tip # 3 Maintain Your Pretty

You do not have to be an expert in makeup.  But it would be a shame if you are dressed in an expensive way but when you get to your hair it looks like a nest, and your lips are so chapped you have skin hanging off of them.  You can check out my blog on how to do makeup even if you do not know what you are doing.  That way you can know that you can do very simple and natural makeup techniques.  Even if you choose to put on lip gloss and mascara.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget

When people look at you, your personal appearance in how you dress and your hair should match what you have on, not doing so can throw off your entire look.  Some options regarding your hair are wigs or weaves.  I can do my natural hair, but often times it takes a really long time.  Even putting on a wig will give me an expensive look that I want (as wigs come in all styles) and does not require me to but a lot of time in doing my hair. I do not even go to the salon saving me more money.


And as far as makeup is concerned you can check out my blog on some of the more affordable make up brands.

 W7 Makeup Must Haves
14 NYX Must Haves Makeup Collections
6 Best Bh Cosmetics Palettes Of All Time

You do not have to go and spends thousands of bucks at Sephora on makeup in in order to look good in your make up. There are plenty of affordable brands and even drug store brands that will give you an expensive look.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget

Now that you know what are the three main tips on how to look expensive on a budget, I hope you are able to implement them with ease.

A Quick Guide On How To Look Expensive On A Budget