Tips and tricks to look expensive on a budget

Tips and tricks to look expensive on a budget

Not everyone has the luxury of buying designer items but we all want to look expensive. Whether your bills have got you shopping at thrift stores or you can barely scrape by at the end of the month on your meagre salary, with these tips I’ve put together, you can look expensive on a budget. Keep reading to find out how.

What does expensive even mean? According to the Cambridge dictionary, expensive is something that costs a lot of money.

But did you know you can wear expensive things and still look cheap? There’s a saying, “money can’t buy class”. I’ve always been of the school of thought that you don’t need lots of money to look stylish and ‘expensive’. You can look expensive with inexpensive items, all it takes is having a keen eye and with these tips I’ve made it incredibly easy for you to have that ‘eye’, or at least pretend to.

There are certain things you need to take into consideration when shopping or putting a look together. They will ensure that you always look like a bag of money.


Here are my top 6 tips for looking expensive on a budget
    1. Quality of fabric

      This is THE biggest thing when it comes to achieving the expensive look. If the material looks flimsy and the seams are tacky and threadbare then unless you’re going for a hobo look, take a step back. I went shopping the other day and found some blouses that I liked and they happened to be budget friendly but the fabric quality was poor. It reminded me of my high school uniform. DON’T ever just buy something because it looks good or is on trend. Take a good look at fabric quality. This is one of the cardinal rules of dressing/looking expensive. That and looking immaculate.

    2. Hair-do

      Short or shoulder-length, well-groomed hair says expensive like none other. A lob (long bob), bob or pixie cut scream style and sophistication. Invest in good quality hair if you’re a wig or weave wearer or take really good care of your own hair. These days, you don’t even have to make a weekly visit to the salon which we all know is expensive. You can just buy the hair products and DIY it. If you want to look expensive, your hair has to be immaculate.

    3.  Makeup

      It is common knowledge that rich people can afford to buy the best quality skincare products out ther. Clear, glowy skin is often seen as a sign of good living aka wealth. When it comes to makeup, a little goes a long way. I’ve recently started experimenting with the no-makeup makeup look. This is the perfect makeup look for looking expensive.

    4. Jewellery

      Everything about the expensive look is minimalist. Invest in gold jewellery pieces. A gold stud, ring and bangle are all you need to look like a million bucks. If you can’t afford gold try gold/rose gold plated but be careful because too much gold can look gaudy – worse when it’s fake. One thing to always remember is less is more.

    5. Colour

      Black, white or neutral colours tend to say expensive and chic better than bright and bold colours do. I’m a lover of bright and bold colours but muted tones are the way to go if you want to create an expensive look.

    6. Grooming

      As important as the clothes, makeup and accessories you wear are, they are no more important than grooming. Not only is how you wear your hair important but grooming your fingernails and feet are just as important.

Forget the need to buy designer items. Invest in quality, forget about quantity, maintain a clean and groomed appearance at all times. That, folks, is how to look expensive on a budget.

Thanks for reading. If you’ve enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful, please leave a comment below. Thank you. x

Dress – Veena

Heels – Nine West

Sunglasses – Cotton On

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2 Discussion to this post

  1. The white shoe killed me….it was the perfect seal to this look.

    You look great and your tips too.

    I like that you mentioned that minimalism is key when it comes to looking expensive. Some people go over board and end up looking trashy.

    Nice post

    • Tejumade Haastrup says:

      Aww, thanks love. I almost didn’t wear the white shoes, I didn’t want it to be too OTT but it seems to work. 😉 xx

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