10 ways to look expensive on a budget

Is it possible to look expensive and elegant without actually spending thousands? The answer is: yes! There are many ways you can look expensive breaking your bank. These are the top 10 tips…

1. Less is more

Simplicity is often associated with affluence and class. Many major fashion houses adopt this style. They let the quality, fit and material speak for itself. You know, people actually pay less attention to your style when there’s too much going on. I personally love a minimal style. For me, simplicity is beautiful and very classy.

2. Wear flattering clothes

I see so many women neglecting this key principle! Not everyone has the same body shape, so we have to pick clothes and styles that suit our individual shape. Wearing a garment that accentuates your best features will make you feel confident, walk more confidently and look more elegant. If you carry yourself with the right confidence, you’ll be able to give off the impression that your clothes are more expensive than they actually are.

3. Invest in your grooming

Your grooming is actually more important than your clothes. It’s a department that costs us women a lot of money, but it’s the most important department to invest in because it can totally elevate your elegant look. If you take more time and learn certain skills, you can totally do these treatments at home. I personally spend a lot of time in this aspect of beauty.

4. Be clever with your budget shopping

If you want to look elegant on a budget, you have to learn this skill. You can go to high street stores, like Zara or H&M, and find pieces that look more expensive than they actually are. The key is to focus on better quality, soft fabrics and neutral colours. Beware of items with poor stitching, or materials that wrinkle easily. You can even tailor some of your inexpensive items to make them look more rich, classy and sophisticated.

5. Choose expensive looking colours

Colours that look inexpensive are artificial and too bright. Spend money on neutral coloured elegant clothing. Natural colours like khaki, off-white, cream, and beige is key. You can also use these colours to create a monochrome look, which is a staple look for all classy and sophisticated women.

6. Add statement pieces

These pieces often aren’t cheap. A high-quality, classy leather handbag is one of the key elegant statement pieces you should invest in. Shoes, hats, jewellery and sunglasses are other statement pieces to consider. You can buy most of these pieces pre-owned!

7. Shop pre-owned

Speaking of pre-owned, shopping second-hand or in charity shops is a great budget hack. Ebay and online shops like Vestiare Collective are other great options for you to curate a high-quality, elegant and classy wardrobe on a budget. Make sure no pieces are outdated, though!

8. Find the right combination

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on your outfit if you know how to combine certain colours, styles and pieces. If you don’t have a natural elegant styling instinct, take inspiration from your favourite celebrities, Instagram influencers or friends who have a classy fashion sense!

9. Know where to spend

It’s important to invest money in the right items. So many ladies spend loads of money on a single dress that they’ll probably only wear once or twice. You should invest money in things that are neutral, simple and plain so you can reuse them a lot.

10. Copy other people’s style

Get inspired by other classy and sophisticated looking women! It’s normal to get inspired by each other. Explore websites like Pinterest, Instagram or blogs. You can also find inspiration in Old Hollywood movies, too!


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Anna Bey is an educator in the elegant feminine empowerment space and the founder of an online finishing school for women. She can confidently call herself a pioneer in this genre because she was the first to be sharing content in this niche since 2012.

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Anna Bey is an expert on Modern Elegance™, upscale transformations, and leveling up, with over 150 million channel views. Since 2012, she has taught women how to develop a more refined personal presence and lifestyle inside the Anna Bey Academy, where she hosts her various classes and courses. Her publication features include The Times UK, Newsweek, New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more.

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