30 Ways To Look Rich Without Breaking The Bank

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Life is a runway of experience; in the hassle of keeping up with the several shows, it can be quite demanding to look your best, acquire a luxurious appearance with the constant financial threads or get the proper directives on how to look rich. A lot of us want to look rich and classy on a budget but we often do not know how to acquire that.

Let’s have a small chit chat before I dive into the helpful tips, on how to look rich and dress like a millionaire on a budget. I used to have no sense of fashion and wasn’t rich enough to afford luxurious clothes. I had bills to pay, and I bet everyone does, as I am not alone on this.

I used to be the kind of person who went with the vibe of “as long as it’s comfortable, then it is fine.” While there’s nothing wrong with comfort, this meant if I could wear pajamas to an event, I would.

But after acquiring a level of success, confidence, and self-love, more than ever, I decided to invest more into my physical appearance and the way I looked, I wanted to have a sense of dignity with my appearance and from that whole experience, I have learned a lot on how to look rich without robbing a bank!

I can totally say that you don’t have to be rich to look good, elegant or classy. If you are following me on Instagram, you can attest to this as I share a lot of empowering tips for your intrinsic sense and fashionable sense; if you aren’t following me you are missing out on a lot. Simply click the follow button right now and be part of the informed team.

You don’t have to break the bank to look like a million bucks, there are so many ways you can style yourself to make you look classy, expensive, glamorous, get a hang of how to look rich and I will be sharing every single step with you today!

A lot of us struggle with the question of “how to look rich?” Many people, especially young adults, believe that spending huge sums of money on clothing and accessories would automatically make them look rich. Well, while there’s a level of truthfulness to that, I’d like to believe that money isn’t all that’s needed.

People associate money with success; a lot of people believe that to look rich, you have to be rich. But then, over and again, I have met people who aren’t so rich, yet, they have never failed to look cool.

And on the flip side, I have met super-rich people, but on the first impression, would make you think they were living below the U.S. average income. So, then, you’d agree with me that appearance really matters. Okay! Let’s dive right in on how to look rich and classy on a budget.

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1.  Understand Your Fabrics

There are different kinds of fabrics. And each fabric has a unique type of maintenance, styling and sometimes usage. If you do not know your fabrics, you could go to a fabric store or ask your tailor.

Knowing your fabrics gives you an idea about what to buy. Polyester, Nylon, and Rayon – all man-made fiber – won’t hang properly on your body like natural wool or cotton fabrics.

There are times when I change my outfit for an event at the last minute because I suddenly realize that the material reflects a poor taste. Also, place great importance on the color of your fabric. I will discuss this under another outline.


2.  Tailor Your Clothes

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Rich people wear fitted clothes. Wearing too big or small outfits never gives off a good first impression, except you’re going for a natural baggy look in casuals for a quick errand.

When you have a new outfit or design, take them to a tailor and let them get your measurements, and ensure the clothing is shaped to fit your body type and size almost perfectly. Why? Fitted clothes look better and more put together on your body.

You should build a good relationship with your tailor. If you do not have a tailor already, ensure you get one based on reviews or referrals within your budget.


3.  Quality Over Quantity

Being tight on cash can make it somewhat difficult to get quality outfits, but there’s always a loophole for everything. So please take your time shopping and look around the clothing shops near you for the best they have.

Also, check out clearance sales at the end of a season. You get quality outfits for a very affordable price. You necessarily don’t have to buy so many outfits at once. If you could buy them bit by bit, go ahead and purchase. But, don’t be lured into buying many low-quality outfits. Instead, save up and get the good ones.

Avoid buying trending clothes, as you are most likely shopping with a tight budget. Furthermore, trends will come and go after a while, and the clothes will become useless. Instead, get timeless clothes and watch your pockets breathe when trends pass.


4.  Get Tasteful Accessories

Accessories are the primary ingredients of your outfit. With the wrong choice of accessories, you risk ruining your look. You may think suitable accessories cost a lot, and you’re right.

Go to jewelry shops or a local jeweler in your area, or look for small businesses that make jewelry. You’d be surprised by the kind of treasures you’ll find in unlikely places.

After taking our time to pick your outfits, ensure you get the best accessories to match them. Your necklace, rings, and so on should work with your chosen outfit.


5.  Save Up By Looking For The Best Deals

This isn’t as easy as it sounds. First, you’d have to rigorously search out the best deals online and offline where you could get good clothes at affordable prices.

You could check out thrift stores for affordable second-hand clothes, they are life savers, and besides, no one can guess that your dress is thrift if you don’t announce it.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of; I always do it. I have a small friend who struggles to find her size online and offline. Thrift is her best friend, and she always looks good wearing them. A bonus in wearing thrift is that you hardly run across someone wearing the same outfit.


6.  Take Care Of Your Clothes

Taking care of your clothes regularly is one of the best ways to look your best. Iron your clothes carefully and systematically with the right temperature. Crisp and neatly iron shirts and trousers send a signal of wealth and elegance.

Truth be told, you can never look wealthy in crumpled and rough shirts. Wash your clothes with detergents that’ll ensure that the colors aren’t washed away. These things are vital to your goal on how to look rich.

Also, shoes are very important. Spend and invest in shoe-shining kits. There’s no excuse for leaving your home with dirty shoes. No excuse at all. And for storage, ensure that you store your clothes properly in the right and required temperature.


7.  Pay Attention To Details

The whole idea of how to look rich essentially hinges on how much you prioritize details. For guys, your outfits should be carefully chosen from your ties to your cufflinks, and for the ladies, your shoe size, earrings, etc.

Also, your color combination is of importance. You should ensure that your colors aren’t carelessly picked. Certain colors project maturity. Take out time to study what colors suits you, and you’ll be fine.


8.  Get Quality Leather Goods

Leather shoes, bags, and purses create an aura of wealth around you. But, you can’t look rich walking around with a pair of old, worn-out leather. So, for a start, you could do Brown Oxfords.

You can get high-quality leather at thrift shops. Try to go back a few decades and try vintage bags too. Store them properly too. Don’t let water ruin your leather belt, bags, shoes, and wristwatch.


9.  Pay Attention To Grooming

There’s no excuse for poor grooming. Every detail on your body should look its best. Your hair should be washed, conditioned and neatly styled.

Your nails, both finger and toenails, should always be clean and neatly trimmed whether you prefer to wear them long or not. Never look untidy. You can’t look wealthy if you can’t take care of yourself.

Do not neglect your dental hygiene either. White teeth add to the beauty of blinding smiles; invest in a dentist if you can.


10.  Avoid Logos

As flashy and fun as logos can be, they can also be very distracting. When they are logos plastered all over your outfit, it draws attention away from the look and focuses on the brand.

There are certain rumors that brands with quality outfits don’t crest huge logos on their clothes. So instead, opt for brands with a custom and unique style that separates them from other designers and speaks for itself.


11.  Wear More Black

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Readers: How do you look rich?

Afamuche: Wear more black (just for the laughs)

Yep! I love black a lot. Black portrays maturity and confidence. For men, black gives an irresistible elegance that reflects classiness. And for the ladies, you know black adds this spring to your step.

Also, the color black is a very noticeable color and sets you apart when amid a large number of people. If you want to look all good and classy without breaking the bank, I suggest you look into having more black outfits.


12.  Get Your Hair Styled

Having an excellent hairstyle is a typical mannerism of wealthy people. Your hair shouldn’t look rough or disheveled. You’ll never look cool or rich if your hair looks unkempt.

Moving around with messy hair shows that you don’t care about your physical appearance and don’t take your hygiene seriously. This would put people off at first sight.

If you’re going for a beautiful, messy look, visit a professional stylist to handle that. For most people, hair is the yardstick for judgment. So get a good haircut, make a beautiful hairstyle, and you’ll be fine.


13.  Get A Quality Watch

Watches have a way of adding a beautiful finishing touch to one’s outfit. However, a poorly designed wristwatch is a turn-off and has the capability of ruining your whole outfit.

Leather wristwatches will never disappoint you, but you can wear a wristwatch made with any material as long as it works perfectly with your outfit.

Rocking a quality wristwatch, no doubt, adds spice to your dressing, giving you that elegant and confident appearance needed.


14.  Get Serious About Skin-Care

Oh! This sounds like the difficult one, but it’s not. Makeup is terrific as they highlight your beauty and bring out your creativity, but they don’t treat bad skin. Rich people are often concerned about their skin and would pay any amount to buy the latest skincare products or visit a dermatologist.

However, the truth is that skincare doesn’t have to be that expensive. You can naturally get rid of wrinkled skin by eliminating certain bad habits and adopting new ones, like quitting smoking.

Remember, your skin is often a reflection of your internal health. The healthier you are, the more radiant you will become. Good skin naturally portrays you as rich.


15.  Work On Your Manners

It doesn’t matter how elegant and rich you look if your attitude and disposition reek of disrespect. So remember to accompany that look with great character and respect when you dress well. It doesn’t matter how good you feel; if you put others down, you’ll ruin everything you’re trying to achieve with your looks.


16.  Improve Your Knowledge On Topics

Rich people don’t talk too much. And also, they pick the kind of topics they talk about. You become more cultured when you open up your mind to learn about different subjects.

The rich are willing to invest a lot in education, do the same for yourself. You need to be able to join in on meaningful conversations when you find yourself in specific environments.


17.  Polish Your Vocabulary

I know we all have our natural way of speaking due to our environment or personalities. Still, it won’t hurt to polish your vocabulary. Make a conscious effort to use uplifting words and cut down on cursing. Try to learn a new word daily; it can be fun too.

Be assertive too with your words and arm yourself with a healthy vocabulary to be able to hold a conversation with anyone and deliver your point across effectively.


18.  Attend Events

The rich organize events and try to mingle as much as possible. If you ever get invited to any, honor it if it’s not conflicting with anything of value to you.

You never know the people you might meet and the opportunity you could get during such events. If for nothing else, you could network and get to make valuable acquaintances.


19.  Splurge A Little

As much as you are on a budget, whenever you have unexpected cash, you don’t have a pressing need for, splurge on a timeless expensive item.

It could be a luxury bag, a statement shoe, a beautiful dress, or timeless jewelry. It does not need to be a loud item, just something expensive that you know would last for a long time.


20.  Get A Signature Cologne Or Perfume

Smell nice. Not only does it brighten your mood, but your scent can also light up a room. If you want to look rich, then you need to smell nice.

Try not to use perfumes that are harsh as they could irritate others. Instead, use subtle and pleasant smelling scents.

An easy way to create a signature scent is by mixing two different colognes or perfumes to get a mix you’re comfortable with. That’s my trick.

Your smell tells a lot about you. Getting a signature perfume or cologne that commands an elegant personality is key to being perceived as rich.


Other ways to look rich without breaking the bank include:

21.  Have a personal style that is yours.

22. Once in a while, go monochrome.

23. Use makeup products that are good for your skin type.

24.  A nice pair of sunglasses would add a good touch too.

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25.  Mix cheap and expensive outfits.

26.  Wear a stylish scarf.

27.  Wear weather-appropriate clothing.

28. Apply your makeup like a pro, or opt for minimal makeup.

29. Try minimalism; it helps, especially on a budget.

30.  Love yourself!


There you have it guys! 30 ways to look rich without breaking the bank. You don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of bucks trying to look rich, with these tips, you’ll cause a change in the way people view you and even the way you view yourself. Have other suggestions? Feel free to drop them in the comment section. I’ll be waiting…


For You!

Hey there! Thanks for reading up to this point. I feel like you don’t need to “dress-to-kill” to look rich. I have a lot of people who think that I’m a millionaire just because I dress like I’m rich.

And of course, when I say I dress like I’m rich, you shouldn’t get an image of a young woman looking extravagant in the latest Fendi or Versace. I hope to get them someday, but I can still look bomb without those popular labels. As we go into the year 2020, measure yourself with these 30 ways and ensure that you fix up in the areas you can.


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  • Thank you for all the useful information. I’m 62 and apple shape so I’m always looking for helpful information. I’m also tall so it’s hard to get tops that have good length.

  • Amazing article! Every young person should read and heed. Thank you for reminding me to be vigulant(sp) in my appearance. After years of running a auto repair shop I have gotten away from always looking my best. I am now getting back on track.

  • Really enjoyed this article. Great advice mostly good common sense. Gran always said buy the best you can afford, because if you buy cheap you look cheap. This is a great reminder.

  • Good article but there’s one thing I totally disagree about: wearing black.
    Too many women do (mainly because of laziness and because it goes with everything). It makes you look old, dowdy and you just disappear in it.
    Good for tasteless wallflowers!

  • I’ve become a bit frumpy in my old age of 56 😀 I stumbled on your .com I love it!!!! Your advice is straight and to the point but not harsh. Thank you so much

  • Thank You so much, I truly believe in looking good all the time! The only problem is that I have a lot of jealous people who hate me for no reason. I don’t have money but I do have a nine to five job and I take pride in the way I carry myself

  • Some things I do to look wealthier than I am (and also younger than I am since my face has practically no wrinkles other than a very few around the eyes at 67) is to shop for my absolute favorite shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo, second hand online at Mercari. I have around 20 pair now, all the way from the well known classic bow pumps (or Varas) to vintage heels. I did quit, years ago, wearing them (especially the Varas) with serious suits and dresses. I was under 40 and I saw an older woman who looked close to 80 wearing a St. John knit suit with Varas and every piece of her outfit was perfectly matched and styled. I immediately began wearing my Varas with jeans, casual linen pants or dresses and felt my look was classy but youthful. Additionally, I pair expensive shoes and jewelry with a casual outfit and a large canvas tote bag rather than an expensive purse. No one asks but if they did, I’d just explain I have too much stuff for one of my leather bags. My wallet is Coach though and my sunglasses Ferragamo. Because I design jewelry for myself I can be eccentric and have several outfits I’ve found at little boutiques that are no particular style but I find interesting especially with my own designed jewelry. There are many things to do but be faithful to your own style and taste.

  • Thank you for the advice. I am not a natural when it comes to fashion. I have a question: are tunics in style? what about leggings? They seem to hide a lot of flaws and are comfortable and I would like to continue wearing them. I don’t see many people in magazines wearing them now. What is your opinion?

  • Lovely article! Harry Winston said:
    People will stare, make it worth their while!
    I would only add that posture and diction are also not to be neglected in this area. Rich persons are often well -educated and know that gum-chewing and swearing are signs of ill breeding, as well.
    Thanks for this article!

  • Don’t know how anyone could think they look rich in torn up jeans! They are absolutely disgusting to me and I would never spend good money on them!

  • Yes an another hint don’t speak like a vulgar person and do not speak too loudly or squeal or giggly or laugh too loudly. Also keep your boobs contained. No flopping or jiggling. Remember your manners.

  • I would have loved examples of outfits , more depth in the type of material to look for , timeless pieces and even some examples of the YouTube channels to watch. That would have added much more to this post. Maybe next post you can go into those topics a bit more?

  • Hello, I have only just looked at your 30 ways etc and find it a challenge to keep up and abreast of this challenge. I am 87 going on 88 in Sept, and a clothing designer commercial (factory) which I enjoyed. These days I have a renewed interest in clothing and have started sewing again, for myself. And yes I do have a preference for wools , and cottons. I will be coming back to your web site daily to read through again, oh yes, I love polishing my shoes.
    Thank you, KtB