I was raised to always look my best. My mother is a very well-groomed woman, and she taught my sisters and me how to take pride in our appearance as women. Now as an adult, I appreciate everything she taught us about looking and feeling good. Because if what she taught me, I always get compliments on my polished looks and how I carry myself. In this blog post, I am giving you my best style hacks to look expensive without spending any money.
For my mom, fashion comes easy. As a cosmetologist, she taught us how to do our own hair and nails. As a seamstress, she always taught us how to wear our clothes correctly. By the time I was ten years old, I was styling my own hair, and styling my own outfits. As a mother, I am now teaching my sons and daughter the importance of hygiene and grooming, and how it makes a difference in how people perceive you. When it comes to your appearance, a little attention to detail goes a long way.
You are the most expensive thing you are ever going to own – so take care of you.
When it comes to looking good, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to look expensive. In fact, you don’t have to spend any extra money at all to look groomed and polished. All it takes is a little TLC (tender love and care) when styling yourself. While other women go to the salon to get their hair and nails done regularly, I choose to save time and money and give myself the spa treatment from home. If you choose to, you can do the same with a little time and self-care.
The Number #1 key to looking expensive without spending money is to focus on the small details of your appearance. Before you leave your house, take a moment to glance at yourself in the mirror. When you look good, you feel confident.
12 Style Hacks to Look Expensive
1. Choose outfit ideas from Pinterest. If you aren’t good at putting outfits together, that’s OK! Use the internet for inspiration. What are your style preferances? Use websites like Pinterest as a style guide. Choose a picture of an outfit you like, then head to your closet. Use the clothing pieces you already have to create a similar look.
2. Wear jewelry. By adding necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, you can dress up the most simple outfit. Choose to wear lightweight jewelry that you can wear every day that is stylish and functional.
3. Select the right fit. Your clothes should fit comfortably without being too tight or too loose. Wear clothes that are roomy enough to move around in, but close enough to follow the lines of your body and flatter your figure. If you know how to sew, you can hem or tailor your clothes to your body to enhance your look.
4. Wear the correct undergarments. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-fitting bra or undergarment. Your underwear helps to shape your look from underneath your clothes. Wearing slips and Spanx underneath your dresses and slips will make the fabric of your clothes lie better, hug your curves, and wrinkle less.
5. Take care of your shoes. Your shoes are an important part of your look, so take good care of them! Polish your leather boots, and wipe your sneakers clean after wearing them. It’s safe to spot treat most shoes with dish detergent and warm water. When not in use, store your shoes in a way that they will not scuff against one another.
6. Remove the wrinkles. Before wearing an outfit, examine your clothes for wrinkles. A steamer is easier to manage and faster to use than an iron, but if you have an iron don’t be afraid to use it. To keep your clothes wrinkle-free, fold or hang them as soon as they come out of the dryer. To save time, steam or iron your garments the night before wearing. By getting rid of the wrinkles, the fabric will drape easily over your body giving you a more polished look.
7. Add fragrance. No look is complete without a luxurious fragrance to match. Find a scent you love and apply it to your skin to smell just as expensive as you look.
8. Add accessories. By adding a handbag, scarf, or jacket to your look, you can really pull an outfit together. Add a scarf with a simple t-shirt, or add a bright-colored jacket to an all-black ensemble. For functionality, use a sturdy and stylish handbag to carry your valuable things.
9. Pay close attention to the small details.
- Clothing Details: Never wear an item of clothing with a stain, hole, or missing button – it cheapens your look. Snip loose threads and replace loose buttons when needed. Use a disposable razor to shave away pilling on your sweaters and leggings.
- Body Details: Practice good hygiene and pay attention to the small details that can derail your look. Always brush your teeth and wash your face. Take care of your skin and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Nothing ruins a look faster then cracked heels or ashy elbows. Before engaging with someone, check your nose for boogers and your teeth for lipstick smudges.
10. Dress vibrantly. Muted colors can look drab and dated, no matter the season. For a more expensive look, add pops of color to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to wear vibrant jewel tones and soft pastels. If you like to wear patterns and prints, leopard spots are always a classic favorite.
11. Less is better. When it comes to hair, makeup, and nails, don’t overdo it. Wear what makes you feel most comfortable. For expensive-looking hair, style your hair with intention. Choose hairstyles that you feel most comfortable in, and rock those styles with confidence. If your nail polish is chipped, remove it. Honestly, no nail polish is better than chipped nail polish.
12. Keep yourself neat. For a well put-together look, make sure your hair and outfit are well maintained throughout the day. Every now and then, glance in the mirror to ensure you don’t have lipstick on your teeth or that your shirt hasn’t come unbuttoned.
I hope this helps!