Four Tips for Looking Expensive

Looking cheap is something most women vehemently try to avoid! I mean who among us wouldn’t rather channel Kate Middleton or Olivia Palermo as opposed to someone who looks like an extra from an old Girl’s Gone Wild video? Today’s four tips for looking expensive will put you well on your way to cultivating an affluent and polished look!

Wear the Right Foundation Garments

Have you ever seen Megan Markle with a VPL? Didn’t think so! One trick expensive looking women use is to prepare their canvas well BEFORE getting dressed. This means: no bra straps peeking out, no panty lines. Wear shape-wear or a slip if you need to smooth out some lumps/bumps beneath a knit dress!

Whether well-endowed or smaller chested, your girls should be sitting on your chest, above the bottom of your rib cage. If your ladies are hanging out closer to your belly button, you need a new bra and likely a professional fitting. Trust me! You’ll feel so much better about yourself (as well as look better) when your clothes are sitting properly on a smooth frame.

Show Skin Sparingly

Lots of women equate showing skin with being sexy. And I think there’s some truth in that. The trick is to show skin discreetly. Tastefully. You can do this by picking ONE area to highlight: legs, cleavage or back/arms. The formula is pretty simple. Want to show off those stems with a thigh-grazing mini? Then pair it with a slightly more modest top. Going backless or with a plunging neckline? Stick to something a bit more conservative on the bottom. The wide leg trousers so popular at the moment make a great choice!

Subtle Makeup

Universally, upper crust ladies are rarely seen overly made-up. Extremely natural looking hair color, foundation, blush and lips tones rule the day. Same for liner and mascara. You just won’t see a photo of Kate Middleton sporting purple eyeliner and spider lashes.

Nails are most often kept on the shorter side and lacquered with traditional tones of ballet slipper pinks, buffs or classic reds. Save the bright yellows, blues and oranges for your girl’s weekend in Cabo, if you must!

This look reads more “naughty” than “Notting Hill”!


This last tip may be a bit controversial but I’m going to recommend it just the same. For the wealthiest look, keep jewelry small and somewhat minimal. I know, I know…in recent years we’ve seen a lot of over-sized pieces but we don’t often see them on royals or aristocrats. If you just must, please try to keep your selection to just ONE larger piece per outfit – an over-sized earring, a bold cuff or a statement necklace, not all three. And try to remember, a nice watch, diamond studs and a small pair of hoops can see you through a lot of situations!

An elegant choice!

Remember fashion is fun! You do you! But for those times when you want to look classic or beyond reproach, stick to the tips in this post. For more tricks to looking expensive, read this post Five Tips for Dressing Expensive Even on a Budget from 2017! It’s one of the most popular on Natty Gal as well as top performing Pinterest pin.

Until next time,

Four Tips for Looking Expensive
Four Tips for Looking Expensive

Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

3 thoughts on “Four Tips for Looking Expensive”

  1. These are great tips! I don’t wear a lot of makeup so I can’t vouch for that but I have seen women who cakes on the eyeshadow plus lipstick. It’s not a fun look. I agree on minimal jewelry as too much just says I need attention and no one ever want that to be the case.

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  2. I love these tips for dressing expensive looking! I must say the classy look is what I try for. I do agree with you about highlighting your best features. Now I feel better about having worn shorts over the summer that we’re a little shorter than maybe what women close to sixty normally wear. I think I pulled the look off because my legs are my best feature. As you suggested I wore more conservative tops with the shorter shorts. I’m not talking about showing any cheek either. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to check out the budget tips for dressing expensive from 2017, as well.

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