These 9 Things Will Always Make You Look Richer Than You Are

You might assume that to look expensive, you need to buy eye-wateringly expensive things, but looking rich isn't just about flashy logos and jewellery so valuable it must be stored in a safe. There are little tricks that can make any outfit look more elevated, from ensuring your shirts are always crisp to the colours that appear to add a couple of zeros to the cost of your outfit.

Many of these styling rules have been set by stealth-wealth luxury brands, such as The Row and Phoebe Philo for Céline, who show that timeless, classic pieces always add an air of sophistication to your look. Think biscuit-coloured knitwear, an oversized trench coat and a perfectly starched white shirt. Keep scrolling to see the 9 things that will always make you look richer than you are (without sending your bank balance into the red).

1. Look Like You Never Do Your Own Laundry

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An easy way to look expensive is to make sure your clothes are as immaculate as possible. In our book, nothing looks as luxurious as a crisply pressed shirt. You don't actually have to go to the dry cleaner; just invest in a decent steamer.

2. Wear All-Cream Outfits to Show You Don't Need to Be Concerned With Stains

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An all-white outfit always looks expensive because it says to the world you can afford to risk a ketchup stain and to travel exclusively via Uber.

3. Anti-Commuter Shoes That Say "I Travel Exclusively by Uber"

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Commuting stops most of us from wearing heels, so power pumps give the impression that you travel by taxis more than anything else.

4. Wear Silks and Cottons—Never Polyester

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Invest in quality fabrics such as silk and cotton; timeless, elegant pieces add an air of sophistication to your look.

5. Carry an Umbrella to Maintain Your Blow-Dry

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The key to looking expensive is to appear well groomed, and an oversized sturdy umbrella with a wooden handle will ensure your immaculate blow-dry stays in place.

6. Carry Your Handbag Like It's a Birkin, and Place It on Your Elbow 

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Birkins are the ultimate status handbag, and like most eye-wateringly expensive bags, they're usually looped over the elbow, as shown by Victoria Beckham. 

7. Wear a Watch—But Make It a Quiet One

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So much chicer than scrambling for your phone to find the time.

8. Forget the Puffer—Wear a Proper Overcoat or Trench

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A tailored coat or classic trench instantly elevates any outfit.

9. Don't Carry Too Much Stuff 

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Mini handbags have become a status symbol. In fact, Gigi Hadid often leaves the house with a tiny handbag that's only big enough for a lipstick and a credit card.

Next up, see our guide to the key fashion trends for spring/summer 2019.