Dressing like a rich person may afford you an opportunity for which you might have been overlooked because you seem to be well off. In the Great Depression, people dressed well to hide their poverty. As people become less wealthy, they try to hide their misfortune through their personal appearance.

Obtain several pieces of quality clothing in perfect condition. You might have to buy new, but you can do so cheaply. Look for upscale department store sales or visit an outlet mall that features high-end retailers. You must have a couple blouses or shirts and two bottoms — one pair of pants and one skirt or two pairs of pants for men — that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits.

Pick items made from quality materials, such as silk, wool, cashmere and angora. Avoid polyester blends and man-made materials that look and feel cheap. Read content labels and get to know what quality clothing looks like.

Add accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. If you’re a man, add a watch, rings or cuffs. Accessories can change your whole look. Look for stylish, impressive-looking pieces, although you may have to be less picky about materials because of the cost. Still, one good well-maintained handbag, is better than several cheap ones.

Choose quality footwear. Well-made shoes, preferably from leather or other quality materials, are crucial for completing your look. Also, shoes should match the outfit or you’ll give it away that you’re not really rich.

Maintain impeccable grooming. Teeth, nails, hair and skin all must be kept as perfect as possible. Whiten teeth, maintain manicured hands and keep you hair cut stylishly.


  • Lose weight and stay trim to dress like a rich person. Fair or not, obesity is associated with lower socioeconomic status, and your overall look will determine whether you look rich or not. Slender women and fit men will be able to achieve this look with greater ease.