You want to look like your clothes cost a million dollars, but you don’t have a million dollars to spend on clothes. Luckily, with a little extra time and effort from you, it’s easy to look elegant even when you’re poor.


Remember, quality over quantity. Purchase elegant staples such as black pants, white shirts and one nice blazer. If you can only afford one nice pair of shoes, buy that one nice, elegant pair that goes with everything rather than 10 or 15 cheap pairs.

Watch for rips and stains. It doesn’t matter how much your outfit cost. If it has rips and stains on it, it makes you look poor.

Consider dying faded jeans. Nothing looks more elegant than dark wash jeans, but they fade so quickly when washed. For just a few dollars, you can buy navy dye to extend the look of your jeans.

Think about getting your clothes tailored. Nothing says poor more than clothes that don’t fit your body type. For just a few dollars, you can take cheap clothes and have them fitted to you, making them look more elegant than they actually are.

Refurbish old clothes. Shorten the hem of old skirts, ask a tailor to thicken the straps of spaghetti strap dress, replace plastic buttons with more expensive ones or have them add trim to a monochromatic outfit. This is a great way to update your wardrobe for next to nothing.

Purchase cheap accessories. You can dress up or dress down an outfit with the right accessories. Cheap accessories are easy to find and unless one looks closely, look the same as expensive accessories.