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How to Look Like You’re Rich – When You’re Really Not

8 dos and don’ts that will make you look like you’re rolling in the dough when you're nowhere near the bakery.



1. DO: ALWAYS LOOK IMMACULATE

It doesn’t cost a truck of money to steam or iron your shirt, sew on missing buttons and fix frayed hems – but paying attention to these small details is the difference between looking expensive and just looking sloppy. Treat stains immediately, keep your whites looking crisp and polish your shoes. You should also have ill-fitting clothing tailored to fit you better.

Our pick: Black+Decker garment steamer

Garment Steamer With 6 Steam Setting Digital 2000 Watts White ON SALE

aed 399 Black & Decker
aed499 20

2. DON’T: WEAR POLYESTER

You can spot a cheap, badly made polyester top from a mile away. Stick to natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen and wool if you want to look really luxurious.

Our pick: H&M silk shirt

Silk Shirt

aed 399 H&M

3. DO: WEAR HIGH HEELS

Rich people don’t run around going to the post office or paying their gas bill. They travel in style and only walk from the curb to the hotel lobby, so who needs practical, comfy shoes? Classic pointed pumps are the way to go.

Our pick: Charles & Keith metallic accent pointed toe stiletto pumps

Metallic Accent Pointed Toe Stiletto Pumps – Black

aed 279 Charles & Keith

4. DON’T: IGNORE YOUR HAIR, NAILS AND MAKEUP

You don’t need to get a blowout twice a week but run a straightener or curling tong through your hair, or slick it back into a bun à la Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to look polished and put together. And have you ever seen a loaded person with chipped nail polish, badly applied eyeshadow or box-dyed hair? Nope.

Our pick: Salt by Hendrix glossy hair treatment oil

Glossy Hair Treatment Oil 50ML

aed 120 Salt By Hendrix

5. DO: FIND YOUR UNIFORM AND STICK TO IT

Whether it’s a sleek LBD or dark jeans with a silk shirt, having a uniform of well-made, all-time classics quietly broadcasts that you’re a person of style and taste – and oodles of cash.

Our pick: Asos Design relaxed long sleeve midi dress

Relaxed Long Sleeve Midi Dress with Knot Front ON SALE

aed 45.16 Asos Design
aed116.89 61

6. DON’T: FORGET TO WEAR PERFUME

Find your scent family and stick to it – be it sandalwood, citrus or florals. Perfumes are not only for special occasions; walk through a mist of scent and spritz it in your hair every morning to feel instantly glamorous.

Our pick: Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Eau de Parfum

Fiery Pink Pepper Eau de Parfum 100ml

aed 675 Molton Brown

7. DO: WEAR ALL-WHITE

Nothing says “I have a ton of money” like wearing top-to-toe white – because it looks like you’re a person who doesn’t have to do their own laundry and certainly doesn’t sit on dirty public transport seats. Swap for all-black to look like a rich fashion person.

Our pick: Ella paperbag waist pants

Paperbag Waist Pants

aed 129 Ella

8. DO: FOCUS ON SHOES AND BAGS

If you can only afford to invest in one or two basics, make it a quality pair of shoes and a bag. Save up for an exceptional pair of black ballet flats or a leather tote that will make any outfit instantly look more expensive. Steer clear of prominent logos.

Our pick: Ted Baker Narissa grainy leather tote bag

Narissa Grainy Leather Tote Bag

aed 1004.21 Ted Baker

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