A Guide to Dressing Like a Millionaire, No Matter Your Salary

Dressing like you’ve spent dropped a ton of cash—when in fact you haven’t—comes down to a simple set of skills, and it’s a worthy investment of your time to get it right. Because if there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s not about how much an item costs—it’s how you style it and make it your own (although we’ll freely admit there are certain items we don’t mind splurging on).

So whether you’re looking to revamp your style or are trying to cut back on your spending, today’s tips are sure to prove valuable no matter your salary. From our favorite 20-second styling hacks to our editors’ must-know sale-shopping strategies, here’s everything you need to know. Scroll down to find out how to dress like a millionaire without spending like one.


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One of the easiest ways to score designer pieces without paying full price is to shop the sale section. To be sure you never miss a major sale, help yourself out and put a reminder in your iPhone. Start by checking the sale sections of your favorite online shops regularly to keep up with new products being added.

Shop our favorite picks from Shopbop's sale section below. 


If you’re dying to add a high-end designer item to your wardrobe, shop resale and outlet sites. This way you’ll save a ton of money and still snag classic, quality pieces. Farfetch, TheRealReal, and TheOutnet are all great options. 


Take note from our editor Allyson Payer and never buy shoes at full price. Sound too good to be true? Here’s where she shops


Paying attention to details like fabric and color when it comes to shopping budget-friendly brands is key. Always remember suede over faux leather and solid colors over busy prints.

Shop our favorite fast-fashion finds below.


Sometimes removing an extra feature like a charm or tassel adds an elevated feel. See the proof below.



Know where and when to splurge on items; the accessories department is the easiest place to save.

Shop our favorite under-$100 pieces below.


Every fashion girl should swear by these at-home tricks in the video below.

Tell us: Are you a savvy shopper? What’s your best tip?

Michelle Scanga
Managing Editor
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A great pair of high-rise skinny jeans.