How to Dress Above Your Pay Grade

They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have—which translates to dressing above your pay grade. But in my experience, you don’t need to spend a lot on clothes to have elevated style. In fact, it really comes down to following some style and shopping rules that will make your outfits look polished and expensive (even if they’re not).

There are a number of tricks you can use to pull this off. It comes down to a few things like shopping smart and striking a balance between high and low—mixing investment pieces that will last you a lifetime with smart buys that look more expensive than they are. Ahead I’m breaking down six style rules to follow that will show you how to dress well, and above your pay grade, every time.