11 Tips to Look Expensive

As you guys know from watching my styling videos on Youtube, one of the things I always say is to stay chic! To be honest with you guys, I’m a huge believer in working with the pieces that you have already in your closet and investing your money into versatile and quality basics. A little tip for you guys .. you don’t need to own expensive things to look expensive! (Mind blowing .. I know.) Whether it’s wearing the perfect shade of lipstick or getting your trousers tailored, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can do to appear more effortless and expensive! Today I’ll be sharing with you all 11 tips to look expensive !


1. Structured Bag

Every season I always splurge on a nice bag for myself. This season it was my beautiful white Celine bag! Although yes this purse was a bit pricy, I think that the structure of this bag makes it look even more expensive and elegant. (More affordable options below!) Whether it’s a large or small bag, there’s nothing more expensive looking than a structured bag! They’re chic and timeless. I like to buy structured bags in neutral colors like black, white or tan because they’re the kind of colors that can transcend seasons and only get better with age! I can’t wait to hand down my bags to Chloe when she get older, but it seems like she’s already got her bag game on point hah!


2. Little Black Dress (LBD)

A little black dress is one of those things that will never go out of style. It’s sleek, slimming, and is one of those pieces you should always have in your closet. From a preppy every day dress to a classy work dress, you can never have too many LBDs! When buying a little black dress, I like to get one with interesting and unique details like texture or an unconventional neckline for a spin on the classic look. See more options below!


3. Tailored Pieces

The cut of a pant leg is a detail that often gets overlooked but it can make all the difference in your silhouette! Everyone’s bodies are a shaped differently, so sometimes it’s hard to find pants that can fit you perfectly. That’s where a tailor can come in! When you have clothing that fits you, you instantly look more expensive! For example, these black and white trousers are from Forever 21 (similar option here!) but I won’t tell if you won’t!


4. Camel Coat

Come Fall, my favorite thing to do is to pull out the coats. When it comes to coats, there’s nothing that looks more expensive than a structured camel coat! There’s something about this color that makes an outfit instantly feel elevated and expensive. A camel coat is a timeless piece that I always come back to every season. (As seen here while on the streets in Paris!)


5. Turtleneck

The elongating neckline and the knitted texture of turtlenecks have a way of making a girl look instantly chic! Although I’m already tall, when I wear turtlenecks I definitely feel like it’s made me grown two inches! Chunky knits are one of the best things about welcoming the new fall season, but I definitely recommend you guys investing in a few turtlenecks for this season! Knits come in different weights, and I find that this Stella McCartney knit is definitely on the cozier side (perfect for fall in Europe!) but in LA, this sleeveless turtleneck from Ann Taylor is a must have!


6. Neck Scarf

In case it wasn’t totally obvious from my 7 ways to tie a scarf video, donning the neck scarf is my newest obsession! This simple accessory can make all the difference in elevating your outfit and add a touch of sophistication to your look. I’ve been finding that a cute neck scarf is a simple and easy way to make a simple outfit like this one look instantly more put together! Have you guys gotten on this trend yet?


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7. Pull Your Sleeve Out

This is probably one of my oldest trick that I’ve been using for the past few years as you can tell from the photos! This is such a simple way to add texture to your outfit. You can use this tip anytime you wear a coat/blazer to get a more layered look. All you have to pull down your top’s sleeve under down past your jacket sleeve to have a bit of the fabric peek out as it’s a great way to add dimension and interest to your outfit!


8. When in Doubt, Wear White

As I’ve been becoming less and less colorful in my wardrobe, the most simple and effective look I tend to go for now is wearing all white! Two days ago I attended the La Mer event and I wore this amazing all white jumpsuit by Tina Turk. It’s such a simple way to look very put together, and if you add in a statement necklace it can make the look very strong! So in case you guys don’t have an all white jumpsuit for when you’re in a styling pinch, I highly recommend having that as a secret weapon in your closet! And don’t forget to wear nude undergarments when wearing an all white look!


9. White Button Down

I hope you guys aren’t sick of me constantly telling you guys about the versatility of a white button down! It works for casual outfits and can look professional in an instant. Button-downs, whether more detailed like this eyelet top or just a simple crisp white button down can instantly make an outfit look more expensive. One thing you have to keep in mind when wearing a white button down is to make sure it’s steamed or ironed! Wrinkles never look good. Or you can be like me and steal your hubby’s button downs hah!


10. Black Pointed-Toed Shoes

I think a really easy way to look expensive and very intentional with the pieces you buy is to wear pointed black toed shoes! The great thing about this is that they can easily be dressed up or down. I love versatility in my pieces, so I can’t tell you how much these black flats from Aska Collection has made running errands and taking meetings in the city much easier! Do you guys have a staple pair of black pointed flats or heels? (Because you do need one of each!) Check out my picks below!


11. Red Lip

Last but certainly not least, look expensive by finishing off your look with a bold red lip! I never leave the house without a lip on. Just an extra little step can make the world of difference! A red lip is instantly sexy and bold, and with a touch of confidence, people will be wondering what’s different about you .. in a good way of course! I love the Russian Red from Mac because it’s a very long lasting matte color and I always get lots of compliments on it!


There you have it, my 11 tips for looking more expensive! Hope you guys keep these tips in your back pocket for when you get ready! Do you have any fool proof tips and tricks that you use? Let me know in the comments below!



  • Julia says:

    I’ve been shopping in https://get2lux.cn online shop. I think that if you want to get classy clothes and look elegant the easiest way is to buy replicas that looks just as the original products, they are made from the same materials and the same methodes but they are much cheaper. They present high quality and – as for Get2lux products – they also had a tags. That’s my way of being elegant 🙂

  • Honey says:

    Red lips are so daring. Love the post. so insightful as always. need to invest in a camel coat and a pretty white button down shirt


  • Emily says:

    Loving these tips! I’ve tried a few of these tips, and they definitely help elevate your style. Also, confidence is key when wearing these outfits 🙂 Great post as always.

    xxx Emily

  • bshujewelry says:

    I can really relate to the way you dress and think about it. I love simple outfits with attention to details. A great camel coat with a turtleneck, a structured bag and simple high quality shoes and you look like a million bucks. You represent that so well and that’s why I truly love your style.

    Thanks for the tips, it’s always great to hear some ideas <3

  • Tracy says:

    I’m actually not a fan of #7. Scrunching up sleeves of jackets, especially blazers, reminds me of the Golden Girls. Great show and I love Betty White like everyone else, but I don’t want to look like a retired grandma from a 90s comedy… I just think fashion is so relative and that there are no hard and fast rules.

  • Rebecca says:

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!


  • Julita says:

    What a useful post with so much inspiration! Thank you! 🙂

  • Sloane Beck says:

    I just love this article. I’ll definitely try and share your tips. Handbags are always my favourite for every season.

  • sue says:

    Great tips! You are my inspirations. You always inspired me to dressed up myself every single day. Love! <3

  • Abbie` says:

    An amazing post! xx


  • Carmen says:

    I think these tips are gold! Great post, and I love your suggestions of wearing the sleeves out 😉 The turtleneck is my current obsession! It just makes me feel really elegant! Much love from Switzerland, Carmen

  • Simply Uneeke says:

    Very simple yet effective tips, thank you very much

    Simply Uneeke

  • We found each and every tip useful and believe small changes can make a big difference, like ironing the shirt or dabbing on some lip colour. The neck scarf is a timeless accessory and the same can be said for an all white ensemble. Thank you for sharing the tips with us. Keep inspiring. 🙂

    Roseleen and Bridgette
    In Style Custody

  • Brenda says:

    Great tips! I wish I had your wardrobe 🙁 So many options!


  • Alice Styles says:

    Amazing tips, I love them. Very inspiring <3

  • Jorj says:

    I really want to try donning a neck scarf but my neck is incredibly short. Would love if you can share tips for us girls who don’t have swan-like necks! <3

  • monica says:

    LOOOOVED your tips! I’ve been adding basics to my wardrobe and it feels so validating! Thank you! I work alone so it’s hard to bounce the ideas off the girls!

    Again, thank you so much! Look forward to your next post!


  • Doreen says:

    Hey Elle, these tips are a wonder. So easy without spending money. I’ll try and invest in a good bag


  • Michelle says:

    Hi Chriselle,

    When you said you can’t wait to pass fiwn your bags to Chloe, I immediately thought of if you have some great ways to keep a bag for years? And maybe for shoes as well?


    • Chriselle says:

      Hey Michelle! That’s a great question! I always keep my bags/shoes in the duster bags that they come with, and pay special attention to cleaning them! xx Chriselle

  • COUTANT Fanny says:

    Bonjour Chriselle,
    Again a message of your french fan Fanny. I’m so happy to your nice answer café de Paris! I read you since many years and i d’ont kwom now why i never post a comment !!
    I have the camel coat on my shop list I should have it, and more from that i have be started my first job like auditor !!
    I dream of your trapeze tricolor Céline bag for few years and maybe it will be my gift from me to me for my university diploma !!
    XX from Montpellier, South of France

  • Laurel says:

    I could never get past the excessive use of the obnoxious and unnecessary phrase, “you guys.”
    Can’t even absorb the message for counting the times this is stated.
    Three times in the first paragraph?
    That’s an example of something that is the opposite of chic, classy, expensive.

  • Arlene says:

    On some items our taste may differ BUT the essence of your tips are always on the mark, based on my humble opinion!

  • Just found your blog on blog lovin and gotta say, I’m lovin your blog. This post really speaks to me and nicely summarizes all the thoughts that have been floating around in my mind for the past year as I launched a line of white blouses for minimalists like myself who want to look good and expensive all the time with little effort and for not a lot of money. This combined with all the new insight I gained from reading “the life-changing magic of tidying up” just yesterday, yeah couldn’t put it down, is going to be truly life changing. First item on the agenda today is throw some stuff away. Second, find my new structured bag! Thanks for the tips!!!

  • Monika says:

    I love these pieces. Specially the tailored ones.


  • Anisha says:

    Red lip works for me most of the time. I’m gonna try other tricks as well ☺

  • Lovey says:

    You are a style genius and an absolute inspiration to me! Tomorrow I’ll be wearing a BW Jumpsuit, camel coat, neck scarf, black shoes, and a super bold red lip! Thank you for your beautiful tips~


  • Jayne Bettison says:

    I love that 2nd LBD Chriselle….where is that one from?


  • Anca says:

    Hy! I just found your blog and I enjoyed reading this post. I love the fact that you answer to every comment you get. This is so great and I want to congratulate you for that. I know it’s not easy and it takes a lot of time, so I really admire you for this.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Now those are tips! Especially for some woman who are trying to stay on budget while reaching their goals. Thanks for this, much love.Xx

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  • Lauren says:

    Amazing tips, I concur! x


  • DaShan says:

    This a great post with many tips that I will be incorporating into my own style. I’ll share one thing I’ve learned. When wearing white, you mention the importance of wearing nude underwear. I have learned that the color of the underwear to be worn depends on your skin tone. If you are dark brown, then black undergarments should be worn with white. If your complexion is lighter then nude will do the trick.

  • welovefur says:

    Amazing post..Well done! I really love your blog. Keep going.
    Many kisses
    Lady Fur

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  • Prudence says:

    I like the idea of stealing a white shirt from hubby :)! Thanks for sharing these 11 tips, they make a lot of sense!


  • Cindy says:

    You had me at the title of the post! Agree with so many of these and I’m combing through the web to find a camel coat now 🙂 Also that pulling your sleeves out trick is so interesting I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing!!

    xx, Cindy

  • Vicky says:

    You always have such great tips! These are always the post I look forward to


  • Angie Wilson says:

    these are such great tips and I definitely agree with all of them. Thanks for sharing!

    xx Angie | http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

  • SAUL says:

    Very into the camel this season! We have a few pieces in our new collection too

    Have a look at our new collection: http://www.shopsaul.com/collections/f-w-15-products

  • Viviene Kok says:

    Great tips! Even before reading your blog post, I had 3 things in mind. A camel knit top, structured pants and a red lip. Fool proof combination that can make anyone look a million bucks (or more!) 🙂

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.blogspot.com

  • Ashley says:

    Loved this post! Fantastic tips–I’ll definitely keep these in mind 🙂


  • Joules says:

    Loving all these tips! I think they’re all spot on!

    lifestyle by joules

  • This is such a great post! Admittedly, I’m a girl who loves to look “expensive” and chic. These tips are great for doing that on a budget! 🙂

    – Dani | http://www.styledvariety.com

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Thank you so much for these tips Chriselle 🙂
    I really enjoyed this post! You always have the best advice!
    I agree – looking expensive doesn’t necessarily mean buying expensive things. You just have to invest in the right items, and that’ll help you create timeless looks <3
    And I can't wait to see how Chloe's style will be as she starts to grow up 😀

    xo, elizabeth t.


  • Anne says:

    Great tips Chriselle! This is so helpful especially when you need to look so put together!


  • Lena says:

    I love these tips! I have been trying to spruce up my outfits lately, as I tend to dress like a grey slob. If you dress well, that will lead to people automatically respecting you more. Humans, we can’t help it, we are visual creatures!

    Lena Parker-Duncan – Graphic Designer and Photographer

  • Jalisa says:

    Such great tips, Chriselle! I agree with tailoring your clothes to your body shape, as it does give the appearance of a more expensive look. Thanks for sharing 🙂



  • Christy says:

    Thank you Chriselle for the sharing! I had so much pleasure reading this blog! Feel like I was in a fashion styling class haha

  • Christianne says:

    I totally agree with all of your tips here. Chriselle.

    Xo, Christianne

  • sanssouci says:

    Such great tips and photography, always inspired by your posts!

  • Jada Nicola says:

    Thank you for these wonderful tips! I agree with you that you do not always have to purchase expensive pieces to look chic!

  • Deborah says:

    Really great tips,I’ll remember them!


  • mash says:

    Thank you for amazing tips!!! Enjoyed reading them and will definitely be using them in my life, You always inspired us!

    Mash | http://www.sarmash.com

  • Diane says:

    These pieces are definitely so versatile and chic. These are all must haves in every closet!

    xx, Diane || http://www.dizined.com

  • Great tips and I think each of these are a staple in every closet 🙂 x


  • stephanie says:

    Those tips are really helpful. Now I can look fashionable without much spend a lot of money to buy expensive things.
    Thanks for sharing!


  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Absolutely beautiful in every essence of the word. Beauty and practical thinking never goes out of style. You are an absolute best Mademoiselle! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Sharon says:

    Just found your blog via bloglovin and *love* it! Can’t wait to keep following along! Great tips, I swear by red lipstick 🙂

  • sasa says:

    wow these are some awesome tips! Love! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Avanti says:

    What amazing tips! Definitely going to try them out.


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