These days, you don’t have to have a lot of money in order to look rich and preppy. The times of the Y2K fashion when those well-off used to flash their designer bags and expensive clothing has fortunately passed and now fashion is all about minimalism, classic designs, and neutral color, the best example being Steve Jobs with his iconic denim jeans and black turtleneck combination. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothing but you’d still like to look presentable and dressed-up, we have a few tips on how you can easily look rich.

Pay attention to the fabric

One of the most important things that makes the difference between an outfit that looks good and another one that seems cheap and tacky is the fabric that the clothes are made of. Give preference to natural fibers like cotton, linen, wool, denim, and silk, as they look luxurious even when used for the most basic clothes, for example t-shirts or trousers. Plus, they are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and have a much longer lifespan than clothing made of synthetic fibers. Spandex, polyester, and rayon should also find their way into your wardrobe, but only when it comes to outdoor or sport wear and not garments that you wear on a daily basis.

Don’t forget about accessories

The right accessories can make or break your entire outfit, so it is crucial to pay attention to how you accessorize your outfits. First, get rid of all the cheap-looking knock-off designer watches, gaudy jewelry, and the velcro wallet that you’ve had since middle school. Invest in a few statement pieces like a high-quality wristwatch, a black leather wallet, and a headpiece. For the latter, we recommend getting an Irish flat cap: it is dressy enough to be worn with a classic suit but it can also top off any casual look that you decide to put together. Combine a cap, a classic watch, and a black leather belt with a basic outfit and you’ll notice how it gets instantly elevated.

Keep your clothes clean and ironed

Maybe this piece of advice should’ve been on the very top of the list as it doesn’t matter how much your clothes cost or what fabrics they’re made of if you don’t take proper care of them. It should go without saying that your clothing as well as your shoes and accessories should always be spotless, but don’t forget about ironing them as well so that they will look preppy. Pay attention to these details especially if you have pets whose fur can easily get on your garments and always keep a lint roller nearby.

Grooming matters

Lastly, regardless of how well you dress, your appearance can be shattered in a second by your oily hair, dirty nails, or untrimmed beard. There’s nothing wrong with a five o’clock shadow or wearing a hat when you oversleep and don’t have time to wash your hair, but don’t make this a habit. Always keep in mind that you need to have good daily hygiene, as a well-groomed appearance can make you look put together and help you create a good first impression.

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