The 2022 Guide to Looking Expensive: 9 Easy Formulas That Work Every Time

It’s a tale as old as time, but it rings true: You don’t have to spend a lot on your outfit for it to look elevated and expensive. Whether it’s a specific color to tap into, a styling trick to try, or a trendy basic to incorporate, I’ll rarely pass up the opportunity to share my favorite ways to achieve that luxe look. Since I know you’re curious about how to create this effect with minimal effort and/or funds, I thought I’d compile some of the best expensive-looking outfits out there into one useful guide.

So if you’re looking to emulate this elevated vibe, consider the below nine looks to be your guiding force in 2022 and beyond. This year, there are a few formulas that should be on your radar. Trust me—they couldn’t be any easier to emulate. When it comes to looking expensive, the simpler the look, the better, so I mean it when I say that the ones below won’t take much to re-create.

With that, I’ve highlighted nine of these elevated ensembles and explained why certain details make them stand out. Keep scrolling to discover them all. 

Up next, see the 9 trendier basics that are the foundation of my 2022 wardrobe.