How to Look Expensive in Summer 2023: 15 Easy & Effortless Ways

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Initially, why do most of us generally seem less luxurious and rather budget-friendly during the warmer weather?

First, temperatures are rising, so we lose creativity and inspiration regarding what to wear in such a climate.

But secondly, I would also say that the summer heat makes us a little lazy, which is not okay! Because when are we supposed to feel and look really expensive, if not in the hot girl summer!?

And to ensure you don’t fall into that trap of becoming lazy or uninspired in the first place, today we have 15 simple ways for you to look expensive in the summer heat.

How to Look Expensive in Summer

How to Look Expensive in Summer

To look expensive in summer, it’s basically important to pay attention to these 7 behaviors first. Because you can wear the most amazing outfit, but without these things, you’ll never look expensive.

So first of all, pay attention to these 7 things:

1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t only important to protect your skin from the sun, but it also prevents skin aging and pigmentation disorders. It also keeps you from skin dehydration or pimple formation due to excessive sun exposure.

My dermatologist also recommends not to use a real cream but a so-called sunscreen-fluid*, which doesn’t leave a white film on the skin and also looks much smoother. You can then use this as a makeup base.

I’ve been using Avene’s sunscreen fluid* for ages, because it absorbs the fastest and, like a primer, creates a perfectly even and supple complexion. Over it just looks any makeup smoothly.

2. Shaving/Lasering/Waxing

Even though socially we are moving more and more in the direction of “acceptance” and “integration” of other lifestyles such as coming more and more to self-love, smooth legs on women are still considered “well-groomed” and “beautiful” at this point in time.

So if you want to look expensive, you should conform to this norm and shave regularly or have a laser treatment.

Because it’s clear: In summer we automatically show more skin than usual and therefore it’s only recommended to pay attention to it.

3. Wear Bright Colors

Bright colors aren’t only practical in the summer because they keep you much cooler, they are especially great for interacting with others.

Because in the summer we’re outside more, network more, attend events, and maybe fly on vacation – we automatically meet new people.

While darker colors often make you look cold, distant, and reserved, light colors make you shine in the truest sense of the word. They make you more friendly and open, which your counterpart will appreciate.

So if you want to meet new people this summer, you should keep in mind to always wear bright clothes.

4. Go Regularly to the Manicure & Pedicure

Do we need to say much more about it?

It probably goes without saying that your nails – whether on your hands or on your feet – make the best impression when they’re well-groomed.

There is hardly anything that can make you look so unkempt so quickly – especially torn, brittle, or even worse, chipped nails look anything but expensive!

It doesn’t matter what color or shape, but that they are well-groomed, not too long, or painted in neon colors!

Especially neutral colors like a light rose, a beige, or a white look the most elegant in the summer – and also fit everything. Otherwise, of course, the more classic colors like red always look timelessly beautiful and expensive.

5. Practice Self-Love

Especially in the summer, when we – like many other women – often walk around lightly dressed, we can quickly fall into a spiral of comparing ourselves or feeling that we are no longer beautiful. But beware, this immediately destroys your beautiful charisma!

If you want to look expensive in summer, self-doubt and comparisons are out of place!

You’ll look much more charismatic if you don’t have a problem showing yourself the way you are and if you are self-confident and radiant with yourself and your body.

It’s not that these thoughts aren’t human and perfectly okay, it’s about recognizing these thoughts and stopping them at the right moment. Because they will only hurt you.

Make sure you have enough self-care and alone time this summer in order to look expensiveTake care of yourself.

Stand in front of the mirror and find at least three things that you find either exciting, delightful, sexy or just plain beautiful about yourself. Repeat this every morning and evening to make yourself feel valuable – because THAT ARE YOU!

You’re beautiful the way you are! Don’t compare yourself and realize how wonderful and valuable you are!

6. Do Sports Regularly

Exercise not only helps you feel good and sexy in your body but also improves your mood in the long run, ensures deeper sleep, less cellulite, and helps you concentrate better.

Exercising in a way that you enjoy isn’t only a sweaty activity that strengthens you mentally and physically, but it can also greatly increase your enjoyment of life.

So it’s especially important to take care of your body if you want to look rich. Or have you stupidly ever seen a severely overweight expensive-looking woman? Me neither.

For me, for example, the gym is a place of balance where I can forget about all the thoughts, worries, or problems of everyday life because in those 1-2 hours I focus only on myself. This is also a kind of self-care.

The most important thing is that you find something that you enjoy in the long run, so that you don’t stop after a few days or weeks, but that you can integrate it into your routine beyond the summer. This will 1. get better results because you’re doing it long term and 2. you’ll reap the positive health and visual benefits in the long run that will literally make you “hot”.

This can be workouts on YouTube, walks with your favorite songs or a good podcast, or gym visits where you can battle with your friends. No matter what it is, the main thing is that you enjoy it.

7. Have a Good Skincare Routine

Even skin is key when it comes to looking hot.

Pay attention to your skincare routine and the products you use. Be sure to check with your dermatologist or skin doctor to see what she recommends for your skin in summer.

Stick to the skincare routine she suggests and don’t experiment with new products – that can quickly lead to skin irritations that, in the worst case, won’t go away anytime soon. And that’s really the last thing we want in expensive-looking summer.

15 Easy Ways on How to Look Expensive in Summer

The Linen Shorts

There’s hardly a better fabric for summer than linen.

Because of its temperature-regulating properties, you’ll sweat less than you would with other fabrics like cotton or, even worse, synthetic fabrics like polyester.

Plus, the fabric is naturally prone to wrinkles, but they create a casual yet very classy look! So the fabric is perfect for those who just want to skip the steamer or the iron sometimes and not worry about wrinkles.

The Silk Blouse

A blouse made of silk is always a good idea.

Together with a pair of white shorts/pants, you will look expensive in no time.

Flowing Pants

Flowing pants that go above the ankle are the epitome of elegance.

Not only because they stretch your leg and make you look slimmer as well as more feminine, but they are also a classy eye-catcher with pumps or sandals.

Flowing pants in white, beige, or another light color are great for summer because they are easy to combine and also airy, which is why they are perfect for hot summer days.

Knit Suits

That day has arrived when you are unmotivated to get ready and put together a nice outfit?

Then it’s the perfect day to throw yourself into a knitted suit because here you don’t have to combine or style anything and still look ultra-elegant and especially expensive.


A hat is a stylish accessory that instantly enhances any outfit – but unfortunately, fewer and fewer people wear them.

Either out of fear of not having a “hat face” or simply out of discomfort. But that’s a shame because even our grandparents and parents knew that if one thing looks elegant and expensive, then yes, a high-quality hat.

PS: A hat is also a lifesaver on hot summer days. Thank me later. 😉

Long Pleated Skirt

White Shorts

Do we need to say much more about this classic? I think not… 😉

These shorts are simply a must-have piece that instantly makes any outfit an elegant, expensive-looking eye-catcher.

Short Tweed Suit

Expensive-Looking Everyday Dresses

Of course, quality dresses for every day can’t be missing from our list of “how to look expensive in summer”.

Because one thing is clear: a feminine, luxurious dress still looks the very chicest and has the same advantage as a suit: you don’t have to spend a lot of time deciding which outfit to put together today. Because the decision is simple: a dress with high sandals or a pair of minimalist white sneakers and the handbag of your choice. Maybe it may also be a hat as an eye-catcher. 😉

Tweed Jackets

The Chanel-inspired jackets look indescribably elegant.

In addition, they have the great advantage that you can casually throw them on at any time if a light breeze passes by or a light wind comes up.


What is “Expensive-Looking” in General?

How to Look Expensive in Summer

The question about rich or expensive looking generally refers to a person who embodies wealth through appearance and charisma.

Of course, we all know this is very stereotypical and fraught with many prejudices. But still, most of us constantly strive to look even more professional and confident to attract the right people, career opportunities, and life circumstances we desire.

We can look rich in a variety of ways – and in this case, it also strongly depends on the occasion, the environment, and the setting in which we want to make an impression.

As a rule, it’s not so much WHAT we wear that matters, but HOW we wear it. In short: Our charisma is more important than our outfit.

So when it comes to our charisma and its effect on others, you are always best prepared if you think about the occasion and the people there beforehand. Only in the next step is it about us: what we want to wear and what we want to bring with us.


How to Look Expensive in Summer

What Colours make you look rich?

Neutral colors like beige, black, white, camel, navy blue, and grey are often associated with luxury and can make an outfit appear more expensive.

How can I look classy in hot summer?

In hot summer weather, choose lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen. Choose lighter colors to reflect the sun’s rays, and protect yourself from the sun by wearing hats and sunglasses.

How can I look rich in summer?

To appear expensive in the summer, pay attention to certain behaviors such as dressing appropriately and accessorizing with high-quality items. Polka-dot dresses with minimalist heels, high-waisted linen pants with an asymmetric top, and toe-ring sandals are examples of outfits that appear to cost a fortune but do not. Investing in high-quality leather shoes, bags, and purses can also help you exude wealth. Different fabrics and textures, such as satin, can also make an outfit look chic.

How to look expensive on a budget summer?

Wear stylish sunglasses, slicked-back hair, gold hoops, and red lipstick to look expensive on a budget this summer. Adding fashionable accessories such as a hat, belt, or scarf can also help. Minimalist jewelry and clothing with a flattering fit are also essential for pulling off an expensive look on a budget. Wearing bright colors and purchasing fewer staple pieces is also advised. Finally, beige outfits and shorts paired with strappy sandals are excellent choices for looking expensive without breaking the bank.

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Elisa Steffes
Elisa Steffes

Elisa Steffes reviews designer fashion brands and elegant pieces for a living. She also loves Old Money Brands and is passionate about writing about topics related to this classic style.
She has close to 3 years of experience in SEO and has taken the Streetstylis Pinterest account to one of the most popular magazines on Pinterest and Instagram.
When she's not working, you'll find her doing Pilates, dancing or hanging out with her friends in Malta.

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