If you want to learn how a millionaire dresses, just take a look at this article. You’ll see that a rich dresser can have a very simple wardrobe with just a handful of garments – the right ones, of course. The great thing about these clothes is that if you dress in a similar way you will look well put together and sharp while spending less time on your clothes.

With an emphasis on simplicity, most millionaires dress in a visually understated way. The majority of this group is conservatively dressed and wears the same styles as the average American. In fact, there’s very little difference between how a millionaire dresses and how a person with a middle-class income dresses.

We all want to be millionaires. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t. However, that’s not a reason not to dress for the part. After all, the phrase “fake it ‘till you make it” was put there for a reason.

According to a study at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, 50 students were asked to act like socialites for 15 minutes in a group discussion, even if they weren’t social and didn’t feel like acting that way.

The results were that the students got more confident and social as the experiment went on.

In another study by Northwestern University researchers Hajo Adam and Adam Galinsky, it was discovered that wearing specific clothing can automatically influence people’s perspective.

The conclusion is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to look like one.

So to help you dress to impress, here are Arabian Business’ top 10 tips on how to look like a million dollars.

1. Always wear cufflinks with your suit: There are slight differences in an “averagely dressed” man and a “well dressed” man. One of these differences is cufflinks. According to Askmen.com, French cuffs should never be worn without cufflinks. Also, if the buckle of your belt is silver, do match your cufflinks with it.

2. The good old briefcase: It’s no wonder that the briefcase seems to be the inspiration behind many women’s handbags, like Olive Pope’s Prada, after all, it does have the same rectangular form. The briefcase could mean the difference between people asking you to go on coffee runs or “wondering if you’re the brains behind the operation,” according to Men’s Health magazine.

3. Shave, shave, shave: Have you ever seen a millionaire with a stubble for facial hair? Neither have we. In fact, online job site Workopolis.com states that most millionaires and CEOs are either clean shaven or have groomed facial hair. Stubble is a no-no for anyone seeking to acquire the millionaire look.

4. Bespoke suits: Steve Cohen, known as the millionaire’s magician, told GQ in an interview that he used to wear Armani ‘black label’ suits until he realised they made him look like a businessman. Although that’s not a bad thing, as most millionaires are businessmen, there’s a fine line between looking like a regular businessman and a millionaire businessman. That fine line is custom-made suits.

5. Millionaires always smell good: It makes sense that a wealthy man would smell good. Do pick fragrances that are concentrated, as they tend to last longer. Creed makes a perfume called Aventus which was inspired by Napoleon. It’s made out of blackcurrant, oak, beech, and jasmine, smells that are both bold and timeless.

6. The timepiece: One thing every man should invest in is a good watch. Millionaires all wear statement timepieces. According to Men’s Health, you can’t rise to the top if you’re always running late. Choose watches from Breitling or Hublot to keep you stylish and on time. If you’re on a lower budget, go for Gucci or Burberry. Though they’re not lower end, they’re cheaper than the latter. Just remember, it’s an investment in yourself.

7. Grey is the new black: Forget the black suit, wear a grey one to stand out. Harvey Spector, from the TV show ‘Suits’ sure does. Just make sure the shade of grey is not too bland or flashy. If you’re wearing a waistcoat, it goes without saying that it should match your suit.

8. Casual is NOT sloppy: A lot of millionaires go for the casual look on weekends. Nobody wants to wear formal wear every day all day, no matter how nice it looks. However, in order to look like a millionaire, recognize that casual does not mean you have to look sloppy. Skip the tank tops and shorts and opt for jeans with a polo or a casual shirt and khakis.

9. Groomed nails are a must: Many men overlook this, but groomed nails are as important in men as they are in women. Millionaire or not, every person’s hands and feet need to be groomed at all times. It’s just a matter of hygiene, really. 1847 in the Jumeirah Beach Residence specialises in men’s grooming.

10. Sunglasses: Lastly, do invest in a pair of designer sunglasses. They will last you for a long time, and they will give a hint of a higher status. Louis Vuitton and Gucci have classic pieces.

On an end note, millionaires look sharp from head to toe. You can’t look like a million dollars and have an iPhone case that looks like it’s 10 years old. Do commit to your looks. They won’t magically turn you into a millionaire, but they could get you a long way.

How To Look Rich And Classy

  1. Always wear a watch. Invest in a quality wristwatch that goes with everything.
  2. Wear quality sunglasses or carry one over your head. It’s the best fashion accessory you can wear.
  3. Keep your nails clean and polished.
  4. You don’t need diamonds to look rich. Wear basic accessories that don’t discolor easily. Keep it simple and elegant as opposed to huge and flashy. You’re the centerpiece, not your accessories.
  5. Always, always keep your hair clean. You can never hide an oily scalp despite the number of diamonds you’re wearing.
  6. Always smell nice. You don’t need an expensive perfume. Even a basic body mist can do the job.
  7. Smile more. Clean and white teeth are essential. They’re important for your overall healthy look.
  8. Always be shaved, waxed, or better yet, lasered.
  9. Stay away from too much makeup. Try a light foundation on well-moisturized skin. Contouring, wearing too much blush, messy lips, messy eyeliner… They can ruin your wealthy look.
  10. Work on your posture. Chin up, shoulders pushed back and tummy tucked in. This will strengthen your core as well.
  11. A little bit of tan adds to your overall look by making the colors pop. Take advantage of that.

How To Dress Rich

  1. Wear clothes that flatter your body. Make sure they’re always spotless and well-pressed.
  2. Invest in timeless wardrobe pieces. Avoid spending too much on seasonal items that’ll go out of style in a few months.
  3. Choose quality fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily. Cotton’s almost always a terrible idea. Silk, satin, and cashmere are quality fabrics. They always look rich and expensive no matter how basic and simple the item is.
  4. Wear only one statement piece. Whether it’s the shoes or the bag, make one item stand out.
  5. Try not to layer too many pieces. They’ll cancel each other out. And you’ll end up looking like a mobile thrift shop.
  6. Too many logos on your clothes do not help.
  7. Don’t be afraid to wear feminine clothes like skirts when you see fit.
  8. Wear seamless underwear. A visible bra cup and a panty line can ruin your outfit. And they’re always unflattering to the body.
  9. Always have tailored trenchcoats in different colors for different seasons. They’re the definition of dressing rich.
  10. Stay away from platform heels!
  11. When picking a purse, go for the chain straps that don’t discolor.
  12. Be resourceful. You can find basic white T-shirts for all budgets. Tuck it in, put on a stiletto, and grab a trenchcoat. That timeless look is pure elegance!

How To Act Rich

  1. Try to walk at a normal speed. Not too slowly as if you have nothing to do. And not too fast as if you’re late for a job interview.
  2. Talk at moderate speed and speak clearly. Don’t be too loud or too silent. Your voice should give off confidence.
  3. Don’t carry coins in your pocket.
  4. Try to always valet park. It’s about making an entrance.
  5. Always be polite, even when nobody’s looking. Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Arrogance has nothing to do with looking rich and classy.
  6. Look people in the eye. Be attentive in your conversations using your body language.
  7. Follow proper table manners. Avoid talking while eating, big bites, and chewing loudly.
  8. Never shout to someone. Especially your waiter! Wait to be noticed or make yourself be seen without yelling. It just looks bad.
  9. ALWAYS tip your waiter!
  10. Meeting people isn’t enough. Keep your conversations fun and smart so that people want to stay in your circle.
  11. Work on your culture. Read a lot. You want to make people see that you’re not shallow and that there are things they can learn from you.
  12. Have hobbies and interests. We’re not always full of juicy stories and fun things to talk about. Your interests can be great conversation topics when meeting new people, and you’ll have the upper hand as you’ll know more about the topic than the next person.
  13. Last but not least, build healthy self-confidence.


Most of us spend hours each day getting dressed. But what if you could dramatically change the way you look, feel, and think about it?

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