Are you running with a crowd that has a little bit more cash than you? Trying to impress your friends and co-workers with your hot wardrobe? Believe it or not, you can fake out your friends and dress like a million bucks without going into debt. Here are some ways you can look fabulous on a budget.

strutRent a Designer Bag
Take a lesson from Jennifer Hudson’s character, Louise, in Sex and the City: The Movie. Head to Bag, Borrow or Steal and rent a designer bag. If you can’t throw down a couple grand on the latest luxury handbags, sunglasses and jewelry, you can rent authentics from their collection. Whether you need it for a week or several months, will let you rent it as long as you need. Celebs borrow jewelry for Awards shows and events, so why not you too?

Shop Smart
You can get anything you want on a discount if you shop smart, from Jimmy Choo shoes to designer evening gowns. Sign up for email alerts from department store websites and other retailers. You will get notices of upcoming sales straight to your inbox. Keep an eye out on sales toward the end of each season as they are trying to move merchandise to make room for the new season’s stock. Check out our other suggestions on how to look great and shop smart.

Wear Fashion Jewelry
Sure, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but cubic zirconia can be your BFF too. CZ are top quality these days and no one is going to tell them difference. Pick up a pair of simple stud earrings or a glitzy cuff bracelet. Most department stores offer a wide selection of fashion jewelry.

Buy Knock-Offs
I know it’s almost sacrilegious to encourage anyone to buy knockoffs, but some of them look damn good these days. You can find knockoffs on designer handbags and fashions on eBay and other auction sites, as well as at local flea markets and shops. Many of them even come with the designer labels. Be forewarned though, a $25 Prada bag isn’t going to last long.