Today I have to go to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where I'll be surrounded by rich people and piles of things I can't afford. It's a work trip, but there's something about walking into those stores that makes me feel like a fraud! What I've realized about feeling my best in these situations is - be unique!
So what if I can't afford any of this stuff? So what if I'm looking at jewelry more expensive than a house? What's important is that I don't act like I shouldn't be there, because you know what? It's just stuff. None of the people who work in the shops can afford any of it either!
In terms of being unique, I like to wear vintage pieces, something I bought at a craft fair, or perhaps a funky pair of shoes I found in a thrift store. The key for me is to put together a look that is entirely me, not entirely "Rodeo" (because frankly, I wouldn't dress that way even if I had the money). Putting on a piece of fun costume jewelry will get just as many (if not more) compliments than the real stuff.
And I think this is applicable to many events and outings. Going to a friend's birthday party with her well-to-do girlfriends? A fancy theater event? No need to break the bank to fit in with the crowd. Let yourself stand out from it!