I, like many, love designer clothes. I appreciate everything from the luxurious fabrics to the forward and innovative cuts. However, my closet is in no way stocked full of said fanciful items. Sure, I have a few investment accessories sprinkled throughout my wardrobe that have strong cost-per-wear value, but a hefty chunk of my ready-to-wear pieces skew on the more affordable end. That said, I try to fill that range with those cheaper items that look expensive. That way, I still always have that high-end vibe.
In fact, many of my favorite outfits—those that often get compliments thanks to their chic nature—all actually feature those high-end-feeling pieces that are lower in price. To highlight, I assembled four inspired outfits for different occasions that I rely on or recommend to my friends—all made up of affordable stales. I’m also sharing corresponding styling tricks, digging into why I think each cheap outfit (the total looks are under $150—sans accessories and shoes, but those are affordable too) is particularly elevated and chic. Keep scrolling for more—you may just uncover your new go-to fit.