While I’ve finally been able to add some investment staples into my day-to-day wardrobe, I’ve noticed that recently, my coworkers, friends, and sometimes strangers on the subway have been interested in some of the more affordable pieces I’ve been sporting. In fact, they’re often shocked when I let them know the item they’re staring at is from H&M or Zara. While don’t splurge on large hauls from affordable retailers, I like to shop carefully to find picks that not only meet my budget but also look extremely elevated. I’m a firm believer that you can find luxe-looking staples on a budget, and with the right care and styling, they can stay in your closet for the long haul.
Below, I’ve relayed the eight specific pieces that I get asked about and convinced others to buy. If that’s not enough for you, I also did some internet sleuthing and found a plethora of products that look five times the price that they actually are. I am a fashion editor, after all, so you can consider me an expert at finding the gems among the masses. Keep scrolling to have a look for yourself.