If you’re sticking to a tight budget, shopping can be a slightly depressing experience. If Instagram is anything to go by, it can seem like everyone else in the world is swanning around clad head to toe in designer wares. Of course, this has no bearing on reality, but it can still feel a little disheartening. Yes, we work in the industry, but we’re also strong believers in the idea that fashion and frugality are not mutually exclusive concepts. In our experience, taste is not something that can be bought, and a good eye can work with any budget.
Because we like to practice what we preach, we’ve put together five outfits your paycheque will thank you for. In our (totally biased) opinion, you’d never tell these pieces were all sourced from affordable stores. Our secret? We look for relatively simple separates and then adorn them with well-chosen and expensive-looking accessories. After all, you don’t want to fall into the trap of buying transient fast-fashion trends and then discarding them the following season (it’s not good for your bank account or the planet).
It’s also worth knowing which fabrics and colours look expensive. For example, going tonal is an easy and quick way to fake a high-end finish, and when it comes to affordable fabrics, denim and knitwear are our go-tos. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the five new-season outfits you can re-create for under £110. You’re so welcome.