If you have yet to figure out fashion's biggest hack, we'll let you in on the secret: Style can't be bought. While on the surface, that might seem to indicate that true style comes down to an innate sense of creativity and taste, it also implies that great fashion isn't relegated to high-end designers. There's no premeditated price tag that can ensure a chic outfit.
Sure, we all wish we could stockpile our closet with designer digs, but a high-low mix is often key to achieving your own original look. And having a keen eye for sussing out the best cheap buys will keep your style and your bank account thriving.
Below, we've compiled a list of 22 surprisingly elegant pieces priced at $40 and under. Prepare to look polished as hell for less than your bottomless brunch.