21 Under-$40 Pieces That Are Surprisingly Elegant

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.

Pack this breezy dress for your next vacation, and throw it on when you're ready to trade in the beach for a walk around the city. 

A faux-pearl bag for only $35? Sold. 

Skip the basic tees, and give your look a polished touch with a puff-sleeve top. 

Our fingers are crossed that we can pull off this satiny top even half as well as @monroesteele

Barrettes are cute, but it's time to stop sleeping on embellished hair ties. 

Whether you pair it with some strappy kitten heels or a set of Doc Martens, this skirt will instantly add a refined yet stylish appeal to any look.

These retro-inspired pedal pushers will be your favorite pants of the summer. 

Girl With a Pearl Earring? Now you can be the girl with insanely affordable pearl earrings. 

Dear, H&M. Please make this blouse in more pastel hues ASAP. 

We'll be riding the lime-green trend wave for as long as they'll let us. 

This wrap-front sweater ticks all the boxes for simple, sweet, and chic. 

*Quickly goes to buy this bag in every color available.*

These fun, printed mini bags are the perfect size for carrying around your essentials.

Add an instant pop of color to any outfit with these bright-orange slingbacks. 

Give your trusty gold hoops a break in exchange for a fun beaded pair. 

A plain white tank, but make it fashion. 

Meet the new shoe you'll soon be wearing to every formal event on your calendar. 

These pale-yellow trousers will take you from work to weekend in style. 

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