Small Budget, Expensive Taste: 39 Items I'm Buying to Look On-Trend This Season


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When it comes to fashion, I'll admit that my sartorial preferences don't quite reflect my available bank balance. I always seem to be drawn to those low-key luxurious designer pieces—sumptuous fabrics, sophisticated silhouettes, elevated styles—that tend to carry a hefty price tag. In other words, I have "expensive taste, small budget" syndrome. And I know I'm probably not alone.

Fortunately, as WWW's fashion market editor, it's my job to test and see every new-season trend and product as soon as it hits the market, and you'd be right in thinking I have a running list of trend-forward items on my computer that not only look luxurious but also carry favorable price tags. Today, I wanted to share some of these trending spring pieces that undoubtedly look expensive and, more importantly, don't cost a fortune. 

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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.