5 Expensive-Looking Winter Outfits You Can Re-Create on a Budget

It might be the season of blanket-sized scarves, triple socks and coats that resemble duvets, but you don't have to sacrifice your personal style to survive the cold snap. It’s almost 2024 (gulp), so by now, designers big and small have figured out how to make clothing that’s practical and beautiful. And we couldn’t be more grateful.

That being said, stocking up on winter clothing can leave quite a dent in your bank balance. Think about it: cold-appropriate items are heavier, thicker, and made from insulating fabrics—which are generally more expensive. From leather boots to wool-blend knitwear, it all starts adding up quickly.

But even if you're on a budget, there are plenty of options on the high street that look and feel more costly than they are. In fact, I think I speak for the whole Who What Wear team when I say that brands like H&M, & Other Stories and M&S are some of our go-to's for winter staples.

If you need a little inspiration for building outfits around this month's best high-street buys, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve curated the most luxurious-looking outfits I could find and recreated them using affordable alternatives. Scroll on to see and shop the looks you need to beat the chill in style.

1. Long Coat + Blue Jeans + Shoulder Bag


(Image credit: @lindseyholland_)

Style Notes: Lindsey Holland is the master of effortless cool, and as her outfits mainly consist of timeless staples, they're (thankfully) quite easy to recreate.

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2. Striped Knit + Leather Skirt + Knee-High Boots


(Image credit: @eniswardrobe)

Style Notes: The rule this season seems to be that if you add a striped jumper, your outfit will instantly be on-point. Throw in some leather and you've got yourself a very of-the-moment look.

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3. Quilted Jacket + Colourful Scarf + Puddle Pants


(Image credit: @thatgirlyusra)

Style Notes: It's the season for supersized scarves to shine. Opt for a colour-pop accessory, like editor Yusra Siddiqui, to give your ensemble some spark.

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4. Black Jumper + Cross-Body Bag + Maxi Skirt


(Image credit: @francescasaffari)

Style Notes: I'm always drawn to a monochrome look, and this sleek outfit is no exception. I adore the contrast between the slinky skirt and the edgy ankle boots.

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5. Blue Suit + Turtleneck + Printed Shoes


(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

Style Notes: When in doubt, wear a suit. It's the most foolproof way to look like you're on your fashion game—particularly if you pair it with killer boots, like Lucy Williams.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.