I Never Scrimp on Quality—These 20 Picks Are Affordable and Made to Last

In my earlier days, I always thought a high price point meant a quality product. As I've gotten older (and possibly more cynical), I've realized that's not the case at all. You can pay steep prices for low-quality products, but you can also find some real gems at affordable prices if you know where to shop.

Whenever my friends are on the hunt for a specific item, there are four retailers I always recommend to them for good quality pieces at prices that will surprise them (in a good way). From the ethical retailer that makes excellent basics to the under-the-radar spot where I find pieces that always get me compliments, below are the four places I turn to when I'm looking for affordable items that stand to the test.




Everlane is one of those retailers that once you discover it, you're hooked. Known for its ethical practices and standard of transparency, Everlane produces quality basics that you can feel good about. Not only are they produced in factories use ethical practices, but it also sources the best materials so that the pieces are built to last. I'm a huge fan of Everlane's sweaters and love that the perfect-fitting denim usually comes in at under $100.

If you're not into skinny jeans, this more modern cut is equally comfortable. 

The brand's cashmere is so chic yet so affordable. 


Mango Quality Basics



Mango is the affordable retailer I turn to for cool pieces that are far from basic. From chic trousers to structured blazers to jewelry that could be mistaken for designer, Mango is the retailer that keeps on giving. The prices are a bit higher than most other high-street retailers, but so is the quality. It's 100% worth spending a bit more to have pieces with better materials and polished tailoring. 

Tweed is having a huge moment right now, and this blazer is reminiscent of Chanel runways. Pair it with the matching skirt for a very 2020 look. 

These look significantly more expensive than they are.

Mango doesn't mess around with its coats.

The belted waistline makes anything you pair it with look polished.


Quality Basics



Pixie Market is the hidden gem retailer I turn to for seriously cool pieces nobody else has. The price points are super reasonable, and every piece I own from the brand has stood the test of time. I'm always surprised by how expensive-looking its products are once I receive them in person from my online purchase, and they always manage to garner compliments.

This shirt has been on my wish list for a while now. 

Bet you don't already have a sweater like this in your closet. 

The ruched detailing makes this top look so expensive.

I want to style this skirt exactly like this. 


Madewell Boxes Quality Basics



When you need quality leather goods or new denim, turn to Madewell. I've gotten my favorite belts and work bag from Madewell and am always impressed by its T-shirt cuts and quality. It's no wonder the brand's tees have such a cult following. 

This is hands down the best work bag ever. It fits your laptop seamlessly plus leaves room for everything else you'll need for the day. Oh, and it just happens to look ultra-polished. 

These look like they were plucked right out of a vintage store, but the quality is impeccable. Unlike vintage denim, there's no chance of these ripping the moment you put them on. 

There's a reason Madewell's tees have a cult following.

Madewell's leather products are great quality, and a good belt is one of those purchases you'll be so glad you made.

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