One of the more obvious reasons the world is so obsessed with Zara is because of its crazy affordability. But as we all know, some pieces are significantly more cost-effective than others, but that doesn't mean they look any lower-quality than their pricier counterpoints. To prove our point, we scoured Zara's stylish stock in search of the under-$30 pieces that not only look expensive themselves but also have the power to make your entire outfit look expensive.
While accessories are oftentimes the easiest way to achieve expensive-looking vibes, we also found jeans, tops, and a dress that are equally capable of providing that coveted luxe look. And if you're scoffing at the idea of expensive-looking jeans for under $30, the proof is in the pudding. Ready to shop the goods and see why they're the cream of the crop?
Keep scrolling to see which under-$30 Zara pieces we're endorsing. (You might want to get out your wallet for this.)
Unlike a thin scarf, this thick, weighty material feels looks and feels more substantial and is less likely to wrinkle and pull. Additionally, rich, buttery camel is the number one color for making anything look more expensive. Follow the lead of street style stars and wear it in the most expensive of ways: Drape both ends over your shoulders and wrap one end around your neck once, leaving that end thrown over your shoulder and the other end hanging as is.
Unexpected Layering Piece
Swap your traditional layering turtleneck for a more unexpected tulle or mesh version. It feels utterly sophisticated when worn with a sleeveless sweater for more casual occasions or under a slip dress for a fancier affair.
As we've discussed before, the most expensive-looking skinny jeans have a dark wash and a high waist. Good skinnies elevate whatever tops and shoes you choose to wear with them. You'll have everyone fooled into thinking this pair is designer.
The beauty of velvet, the season's biggest trend, is that it's essentially an inexpensive fabric that looks quite rich. Fashion girls are currently wearing bra tops and camisoles layered over and under their shirts and dresses, as modeled here. This navy option looks particularly rich when paired with neutrals.
Gucci is heavily endorsing berets this season, and we expect to see more of them cropping up as the temperatures continue to drop. This striped knit hat in classic fall colors is a micro-trend that makes your outfit look more forward and higher-end than a beanie would.
Textured ribbing makes knit fabric look and feel remarkably more expensive than a solid-textured knit, and along with camel, rich burgundy is a flattering, expensive-looking hue. Furthermore, turtleneck necklines add to the luxe, polished feel of an outfit and offer dimension when layered under other pieces from your wardrobe.
Loafers are the flats that bring the most sophistication and polish to any outfit, and as we mentioned before, velvet looks expensive but often has a low price tag. A classic pair of loafers in velvet will look just as expensive as a sleek leather pair.
Black Slip Dress
If you're seeking an expensive-looking fast-fashion dress at a low price point, always stick with black, as it masks any imperfections in fabric. A slip dress is a wardrobe workhorse that can be worn over slim tops and sweaters and under all of your jackets.
Fancy Layering Piece
Instead of full-on sparkle for a festive night out, focus on just your bottom layer, letting the metallic bodysuit peek out from beneath your low-cut top or jacket, to add interest. Sometimes less is more, but especially when it comes to keeping things luxe.
This simple hat is a classic finishing touch to add a little something extra to your off-duty outfits. It's devoid of frills, which is a plus, as oftentimes "frills" make inexpensive items look cheap.
It's all in the details. Subtle faux-fur accents make a plain top look like an interesting designer piece, thereby bringing interest to your entire outfit, even if it just consists of jeans and a pair of simple ankle boots.
Although these are made of faux materials, the matte faux suede looks far more luxe than shiny faux leather. Additionally, the block heel and pointed toe look designer, and we all know that a good pair of heels instantly elevates (so to speak) any outfit.
The one-armed silhouette and tulle bell sleeve feel very forward, and as we've said many a time before, black is always a good bet. Tuck this into a pair of jeans or a satin midi skirt and wear it to all of your holiday events to come. No one will guess that it cost you a mere $30.
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