The Affordable Brand I Shop to Look Like I Spent More Than I Did


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Whenever a trend surfaces that I'm not necessarily 100% committed to but still want to try, I always beeline for one of my favorite affordable brands. That way, if I'm over it by the next year (or, let's face it, the next month), I can move on with no regrets.

One of the places I always look for trendy pieces that won't break the bank is Mango because its clothes and accessories always look and feel way more expensive than what's on the actual price tag. I'm currently all over the animal-print and Western-inspired items available, but I'm also eyeing the luxe-looking basics. Even better, my current Mango faves are all under $100, meaning I won't have to narrow down my shopping cart one bit. Want in? See all of the affordably priced items I'm buying to look like I spent way more this fall.

The asymmetrical cut on this top makes it look so high-end.

This scarf is the easiest way to incorporate the leopard trend into an outfit.

If a cashmere piece costs less than $100, I'm likely buying it in multiple colors. 

Wear these slouchy trousers instead of denim to instantly look more polished.

I'm just as shocked as you are that these $80 burgundy boots are real leather.

Do I really need to justify purchasing yet another check blazer?

I'd wear this dark denim jacket exactly as pictured here.

This ribbed top looks way more elevated than your average T-shirt.

I only have one word to describe this belt bag: adorable.

This faux-fur knit is so good in every color, but the pink shade looks the most expensive.

I can't escape fall's dark denim trend with these cool cropped jeans.

Not into making a statement? Definitely don't buy these amazing snakeskin over-the-knee boots.

A pop of color always feels fresh against fall's more expected neutral palette. 

Western belts surprisingly make all of my outfits look so much cooler.

This knit skirt feels so luxe.

The perfect tank to wear under plaid blazers and leather jackets.

Yet another snakeskin item I need from Mango.

A classic tweed jacket will never go out of style.

I won't regret buying these affordable flats when I inevitably scuff them up by spring.

Proof that pastels are appropriate for fall.

The cuff on these pants will fool everyone into thinking they are twice the price (hey, I won't tell).

Now that you know the best under-$100 to buy from Mango, see how more of my favorite pieces from the brand look IRL.

Associate Fashion Director, Branded Content

Michaela Bushkin is the associate fashion director on the branded content team. She is based in Los Angeles and is going on her sixth year at Who What Wear. Michaela has always worked in the content world, previously at Whalerock and The Zoe Report. Her current role involves executing content, photo shoots, and events for fashion brands from retailers to luxury designers and everything in between. She spends her free time online shopping (or "researching" as she likes to call it), reading at the beach, and trying as many new restaurants in L.A. as possible.