As the fashion editor in my friend group, I'm typically the go-to source for shopping and style recommendations. One of my friends recently asked me for my advice on a few affordable finds she could add to her offering to upgrade her wardrobe. I played personal stylist and ended up going through three go-to stores for many—Zara, H&M, and Madewell. There were five front-runners I sent her (the first in the grouping coming your way below).
In addition, I thought you might be interested in some more shopping inspiration, so I went through the trio of stores and pulled out a smattering of other fresh finds that piqued my interest. Included in the mix? There are strong tailoring items like oversize blazers and loose trousers, chic accessories that ring in under $50, and trend-forward basics that could easily become essentials in a wardrobe. Keep scrolling for more.