I occasionally love crunching numbers (completely different brain stimulus than my daily creative pursuits!) and always love budget buys. Put the two together, and what do you have? A girl who's very curious about how the average woman defines a cheap clothing item. So, I conducted my own (probably unscientific) study with the help of Google forms and our Who What Wear Insiders Facebook group members, who so kindly took my survey. I asked at what price point does an item become affordable across a handful of categories, and averaged all the entries together. The result is a peek into what we collectively consider "cheap." Scroll down to see how it compares to your point of view and to shop some budget picks—below the outlined price caps, of course.
Average Cheap Dress = $62
Lovely on its own or layered with a thin turtleneck underneath.
Cosmic star prints rule.
Our co-founder, Hillary Kerr, wears this easy dress all the time.
Market editor Nicole Akhtarzad currently has this Zara dress in her cart.
Average Cheap Shoes = $61
New season, new boots.
Feels like The Row.
Red patent! Color us intrigued.
Channel your inner Daria Morgendorffer in these.
Perfect for the low-heel lifestyle.
Average Cheap Top = $39
There's something a little French about this top.
As cozy as it looks.
Bless a good bodysuit.
We recommend zooming in to see the texture on this blouse.
Average Cheap Bag = $104
This baby bag comes in two other colors as well!
Croc everything, please.
This color is spot-on.
So deliciously early '00s.
Average Cheap Outerwear = $98
Yes, you will live in this all fall long.
The perfect way to dip your toe into the neon trend.
There are a lot of colorful cord suits out there this season, and this is our top pick.
Average Cheap Bottoms = $54
These are kind of funky, and that only makes us like them more.
Another Who What Wear collection banger.
Next up, check out 47 epic under-$100 jewelry finds.