Whenever I Wear These 8 Affordable Items, People Think They're Designer

While I've finally been able to add some investment staples into my day-to-day wardrobe, I've noticed that recently, my coworkers, friends, and sometimes strangers on the subway have been interested in some of the more affordable pieces I've been sporting. In fact, they're often shocked when I let them know the item they're staring at is from H&M or Zara. While don't splurge on large hauls from affordable retailers, I like to shop carefully to find picks that not only meet my budget but also look extremely elevated. I'm a firm believer that you can find luxe-looking staples on a budget, and with the right care and styling, they can stay in your closet for the long haul.

Below, I've relayed the eight specific pieces that I get asked about and convinced others to buy. If that's not enough for you, I also did some internet sleuthing and found a plethora of products that look five times the price that they actually are. I am a fashion editor, after all, so you can consider me an expert at finding the gems among the masses. Keep scrolling to have a look for yourself.

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Assistant Market Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.