My Shopping Mode Is Elevated and Timeless—30 Under-$200 Pieces That Make the Cut


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My starting point for shopping is always elevated and timeless pieces that I plan on wearing now and in many years to come. That isn’t to say that I don’t wear the current trends, but I consider classic staples to be the backbone of any wardrobe. This doesn’t necessarily translate to high prices, and in fact there are a wide range of affordable shopping options as the mood in fashion has shifted to understated quiet luxury pieces that transcend the seasons. With that in mind, I took a look at the best elevated shopping items under $200 on the market right now.

Pieces such as polished boxy jackets, faux croc-embossed accessories, tweed matching sets, and ballerina flats are winning out as perennial classics. For summer, in particular, we’re also seeing the rise of swimsuits with timeless prints, sleeveless shift dresses, and minimal midi dresses. Ahead, shop 30 elevated shopping finds under $200 that you can wear long beyond summer 2023.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.