The 17 Least Expensive Pieces From the Hottest Brand in the World RN


(Image credit: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images; STYLING: Balenciaga Le Cagole Bag ($1850))

Four times a year, the global shopping platform Lyst releases its big quarterly index of the hottest fashion brands and items for that season. We always eagerly devour it because it really provides a lot of insight into the sartorial things people are coveting at the moment. A key takeaway from the Q3 report is that Balenciaga overtook the enduringly popular Gucci for the top spot in the list of the hottest brands in the world.

Balenciaga has been getting tons of buzz in 2021, so it's not all that surprising to see that it's in this position. This year, it created its first couture collection in 53 years, and Kim Kardashian West walked the red carpet of the Met Gala in a custom Balenciaga look that was one of the night's most talked about. If we've gotten you in the mood to add a little Balenciaga into your wardrobe, scroll on for some of the least expensive (and coolest) items on the market. They're all under $500 and all bear one of the brand's iconic logos.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.