Sorry, but not all accessories are made equal. Some are cheap and look cheap (here's your guide to what makes jewelry look cheap), some are expensive and look it, and even fewer fall into the elusive category of being cheap and looking expensive. These are the bags, jewelry items, belts, and other accouterments that look undeniably luxe no matter what their price tags say. I'm not sure about you, but I'll always choose the expensive-looking version over the others any day.
So instead of leaving all the guessing up to you, I went ahead and sourced all the accessories on everyone's favorite retailer, Nordstrom, that look twice their price tags. Between Nordstrom's massive Anniversary Sale (you can shop all the fashion and beauty deals here) and its everyday selection of affordable buys, we swear by, we're turning to the retailer for all of our shopping queries these days.
From the emerging bag trend that looks so luxe to the pearl jewelry items that will rake in the compliments, look no further for the best under-$200 accessories to buy right now. Don't tell the people at Nordstrom, but I'd shell out way more for these items than what each is currently listed for.
Must-Have Mock Croc
Croc-embossed accessories—but especially bags—all look so luxe. Which means that luckily for us and our wallets, even the most affordable bags look like you outdid your budget on them when they're doused in a glossy crocodile-like effect. Look no further than Nordstrom's sale section, which is teeming with polished, structured versions of this bag trend.
Belts were all over the F/W 19 runways, especially wide leather ones that cinched up all the best fall looks we saw. Don't let the transformative power of a statement belt be lost on you—layer one over dresses, skirts, or outerwear for instant outfit upgrade.
ICYMI: Oversize bags are coming back in style and quite frankly, it's a bag trend that naturally looks more expensive than it usually is. Look for luxurious suede and leather versions like the below Madewell bag, which looks like it would fit your laptop, multiple chargers, makeup bag, and even an extra pair of shoes.
I'll let you in on a secret about pearl jewelry. The pearls don't have to be real to look the part. When the design and metals are both high quality, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. So go ahead and lean into this pretty jewelry trend (if you somehow haven't already).