I Have $200 and a Goal of Looking Rich—34 Nordstrom Finds That Fit All My Needs


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I know I can't be the only person here who wants their outfits to look "expensive." We've been taught it basically all our lives, but instead of that word, people said "nice" or "sophisticated." To me, all of the above mean the same thing, except mine implies an extra oomph—or perhaps an extra dollar sign. Of course, the trick is to reach this goal without having to actually spend a lot of money. A $2000 bag will make you look rich. That's a given. If you can find a $50 one that gives the same impression, that's when you've really won. 

After 28 years, I've learned a thing or two about gaming the system to get the vibe I want for a price I can afford, which is what brought me to spend the last four hours scrolling through Nordstrom's latest arrivals in search of pieces that would appear to set me back thousands but all cost under $200. Scroll down to shop the 34 pieces I unearthed along the way. 

Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.