Under-$50 Pieces That'll Trick People Into Thinking You Spend a Lot on Clothes

The best things in life may be free, but the second best things are the kinds that appear to be expensive but actually aren't. Sure, there is something to be said about saving your paychecks to put toward a really beautiful bag purchase or investing in the perfect pair of blue jeans from somewhere of-the-moment like Khaite or Grlfrnd, but at the present moment, we're really in the mood for something that looks ultra-polished and comes with a pleasantly affordable price tag.

If you're wondering how to mine the internet for said purchases, all it takes is a little patience, a discerning eye, and some knowledge about where to look. Affordable items that consistently look expensive usually have something novel about them, whether it's unexpected buttons, a pop of cool color, or even a silhouette that feels relevant. Ahead, discover 20 summer pieces for under $50 that look like they cost far more, and see why each is a good example of how to pick expensive-looking, budget-conscious pieces.

The chartreuse hue of this tank makes it feel more thoughtful and expensive than an ordinary white or black version.

The craftsmanship of a straw bag always looks pricey.

Trousers are a quick and easy way to elevate your everyday outfit combinations.

When in doubt, add a belt. It ties everything together and adds instant polish.

Statement earrings are one of those conversation-starting accessories that give personality to any look.

Slip into a pair of sophisticated, effortless pants in a sleek neutral hue. 

Go for interesting embellishments that look pricey, like ruffles.

If you live for summer, a pair of cool white jeans should definitely be in your wardrobe.

There's something about olive green that consistently feels cool and unexpected.

No warm-weather wardrobe is complete without breezy tops that dress up your denim cutoffs.

If you're buying a pair of affordable sunnies, consider tortoiseshell as a go-to pattern.

A bohemian blouse is always a good idea, especially for weekend getaways.

A straw hat feels like a stylish nod to resort wear, which usually looks on the more expensive side.

Dalmatian-dot sandals for less than $50? Unheard of!

This ethereal floral print feels like something a brand similar to Brock or Erdem would do. 

Slide a couple of clips into your locks to test-drive this year's biggest hair accessory trend.

Ahead: I'm a fashion editor, and these are the under-$50 Nordstrom items I'd buy.