Our Editors Fit-Tested These Under-$40 Buys—See the Pics

Remember us? We're your favorite Who What Wear editors. We're back again with our try-on series to showcase our styling capabilities and to highlight the newest pieces from our namesake clothing line. If you're familiar with this series of editor outfits, then just keep scrolling to fill up on outfit inspiration and affordable shopping picks. But if you happen to be new here, then let me fill you in. 

We drop new pieces for our Who What Wear line at the top of each month, and today's roundup highlights the pretty florals, puff sleeves, and spring-ready frocks from the April collection. Even though nothing rings up for more than $40 in this edit, the cool looks our editors put together are making these affordable buys look far pricier. Ahead, see how we each wear our picks and then shop our favorites if you're so inspired.

Lauren Eggertsen, senior editor
affordable spring dresses

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@laurenegg

“This dress is my ideal frock. I love how roomy and comfortable it is while still making that bigger, trend-forward statement. Pairing it with cool knee-high boots in spring feels right, but come summer, I plan on wearing this baby with an unnecessarily large array of colored strappy sandals.”

Kat Collings, editor in chief
editor-approved spring dresses

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@katcollings

"My favorite part of this dress is the ruching at the center. Or actually, maybe it's the baby ruffle at the top of the shoulder. Or the wearable yet chic print? I can't decide because it's all so good; get on it!"

Sarah Yang, managing editor, THE/THIRTY
affordable spring tops

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@sarahayang

"This top just screams, 'Hello, spring!' I'm kind of obsessed with wearing it as an off-the-shoulder top with the sleeves pulled down––it gives me the vacation vibes that I so desperately need these days. It definitely turns an ordinary jeans outfit into something a little more special."

Allyson Payer, senior editor
affordable spring shorts

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@allypayer

"These shorts are so lightweight and comfortable—they'll be great for hot days with a crop top. Since I'm on the shorter side, I rolled them up a couple of times, and that length was perfect for my 5'4" height."

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, audience engagement editor
affordable floral dresses

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@fashionwithjazz

"Maybe it's just pre-vaccination summer excitement, but the moment I spotted this matching printed WWWC set, I knew I had to have it for the warmer days ahead. Not only is it comprised of super-breathable cotton, which will come in handy once the city starts heating up, but I also love how flexible it is in terms of styling. Whether you choose to style it as a dress or pair the top with jeans or the skirt with a crop top, you really cannot go wrong with this look. It's safe to say I know what I'll be wearing for the coming months."

Anna LaPlaca, associate editor
editor-approved dresses

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@anna__laplaca

"This dress basically styles itself. Not only do the puff sleeves make a stylish statement, but the black-and-white floral print also goes with all my wardrobe basics, and the gathered detail makes it really stunning on. While I'll definitely be wearing it as a dress with everything from boots to sandals, I also wanted to show its versatility, so I styled it as a top over wide-leg jeans. So many ways to wear!"

Courtney Higgs, beauty editor

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@court_higgs

"I'm really not one for prints or bright colors, so the fact that I'm so drawn to these shorts is a serious mystery. After more than a year of dressing only for my fiancé and our dog, neither of whom truly appreciates an epic lewk, I'm ready to reenter the real world—dressed in gingham squares and paper-bag waistlines, no less. These shorts are lightweight and breezy, so they're perfect for the rising spring temperature. In the event that vacations suddenly get greenlit, I'll definitely be packing them!"

Yusra Siddiqui, assistant market editor

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@thatgirlyusra

"I'm not a huge skirt and dress person, but when the weather gets warmer, they're often the easiest thing to put on to feel comfortable and look good. A tied button-down is my go-to item to pair over airy silhouettes like this one."

Kristen Nichols, senior editor

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@kristenmarienichols

"Long, flowy dresses won me over last year, and now, they're a key item in my wardrobe. This piece is finished with a neckline that can be styled off the shoulder like I'm wearing it here but can also be worn with just one side pushed down for a cool asymmetrical look. While I would typically style this with heels, I love the idea of adding a pair of tall boots for a transitional look."

Judith Jones, senior market editor

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@joiedejude

"This is the cutest short set I've laid my eyes on this season! The floral print is versatile and perfect for the warm months ahead. The high-waisted shorts are such a great fit and can easily be mixed and matched with any black-and-white tank top or tee in your closet. I'll be wearing it for everything from brunch to the beach, and it's the perfect outfit for an upcoming vacation."

Indya Brown, market editor

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@indyabrown

"I've relayed my love of matching sets before, so it's not a surprise that I jumped at this one. The print is really something different in my closet, yet it's still super easy to style."

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