We're Fashion Editors and Think These Under-$40 Pieces Look So Elevated

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Ready for a little shopping inspiration? In my mind, the only thing better than a good fashion roundup is one that includes outfit ideas along with it. Fashion editor–approved picks and the styling ideas to match. It's a win-win, really, and my fellow editors and I are back at it again with our try-on series just in time to address the late-winter outfit slump we're all feeling right now. If you're familiar with these posts, then just keep scrolling to get your download of the latest affordable shopping picks and how to style them. But if you happen to be new here, then let me fill you in. 

We drop new pieces for our Who What Wear line several times a season, and today's roundup highlights the chic loungewear looks, cool basics, and spring-ready frocks from the latest 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.

Allyson Payer, senior editor
affordable trousers from Who What Wear x Target



"I've always loved the Skinny Cropped Pants, so I was game to try them in this new polka dot print. I don't usually go for printed pants but I already knew this style to be flattering, and I liked that they consisted of two neutral colors. Since I'm a little print shy, I think I was smart to pair them with a plain sweater and simple boots as it simplified the look a bit. But if you're a pro at print mixing, I encourage you to do so with these."

Anna LaPlaca, associate editor
affordable loungewear from Who What Wear at Target



Just when I thought I was in a loungewear rut, reaching for the same pair of sweats over and over again, this pretty set came into my life and gave my WFH outfits just the late-winter refresh they needed. The standout details are these eyelet ruffles on the shoulders of the sweatshirt and along with the pockets on the joggers, but what I really fell in love with is the perfect shade of cream that they come in—it really elevates the whole thing. Of course, they come in black, too. (I knew you were curious.)

Yusra Siddiqui, assistant market editor
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“I’ve been wearing this black sweatsuit nonstop this past month, it’s just extremely comfortable and versatile. While usually, I wear it on its own, I decided to layer a vest and don knee-high boots to make it a little more styled than usual” 

Judith Jones, senior market editor
affordable dresses from Who What Wear at Target



"This is the perfect dress to get me in the spring mindset yet it's still warm enough to wear throughout the winter months with boots and layers. I love the feminine and playful ruffles and the fact it cinches you in at the waist with its drawstring belt. Bonus: It has pockets—always a winning detail in my eyes."

Courtney Higgs, associate beauty editor
Who What Wear pants from Target



"These pants make me feel like Lauryn Hill circa 1998 and Bianca Jagger circa 1975 all at once, and I just can't get enough. I'm a petite gal, standing at a mighty 5'1", so oversized pants like these are scary for me. When I see a loose fit, I immediately imagine it swallowing my small frame. So not the case with these! The high, casually pleated waist creates the perfect amount of shape through the midsection before widening through the thighs and legs for a super-flattering fit. They're also lightweight and very comfortable, so they're not a total shock to the system after nearly a year of nothing but extremely soft pants."

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, audience engagement editor
easy dresses for spring



"I love this Who What Wear Target collection dress because the cotton fabric is super soft, making it perfect for wearing around the house. I found myself rewearing it when I wasn't in the mood to fully dress up but still wanted to look like I tried, and the asymmetrical cut makes for a polished yet sultry look. I definitely recommend buying this dress for anyone looking to upgrade their WFH loungewear."

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Sarah Yang, managing editor, The/Thirty
affordable sweatshirts from Who What Wear at Target



"I love that this sweatshirt's eyelet detail makes it a little bit more fun and a step up from your usual loungewear. I've been wearing it with jeans on the rare days I go outside to run errands or go to the doctor's office. It's nice a way to transition into wearing real clothes. I have on "hard" pants (aka my jeans), but I also still have something soft, cozy, and warm on. It's all about the balance for me these days!"

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