8 Cheap Buys Our Editors Are Making Look Triple the Price

Look, I'm not even going to try and play it cool when I say that our editors are a stylish bunch. We're experts when it comes to shopping and we also know how to craft an impeccable 'fit, even though our current stay-at-home lifestyle means we don't get to share our personal style on here as often. So we're taking this opportunity to flex our styling skills, this time turning our attention to the pieces from our own namesake clothing line.

If you didn't already know, we drop new pieces for our Who What Wear line each month, and today, our editors are test-driving some of the latest pieces including pretty summer tops and a healthy dose of flowy dresses that are perfect for hot weather. Even though nothing rings up for more than $40, the cool looks our editors put together are making these affordable buys look far pricier. Scroll down to see how we each wear our picks and then shop our favorites if you're so inspired.

Kristen Nichols, Managing Editor
affordable summer dresses



"Long, flowy dresses are one of my favorite trends this season. For this piece, I love the idea of styling it higher on one arm than the other for a slightly asymmetrical neckline. Add a pair of earrings and mules for the perfect easy summer look."

Allyson Payer, Senior Editor
affordable summer tops



"This fun top is so lightweight and breezy, you could easily get away with wearing it on a 100-degree day (I did). I paired it with long black denim shorts and thought it would be fun to dress it all up with these Wandler mules and silver hoop earrings."

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, Audience Engagement Editor
affordable summer dresses



"The moment this WWWC amazon-green dress arrived in my mail, I couldn't wait to slip it on (and being candid here, haven't really taken it off since). I wore it to a picnic, I slip it on anytime I need something cozy to roll up to my local bodega, or I toss it on for when I'm too lazy to put on a full look for my Zoom meetings. For someone who's vehemently opposed to biker shorts (not on other people—just on me), I love having an arsenal of casual, breezy dresses that can be thrown on anywhere, and this one is a new favorite for sure, as it's lightweight, bright, and even has pockets!"

Courtney Higgs, Associate Beauty Editor
pretty summer tops



"Like so many others out there, I’m really only interested in stretchy, comfortable tops right now. This scrunchy little number provides much needed throw-on-and-go ease while simultaneously breaking me out of the unhealthy attachment I currently have with hoodies and sweats. While I’ve never been that big on floral prints, I’m in love with the oversize flower pattern. The fluttery waist pairs perfectly with the official clothing item of 2020, bike shorts, but would be equally chic styles with relaxed boyfriend jeans."

Kat Collings, Editor in Chief
affordable printed dresses



"You know what's perfect about this dress? A lot of things, actually, but first let's talk about the contrast of the saucy zebra (which for the record, not all zebra prints are created equal, and this is a very good version of zebra print) and the pretty details like ruffles at the sleeve and waist. It's the perfect balance of fun and punchy and sweet. I also must mention it has pockets, and I love that the stretchy ruching through the bodice allows me to go bra-less very comfortably."

Sarah Yang, Managing Editor, The/Thirty
affordable summer dresses



"I always love a good utility shirtdress—it's a classic look that always makes you feel so polished with minimal effort. This particular one takes it up a notch with the fun animal print. The fabric feels like linen and is just the right weight (not too light, not too heavy) to wear in both the summer and fall. I paired it with block heels and a gold cuff. You can take this from the office to happy hour drinks or dinner."

Anna LaPlaca, Associate Editor
maxi dresses



As soon as I gave my reliable bike shorts uniform a rest to try on this printed maxi, I immediately understood why all the hype around "house dresses." Not only does the flowy shape make it just as comfortable as any of my loungewear, but even the act of putting on something slightly more dressed up makes all my daily activities that much more exciting. I like how the print is dainty and involves easy-to-style neutral tones, so I wore it here with lace-up sandals and a bucket hat.

Erin Fitzpatrick, Senior News Editor
pretty summer dresses



"I'm always a fan of good statement sleeves. This dress has very pretty puffed sleeves with crochet details. It can be worn off-the-shoulder, but you can also wear it normally like a short-sleeve dress. I'm picturing this as a chic, easy coverup at the beach, but I also wouldn't hesitate to wear it out to walk the dog."

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