14 Affordable Items to Instantly Elevate Your Basics in 2020

Joy Montgomery

Here at Who What Wear, we are firm believers that good style shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. If we're honest, some of the most fashion-savvy people we've encountered in our lives have been the most cost-conscious, as having to be more careful with your budget can often result in greater creativity and originality. 

Luckily in the UK, we have a wide range of online high-street offerings available to us, and brands are getting smarter about designing pieces that aren't going to fall out of favour the following season. The likes of Arket and & Other Stories, in particular, have become known for their quality, expensive-looking designs that are indiscernible from their designer counterparts. Add to this the fact that the minimalist aesthetic has ruled over the past 12 months, meaning it's even easier to hunt down those affordable yet premium-looking gems.

As someone who has spent many years following high-street brands—both in my spare time and as part of my job—I have a good sense of what to look out for when it comes to finding the good stuff for less. To help you on your way, I've rounded up 12 chic basics items that no one will ever guess were from the Great British high street. From padded jackets to chunky boots, scroll down to shop my edit. 

Fine-Knit Cardigans

H&M Ribbed Cardigan (£7)

Jigsaw Cotton Crepe S/S Rib Cardigan (£90)

& Other Stories Cropped Ribbed Cardigan (£55)

Minimalist Pumps

Marks and Spencer Collection Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)

Charles & Keith Pointed Toe Ballerina Flats (£38)

Mango Leather Flat Shoes (£60)

Quilted Coats

Hush Nellie Quilted Jacket (£125)

Arket Quilted Water-Repellent Jacket (£115)

Arket Quilted Long Jacket (£99)

Polo Sweaters

Zara Polo Collar Sweater (£20)

Jigsaw Cropped Merino Polo Top (£54)

Arket Fitted Open-Neck Jumper (£89)

Combat Boots

Hush Buxton Boots (£210)

Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots (£175)

& Other Stories Duo Buckle Leather Boots (£165)

High-Waisted Trousers

Topshop Khaki Slouch Peg Trousers With Elastic Back (£27)

Massimo Dutti Navy Darted Houndstooth Wool Trousers (£60)

Marks and Spencer Collection Wide-Leg Checked Trousers (£13)

Statement-Collar Blouses

Warehouse Cotton Frill Collar Shirt (£28)

Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Fitted Shirt With Frill Collar in White (£30)

Warehouse Ruffle Denim Shirt (£31)

Leather Blazers

Arket Oversized Leather Blazer (£290)

Massimo Dutti Black Nappa Blazer (£169)

Zara Leather Jacket (£239)

Sweater Vests

Arket Half-Zip Merino Bib (£69)

COS Cashmere V-Neck Vest (£99)

Zara Oversize Knit Waistcoat (£26)

Flared Jeans

& Other Stories Flared Mid Rise Jeans (£65)

Topshop Indigo Split Hem Jamie Flare Jeans (£34)

Mango Flared Jeans (£36)

Slouchy Tote Bags

Zara Personalisable Leather Tote Bag (£70)

& Other Stories Smooth Leather Tote Bag (£100)

Charles & Keith Velvet and Cord Square Tote Bag (£86)

Square-Neck Tops

Topshop Black Square Neck Long Sleeve Top (£17)

ASOS Design Square Neck Fluffy Jumper With Short Sleeve (£26)

& Other Stories Square Neck Cotton Tank Top (£23)

Split-Hem Trousers

& Other Stories Front Split Tapered Trousers (£55)

Topshop Black Stretch Flare Trousers (£26)

Mango Slit Hem Trousers (£20)

Up Next: Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion: What We'll Be Wearing in This New Decade

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