How do you find expensive-looking summer buys on the high street? After working in fashion for quite some time, it's now pretty much instinct on what I think looks good and what I know could pass off as a designer piece. However, after selecting the following 30 affordable items, there are definitely a few boxes I need ticking to ensure that they look as expensive as possible. My number one rule is look at the material. A non man made fibre is ideal. Cotton, lyocell and linen are always materials I look to for that more luxe-looking sheen, especially for during the warmer months. The next tip is the silhouette of the piece. Does it fit with current trends that have come straight off the spring/summer 2021 catwalk? If so, I tend to think they look more designer. That said, classic items such as blazers and shirt dresses in muted tones will also give you a more riche look.
While most of the items below are quite simple, elegant pieces that could easily be mistaken for much more luxe labels, there are a still a couple of bolder looks that I've included. The main reason being the remind me of brands that are more expensive and will make your outfit stand out. Keep scrolling for more.
Arket Lightweight Linen Shirt (£55)
Even when crumpled, a linen shirt looks luxe.
Mango Belted Cotton Jumpsuit (£50)
I love the muted colour of this jumpsuit and how simple it is.
Cos Oversized T-Shirt Dress (£59)
If in doubt, go really pared-back to give a off a riche vibe.
H&M Fine-Knit Top (£20)
This colour is everything.
H&M Calf-Length Dress (£25)
For me, this screams 'rich-lady-on-holiday'.
& Other Stories Single Breasted Sculptural Wide Shoulder Blazer (£135)
If you're after a jacket to give an outfit polish, I've found it.
Fit Flop Leather Clogs (£95)
Okay, these are a bit divisive. However, clogs have been everywhere from Hermès to Isabel Marant.
French Connection Lenny Ribbed Knit Midi Dress (£90)
Pair with an oversized blazer and clogs.
Weekday Kirsten Turtleneck (£30)
Another muted colour that will look so great with jeans as well as trousers for those cooler summer days.
Arket Leather Trimmed Straw Clutch (£79)
The perfect summer bag.
Arket Crunched Double-Stud Earrings (£29)
Jewellery doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive.
M&S Collection Linen Relaxed Belted Shacket (£69)
All the Who What Wear editors agree that this jacket looks far more than £69.
Mango Velcro Strap Sandal (£60)
I've spotted these on Mango and I can't stop thinking about them.
Monki Yoko Classic Blue Jeans (£40)
A pair of straight-leg blue jeans (with no frayed hem) is my alternative to tailoring.
A stand-out blazer that won't appeal to everyone but definitely hits that spring/summer 2021 button.
Monki Shirt Midi Dress (£30)
An A+ shirt dress that looks way more than it really is.
& Other Stories Buttoned Twist Waist Linen Blouse (£65)
The colour, the ruching, the length—it's all great.
Zara Loose-Fitting Trousers (£20)
If you're looking to up your loungewear wardrobe, then Zara's got your back.
& Other Stories Cropped Criss Cross Tie Blouse (£65)
This top isn't for everyone but thanks to this being a huge trend for S/S '21, the high street has rolled out a few similar pieces. This one from & Other Stories looks so designer to me.
ASOS Design Curve Broderie Trim Jumpsuit in Black (£30)
A linen jumpsuit will always look chic.
Cos Ribbed Asymmetric Vest (£55)
I'm obsessed with subtle cut-outs right now.
H&M Single-Breasted Jacket (£25)
This jacket colour looks incredibly chic. Buy it oversized for the best silhouette.
Cos Cropped Classic Bomber Jacket (£99)
A great colour for this coming season.
Arket Straight Twill Trousers (£89)
I've seen this green everywhere on the S/S '21 runways.
Mango Cotton Shirt Dress (£50)
Our shopping editor, Joy, loves this dress.
Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)
A classic you can't beat.
H&M Knitted Dress (£40)
Take it from me, knitted dresses always look expensive.
Mango Lyocell Jumpsuit With Belt (£60)
This is the kind of jumpsuit I want to wear to the next wedding I'm invited to.
Mango Flared Midi Skirt (£36)
Such a great colour.
Mango Belt Shirt Dress (£60)
I've got this belted shirt dress sitting in my basket.
Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.
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