8 Trendy, Affordable Fashion Buys That Look Expensive

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The right handbag can elevate an entire outfit, but many shoppers are put off by bags that cost hundreds of dollars. The good news? With the right accessories and clothing choices, you can wear trendy items without breaking the bank! Here are eight fashion buys that look expensive and will only set you back $100 or less.

 Embroidered Bags

 

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Embroidered bags are trending up and up. If you don’t know how to sew or don’t want to mess with a sewing machine, consider buying an embroidered bag (or two!) from designer Michael Kors. The bags come in trendy styles like hobo and crossbody and are both stylish and affordable (about $150). Or consider Emi Jay for even more bang for your buck: You can buy an embroidered handbag for about $50 at Urban Outfitters. If your budget is smaller—or you have time on your hands—you can make your own by just ironing on a few patches of fabric with iron-on transfer paper!

 Double-Breasted Jackets

 

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If you want to give off a vibe of old-world wealth, elegance, and style without spending an arm and a leg (literally), then double-breasted jackets are your best bet. They also come in all sorts of styles, colors, and cuts to suit any taste and body type. Another great thing about double-breasted jackets is that they never go out of style! So if you’re looking for something that will last for years and be trendy forever, look no further than a DB jacket. You can wear it with just about anything from jeans to chinos or even slacks. It’s up to you how formal or informal you want to make it!

 Peplum Dresses Fashion Buys

 

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Gather and puffed peplum dresses are hot right now—and you don’t have to shell out big bucks to look like a million bucks. Many brands offer reasonably priced options that will give you a trendy look for less. The perfect option for date night or an upscale party is Diane von Furstenberg’s Short Peplum Dress ($100). With its pleated skirt and blouson top, it fits perfectly on your body and accentuates your curves. The vibrant blue color will look great with any color heels or strappy sandals you may own.

 Faux Fur Coats Fasion Buys

 

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Instead of dropping serious cash on an over-the-top coat from Gucci or Prada, try a faux fur coat. They’re trendy and cozy (without making you look like a walking mannequin) and can be as affordable as a couple of hundred dollars. One of our favorite faux fur coats is Vince Camuto’s v-neck shearling jacket ($325 at Macy’s). For something more stylish than your average puffer coat, there’s also Isabel Marant’s faux fur bomber jacket ($1,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue). Sure to turn heads but won’t make it rain on your wallet.

 Tan Leather Boots

 

If you’ve been looking for a pair of winter boots that will keep your feet warm and stylish, these are them. They’ll be perfect for everything from coffee dates to work meetings. The leather uppers are durable and water-resistant (but not made from real leather) and they’re lined with super soft shearling wool. You can dress them up or down—or just wear them around town on dreary days as an alternative to sneakers. Add a pair of skinny jeans and a long-sleeved shirt underneath to take it up a notch. $48.00 via Amazon

Mesh Outerwear

 

It seems like everyone is buying mesh outerwear lately. The jackets and coats look great while still managing to offer sufficient warmth. And they’re also trendy and stylish—but don’t cost too much either. You can find them at your local retail stores or online, usually for a fairly reasonable price. In fact, I’m surprised that more people aren’t wearing these stylish jackets considering how popular they are! But if you do invest in one of these fashionable outerwear pieces, you won’t be disappointed! It even comes in different styles depending on what kind of look you want to go for.

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Gold Hardware Clutches

 

It’s not hard to spot expensive bags—they usually have a designer logo on them. If you want to look like you spent more than $50 on your bag but don’t actually want to spend more than $50 on your bag, try out a purse with gold hardware. The metal lends an air of luxury without carrying a major price tag. A gold-accented clutch is a great option if you need something smaller for nighttime events or dates, as it won’t weigh down your arm as much as a larger bag would. But if you do end up using it frequently and find yourself in need of another stylish option in an affordable price range? You could always buy additional chains and turn that clutch into a different kind of purse altogether!

In conclusion, there are great fashion buys everywhere you look today. Just put in the time, know the facts and you too can look great without spending a lot of money.

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By Sabeen Sahar

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