If shopping is an art, you could certainly call me Picasso. My specialty? Sourcing luxurious-looking finds that in reality, cost way less than you’d even guess. And when it comes to sifting through pieces that look expensive, it’s all about the minutia—aka the “little” things like hardware, fabrics, and buttons. It takes some time and practice to get it down pat, but as an editor who has a hearty and ever-growing bookmarks list of shopping sites, at this point it’s like second nature. With summer at everyone’s doorstep, I decided to flex my skills to find the best new arrivals that hit on that expensive-looking yet shoestring budget niche. After all, those exotic summer getaways aren’t going to pay for themselves. Below, see the results of my latest digital window-shopping session and I’ve included everything from elevated tailored pieces to chic and low maintenance matching sets. To see the full list, keep scrolling.
Airy dresses are always the way to go.
Since 99% of the crochet hats I’ve stumbled upon are $400 or more, I’m definitely going with this one.
About as versatile as a top can be.
It’s still the season of the 3-piece swimsuit.
Styled with a crisp white shirt, these pants will look so classic.
Colorful satin pretty much sums up the summer.
Simple yet high-impact.
Yes, I’m 100% getting the matching pants.
Your next going-out situation, solved.
Clear sandals are back!
My everyday summer dress.
I firmly believe in having a pair of fancy jeans.
A midi skirt with a twist.
I’ve similar dresses for five times the price.
The subtle hint of shimmer is just everything.
If bright green isn’t your thing, these also come in a creamy beige color.
Tailored pants like these are currently all I can think about.
From the knit detailing to the easy-going length, this is the definition of a vacation dress.
There’s no better word to describe this other than chic.
The lace detail really brings this up a notch.
When you want them to stop and stare.
Mango’s selection of heels are top tier right now.
Team maxi dress, ftw.
Crochet is so key during the summer.
We told you puddle pants are the season’s biggest trend.
A next-level type of tank top.
You’re not going to find many pants like this, and that’s precisely the point.