Just to get things straight: This is not a guide to the summer sales. Rather more pleasingly (and with much less rummaging, faith and clicking involved), you can bag some brilliant, guilt-free buys for the same cost as a round of drinks.
Whether that’s a pair of denim cutoffs that you’ll wonder how on earth you lived without or a corset belt that’ll see you firmly into autumn, the brilliant high street we all have access to really does deliver when it comes to a pre-payday pick-me-up. Our current thrifty obsessions include Zara’s Special Prices section (chock-full with over 600 buys under £30—be prepared to spend a lot of time on there) and Mango’s edit of outfit-transforming jewellery.
Of course, accessories are a brilliant game-changer but you can tap into this season’s love affair with gingham and all things ruffled while still getting change from £20 if your commitment levels are low.
So stop whatever you’re doing and devote a scroll through the shopping edit below to browse our hottest guilt-free buys.
This fabulous style comes in five different colourways.
So easy to wear—and even better with a suntan.
These shades look way more luxe than their price tag.
Don’t mislay your purse again with this zingy style.
At this price, you can flirt with white trousers for just one season.
Literally all you need to transform your look.
Your summer uniform sorted.
The killer combination of velvet and pink is literally ticking all our boxes.
Don’t forget your foundations…
Make your sun shield a stylish one.
You’ll even get change from £20 for this cute top.
We love Sézane’s collection of pochettes with cult Japanese brand Delfonics.
A thrifty top that's smart enough for the office.
Get ahead on one of next season’s key accessory trends.
Your new directional take on the classic beach dress.
Hello, new ballet flats!
A brilliantly compact yet covetable style.
Next, discover the eight secrets to dressing like the world’s chicest women.
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