There's nothing that gets the Who What Wear team more excited than finding a luxuriously chic item at an amazingly affordable price. With a new season just around the corner, these budget-friendly finds are a welcome addition to our wardrobes while we're adding autumn items to our carts. From mock-croc bags to leather separates and silky tie-neck blouses, many of the biggest autumn trends are inherently expensive-looking, and luckily for us, there are plenty of cost-effective options to nail the trends. Curious to see what items are currently sitting in the carts of my fellow editors, I had them share the affordable but expensive-looking items they're buying right now for the season ahead. Scroll below for the crème de la crème for under £160.
These chic lace-up boots have major Celine vibes without the designer price tag. I'll be wearing them with everything from jeans to dresses to elevate my autumn outfits.
Everything from the mock-croc fabric to the modern, sculptural handle to the sumptuous dark-brown hue makes this bag look way more expensive than its actual price tag. It will add a luxe touch to every outfit.
Tie-neck blouses are a big trend for autumn, and I can't wait to wear this silky satin stunner with my jeans and skirts this coming season.
One more pair of boots to add to my closet for autumn! I'm in love with tall knee-high and over-the-knee styles, and this luxurious-looking burgundy pair will look plush paired with my pleated midi skirts.
"I think every woman should have a silky white button-down blouse. That includes me, and I currently don't own one, so I'll be snagging this one for autumn. Hot tip: Wear it with a blazer and pull the collar out on top of the jacket."
"It girls everywhere are wearing Simonett, and there's a good reason. The brand is affordable and unique. This textured pink dress almost feels like a vintage find."
"Everything from the colour to the buttons makes this affordable cardigan look elevated and far pricier than the £36 price tag. I can see myself wearing it with high-waisted jeans and boots on multiple occasions this autumn."
"I think these are going to be the new It Le Specs. (Every season has a pair.) I, for one, would gladly wear them every day."
"There are two main reasons I jumped at the chance to wear this top: The crinkle material looks ultra luxe, and the pistachio colour is so on trend for autumn, both of which make it look way more expensive than it really is."
“Ankle boots are a notoriously tricky item to shop for since they can come off looking cheap if you're not careful about choosing the right details. This Topshop pair is definitely the exception to that because the heel shape and square toe both look like the kind of considered details you'd find on a designer pair.”
"I am still on the cowboy-boot bandwagon, so I feel like I'll have fun showing these off among all my other fun new autumn trends."
"Clearly, I am in the market for some new shoes, and this under-£50 pair is perfect because it looks anything but. Plus, it has a square toe, which is having a major moment right now."
"This dress just dropped on Reformation and is currently sitting in my shopping cart. With its one-shoulder silhouette and cool cutout detail, it feels very on trend and looks much more expensive than its £120 price tag."
"When it comes to jewellery for the season ahead, I'm snapping up chunky styles over everything else, like this necklace from Laura Lombardi. Bonus: It's made from recycled materials, so it's a great sustainable fashion find.”
"I think these sculptural earrings by Loéil look like a million bucks. They're only £39 but make you look like you're a curator for a fancy art gallery."
"This vegan-leather jacket by House of Sunny looks incredibly chic and way more expensive than it really is. Plus, faux leather touches on a major autumn trend."