It can be a challenge working as a fashion editor to keep perspective when you’re often surrounded by so many beautiful, luxurious items. Our wish lists include designer pieces we’ve seen on an influencer, runway or celebrity that we could only ever dream of owning in reality ourselves. Yes, there are some pieces worth saving for, and we’re all about investing in a few key, timeless pieces that will elevate your wardrobe for many years to come—a leather handbag or camel coat, for instance. But when it comes to our day-to-day wardrobes, the Who What Wear UK team have become experts in channeling that expensive taste to find the most premium-looking but affordable pieces out there.
Since we’re entering a new season, and the weather is warming up before our eyes this weekend (finally), I thought it might be a good time for me to ask my fellow editors which under-£100 buys they’ve got their expert eyes on for spring and summer. From pretty, easy dresses to chic suits and updated accessories, they didn’t disappoint. Keep scrolling, and you’ll find a veritable feast for the eyes, wardrobes and purse strings to bolster your new-season capsule collections without breaking the bank. You can thank us later.
1. Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief
2. Emily Dawes, Affiliate Editor
"I'm not usually a dress person, but something about this throw-on, minimalist, airy style has won me over. I also love how chic a black dress looks against sun-kissed skin as we head into summer. I'd wear this to the office with mules but also to the beach with flip-flops."
"This year is already the year of the wide-leg trouser for me. As the weather warms up, I'll be switching my heavier wool styles for this lighter linen pair. I bought the black last year and lived in them, so I know I'll get so much wear out of these too."
3. Remi Afolabi, Video Content Creator
"I’m fan of a flared trouser, so coming across this denim pair was a real treat. The typically British weather will have me styling these with ankle boots for now. Once it gets a lot warmer, I’d bare the ankles and wear them with gladiator-style sandals."
"I’m on hunt for a practical yet stylish summer bag, and this Arket Raffia Bag ticks all the boxes. From the neutral tones and checked pattern to the leather handles, this bag is suitable for many different activities, such as shopping or trips to the beach."
4. Emma Spedding, Editor
5. Maxine Eggenberger, Acting Assistant Editor
"I prefer to keep my sandals minimal so as to maximise their versatility. I have plenty of black styles at the moment, so I'm turning my attention to tan. Not only will these Whistle sliders work with the muted tones that fill my summer wardrobe, but they'll help make everything I wear look more premium in the process."
"I'm always looking for ways to make my outfits feel French, and one of the easiest ways to do so is by adding a basket bag into the mix. I've bought a couple of affordable options in the past, but, keen to invest in a more quality iteration, I'm considering this Jigsaw tote, complete with luxe leather straps."
5. Joy Ejaria, Social Media Editor
"I'm not usually a fan of the feminine offerings of florals, but for some reason, this summer, it's the print I'm drawn to. We can probably thank Bridgerton for my current obsession with corsets because my wish list right now is jammed packed with them."
"Despite the extensive trainer collection I already have, my collection doesn't feel complete without the New Balance 550s. Technically not under £100 from resellers, but if I manage to miraculously get my hands on them direct from New Balance, then they still just about fit the bill."