The Simple Reason These Clothes Look More Expensive

For all the fast-fashion turnarounds that high-street stores can produce, one of the most important differences between expensive and affordable fashion is always in the fabric. While prints can be more easily emulated—a polka-dot is a polka-dot, after all—complicated weaves and advanced surface details are not so easy to achieve without some seriously good research and high-tech fabric mills.

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Vanessa Jackman

Textures such as tufted wools, fringed suede or decorative jacquards will always look more luxe. So when you're shopping for a new springtime fix, consider the fact that for an item to be touchy-feely will most likely mean it looks way beyond its price tag. With our eye forever trained on the high-street pieces that fit the bill, we've created an edit of 11 textural treats you can snag right now. Scroll down to shop from the most deceptively bank-friendly buys.

No one can tell the difference between faux and real leather these days.

You can't deny that these shoes look like they cost a fortune.

Anything in tweed brings a certain aristocratic air.

It's not only about surface detail—look out for interesting cuts, like this split-side seam.

There's a lot of thought that went into this design, and it shows.

This fabric could pass for vintage any day of the week.

If you added another 0 to this price tag, we'd believe it.

Sometimes the more brash you go, the more something can pass as a designer find.

Shop the latest new-in pieces if you've caught the bug!

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