While we approach investment buys with a sensible head and lashings of caution, right on the other end of the shopping scale, there’s nothing quite like a cheap but cheerful impulse buy (we’re considering this an affordable £50 or less). It’s instantly gratifying, guilt-free and sartorially transformative. This is particularly good when it’s halfway to payday and you want to revamp your wardrobe for summer.
When the compliments start rolling in for those Where’s that from? buys, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Sporting your badge of thrifty honour with pride, boasting of unearthing an unbelievably expensive-looking dress in Zara or the like becomes something of a fashionable sport.
As expert (actually, make that borderline full-time) shoppers, we spend a lot of time browsing the virtual rails of many a high-street store—which is why we’ve brought you our edit of current finds that we think will knock your socks off. See it, love it, buy it—there’s no further thought required with this roundup.
Scroll through the gallery below for the affordable picks we can’t live without.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a day-to-night sundress, and this floral style has shot straight to the top of our wish list.
Just add a denim skirt and espadrilles.
Pair with high-rise denim and slip-on flats for maximum impact.
We’re wearing ours with a classic white T-shirt and trainers.
Liven up your look with these standout velvet heels.
Amp up your off-duty wardrobe with this cold-shoulder frock.
Take your cue from ASOS, and team with a breton top and trainers, or why not style with a classic white shirt and tan leather sandals.
Okay, it’s not ideal for warm summer days, but the cooler nights are exactly what this jacket was made for.
Stripes will always be a summer style staple, and we think this is the coolest way to work the trend.
Logo tees are still firmly on the fashion map.
Millennial pink isn’t going away anytime soon.
This is one to store for your holiday wardrobe.
For when you can’t stand heels but need something smarter than trainers.
Merci beaucoup, Whistles.