I’m something of an affordable-shopping expert, having cut my fashion-editor teeth on a weekly magazine whose sole purpose was to showcase the hottest pieces on the high street. And although my taste and budget have evolved over time, still, nothing beats the buzz of finding something affordable and stylish that I know is going to look so much more expensive when I wear it.
So when my colleagues asked me to create an edit of trendy outfits under £100, I was more than up to the challenge. I scoured social media to unearth a selection of outfits I really love, and then I began tracking down the more affordable pieces I needed to re-create them. I knew I could (and would) do the outfits justice, but even I was impressed at just how many I was able to assemble without breaking a sweat. It’s a testament to how strong the high street is this season. Below, you’ll find the fruits of my labour.
I’ve deliberately selected an array of looks that are sure to appease any type of dresser. From chic minimalist ensembles to the throwback pieces adopted by Gen Z, these 11 trendy outfits are all under £100. Keep scrolling to shop them now.
1. PATCHWORK DRESS + STRAPPY SANDALS
2. BRETON KNIT + STIRRUP LEGGINGS + CHUNKY LOAFERS
Style Notes: Perhaps the hero buy of 2021, Breton-stripe knits have been best sellers for every brand from ASOS to Arket. Lately, there’s been a fresh drop of striped sweaters, one of which Grece has styled with on-trend stirrup leggings and chunky loafers.
3. OVERSIZED BLAZER + BRA + JEANS
Style Notes: Bra tops and blazers are my new favourite outfit combination. Handily, they’re also one of the easiest to re-create on a budget. I’ve had my eye on this Zara blazer for ages and plan on wearing it the same way Karoline is wearing it.
4. BUTTON-UP DRESS + KNEE BOOTS + HAIR CLAW
Style Notes: If you had any doubt, know that knee-high boots are officially back this year. And I’m seeing more out-there styles than ever before. Sasha’s cow-print pair might look niche, but I’ve found an excellent option from NastyGal that’ll allow you to re-create her bright-dress-and-boot get-up for under £100.
5. PUFFER COAT + BOOTS
Style Notes: If there’s one thing that’ll guarantee you’ll look trendy this season, it’s the longline puffer coat. Wear yours with simple sock boots and hoop earrings as seen on Basma for an easy outfit solution on cold days.
Style Notes: You heard it here first: Combat trousers are going to be big news this winter. Get ahead of the style pack by wearing yours with other ’90s staples. (Cue Jo-Ann’s tie-dye sweatshirt.)
7. HIGH NECK BLOUSE + TAILORED TROUSERS
Style Notes: This one is for the minimalists amongst you. Try wearing a light beige shade on your top and bottom halves, and then punctuate the look with classic black accessories.
Style Notes: Everywhere you look, there are knitted dresses. But I think the coolest knitted dresses are those with ombré and space-dye weaves. Follow Imani’s lead, and pair yours with a nylon shoulder bag and kitsch add-ons for Y2K appeal.
9. WAISTCOAT + TRENCH COAT
Style Notes: A trench coat is a staple that belongs in every autumn wardrobe. I’m obsessed with how Jen has styled hers with another of the season’s hottest buys: the tailored waistcoat. This is proof that two coats are always better than one.
10. DENIM JACKET + MIDI SKIRT
Style Notes: A denim jacket, midi skirt and trainers is a look you can throw on for just about any outing, be it the school run, a weekend brunch date, or low-key drinks after work. Who knew £100 could get you so much outfit potential?
Style Notes: Another look I can always rely on when I’m in a hurry is a pair of trainers with a midi dress. Bring the combination up-to-date and in-season with the addition of a leather-look jacket.