Under-$100 Clothes That Only *Look* Expensive

Lauren Caruso
Cheap Clothes Look Expensive
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This year, I made two resolutions, and they’re both directly related to my closet. First, I promised to not spend any money on clothes for the entirety of January—a huge feat for someone who often drops $1,000 on two Zara runs and a Pixie Market order. The second resolution was to make sure I bought only quality products—a restriction I’d tried to abide by after two separate under-$10 workout pants from a store that shall not be named literally ripped at the seams within one week of each other, leaving me in a pre-rowing bind.

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But after sitting with it for a while, I realized I didn’t want to say goodbye to that joyous feeling that comes when someone genuinely compliments your leather jacket or bucket bag or knit sweater, thinking it set you back hundreds—possibly even thousands—and you tell them it was less than a hundo. It’s like you gamed the system. You won.

And it turns out, there is a way to buy things that look expensive without blowing your entire paycheck—and after the workout pant incident of December 2016, I know where to look for them: The seams of a pant, the zipper of a jacket, the lining of a shoe, and the quality of the leather—even if it’s faux—are all dead-giveaways of how long it’ll last. Ahead, 25 under-$100 pieces that only look expensive.

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ADAY Like a Boss Sweatshirt, $95; at ADAY

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Hi Eleven Mini Bucket Bag, $99; at Hi Eleven

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H&M Lace Bustier, $24.99; at H&M

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Everlane Luxe Wool Square Turtleneck, $88; at Everlane

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& Other Stories Frilled Rib Dress, $98; at & Other Stories

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Community Ionic Cape, $75; at Aritzia

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ASOS Ultimate Leather Look Biker Jacket, $61; at ASOS

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Club Monaco Bedford Scarf, $99; at Club Monaco

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COS Wavy Stitch High-Neck Top, $99; at COS

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Farrow Henri Blazer, $96; at Need Supply

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Jeffrey Campbell Bitsie Woven in Black, $56.99; at Need Supply

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J.O.A. Quilted Bomber Jacket, $100; at J.O.A.

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Kimchi Blue Ellie Chenille Mock Neck Mini Dress, $89; at Urban Outfitters

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Loeil Kei Cuff Shirt, $98; at Loeil

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Mango Decorative Buckle Boots, $59.99; at Mango

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Mejuri One Bar Choker, $72; at Mejuri

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Nois Ash Blouse, $95; at Nois

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Pixie Market Black Croc Fur Handle Bag, $88; at Pixie Market

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River Island Studio Knitted Tie Waist Skirt, $40.50; at ASOS

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Oak + Fort Pant G29; $88; at Oak + Fort

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Quilted Tasseled Crossbody Bag, $12.90; at Forever21

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Reformation Julius Top, $98; at Reformation

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Uniqlo MA-Bomber Jacket, $49.90; at Uniqlo

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Zara Ribbed Frilled Sweater, $19.99; at Zara

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Jacquard Crop Wide Trousers, $95; at Topshop

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