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46 Cheap Items to Buy If You Want to Look Posh in 2020

Bobby Schuessler

As you’re probably well aware by now, you in no way need to buy expensive items to have an expensive-looking outfit. In fact, many of your favorite retailers—from Nordstrom to H&M—are filled to the brim with those high-end-feeling staples that won’t actually make a massive dent in your bank account. But rather than send you on a day-long hunt scrolling through the pages and pages of merchandise out there to uncover said fanciful items, I narrowed down the best of the best affordable fashion pieces right here so you can start building your posh 2020 wardrobe.

Below, I curated a sampling of the chicest, cheapest must-haves (separated by category from dresses to sweaters to footwear)—all under $75. Keep scrolling to find your new elevated treasures, and upgrade your closet.

Sweaters and Turtlenecks

& Other Stories Wrap Cardigan ($59)

The pretty shade of blue and wraparound feature makes this cardigan feel extra special.

Leith Rib Wrap Sweater ($29)

An ultra-flattering sweater in a festive hue for the holiday season—and beyond in 2020.

JoyLab Sherpa Pullover ($28)

Yes, this pullover is as cozy as it looks. And fun fact: JoyLab is actually having a 30% off sale today, December 14.

H&M Modal Turtleneck ($10)

The houndstooth pattern feels a bit more unexpected than a standard print—and also incredibly forward.

Topshop Animal Marking Knitted Cardigan ($75)

Animal print isn’t going away anytime soon.

Who What Wear Floral-Print Puff-Sleeve Cardigan ($35)

There are so many things right about this cardigan—the cool floral pattern and puff sleeve to name a few.

Something Navy V-Neck Cardigan ($47)

A simple yet chic and modern cardigan.

AFRM Zadie Semi-Sheer Turtleneck ($38)

Make a statement with this eye-catching turtleneck paired as is with jeans or layered underneath a jacket or cardigan.

Eloquii Twist Back Sweater ($70)

As you can see, this luscious violet fuzzy pullover is even chicer from the back.

UO Ozzy Boxy Button Cardigan ($49)

All about the vintage feel of this comfortable cardigan.

ASTR the Label Fuzzy Crop Sweater ($59)

The square neckline and slight puff at the sleeves gives this fuzzy knit a modern twist.


Topshop Black Plunge Tie-Neck Midi Dress ($75)

The LBD you’ll wear to every holiday party—and every event next year.

All In Favor Wrap-Front Midi Dress ($59)

This ribbed wrap dress with the flared skirt would work for a multitude of occasions.

Who What Wear Puff-Sleeve High-Neck Sweaterdress ($42)

If you don't have the ideal sweaterdress yet, this is your moment.

H&M Dress ($50)

A smock midi dress with a stand-up collar is cozy and chic.

& Other Stories Velvet Mini Wrap Dress ($69)

Is it a blazer? Is it a dress? It’s both. And with that velvet fabric, it’s perfection.

ASTR the Label Metallic Plunge-Neck Dolman-Sleeve Minidress ($69)

The ultimate party dress with the metallic shine and drapey sleeves.

Urban Outfitters Jill Turtleneck Dress ($69)

Wear this sweaterdress by itself with boots or layered over your favorite leggings.


Enzo Angiolini Ranielle Mules ($54)

Legit nobody would guess that these gorgeous mules would be under $100.

New Look Buckle Detail Heeled Chelsea Boots ($48)

The buckle detail gives these classic black ankle boots a downtown feel.

Topshop Abella Black Sling Back Shoes ($35)

Elevated flats will rise up to be one of the biggest footwear trends of next year.

Mango Pointed Heel Ankle Boots ($60)

These pointed-toe booties seriously look triple the price.

Puma Suede Classic Ambush Sneakers ($70)

Why blend in with your sneaker game?

Michael Michael Kors Buchanan Block-Heel Loafers ($74)

Loafers will get an elevated twist come 2020 with comfy block heels. Add these to your closet before everyone else does.

H&M Pointed Boots ($60)

The mid-calf boot is a fashion-girl staple RN.

Skechers Shindigs Stompin’ Boots ($75)

Practical and honestly quite cool in that ironic sort of way.

Champion NXT Sneakers ($75)

Colorful sneakers are where it’s at.


Thread & Supply Double-Breasted Peacoat ($38)

Your new wear-everywhere peacoat, found.

Who What Wear Coat ($49)

This is not your average puffer—it’s 10 times chicer.

Scoop Vegan Leather Biker Jacket ($50)

Indulging in a new moto jacket is never a bad idea.

H&M Faux-Fur-Lined Jacket ($70)

This faux-shearling coat looks far more expensive than it actually is.

Levi's Water Repellent Lightweight Hooded Parka ($74)

This water-repellent parka is legit spot on.

Amazon Essentials Plush Peacoat ($61)

A tried-and-true camel coat is definitely worth having in your wardrobe.


Topshop Flared Jeans ($75)

If you haven’t heard, flared jeans are BACK.

H&M Wide-High Jeans ($55)

The wider cut here just feels so current.

BDG High-Waisted Contrast Stitch Jeans ($69)

Cargo jeans are especially fashion-forward.

ASOS Design Straight-Leg Jeans ($51)

Just imagine these with statement ankle boots and a playful blouse for a night out.

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Stretch Skinny Jeans ($68)

Hey, it might be time to upgrade your black skinny jean selection. Just sayin'.

Madewell The Momjean ($60)

Pair these with your favorite sweatshirt, slip into sneakers, and you're set for that off-duty life.


Pixie Market Gold Drop Earrings ($18)

These drop earrings look far more high-end than their under-$20 price tag.

Mango Buckle Bag ($40)

You’ll see bags with large front buckles even more next year. Guaranteed.

Treasure & Bond Basket-Weave Scarf ($39)

Amp up your cold-weather vibe.

Madewell Paperclip Chain Necklace ($38)

This paperclip chain necklace feels incredibly special.

Topshop Blue Lizard Grab Bag ($40)

Just $40 for this expensive-looking bag? Done and done.

Le Specs Synthcat Sunglasses ($69)

You’ll wear these cat-eye sunglasses for seasons.

Jules Smith Abstract Crystal Statement Earrings ($65)

The perfect finishing touch to any formal look.

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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