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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