One of the golden rules of being fashion savvy is to splurge on the most important pieces and save on everything else. It’s smart to spend a lot of money on a leather jacket that’s going to last you several years, but it’s smarter to save on things such as t-shirts, jeans, and shirts.
Fast fashion stores are becoming more popular for budget friendly shoppers, but it’s best to know which brands are best when it comes to quality and price. Here are five affordable clothing brands that look expensive.
Zara are known for being the best way to get high fashion at a low price point. The CEO of the company is one of the richest men in the world and the shop has new designed created and on sale in only two weeks. It’s hardly surprising that this fast fashion store has become a mecca for the stylish.
Topman is one of the most cutting-edge brands of affordable fashion. My boyfriend love it. They provide a perspective from across the pond thanks to the UK roots of the brand. While there some runway ripoffs – which is always a good thing – there’s also plenty of seasonal style if you want suits or skinny jeans. This UK-exclusive brand is continuing their foray into the States and becoming a central part of the fashion conversation.
Everlane has a fantastic business model. The company – which was founded in 2010 – is about providing great quality clothing with a transparent production model, with prices out of a fast fashion chain. While they don’t make everything in America, Everlane is open about the factories where their clothes are produced, whether they are in LA or Ho Chi Minh City. The brand makes everything from belts to shirts, making it a great choice for when you need something that looks good at the drop of a hat.
The online store ASOS is much bigger than you may realise. The English outfitter holds plenty of different brands, making it something of the English version of “Urban Outfitters”. There’s much more to ASOS than being just a brand aggregator though. They also have their own brand items and in-house lines, giving something that has the spread of Zara with a youthful twist. With all the latest seasonal trends there’s just about everything you need to take your wardrobe to the next level and keep it there.
I could talk about Uniqlo for days. The best way to put it is that you should buy all of your basics from here. Outside of the fact that their t-shirts cost less than $10 and fit great, they also produce the Heattech line designed to keep you warm and cozy on the coldest winter night. They also have some great denim, knitwear, and chinos.
Even their blazers are cheaper than they look. Another great thing about Uniqlo is that they tend to release unique collections as the seasons change, meaning that you’ll always have the most season-appropriate clothing.