These Cheap But Expensive-Looking Basics Are Hiding at Mango, Ref, and More

Anna LaPlaca

Sorry, but not all clothing basics are made equal. Some are cheap and look cheap (here's your guide to what makes jewelry look cheap), some are expensive and look it, and even fewer fall into the elusive category of being cheap and looking expensive. These are the tanks, skirts, boots, and other wardrobe staples that look undeniably luxe no matter what their price tags say. I'm not sure about you, but I'll always choose the expensive-looking version over the others any day.

So instead of leaving all the guessing up to you, I went ahead and sourced all the best cheap clothing basics on everyone's favorite affordable sites Urban Outfitters, Mango, Reformation, and ASOS that look twice their price tags. From the chain-link necklace that looks so luxe to the skinny jeans that will rake in the compliments, look no further for the best under-$150 items to buy right now. Don't tell the people at these retailers, but I'd shell out way more for these items than what each is currently listed for.


Mango Knitted Miniskirt ($50)

Seeing this whole outfit just turned me into a fan of brown.

Mango Essential Strap Top ($15.99)

The wide straps and subtle square neckline make this plain tank stand out.

Mango Midi Satin Skirt ($80)

The kind of basic you should always have on hand.

Mango Link Chain Necklace ($39.99)

Accessorizing your fall outfits with this chunky necklace will make them look way more luxe.

Mango Stirrup Bag ($50)

This could easily pass as a rare vintage find.

Mango Turtleneck Wool Sweater ($130)

Not all chunky knits are made equal—this is an especially good one.


Reformation Kayo High & Skinny ($118)

These feel more special than your average skinny jeans, and Ref shoppers agree (the black version sold out like lightening).

Reformation Canyon Top ($38)

It's all about the ribbed material here.

Reformation Wednesday Dress ($118)

From the color to the texture, I can only really describe this dress as "rich."

Reformation Liza High Straight Jeans ($98)

The kind of classic jeans you'll have in your closet for years and years.

Reformation Nala Top ($58)

This neckline though.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Faux Leather Shirt Jacket ($119)

I added this to my cart the moment I saw it.

Out From Under Gwendolyn Ribbed Bodysuit ($34)

Square necklines for the win.

Urban Outfitters Aster Chunky Oval Sunglasses ($16)

This shape is so unique.

Urban Outfitters Mickie Leather Boot ($59)

I honestly can't believe these are on sale. If you're smart, you'll snatch them up before they sell out.

Urban Outfitters Maya Faux Leather Pleated Trouser Pant ($69)

The mossy green color and tie waist makes these stand out from every other faux-leather pant on the market right now.

Urban Renewal Vintage Grandma Cardigan ($49)

Another piece that could easily pass for designer vintage.

Urban Outfitters Paris Ribbed Square Neck Top ($29)

This powder blue shade can make just about anything look luxe.

Urban Outfitters Drew Ruched Ribbed Cami ($14)

Not your average white tank.


Unique 21 Hero Longline Jacket in Vintage Faux Leather ($98)

Trust me, you won't find another leather coat quite this good for under $100.

River Island Petite Slip Dress with Cowl Neck ($51)

Can you tell I'm swooning hard for all things chocolate brown?

ASOS Design High Neck Top with Wide Sleeve ($48)

The high neck is the subtle detail that elevates this top.

ASOS Design Super Soft Belted Midi Dress ($51)

This is giving me Katie Holmes's viral sweater outfit vibes.

ASOS Design Dad Suit in Purple Pinstripe ($132)

Slouchy suits exude an elevated elegance like nothing else.

ASOS Design Replace Leather Square Toe Boots ($87)

Why pick one animal print when you can have them all?

Up next: I spot trends for a living and here's everything I'm buying for fall.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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