Here at Who What Wear UK, we firmly believe that you don’t need to part with serious cash to get your hands on that perfect mood-lifting look, and with both the high street and second-hand platforms offering up plenty of winning affordable pieces right now, giving your wardrobe a refresh has never been easier. Add to this the fact that countless fashion brands are starting to realise the power of a well-made staple (rather than just transient trends) and you’ve got yourself a pretty ideal shopping situation.
With this in mind, I’ve created an edit of some of the best affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe now, including affordable basics, seasonal staples, and attention-grabbing party pieces and accessories to complete your look.
In the mix are some particularly good boots from Marks and Spencer that I’ll be wearing on rotation, the H&M knit dress that’s destined to be a bestseller, and a perfect coat from Oasis that I just can’t stop thinking about. It’s time to start shopping…
The hero piece this winter? Without a doubt, a versatile, knit dress.
We might be logging off until the New Year, but as soon as we’re back in the office, a sharp shirt is the first thing I reach for.
Easily one of the high streets most expensive looking shearling coats, and for under £80.
There’s nowhere better than Charles & Keith for designer quality accessories that won’t break the bank.
Wear with jeans, leggings, midi skirts, mini skirts, over dresses, under cosy coats–the options are endless.
A dressier knit for the evenings that the same old little black dress just won’t cut it.
I’m a firm believer that the satin slip skirt should be considered a wardrobe staple. it’s one of the few pieces you can wear all year round, and easily dress up or down.
Oasis are continuing their winning streak with this faux leather dress that everyone will think is designer.
If you’re going to invest in knitwear, make it the kind of timeless piece you’ll wear for years to come.
And the perfect accompaniment to a grey sweater? Upgrade your outfit with an easy pair of faux leather trousers, they’ll add instant polish.
I’m calling it now–this flattering dress in bang-on-trend red is about to be an unexpected hit.
I’ve never looked back after trading in my dated biker jacket for a smart leather blazer.
Sure, they’ll work for the office, but these tailored trousers will look equally good with a camel knit and a pair of flats.
If you live in leggings, Lululemon are a wise investment. They are the ultimate no-stretch, no-sag, no-sheer pair of black leggings to wear to the gym, to do errands, or whatever your plans might be.
Alexa Chung singlehandedly made the Mary Jane ballet pump cool again, and Vibi Venezia are some of the best on the market.
Spells of grey weather call for bright, happy accessories.
And just like that, M&S have done it again with another must-have boot.
I cannot stress enough just how much wear you’ll get from a fitted, knit dress that can be dressed up or down.
If you’re struggling with what to wear over party season, may I suggest a turtleneck + satin maxi skirt. It’s easy, elegant, and all about comfort first.
I think I just assembled the ultimate, easy (and affordable) winter outfit. All you need is a chunky turtleneck, a pair of leggings, a flat knee high boot, and this incredibly chic coat.
One of the best coats on the high street, hands down.
Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber and Megan Fox love JW Pei’s affordable vegan bags, and now, so do I.
Every wardrobe should have a versatile roll neck like this, its the perfect layering piece.
Abercrombie don’t just do TikTok dresses, there’s expensive looking tailoring and coats too–here’s the proof.
Mejuri are specialists in making timeless pieces at affordable prices, and this topaz necklace will go with everything in your wardrobe, making your outfit feel that much more special.
There’s still one trend dominating boot season, and it’s all about the knee-highs.
Wrap up in style with a belted puffer jacket.
Our striped jumper obsession continues. but you’ll need to act fast to get these while it’s currently back in stock.
If you’re going to wear chunky, ribbed socks for the rest of winter, they might as well be Jacquemus.
Mango’s collection with Camille Charriere is full of highlights, but I love this satin skirt that’s perfect with strappy heels for evening and a slouchy, oversized knit for day.
A fluffy, soft beanie made from recycled cashmere designed to keep you cosy and warm.
All this skirt needs is a turtlemeck and a chunky Chelsea boot and you’ve got an easy autumn outfit.
The only thing chicer than a cosy, shearling coat? Matching accessories of course.
IF you need me, I’ll be snuggled up in this oversized knit for the forseeable.
Leggings have become a vital part of my wardrobe, but I recommend investing in a quality pair like these that wont go sheer or lose their shape.
A winning party dress and for £50? Sign me up.
Tis the season for plenty of lace, sparkles and of course, velvet, and I just found the best fitting trousers on the high street, and in sizes 8 to 26.
Making a simple outfit feel like a statement with shoulder-skimming maxi earrings.
The best kept shoe secret? Marks and Spencer’s heels. Their Insolia soles and wearable heel height makes them the comfiest around.
Wearing a suit this party season? This lace trim cami is the perfect accompaniment.
Okay, it’s technically still summer. But as the evenings get milder marking the beginning of autumn, this is guaranteed to sell out fast.
Regardless of the time of year, a good blazer is essential. It might even be one of the most versatile pieces in our wardrobe.
A designer-looking summer dress for under £50? Sold.
Some of the best jeans for real bodies can be found on the high-street, and these high-waisted straight leg come in a comfort stretch designed to fit well.
We’ll never tire of a versatile, well tailored shirt.
A comfortable, wearable heel in one of the year’s key styles–the mule.
Baserange uses sustainable practices to create its range of easy-to-wear cotton staples. Just add jeans and mules for a weekend outfit.
Abercrombie is having an impressive run of beautiful dresses, and we just found another one.
Yes, you can treat yourself to premium quality, feel-good lingerie without breaking the bank.
Breeze through summer in a lightweight palazzo trouser that look particularly good when worn with swimwear.
A sweeping maxi you can wear all wedding season too.
You can wear this puff-sleeved top tied in the front in a bow, or readjust the strings to create a halterneck detail.
Add a little sparkle to your look with these delicate huggie hoops that have a fine jewellery look, but with a high-street price tag.
It can be difficult finding a jumpsuit with the right fit, but the bandeau top and wide-leg of this one create flattering proportions for any height.
Say goodbye to investing in gel insoles, these padded heels are a comfy alternative to the barely-there strappy stiletto.
The slip dress comes French girl approved, and this one is the kind of versatile piece you’ll wear all summer.
A classic you’ll wear all summer.
Kendall Jenner confirmed it, there is nothing cooler than a wide brimmed sun hat paired with a bikini.
One of our favourite pieces from the Drop 01 collection, the cross back Katie is a classic mini that’s even the perfect length for petite shoppers too.
For swimwear that looks just as good in and out of the pool, Jade Swim is an influencer favourite.
These stunning drop earrings look far more expensive than their actual price tag,
I don’t think we’ll ever tire of a tailored, wide legged linen trouser for summer.
The perfect mini crossbody big enough to hold your essentials without weighing you down.
Shorts season is open us, and we can see this cotton pair on the beach, in the park, or sitting comfortably at home. m
A flatform sandal is the shoe of the summer, and we love this shade of purple (but they also come in black too).
A collection of tank tops is a good hot-weather investment, so in addition to the classic racerback, we’re stocking up on one shoulder vests too.
Speaking of sound investments, H&M specialise in standout dresses at high-street prices, and the back detailing alone guarantees this one will be a bestseller.
Comfortable and supportive underwear that is anything but frumpy.
Summer is calling, and Lack of Color’s hats just might be the answer to a stylish summer in the city.
Is there anything better than statement shoes that are also comfortable enough to last all night?
Slouchy trousers look so cool with a vest top and belt.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next: Spring/Summer 2022 Trends: The Only 17 Looks You Need to Know About