It’s somewhat of an urban legend nowadays that you need to spend a lot of money to be considered chic. In the past decade, the high-low trend has emerged, vintage shopping has reached peak popularity, and gushing to your friends about something affordable you just scored is no longer considered low-brow. In fact, it’s said cheap thrills that can actually make your entire outfit feel more on-trend and expensive.
Whether it’s the addition of a great blouse or cool sandals, sometimes low-cost basics are what end up standing out most in your outfit (and nobody would ever guess was actually affordable). There are a few affordable essentials that almost always fall into this category—from the jumper style that makes your jeans-and–a-T-shirt outfit sing to the coolest jewellery style to own this spring. Below are the five cheap spring staples that look anything but and will actually make your whole outfit chicer.
1. FLAT SLIP-ON SANDALS
Flat sandals are one of those items that don’t require a large price tag to be good quality. You can usually find quality leather slip-on sandals for well under £100. I’ve found from my personal sleuthing that neutral-coloured flat sandals also tend to look more expensive as well—think camel, black, and beige.