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How to Buy Luxury Items on a Budget

Fashion trends can be such a bummer when faced with a bank account with a low balance. From the entry-level garments that mark the brand at its best, to affordable accessories, or the diffusion line with a distinct identity beyond ‘cut-price’, here are pieces that get you behind the velvet rope – without emptying your bank account.

Acne Studios – Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts are probably the thing that Acne Studios does better than anyone else. Not only do they encapsulate the brand’s motto of easy wearability but they also express that minimalistic approach that less is more.

The ‘Bird FL’ crop sweatshirt is the key buy here; it comes in a range of colors but only one classic fit. Best of all you can wear it with pretty much anything.

Comme Des Garçons – PLAY Converse

In the last few years the designer collab sneaker has become an industry unto itself. With some team-ups pushing prices into the nosebleed hundreds, the element of affordability has seemingly been abandoned.

Thankfully, Converse is collaborating with avant-garde Japanese label Comme Des Garçons. The PLAY label’s ‘heart with eyes’ logo has become iconic in its own right, but it’s never looked better than it does on the side of a Chuck Taylor.

T by Alexander Wang – Stripe Top

Alexander Wang began his career with a line of luxe sweatshirts and his sibling label T – famed for its sporty, laid-back aesthetic. We look to this brand for the perfect slouchy hoodie, bralette and T-shirt, in styles that combine functionality with effortless cool without breaking your bank account.

YVES Saint Laurent – Lipstick

Few brands revel in unabashed luxury like YVES Saint Laurent. The French brand has become well known for this luminous satin texture in a modern golden case. Designed by Yves Saint Laurent Couture Creative Director Stefano Pilati, for the ultimate in luxury and style.

Bottega Veneta – Knotted Leather Bracelet

The Italian brand has become synonymous with intrecciato leather, an ancient technique of weaving thin strips of leather together to form a new textured material.

This lengthy and time-consuming process means that the end product is always expensive, but to get some Bottega Veneta into your wardrobe the best bet is with a card holder or this beautiful bracelet.

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