41 Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M Items That Look Like Luxury (Without the Price Tag)

The quiet-luxury look doesn't have to cost you.

41 Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M Items That Look Like Luxury (Without the Price Tag)

The days of layering on as many fashion items as you possibly can in the name of maximalism are officially over. Instead, I've been noticing a slow but significant shift toward a quieter, more luxurious method of dressing. Think soft, neutral-colored sweaters; exquisite tailoring; pretty, timeless dresses; and accessories you'll own and cherish forever. The only downfall is that with simpler, higher-quality pieces, the prices also tend to rise. 

That's where I come in. Rather than diving head first into this inherently expensive trend without any sort of budget, I'm suggesting the 41 items from Zara, Nordstrom, and H&M that are listed out below. Not only are they all $150 or less, making them far easier to justify during the approaching tax season, but they also look shockingly pricey, easily giving you the quiet-luxury look without the strain on your wallet. 

Keep scrolling to shop the anti-maximalism trend that's taking over fashion ATM on a $150 budget at Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M. 

The choker collar attached to this rib-knit tank adds so much style for such a small detail. 

Though jeans are often considered casual, when paired with sleek shoes and a tailored top, it's hard to look more low-key yet luxurious.

When your outfit skews simple, throwing on a bold shoe like this pair can make a world of difference. 

Simply put, if you don't have a good trench coat in your closet, you need one. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. 

A black shoulder bag like this one from COS will take you far in life. Trust me, I have a number of them.

The neckline, the piping, and silhouette—this top is all in the details. 

Didn't you hear? It's time to start transitioning away from your super-oversize blazers and toward more fitted, hourglass shapes like this one. 

The shape and hardware on this shoulder bag make it appear designer-made but with a Topshop price. 

Statement earrings are a big part of the quiet-luxury trend. Opt for gold or silver oblong styles without much or any color. 

Subtle layering > maximal layering. 

These tie-waist pants are beyond cool and surprisingly comfy given the drawstring waist and baggy fit. 

If there's one item you need most to pull off the quiet-luxury look it's an oversize poplin shirt, hands down. 

Why buy one belt when you can get three for just $14? And please, I beg of you, style them as a trio as they are pictured here. It's bound to gain you props with the fashion crowd.

How cool is this tank-blazer hybrid? I've already thought up a handful of ways to style it as winter transitions into spring. 

You can never have too many pairs of black trousers, especially ones as elevated and cool as these baggy ones. 

Slip these on with everything from a knit maxi dress to straight-leg jeans. 

Watches scream luxury, but depending on the one you pick, they can look a bit showy. Breda is a great option if you want to avoid that aesthetic at a low price. 

My co-workers and I have been talking nonstop about this Prada-esque skirt-and-blazer set. It's so classy and chic, and even better, it can be worn separately for a more casual ensemble.  Shop the matching Wool Blend Balloon Skirt ($119).

Sweaters are essential for this trend, specifically thicker-weave styles in classic colors like cream, navy, charcoal, and black. 

Metallics are having a moment right now. Pair them with a simple outfit to let the piece really stand out. 

A pair of sheer tights can make a world of difference in an outfit. Pair them with heels, a black minidress, and a maxi coat for the ultimate lavish look for your next night out. 

Velvet can go one of two ways—either it's super chic or it's extremely tacky. Luckily, this winter-ready blazer from Open Edit is all the way on the chic side. 

It goes against everything I've ever been taught about ironing, but for some reason, crinkled satin pieces are extremely expensive-looking to me. 

You don't even have to ask—the answer is 1000% yes. 

With the hype surrounding Loewe's leather bomber jacket nowhere near dimming down, now is the perfect time to get in on the trend on a budget. May I suggest this $111 Topshop alt? 

The details on this dress are too gorgeous to miss out on. Style it with just panties underneath and a leather jacket, or get creative with some layered mismatching trousers. 

The fit on this bodysuit is 10/10. And if you don't want to take my word for it, just check TikTok. I swear everyone on the app owns it. 

Big bags like this one give me major Phoebe Philo at Céline vibes. And no one did quiet luxury better than she did. 

Soft doesn't even begin to describe this bomber jacket. 

These silver earrings are a staple in the Who What Wear offices. They just add that perfect amount of oomph to every outfit. 

Great for work as well as a night out, this LBD is as easy and versatile as it is compliment-worthy. 

Prepare to see studded pieces everywhere this season, from skirts like this one to denim, shoes, and handbags. 

There's no need to shine your shoes with a pair like this one. 

There's nothing I love more than a dress that looks lavish but feels like pajamas. 

Pair this muscle tank with a great watch, some dark-wash jeans, and a pair of loafers. Done. 

Personally, I'm steering my skirt collection more toward knee-length and maxi lengths than minis. 

Yes, these ballet flats, which look like they could easily cost $200, are only $18. 

A choker like this one works wonders for every outfit, whether it's a T-shirt and jeans or a strapless dress. 

Just wait until you see the front. 

Finding great jeans under $100 is harder than you might think. That's why this $77 Topshop pair is coming home with me immediately. 

The bigger the hoops, the better. 

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