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 the cheap thrill 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 fun jewelry style or a cool third piece, sometimes cheap basics are what end up standing out most in your outfit (and nobody would ever guess was actually affordable). There are a few cheap basics that almost always fall into this category—from the sweater style that makes your jeans-and–a-T-shirt outfit stand out to the one It piece of jewelry to own this spring. Below are the five cheap spring basics that look anything but and will actually make your whole outfit chicer.