As a fashion editor, I naturally tend to rack up a pretty lengthy list of things I want to buy at any given moment. Most of the time, that list consists of basics and a few trendy thrills, but it also includes a few key luxury buys—specifically, a few “goal” designer labels. Let’s just say that if money were no object, I’d have a closet full of serene and minimalistic pieces from brands such as The Row, Khaite, and Totême. But since I do, in fact, have a cap on my shopping budget, I’m looking to emulate this goal aesthetic on a slightly more affordable budget.
Enter this shopping list. While keeping an eye out for specific details like a western trim on an ankle boot or the whipstitching on a jacket, I’ve landed on 26 pieces that fit the overall mood of that cool minimal wardrobe while still remaining largely wallet friendly. In other words, they only look ultra elevated. With that, continue on to see the affordable gems I’m currently eyeing.