Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

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But first, what is ‘quiet luxury’?

A trend that focuses on simplicity, elegance and smart aesthetics, quiet luxury is a movement that’s been mastered by some of the most expensive designer brands — think Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row as well as Loro Piana and Max Mara.

And while quiet luxury is all about investing in pieces that will stand the test of time (in terms of both style and quality materials), not all of us can afford to shell out hundreds of pounds on our wardrobes.

With that in mind, we’ve uncovered the top clothing and accessory picks perfect for elevating your style without breaking the bank.

From timeless wardrobe staples to minimalist accessories, these pieces (each under £50!) will help you achieve a sophisticated look without having to splurge on high-end brands.

Dive into the world of affordable luxury and effortlessly redefine your sense of style.

Affordable quiet luxury pieces

A fine knitA logo-free bagAn elegant shoeThe understated dress

A fine knit

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: COS

COS Merino Wool Turtleneck Top

Made from 100% Merino wool, this slim-fit turtleneck is a wardrobe staple that can be easily paired with a range of other pieces.

Its roll-neck collar and longer sleeve length are ideal for chillier days.

A logo-free bag

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer Lock Detail Shoulder Bag

When it comes to bags, opting for an accessory which abides by silent branding is your best bet. This means no gaudy logo, overwhelming print or symbol that alludes to where the bag is from. Instead, just the design and silhouette of the piece should convey its luxury status.

Deceptively affordable, we love the slightly rounded shape, gold accent and adjustable shoulder strap on this M&S bag.

An elegant shoe

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: H&M

H&M Ballet Pumps

A pair of ballet flats is the perfect spring/summer shoe.

This chic and timeless offering from H&M comes in a pale beige that will match all your ‘fits from your workwear wardrobe to more casual looks.

We like the nod to the coquette aesthetic with the decorative bow.

The understated dress

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: River Island

River Island Beige Stripe Ribbed Bodycon Midi Dress

We love the simple silhouette on this River Island number.

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It has a slightly loose (but still flattering) bodycon fit, ribbed fabric and a high neckline which all combine to create a refined piece.

A longline coat

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: Boohoo

boohoo Tailored Wool Look Maxi Coat in Forest

You save £18 (36%)£50

In a unique shade that will still complement plenty of looks, this deep green maxi coat provides a smart finishing touch to your ensemble.

We love its military-style buttons, large lapels and overall shape.

The must-have jewellery

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: Anthropologie

Anthropologie The Petra Mini Drop Earrings

In a bold teardrop shape, this Anthropologie offering is a dupe for the ultra-expensive Bottega Veneta Gold-Plated Earrings.

While they undoubtedly make a statement with their unique shape, the earrings still feel sophisticated thanks to their 4k gold-plated brass composition.

A timeless white shirt

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: Mango

Mango Pocket Oversize Shirt

A crisp white shirt is a wardrobe staple. It’s classy, versatile and smart.

This pick is made from 100% cotton and comes with patch pocket detailing on the chest. While it does have an oversized fit, you can always size down if you want something more fitted.

Easy-to-wear trousers

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer Crepe Elasticated Waist Wide Leg Trousers in Navy

Keep your look on trend with this navy pair of trousers from M&S — one of our favourite affordable quiet luxury brands thanks to its high quality and reasonable pricing.

These crepe trousers come with a comfy elasticated waistband, adjustable drawstring fastening and creases on the legs which keep them neat and smart.

A chic skirt

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: New Look

New Look Satin Bias Cut Midi Skirt

In a dreamy chocolate hue, this satin skirt works fabulously for day-to-night looks. It has a high-waist fit, an A-line silhouette and a hem that hits just above the ankles.

A versatile blazer

Quiet luxury: How to nail the trend for under £50

Photo: ASOS

Pull&Bear Check Oversized Blazer

You save £7.50 (15%)£49.99

With an oversized fit, padded shoulders and notch lapels, this blazer has a luxury fashion feel despite its modest price tag.

Pair it with a T-shirt and jeans to instantly make you feel more powerful.

What is the quiet luxury philosophy?

Quiet luxury is all about simplicity and elegance coupled with the highest quality. In the world of fashion, a quiet luxury look involves clean lines, minimalist designs and generally earthy tones.

Rather than obsessing over the latest trends, quiet luxury style tends to feature investment pieces that have a timeless sense to them.

In the fashion industry, the trend also goes by the moniker ‘stealth wealth’ — named so because the style is discreet even if it can be an expensive one to replicate.

Which quiet luxury items should you purchase first?

Can’t wait to start building up your wardrobe? In that case, the picks you should add to your basket first include the:

  • COS Merino Wool Turtleneck Top

  • River Island Beige Stripe Ribbed Bodycon Midi Dress

  • Anthropologie The Petra Mini Drop Earrings

  • Marks and Spencer Crepe Elasticated Waist Wide Leg Trousers in Navy

These pieces will help elevate your everyday style and embrace a quiet luxury lifestyle.

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