I’m not going to lie to you: Zara and Mango are usually the places I beeline to when I’m in the mood to indulge myself with a cheap and trendy buy. As I was idly scrolling through their new arrivals and J.Crew’s staples on my last visit, I couldn’t help but notice all the chic and timeless pieces, especially the pieces that looked destined for a forever wardrobe. With a certain anti-trend, quiet-luxury aesthetic on the rise, these three retailers are clearly taking notes on the growing interest in paring things back and have been acting accordingly.
Once I spotted a few quiet-luxury finds, I searched up and down the sites and found a trove of items that were so chic, so luxurious, and so wealthy looking that they shocked me to my very core. From the languid cream-toned trousers you’ll want to skip your jeans for to the striped knits that will make you look like you just spent time on a yacht, I’m uncovering the best expensive-looking Zara, Mango, and J.Crew finds to buy now and wear forever.