Whether they’re strutting down red carpets, runways or sidewalks, celebrities always manage to look like a million bucks. However, some of them share the same secret: they wear high-street fashion brands, just like you. Here are 40 jaw-dropping examples of stars rocking budget-friendly pieces from your favorite stores.
40. Irina Shayk, Bebe
Only a supermodel would look this chic on her day off. Irina Shayk’s shared this selfie via Instagram and showed off her rouched Bebe dress, which cost less than $100 off the rack. She paired it with white sneakers – not a high heel in sight – for the perfect casual-yet-glamorous look.
39. Queen Letizia of Spain, Zara
Queen Letizia of Spain’s affinity for Zara is clear. She often steps out for events – or hosts events at her palace – in pieces from the popular fast-fashion brand. It makes sense, considering Zara’s home base is also in Spain. In this particular pic, the royal wore a dress that cost $69.
38. Reese Witherspoon, Madewell
Reese Witherspoon has a whopping 22 million followers on Instagram, so when she wears something cool, many people notice. Case in point – minutes after she posted a story while wearing a quilted olive jacket, a style writer for People magazine had already found out where the actress had bought it. The coat came from Madewell, and, by that time, it had gone on sale too.
37. Emma Roberts, Nine West
At least two parts of Emma Roberts’ breezy California look in this paparazzi shot come at an affordable price. First, her sunflower-colored sandals came from Nine West, a high-street retailer. Her sunglasses could be splurge-worthy too. The designer lenses from Zac Posen cost $150 when the actress rocked them.
36. Gabrielle Union, Sam Edelman
A pair of shoes can really dress up an outfit. Gabrielle Union clearly knew that when she slipped into a flashy pair of mules, which instantly added polish to the rest of her casual look. The best part? Those snazzy shoes were from Sam Edelman, meaning that you could afford to add them to your wardrobe too.
35. Zendaya, Macy’s
Actress Zendaya sure knows how to get fired up for a summer night. But the dress that the Spiderman: The Homecoming star fired up Instagram with had a price tag less jazzy than its colors. The dress from Macy’s would set you back less than $40 to “Swag It Out.”
34. Cardi B, Fashion Nova
Maternity clothes? Cardi B would clearly rather not. During her pregnancy – she’s now mom to a daughter named Kulture – the rapper slipped into this gorgeous, form-fitting black gown. The perfect date-night look cost her very little, thanks to online retailer Fashion Nova. At the time, her dress cost only $23.
33. Jessica Biel, Levi’s
Jessica Biel has received plenty of praise from critics for her work on screen in recent years. Namely, she earned a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nomination for her 2017 series The Sinner, which she executive produced and in which she starred. When she’s not strutting award show carpets, though, she’s keeping it casual – here she’s wearing a classic pair of Levi’s.
32. January Jones, Topshop
Topshop has approximately 500 stores around the world, and actress January Jones happened into one of them to find this striped number. And, rather than save her cost-effective fashion for more casual affairs, she chose to rock it on the red carpet. Dare we say, she looked like the movie star she is without breaking the bank on a fancy frock.
31. Kendall Jenner, Uggs
Whether you’re walking the dog, going to class or browsing your local Target, there’s no better shoe for the occasion than Uggs. And now you have further proof that they’re cool, no matter what anyone tries to tell you. Supermodel Kendall Jenner also wears the iconic sheepskin boots, so stay cozy, and wear yours to your heart’s content.
30. Kelly Osbourne, H&M
Kelly Osbourne knows fashion. She used to co-host the E! series Fashion Police, and she has designed her own clothing line too. So you can imagine that she doesn’t take her wardrobe decisions lightly, especially on the red carpet. Yet she looked incredible in an H&M dress, which she wore to an event benefiting LGBT youth in Los Angeles.
29. Issa Rae, LOFT
Issa Rae carved out her niche on YouTube, where she broadcast her web series Awkward Black Girl. From there, she has created, co-written and starred in the HBO series Insecure, and that’s just the beginning of her very impressive Hollywood resume. She has also graced the world with this adorable look, which features a less-than-$100 romper from LOFT.
28. Elizabeth Banks, secondhand dress
Actress, producer and writer Elizabeth Banks made her directorial debut with the release of Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015. When that movie raked in $69 million in its opening weekend, she set a record for her movie’s earnings for a first-time director. But she didn’t pour all of her cash into her wardrobe. In this picture, she’s wearing a dress she bought secondhand for $25.
27. Beyoncé, ASOS
Beyoncé wears fast-fashion. We repeat, Beyoncé wears fast-fashion. In this case, she decided to celebrate her happy pregnancy – and highlight her growing bump – by wearing a T-shirt that confirmed she was “preggers.” The “Lemonade” songstress got the tee from ASOS for a mere $23.
26. Sienna Miller, H&M
Sienna Miller’s seemingly effortless style isn’t just something that a stylist curates for the red carpet. The actress looks just as chic when dressing down, for example, in this H&M number, a simple gingham dress with straps casually slipped from her shoulders. The price tag on this perfect summertime frock? A mere $37.
25. Kylie Jenner, PrettyLittleThing
Forbes declared Kylie Jenner the world’s youngest billionaire in March 2019, thanks to her uber successful Kylie Cosmetics line. Clearly, the makeup guru can afford just about anything she wants, but she still rocks affordable fashion from time to time. This PrettyLittleThing dress, for one, cost $42 when she wore it.
24. Bryce Dallas Howard, Topshop
Not all fast-fashion is streetwear – and Bryce Dallas Howard’s look for the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2016 proved that. The actress pulled back her red locks and let her mustard-colored, goddess-style gown shine. She looked effortlessly chic, so it was a shock to find out her dress cost a mere $240 at Topshop.
23. Lupita Nyong’o, Aldo
Here’s another example of high-street fashion fitting right in on the red carpet. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o had plenty of sparkle going on, thanks to the shimmering fringe dangling from her Calvin Klein by Appointment gown. But she added just a bit more shininess with a pair of silver platform heels, which came from Aldo at a very affordable $45.
22. Taylor Swift, Madewell
Taylor Swift turned heads as soon as she stepped out in a pair of vintage-inspired denim shorts, which perfectly suited the star’s effortless aesthetic. Soon enough, style insiders pinpointed where the singer had found the shorts: Madewell. And she rocked multiple pairs of them from the same brand, proving that they were more than worth the less-than-$100 price tag.
21. Selena Gomez, Urban Outfitters
Selena Gomez clearly knows how to build a wardrobe. Everyone should have a go-to black top to dress up and down, depending on the occasion. The singer found her perfect tee in the darkest shade at a very affordable retailer: Urban Outfitters. And she snagged it for a very reasonable $20.
20. Lea Michele, Aerie
Photographers snapped pictures of Lea Michele wearing an adorable swimsuit while paddleboarding. The one-piece was emblazoned with the phrase, “Vacay all day,” a cause we can get behind. Better yet, the suit came from Aerie, so fans of the actress’ look could pick up their own for less than $40.
19. Hailey Bieber, Meshki
At just 23 years old, Hailey Bieber has accomplished a lot. She has modeled for such major brands as Ralph Lauren, Guess and Tommy Hilfiger. Her husband is pop superstar Justin Bieber. And she can make affordable fashion look super expensive – just look at how she rocks this $69 latex dress from Meshki.
18. Angelina Jolie, Everlane
Filmmaker, actress, humanitarian and mom-of-six Angelina Jolie somehow finds time to dabble in fashion too. With so much going on, it makes sense she’d choose something practical to wear. Her Everlane loafers fit the bill for her, and they’ll suit you even if you don’t have to dodge paparazzi on an everyday basis. The comfy flats cost under $200, but they’re classic enough that you can wear them for years to come and really get your money’s worth.
17. Bella Hadid, BaubleBar
Hoop earrings are all the rage these days – are you wearing some right now? If not, you might want to check out BaubleBar, an online jewelry retailer that’s got at least one famous fan. That’s right, supermodel Bella Hadid slipped on a pair of extra-large lucite hoops to go with her peek-a-boo top and mom jeans.
16. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Reformation
On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, just about any garment would be stunning. As such, she looked incredible in this $168 dress from Reformation, which she chose to spruce up with colorful heeled sandals and a leather fanny pack. We bet she’d be just as stunning if she went more casual with the tank dress – sneakers would have looked just as good with it.
15. Janelle Monae, ASOS
You always know when Janelle Monae has arrived on the red carpet – the singer does not shy away from bold fashion choices. This hot pink suit was no exception, yet it wasn’t the only eye-catching element of her outfit. Monae also slipped on a pair of bright white booties, which she snagged from ASOS for just over $100 at the time.
14. Alessandra Ambrosio, Storets
A plush, soft biker jacket sounds like it might not work… until you see it on a supermodel. Alessandra Ambrosio made the Storets teddy boy boucle coat look chic by pairing it with pared-down wardrobe items. Her sleek leather pants, black combat boots, scarf and aviators all gave the jacket some edge.
13. Ashley Graham, Meshki
Supermodel Ashley Graham has made it her mission to make women across the world see their bodies in a more positive light. For her part, she fights for size inclusivity from couture designers and high-street retailers alike. And when she slips into brands such as Meshki, she proves that everyone should exude the same confidence she does, no matter what they’re wearing.
12. Emily Ratajkowski, Primark
Not only is Emily Ratajkowski a model and an actress, she’s also a staunch supporter of equality, women’s rights and female empowerment. One way that gals can express themselves and find confidence is through how they dress, and Ratajkowski off-handedly gives them advice in that department too. She often wears budget-friendly brands such as Primark – the velvet-looking pencil skirt that she has on here cost a mere $11.
11. Olivia Wilde, Steve Madden
High heel lovers, we know that your eyes went straight to Olivia Wilde’s footwear in this picture. The actress’s bright red dress served as the perfect complement to her rich, blue heels. On that note, you don’t have to be rich to snag a similar pair for your own closet. She got them from Steve Madden, who sold the platforms for $90.
10. Miranda Kerr, H&M
This red carpet look from Miranda Kerr felt oh-so-romantic, from her wind-swept hair to her diamond earrings to her red, kiss-ready lips. What stole the show was her sweet but sexy A-line midi dress, which she got at a steal. The H&M frock – which once came in five different colors – cost a penny shy of $80.
9. Tracee Ellis Ross, Aldo
You are not meant to miss the metallic boots worn by Tracee Ellis Ross. The Blackish star wore a skirt cropped at the front, seemingly to show off her incredible knee-highs. Daring fashionistas who wanted to try the look at home could do just that – at the time, her kicks cost a mere $72.
8. Olivia Palermo, Banana Republic
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of self-promotion. Olivia Palermo had a hand in creating a capsule collection for Banana Republic, so she wore one garment to the CFDA Awards. Not only did she flaunt the orange frock, but she proved that a red carpet-worthy gown didn’t have to cost a small fortune. Hers was $148, although we assume she got a discount for helping design it.
7. Margot Robbie, Reformation
We jump for joy like this when celebrities wear high-street fashion – and, based on her behavior, Margot Robbie must love that she’s wearing a $178 dress from Reformation too. She made the garment look vacation-ready with a straw hat, flip flops and a pair of dark sunglasses. The jury’s still out on whether or not she was actually holidaying somewhere.
6. Jamie Chung, Storets
A polo match is a classy affair, so you want to look the part. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wear something that’s expensive. Jamie Chung, for one, looked like a million bucks in her lacy Storets number. We doubt anyone noticed that the frilly frock cost just under $75.
5. Stella Maxwell, PrettyLittleThing
High neck. Ruffled skirt. Sheer waistband. Stella Maxwell’s short dress had all of the ornate details that signal to onlookers, “She’s wearing something super expensive.” However, the ultra-flattering A-line garment came from the online retailer PrettyLittleThing and carried with it a relatively small price tag. Adding it to your wardrobe would only set you back $61.
4. Jessica Alba, Topshop
Not only does Jessica Alba act, but she helms The Honest Company, a line of baby, hygiene and personal products made without chemicals or fragrances that might be harmful to users. Outside of the office – and off set – the Golden Globe nominee dresses down in a variety of different brands, including Topshop, as seen here.
3. Sienna Miller, Mango
So many celebrities love to wear pieces from Mango, a high-street retailer founded in Barcelona, Spain. One such celeb is actress Sienna Miller, who made casual coordinates look super cool – while walking her dog, no less. The coordinates cost just under $90 altogether, a worthy price if you wear this outfit all summer, as we plan on doing.
2. Jennifer Lopez, ASOS
Jennifer Lopez defies everything we know about aging – she seems to look better as the years pass. Not only that, but she can slip into high fashion or fast-fashion and make all of it look incredible. Case in point – this sweet getup from ASOS, which she wore while judging the singing competition American Idol.
1. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Everlane
This list wouldn’t be complete without the always fashionable Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, also known as Meghan Markle. Her effortless, timeless style includes this classic tote from Everlane, which you could wear over and over and over… you get the point. What we’re trying to say is, this leather bag is worth its $165 price tag – and it comes royally approved.