My first job straight out of college was working as a fashion assistant in New York. Between dealing with student loans, navigating the sky-high rent in one of the most populated cities in the world, and just trying to find my footing in a new sophisticated world, I had to be very careful about how I spent my money. The ultimate goal was to look the part of a fashion editor on my small assistant salary. In other words, I wanted to look expensive without actually going broke. And for that, H&M came in clutch.
Since then, even years later, H&M has been a staple brand in my closet. It’s my go-to for outfits that look like money but cost considerably less than you’d expect. Another point I can’t overlook as a fashion editor: You’ll find a lot of emerging and dominant trends at H&M before they hit mainstream and trickle down to other big-name stores. Recently, I noticed that the brand’s new arrivals are particularly amazing, so I thought I’d assemble a few cute (and affordable) outfits that come just in time for all those outdoor picnics and summery dinner dates ahead. Trust me—you’ll want to keep scrolling to see all of the on-point looks I put together. Read below to get your next week’s worth of looks in order.