As an advocate of expressing one’s creativity and style without pretense, noted Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz insisted that fashion should be less about impressing others and more about being true to yourself. And his sentiments are shared with many celebrities who choose to wear affordable brands based on comfort, nostalgia, and an independent mindset, not to mention the simple joy that the right dress or pair of shoes can bring, regardless of how expensive the price tag is. The same goes for make-up and hairstyles, so you do you.
With that in mind, here are the top three affordable brands that stars rock with style:
With the tagline “Classic since forever,” the Vans Old Skool classic skate shoe is a style you’re likely to catch celebrities wearing. First known as the Vans #36, the Old Skool hit shelves in 1977 with a unique side-stripe design that would later become the hallmark of the brand’s classic look. It’s a look that celebrities like Jessica Alba, Elle Fanning, Justin Bieber, Nina Dobrev, Olivia Wilde and A$AP Rocky can’t get enough of. The story of the shoe’s nostalgic design goes back to Vans founder Paul Van Doren, who drew the random doodle he referred to as a “Jazz stripe.” Since the shoes are constructed with durable suede and canvas uppers, re-enforced toe caps, padded collars and rubber waffle outsoles, they are comfortable and stylish at an astonishingly affordable price. That’s one of the reasons these shoes are a great choice for any budget.
Duchess Meghan Markle always looks like royalty and manages to do it while including very affordable brands in her wardrobe, like this ruched-neck cream dress by H&M. In an interview for InStyle Magazine, she noted that personal style is more than what something looks like or how much it costs. Rather, her fashion preferences have more to do with how clothes make her feel and the energy they give off. Obviously, it doesn’t take hundreds of dollars for the celebrity actress to achieve that shift in energy through her clothing choices, and she’s never afraid to pose in front of the cameras in affordable clothing that will fit almost any budget.
3. Levi Strauss & Co.
What do Jaden Smith, Hailey Bieber, Jaden Smith and Emma Chamberlain have in common (besides their celebrity status)? They all love the ultra-comfortable, affordable Levi’s brand and it’s signature 501 Originals. As the world’s largest denim jean company, Levi Strauss & Co. was founded by Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant, in 1853. In 2021, the company’s net sales reached 5.8 billion dollars, and continues to be one of the leading affordable denim brands sold around the world.
Your Style, Your Budget
What these celebs and others have discovered is that personal fashion is more than the price tag on an article of clothing. It’s about comfort, the vibe of the moment, making memories with loved ones and friends, and living life to its fullest — all of which can be achieved without overpaying for a luxury brand.
Ultimately, it doesn’t take a multi-million dollar celebrity salary to look and feel great in the clothes you wear. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out on the town or a day of running errands, these are some great brands to consider that won’t break the bank and will let you shine as you are.