Marcus Kirby
by Published on September 9, 2019

A fashion-forward item that doesn't have a small-loan-required price tag is what I call a sartorial victory. Sound about right? Glad we're on the same page. And for those budget-friendly buys, there's a sampling of affordable brands I (and probably you) turn to on the regular. Yes, I'm talking about those spots like H&M, Zara, and ASOS. While these shops always have the lower-priced, trendy pieces I'm looking for, it can often feel overwhelming sifting through the massive amount of merch each stocks in order to get to the really good stuff. (You know, those insider-feeling finds that gain instant compliments, look A+ on Instagram, and garner that look when you tell someone you nabbed it for under $150.)

But what if I told you that I actually have a few little secrets up my sleeve to instantly find the coolest items when you cruise over to these sites? Yep, I got you. Below, I'm sharing my tricks for uncovering the best selections from all of our favorite affordable stores. And because you know I truly love you, I'm also sharing an edit of the new must-haves from each to get a jump start on your fall wardrobe.

The trick: Don't forget about Me & Other Stories.

Yes, you can always head to the "new" section to discover the latest goods, but if you want a quick rundown on those compliment-worthy finds, I often scroll to the bottom of the homepage under the about section and experience the content within Me & Other Stories. It rounds up inspiring fashion people who recently posted Instagram images featuring their latest & Other Stories must-haves. The best part is that the brand shops out the exact pieces featured to make it incredibly easy to add to cart.

The trick: Shop the Trend section.

While you could spend the entire day scrolling through the thousands of products on H&M's site, the forward finds you're probably looking for are most likely all hanging out in the Trend section, which is hidden under the Shop by Concept tab on the dropdown menu. Here, you'll uncover strong outerwear selects, premium tailored finds, and everything else you need to curate an impactful closet.

The trick: Check out ASOS Insiders.

ASOS Insiders is where it's at. Here, you'll find a variety of trendsetters with different vibes who curate their staples. You can follow each of these Insiders on Instagram to see how they style the latest ASOS merch, or you can view their shopping lists on-site under the Inspiration tab in the navigation bar at the top of the homepage. If you're looking for fresh ASOS finds to fit your personal style, this is how you do it.

The trick: Follow #MangoGirls.

As we've highlighted before, following the hashtag #MangoGirls is the simplest way to uncover the coolest new Mango items It girls around the globe are into. I follow the hashtag (and check the section on the website), so my Instagram feed is filled with those fashion girl–approved staples to shop and recommend to my friends.

The trick: Explore Stories.

Sure, Zara is known as the shopping destination for of-the-moment seasonal staples, but the brand is also an excellent source of style inspiration. While all of the looks within the product pages are unique, its lookbook section, mainly the Stories tab under the New In dropdown, features the best new merchandise, styled to tell different stories. Yes, I admit that I often want to live the Zara lifestyle featured in this section. In addition, fun fact, the brand often stocks the latest arrivals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so make sure to hit the site on those days as well.

Next, check out the Zara shoes insiders are wearing this fall.

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