This is what I’m buying this summer to make my outfit look expensive

Warning: You're going to be addicted too

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Warning: You're going to be addicted too

My addiction to pretty summer dresses means I'm often buying them on the high-street (quantity wins over quality on this one), but I've got one trick that always makes my outfits look much more expensive than they are: fine gold jewellery.

This season is all about layering, and there's something about delicate chains and vintage-style pendants that instantly elevates a summer dress.

But I'm not the only one thinking it, so at the moment I'm scouting for more niche brands that not everyone is wearing (yet). Which is how I came across NU & MII, founded by designers and sisters Anoushka and Mimi’s, who are inspired by their travels and close-knit family ethos.

And you're going to love their latest Harmony collection, which 'is about contrast and highlighting both sides of style. We believe in the girl that is edgy yet classic, sexy yet subtle and unique yet versatile and Harmony reflects this perfectly; delicacy whilst making a statement.'

Think sterling silver and gold talisman pendants, vintage-style signet rings and semi-precious stones like the moonstone, which is a great holiday buy ('we wanted to rework classic styles with a modern twist for the everyday stylish and edgy girl').

More is more in this case, so layer to your heart's content.This is what I'll be buying for the summer.

Shop now: NU & MII Vintage Gold Ring for £38 from NU & MII

Shop now: NU & MII Bella Gold Necklace for £54 from NU & MII

Shop now: NU & MII Midi Hollow Hoops Silver Earrings for £30 from NU & MII

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.