50 Basics Under $35 On Amazon That Actually Look So Expensive

Chic basics that you’ll be reaching for constantly.

by Christina Wood
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Stocking your closet with essentials is, well, essential. But it can be quite expensive to keep enough tees, pants, and underwear on hand so that you don’t have to do laundry every few days. There is no need to go into debt to keep an ample functioning wardrobe on hand, though. We found 50 basics on Amazon that actually look so expensive, you’ll never believe their price. Instead of scrambling for an outfit next time you need to attend an event or wearing the same jeans too many days in a row, these wardrobe necessaries will make getting dressed easy.

An Elegant Wrap Skirt

A midi skirt is a super versatile basic, and this one elevates the look with a gentle ruffle that traces the hem. With a true wrap design that is infinitely adjustable. this is effortless to style. Pair it with a high-neck tank, a silky blouse, or your favorite crop top — the options are endless.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 12
A Bodysuit That’s The Perfect Base Layer

A simple but cute bodysuit is the quiet hero of any wardrobe, serving as a base layer under a so many ensembles or as a zero-hassle top. This one ticks all the boxes, so you might want to stock up. “The fit,” said one reviewer. “Is perfect, hugging my curves in all the right places[...] The halter neck provides great support and accentuates my shoulders and neckline beautifully. The racer back adds an extra element of style and allows for easy movement.”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 24
This Gorgeous Lace Halter

Who says a supportive bra has to be boring? This lace halter bralette proves that supportive styles can also look gorgeous. A lacy exterior is lined with a soft and breathable lining that supports and elevates, while the halter style and two secure clasps at the back hold you in. “Super cute!” said one reviewer. “I love to wear it under off-the-shoulder tops. It also makes your chest look really nice.”

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 14
The Paper Bag Pants You Will Want In All 37 Colors

With an on-trend paper bag waist and cropped length, this pair of pants will become your go-to bottoms for work, dates, and parties. Thankfully, there are enough colors and style variations that you can have several and change up the look for whatever occasion you’re dressing for. “These are the absolute most comfortable and [cute] business pants I've ever owned,” said one reviewer. “About to get them in every color!!”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 37
The Chiffon Skirt For A Romantic Look

When the mood strikes and you seek flounce, twirl, and elegance, don this elastic waist pleated chiffon skirt and indulge. The price is right. The fit is easy. The texture is soft. And the allover pleats give you room to move. There are so many colors and florals that you will be spoiled for choice. “I am obsessed with it,” said one reviewer. “I want to buy it in every color!”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 33
An Easy-To-Style Knit Cardigan

Whether you are wearing sweats, jeans, or a dress, this basic knit cardigan will warm up your ensemble and make any top presentable enough to wear to work. With a deep V-neck you can layer or wear alone, a length that lands at the hips, and full sleeves that end in a snugged wrist, it’s the perfect warm layer.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 12
The Maxi Skirt With A Chic Side Slit

Throw a taste of the tango into your wardrobe. This ruffle maxi skirt features a high side slit and tiered ruffles that add so much movement to your look. “It’s flowy, cute, and makes ya wanna dance!” said one reviewer. This comes in so many floral prints.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 25
This 8-Pack Of Gorgeous Underwear

Fill your underwear drawer with these seamless lace-back panties so that every day feels like luxury. They might look like something expensive and best saved for a special occasion but they are priced for daily wear and are so comfortable they will become your go-to choice.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 12
The T-Shirt Dress That Has Pockets (Pockets!)

This is the sort of unassuming basic T-shirt dress that doesn’t draw attention to itself but makes you look amazing. No lacy, frilly extras, but the fit is spot on and the length is perfect. Choose a fun pattern or color or use a solid color as a base for your favorite jewelry and accessories. “Basic dress allows you to take your look from professional to casual based on the shoes and accessories you choose,” said one reviewer. “Pockets are amazing!”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 27
A 4-Pack Of Pretty, Lacy Sets

These lingerie sets come in four packs and are so affordable you can fill a drawer with options. They look stunning but are comfortable enough — with four longline bralettes and tanga panties in different colors in each pack — to wear every day.

  • Available sizes: Small — Large
  • Available colors: 1
A Basic T-Shirt Dress That’s Effortless

This mid-calf T-shirt dress sits at the perfect junction of casual, comfortable, and elegant. It’s pull-on-and-go easy and modest enough for any setting. Pair it with some flashy jewelry and heels or throw on a backpack, a leather jacket, and some sneakers. It looks great so many ways. “Incredible price!” said one reviewer. “I wasn’t sure I would like it but for this price I gave it a try. Love it! Very nice fabric.”

  • Available sizes: Small Plus — XX-Large Plus
  • Available colors: 1
This Pleated Tank That Works With Nearly Everything

This pleated tank looks perfect peeking out from under a blazer. It’s just as happy on its own with a pair of shorts and flip-flops. That kind of versatility makes for a top that you will reach for often. And with a price tag that allows you to stock up, this could become the unsung hero of your wardrobe.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 24
The Flare Pants That Look Dressy & Wear Like Leggings

With a high waist, a wide leg, and loads of stretch, this pair of flare pants is the perfect comfortable and stylish staple that is easy to wear and makes you look amazing. A front seam elevates them from leggings to dress pants and they’re available in so many colors, you’ll find a pair that works with every outfit.

  • Available sizes: Small — 5X
  • Available colors: 30
A Tie-Waist Blouse That Dressy Enough For Any Event

When the event calls for something dressy and your mood is telling you to make it easy to wear, this tie-waist blouse fits the bill. Pair it with slim pants or a skirt, and wrap and tie the waist to give it an elevated elegance. The sleeves do all the work of making you look dressed up.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large Plus
  • Available colors: 6
These Leggings That Can Pass As Dress Pants

These stretch work pants blend the comfort of leggings with a faux-button-fly, zippered front. With a perfect amount of stretch and this many colors available, these will be the comfy basic you reach for on so many occasions, casual and formal alike.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 35
The Blouse With A Cute & Subtle Ruffle

With petite ruffles at the neck and shoulder, this chic blouse is the dressy piece you need to elevate any pair of black pants or a skirt for any event. Choose a plain knit or a lace sleeve to get the look you prefer and bask in a price that’s impossible to beat.

  • Available sizes: Large— XX-Large
  • Available colors: 8
This 3-Pack Of Satin Camis

No closet is complete without a sleek, satin cami to wear under a jacket or paired with high-waisted jeans. But this three-pack of camis is so affordable you might choose to wear them to sleep in, too. Choose your color palette — there are so many options — and stock up on this wardrobe essential.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 15
The Elegant & Simple Dress You Need In Several Colors

This simple and pretty midi dress is the solution to so many fashion crises. It’s easy to pull on whether you are looking for an understated look for work or something you can wear to a wedding. Just add a belt and some accessories to bring some flash. There are so many colors and patterns it can be a little black dress or a summer floral. “Love this dress,” said one reviewer. “Dress it up or down. Fits correctly to size. Nice soft fabric, sheds wrinkles, and drapes beautifully.”

  • Available sizes: Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 32
These Levi’s Jeans In A Bootcut

This mostly cotton pair of bootcut jeans from Levis is everything you need, with a little stretch and a vintage, worn look. Available in four washes and three different inseam lengths, these jeans have earned the more than 11,000 five-star reviews. .

  • Available sizes: 2 — 18 (short, standard, and long)
  • Available colors: 4
The Skinny Jeans That Are So Comfy

Skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple, whether they’re cheugy or not. This pair of comfortable, stretchy, pull-on skinny jeans is the pair you need when the occasion calls for jeans but you feel like wearing leggings.

  • Available sizes: 2 — 18 (short, medium, long)
  • Available colors: 19
The Comfy Panties That Look Amazing

These affordable lace hipster panties look amazing on and don’t require you to tug, itch, or experience discomfort for that look. They feature a sweet bow detail, lace panels, and plenty of stretch. “Pretty and comfortable,” said more than one reviewer.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 5
This Sport Bra That’s Also A Cami

This longline sports bra is the top you need for this wardrobe cheat. With sports-bra-level support and a cami style — not to mention the full-coverage back — you can pull it on and hit the gym. Or, if the day calls for a cardigan or blazer, it’s the perfect base layer.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 25
The Cutest Ballet Flats You Can Walk Miles In

This pair of Mary Jane flats will take you back to the playground while also making any dress, suit, or jeans dressy enough to wear on a date or to an event. And yet, there is no teetering around and dreading the end-of-night foot pain that will leave you parked on a bench, hoping for a ride home. These have a padded heel and sole and are designed in soft leather so you can walk all you want.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 8
This Bodysuit With A Square Neck

There is something super chic and modern about a square neckline, especially if it stays put without sliding up or needing to be tugged down. When it tops this form-fitting square-neck bodysuit, the effect is gorgeous, whether you pair it with jeans or something dressier.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 17
A Wrap Sweater With A Front Tie

Evoking the style of the prima ballerina during warmup, this wrap cropped sweater is form-fitting and infinitely adjustable. Cinch the wrap, tie it where you want it, and move through your day. The fabric is soft and it has plenty of stretch. It’s available in a palette of neutrals that match every outfit perfectly.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 7
This Pair Of Stone-Crusted Cuff Earrings

You don’t have to drop a fortune to wear a pair of gold, hinged, cuff earrings crusted in stones. This pair — in a snug huggie fit — comes in a range of metals and boasts a row of Cubic Zirconia stones that cover the front of the hoop. Nearly 28,000 people give them five stars. “They look just as good as my other expensive pieces of jewelry but at a price that can’t be beat,” said one reviewer.

  • Available colors: 4
The Oversized Sweater You Will Wear Whenever You Can

Pull on a layer of warmth that cocoons you in soft fibers and wraps you in contrasting textures and bold colors. This oversized turtleneck sweater is long enough to cover your leggings but has a cutaway hip to show off your jeans. The batwings give the shape an architectural boldness and make for a roomy feel. But the nipped-in neck and arms won’t let you get lost in there.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 30
These Multipacks Of Soft & Comfy Tees

If casual is your preferred vibe, you will want to stock up on this crew-neck T-shirt that comes in packs of two or four. A combination of cotton and modal, they are soft, breathable, and comfortable right out of the package. And the colors range from basic black — and every other basic neutral — up to bold colors and graphic tees.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 41
The Romantic Blouse You Have Been Seeking

With a deep V-neck and billowy sleeves that end in an elastic, this chiffon blouse is easy to style so many ways. Wear it alone as a comfortable and dressy top or tuck it in to your favorite midi skirt or high-waisted pants. It is thick enough that it isn’t see through. “Flows romantically, but practical enough for the office,” said one reviewer.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 19
A Crew-Neck Sweater That’s Easy To Layer

This crew-neck sweater is the sort of essential that can cost a small fortune, especially when made from great materials. This is designed in a soft cotton that’s thick enough for chilly days but thin enough to layer. It’s great over a tee or blouse, too. “I love the colors and the soft feel of the cotton knit,” said one reviewer. “It has just enough stretch to fit beautifully at the wrists and hips. Beautiful sweater.”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 35
These Skinny Jeans In Multiple Lengths

These skinny jeans have a zipper and button closure, and five functioning pockets — but are designed with plenty of spandex for additional stretch. These white jeans are easy to style so many ways, but they also come in 11 other colors — and short, regular, and long inseams, as well.

  • Available sizes: 0 — 20 (short, regular, long)
  • Available colors: 12
The T-Shirt Bra That’s So Comfortable

From premium bra-maker, Bali, this underwire T-shirt bra is smooth, supportive, comfortable, and pretty. The straps adjust from straight to crossover, and a sheer mesh adds an element of allure. “I love this bra!” said one reviewer. “For as long as I can remember, the very first thing that I did when I walked through the door was take my bra off because they were annoying. These fit perfectly. I don't even feel it.”

  • Available sizes: 34B— 42C
  • Available colors: 14
A Layered Chain Necklace

This layered necklace is a pretty, simple, and affordable piece that looks so chic with button-downs, high-neck tops, or camis. It’s a minimalist mix of various chain styles with nothing flashy or over the top. Or choose a simple stone or pearl for a bit more bling.

  • Available colors: 4
This Pair Of Belts That Can Save Any Outfit

Having the right belt in your closet can save so many wardrobe disasters. That dress that’s too boxy; the sweater that’s suddenly too big; a jacket that won’t close; jeans that fall down. This pair of belts comes in a bunch of different sizes and styles, so you can easily pair them with any outfit that needs some definition.

  • Available sizes: 22 inches — 58 inches
  • Available colors: 18
The Satin Skirt That Looks Like You Spent A Fortune

Arguably one of the most versatile pieces, an A-line midi skirt like this one is perfect for so many occasions. Top it with a sweater, a lacy blouse, or a simple tank and you are good to go. It looks like you spent a fortune for that subtle elegant look.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 16
These Zip-Up White Sneakers

The zipper top of these sneakers gives them a tidy, modern look and makes it super fast to get out the door. Step into them and zip. They are water-resistant and have a cushioned insole and a soft, padded upper so this is a pair of shoes is super comfortable — whatever the weather.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11.5
  • Available colors: 6
A Cute Little Purse In Lots Of Colors

When you want to carry a few essentials — phone, wallet, sunglasses — leave the big bag behind and wear this small crossbody purse. It has a flap top, interior credit card organizer, a light interior lining so you can find what’s in it, and a strap that’s long enough to wear comfortably. There’s even a cute, removable, tassel for decoration.

  • Available colors: 16
This Panama Hat In So Many Colors

Top your ensemble with this stylish wide-brim Panama hat to keep the sun off and bring on the style. A simple belt gives it an extra punch and the wool blend provides just the right amount of warmth. The colors go from detective black to light pink so be prepared to make a tough fashion choice. Or just get all the colors you love.

  • Available colors: 30
The Tank Bodysuit That Stretchy & Versatile

This stretchy racerback tank bodysuit has a five-button henley neckline that gives you the option of buttoning up when you need a serious base layer or unbuttoning a few buttons when you want to add some wow factor. It’s also comfortable and stays put. “Best bodysuit I’ve ever worn,” said one reviewer. “Fabric is so soft and just stretchy enough. Will be buying more colors!”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 16
The Designer Jeans You Can Afford

If you want to stock up on jeans and fill your wardrobe with this once nearly unattainably fashionable brand of same, this tapered jean is stylish and comfortable — and the price is hard to beat. There is just enough stretch to feel fitted while still being able to move. But they are not so loose that they sag by the end of the day. And there are so many colors and sizes you will be spoiled for choice.

  • Available sizes: 4 — 26 Plus (short, standard, and long)
  • Available colors: 87
These Round Sunglasses That Are So Chic

You can stop saving up for those high-priced shades. This pair of sunglasses is everything. The round shape, the lightweight frame, and the stylish look come in so many lens color options that you can stock up. The UV-blocking, polarized lenses protect your eyes, too. Nearly 14,000 people have given these five stars on Amazon.

  • Available colors: 6
The Shawl That Dresses Up Any Outfit

No coat to go with that delicate dress? Need a bit of color to finish off your winter look? This pashmina shawl looks like the real deal, feels like cashmere, and adds a layer of warmth. But it is priced so you can have as many as you want. And the size and weight are perfect for everything from a wrap to a head wrap to a scarf.

  • Available colors: 32
This Cute Wrap Dress

This adorable faux wrap dress will quickly become your favorite piece. It looks like you went to so much trouble to dress but all you did was pull it on and step into some shoes. The flutter sleeve is a cute detail and the length hits just below the knee. The faux tie closure makes the wrap look real and the lightweight fabric skims your form and moves with you.

  • Available sizes: 14 Plus — 28 Plus
  • Available colors: 19
A V-Neck Tank With Mesh Details

Do not underestimate the power of a great tank when it comes to finding something to wear. Use it as a base layer under a sweater or jacket or wear it alone when the weather is warm. Or — in the case of this sleeveless chiffon cami top with a pretty mesh insert — just make it your go-to, all-season option because it’s so easy and you look amazing in it. There are plenty of colors and beautiful patterns so stocking up is fun.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 19
This Slinky Bodycon Dress

If long, slinky, form-fitting, and comfortable is on your wish list, this bodycon dress delivers. The cutaway sleeves, high neck, and mermaid-like flare at the skirt make it dramatic. But the beauty is all you. “This dress is a stunner! Love the fabric,” said one reviewer. “It’s made of it’s almost like a sports/workout material. [...] I feel so delicious.”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 11
A Top That Shows Just Enough Skin

Bring a little drama into your casual ensemble with this cold-shoulder top that exposes both shoulders and plunges into a deep V-neckline. “It shows enough skin to be interesting but not so much that you can't wear it to work,” said one reviewer. “It's such a comfortable fit, the material is soft to the touch.”

  • Available sizes: 2X — 4X
  • Available colors: 19
These Flared Jeans That Take You Back In Time

Lean into the flare look with these dark-wash jeans that are super easy to style. With a high-waisted fit, functional pockets, and so many different colors to choose from, these jeans will become a wardrobe staple.

  • Available sizes: Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 18
The Perfect Warm Weather Dress

This tiered maxi dress has adjustable spaghetti straps that let you secure the shirred bodice right where you want it. The tiered ruffles flow outward from there, giving you room to dance and show off your sandals and pedicure. “Perfect for work, going out to dinner, [...] or just having champagne in my SHE SHED,” said one reviewer.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 19
This Flowy Tank That’s Tiered & Long

Pull this flowy tank top on over your leggings, short shorts, or a form-fitting skirt and you are ready for anything. It wears like a tee but brings a bit of romance and frill to your day. “I ordered a similar shirt from Anthropologie,” said one reviewer. “[This is the] same basic design and length at 1/3 the price!”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 11
This Cool & Comfy Babydoll Dress

When you want to be comfortable on a hot day, this babydoll dress is the airy and light garment you crave. With so many options — patterns, neutrals, florals, short flutter sleeves, or long bell sleeves — the dress you need is right here. “This is the most comfortable dress I own,” said one reviewer. “Every time I wear it people compliment it. It is soft and super lightweight. Great for warmer weather.”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 20