Of The Most Popular Pieces Under $50 On Amazon, These 33 Look The Most Expensive

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by Julia O'Donnell
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Looking expensive and actually being expensive are two very different things. And when it comes finding cheap fashion pieces that don’t look, well, cheap, Amazon is a veritable treasure trove. The online retailer not only has an impressive fashion selection, but also tends to offer the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere. The only catch? While Amazon’s selection of affordable clothing, shoes, and accessories is certainly vast, it isn’t exactly well-curated, which means finding the hidden gems can take a lot of time. That’s where this edit comes in — of the most popular pieces under $50 on Amazon, these 33 look the most expensive. Save on these expensive-looking staples now, and later, you’ll have a lot more room left in your budget for actual splurges.

There are several reasons these cheap fashion pieces caught the eye of Amazon shoppers and our editors. Beyond the fact that they’re among the most popular clothes, shoes, and accessories on Amazon, they also fit beautifully, are made of high-quality materials, and have a sophisticated look that’ll seamlessly blend into a wardrobe full of designer pieces. Factor in the free two-day shipping and returns for Prime members, and the case for adding these to your wardrobe could hardly be any stronger.

To see the expensive-looking pieces that nobody will believe you bought on Amazon, just keep scrolling.


These Timeless Mules That Are Easy To Dress Up Or Down

Crafted of supple vegan leather and finished with polished gold buckles, these loafer-style mules will stand the test of time. Practical, comfortable, and sophisticated, thanks to their flat heel and slip-on design, they'll go with just about any outfit — and will make it look much more expensive, at that. If the classic black version is a bit too simple for your taste, these also come in a leopard print version made of buttery-soft microsuede.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 2


An Elegant Peplum Blouse Sold In Rich, Jewel Tones

How gorgeous is this silky peplum blouse? From the billowy lantern sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline to the elegant way the surplice front makes the fabric drape, everything about it is sure to turn heads. Plus, the waist-cinching tie belt is fully functional, so you can easily adjust it to ensure a perfect fit.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 8


The Perfect Everyday Crossbody Bag — & It Comes In So Many Colors

The price is low enough to temp you into buying one in every color, but that doesn't mean this crossbody bag skimps on quality — it's rich in sophisticated details that make it look and feel expensive, including gold hardware, a tassel zipper pull, and a quilted chevron pattern stitched into the vegan leather. Plus, the chain-link strap is not only super trendy, but can also be adjusted in length or removed, making the bag a lot more versatile.

  • Available colors: 20


The Classic Cable-Knit Sweater That Will Always Be In Style

What's not to love about this turtleneck sweater? Its timeless cable-knit design will literally always be chic, and its thick cotton construction makes it super warm, yet breathable. Not surprisingly, reviewers are totally obsessed, giving the timeless piece a stellar 4.5-star overall rating on Amazon. "I really was delightfully surprised at how nice this sweater is," one person wrote. "It looks much more expensive than it was and is a perfect weight!"

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 13


A Vegan Leather Belt That'll Tie Together Any Outfit

Gold-tone double-O buckles add a touch of '90s glam to this vegan leather belt, while the overall design remains timeless and versatile. Wear it with high-waisted jeans and a tucked-in white tee, or use it to cinch the waistline on a billowy dress or jumpsuit — once you have it in your arsenal, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. "A very easy way to step up a simple outfit. It’s great quality for the price," reported one reviewer.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available styles: 12


A Lustrous Satin Skirt Finished With A Daring Side Slit

A thigh-baring slit gives this satin slip skirt a sultry twist — pair it with over-the-knee boots and a cropped sweater or blouse, and you'll have the perfect fancy outfit for date night or a party. Of course, the pretty, polished piece can be dressed down, too, by pairing it with a slouchy sweater or faded band tee. Featuring a hidden side zipper and mid-rise waist, it comes in black, golden brown, or a rich shade of camel.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 3


This Cashmere-Soft Pashmina That Reviewers Are Obsessed With

Soft and luxurious, this best-selling pashmina has earned a covetable 4.7-star rating on Amazon. It's not hard to see why it's so beloved: It's large enough to bundle up in or wear as a shawl, the colors options are gorgeous, and, best of all, reviewers say it feels "even softer than cashmere." Pick up a few and give them out as holiday gifts.

  • Available colors: 25


This Best-Selling Teddy Coat That's Like A Stylish Version Of A Bathrobe

A longline silhouette with notched lapels and an open front give this popular teddy coat a stylish, sophisticated look. It doesn't hurt that wearing it feels like snuggling up in a soft, fluffy blanket, nor that it'll pair well with just about everything in your closet. "It is SO warm, and looks so trendy and way more expensive than it was," one reviewer wrote.

  • Available sizes: Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 10


These Cubic Zirconia-Studded Huggies That Reviewers Swear Could Pass For Real Diamond Earrings

Think of PAVOI as the Mejuri of Amazon: The brand's jewelry is priced without the usual markup, and reaches a quality level that's practically unheard of for the price. These huggies are a perfect example — made of genuine sterling silver plated in 14-karat gold, their tiny cubic zirconias sparkle like real diamonds and are perfectly sized to look authentic. Earning nearly 11,000 (!!!) five-star ratings and more than 2,500 five-star reviews, they even come packaged in a premium-quality, highly giftable jewelry box.

  • Available colors: 3


A Chunky Knit Sweater With A Comfy, Oversized Fit

Batwing sleeves, ribbed cuffs, and a chunky, texture-rich fabric add plenty of personality to this mock neck sweater, which has an oversized fit and falls just above the hips. It's wildly popular among Amazon reviewers, who gave it a solid 4.3-star overall rating. "This is my favorite sweater for fall," one person wrote, adding, "I can’t get over the quality!"

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available styles: 17


These Weatherproof Snow Boots That'll Keep You Cozy Through Winter's Worst

It's hard to believe these winter boots cost a mere $40 — after all, they not only have that expensive, outdoorsy look, but according to reviewers, their quality is comparable to that of much more expensive versions. Designed to keep you comfortable through rain, snow, and temperatures as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit, they have cozy Thermolite insulation and come in 10 stylish color combinations, all designed with side zippers and a faux fur trim.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available styles: 11


A Classic Sheath Dress With A Gorgeous Lace Overlay

This elegant sheath dress is one of those timeless wardrobe staples you'll turn to time and time again. With its body-skimming silhouette and dainty lace overlay, it's perfect for a whole range of business casual or semi-formal events, and can easily be dressed down for more casual occasions, too. Reviewers rave about its impeccable quality and fit, giving it nearly 2,000 five-star reviews and a near-perfect overall rating of 4.5 stars. "The quality of this dress far surpasses the price," one customer wrote.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 14


The Classic Button-Down Shirt That'll Always Be In Style

Cut of crisp cotton poplin with a classic, relaxed fit, this simple button-down shirt will never go out of style. Something about the menswear-inspired look feels effortlessly cool and polished all at once, whether you pair it with a pencil skirt for work or vintage denim when you're off duty.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors/prints: 14


These Top-Rated Sunglasses That Look Just Like A Designer Pair

Thick frames and oversized lenses give these retro oversized sunnies a generous touch of glamour — factor in their high-quality construction, and it's easy to see why they have a stellar 4.6-star rating, or why dozens of reviewers compare them to a similar pair by Céline. "The sunglasses look expensive, and I don't have to worry about the high-end price point if they break or I lose them," commented one reviewer.

  • Available styles: 13


These Fan-Favorite Skinny Jeans With A Comfy Pull-On Waist

Levi's jeans in general are known for their devoted fanbase, but these best-selling pull-on skinnies take things to another level. In over 5,400 glowing reviews, fans describe them as "magical," "perfect," and "unbelievable," and rave about their comfy elastic waistband and authentic denim look. "Literally ditching every other pair of jeans I have and stocking my entire wardrobe with these," one person gushed.

  • Available sizes: 2 — 28 (27, 29, or 31-inch inseam)
  • Available colors/washes: 7


A Gorgeous, High-Quality Shawl Made Of Soft Bamboo Viscose

There are so many reasons to fall in love with this shawl. For one, it's hard to imagine anything cozier or easier to wear — made of luxuriously soft, warm bamboo viscose, you'll love wearing it when you're at the office, traveling, or curled up on the couch. Plus, its gorgeous draping and asymmetrical hem give it an elegant look, and it comes in ton of stylish colorways and designs. Not surprisingly, it's wildly popular among Amazon reviewers, who have given it nearly 2,000 glowing reviews and a 4.7-star overall rating thus far.

  • Available colors/prints: 37


These Classic Lace-Up Combat Boots That Work With So Many Different Outfits

No shoe collection is complete without a pair of classic combat boots. These beauties prove you don't have to spend a lot for a great pair — made of supple vegan leather with convenient side zippers, they not only nail the edgy-chic look, but are also surprisingly sturdy and durable. Whether you pair them with a romantic dress or head-to-toe denim, you'll love how they add a touch of grunge to any ensemble.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 2


This Dainty Gold-Plated Necklace Set With A Glittering Swarovski Crystal

Another timeless, expensive-looking piece of jewelry from PAVOI, this dainty solitaire necklace features a glittering Swarovski crystal set in your choice of 14-karat gold or rhodium. The minimalist look is stunning on its own, and will also pair well with other dainty necklaces or chains. "I get lots of compliments on this necklace, and nobody believes me when I tell them the cost," one reviewer shared.

  • Available styles: 3


The Perfect Evening Bag — For Just $20

The understated design of this best-selling bag means it can be seamlessly incorporated into just about any evening look. Featuring a sturdy magnetic closure and three interior pockets, it comes with a detachable, gold chain strap, which will complement gold jewelry or shoes wonderfully. It's available in lots of versatile colors, making it easy to find the perfect shade to suit your wardrobe.

  • Available colors: 6


This Gorgeous Wrap Dress That Will Never Go Out Of Style

The tie closure at the side of of this cap-sleeved wrap dress causes the rich, smooth jersey to drape elegantly across the front. It's a simple detail that elevates the classic design, adding depth and visual interest to the timeless silhouette. Another reason to love this comfy, versatile piece? Because it's easy to dress up or down and practically wrinkle-proof, it's sure to be a go-to every time you're traveling.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors/prints: 23


A Rugged-Chic Cargo Jacket With A Drawstring To Cinch The Waist

A wealth of pockets and workwear-inspired details give this cargo military jacket a rugged, utilitarian look. Made of smooth cotton twill with a hint of added stretch, it's comfy, durable, and perfect for layering. Plus, while it can be worn loose for a classic, boxy look, you can also cinch the waist with the drawstring to give the silhouette more shape.

  • Available sizes: 0 — 16
  • Available colors: 7


The Best-Selling Dress Pants That Belong In Every Wardrobe

It's not hard to see why these figure-hugging dress pants have earned over 3,500 glowing reviews on Amazon. They're not only super comfy, thanks to their stretchy fabric and pull-on waist, but they also "fit like a dream. And, their classic bootcut leg feels totally of-the-moment. "These pants fit perfectly. Seriously, as if a tailor had taken my measurements and custom-made them for me," one reviewer marveled.

  • Available sizes: 0 — 20 (short, regular, tall)
  • Available styles: 50


This Pretty Midi Dress That's Bound To Come In Handy For Tons Of Occasions

Whether you're headed to date night, a cocktail party, or even a wedding, you'll look and feel fabulous in this surplice midi dress. Featuring a plunging V-neckline and a full, twirl-worthy skirt, the tie belt and classic A-line cut create a gorgeous silhouette that works for any occasion. One reviewer wrote, "I’m really happy with this one. The material is soft and comfortable, the fit is fantastic with the waist tie, and IT HAS POCKETS."

  • Available sizes: 14 Plus — 26 Plus
  • Available colors/prints: 23


These Flared Pants That No One Will Know Are Lounge Pants

With over 13,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, you know that these palazzo pants from SATINA are the real deal when it comes to comfort and style. Although they feel like yoga pants with their stretchiness, these pants are actually suitable for everyday wear with chic tops, shoes, and accessories. One elated Amazon reviewer gave these pants five stars and wrote in their review: “I’m OBSESSED!! These are my happy pants!!!”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors/prints: 16


These Stunning Pumps That Nobody Will Believe You Bought For $20

Owning these classic stiletto pumps will make it so much easier to dress up any outfit. Featuring 4-inch stiletto heels, pointed toes, and buckled ankle straps, they have padded insoles to help support your feet, so they should be comfortable enough to wear all night long. With their quality feel and luxe look, nobody will believe you bought them for just $20 on Amazon.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available styles: 17


A Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater Made Of Soft, Breathable Cotton

You can't go wrong with this classic turtleneck sweater: Its cable-knit pattern gives it rich texture, while slits at the sides and a 100% cotton construction make it feel nice and breathable, so you won't feel stuffy or overheat. Choose from six pretty colors.

  • Available sizes: Medium Plus — 5X
  • Available colors: 6


This Show-Stopping Top That's Both Fashion-Forward & Comfortable

If you're looking to make a dramatic statement, you can't do much better than this off-the-shoulder blouse — not only does its asymmetrical silhouette feel super unique, but the twist-front detail adds another elegant touch. Made of lightweight, stretchy rayon that drapes beautifully and feels silky-soft to the touch, it's every bit as comfortable as it is stylish.

  • Available sizes: XX-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 8


These Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses That Look & Feel Expensive

Retro cat-eye frames with a tortoiseshell pattern make these sunglasses feel so glam — to really play up the look, add a bold red lip or tie your hair in a colorful, silky scarf. Reviewers rave about their durability and sturdy, comfortable fit, awarding them over 1,000 five-star reviews and a stellar 4.5-star overall rating on Amazon thus far. "I am obsessed with them," one reviewer gushed. "They are extremely high quality, stylish, and arrive very well-packaged."

  • Available styles: 9


This Comfy, High-Waisted Skirt That You Can Wear In Any Season

The reasons to love this midi skirt seem to go on and on: The dainty polka-dot print will literally go with everything, the tiered ruffles add lots of movement and interest, and the smocked elastic waistband and flowy silhouette ensure it's literally comfortable enough to nap in. It even has pockets — what more could you want?

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors/prints: 8


This Essential Winter Jacket At An Unbeatable Price

Whether you wear it on its own or as a cozy extra layer, this lightweight puffer jacket will quickly become a favorite in your cold-weather wardrobe. It's particularly ideal for traveling. since it's not only versatile enough to prove useful in unpredictable climates, but is also compact enough to pack up in its included drawstring carrying bag. Plus, its durable nylon shell is water-resistant, and it's machine-washable, so keeping it clean is super easy.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 14


The Best-Selling Turtleneck Sweater With An Asymmetrical Hem

So many details make this best-selling sweater special: the asymmetrical, tunic-length hemline; the seam down the center; the angled ribbing; the slouchy dolman sleeves. Equal parts comfy and sophisticated, it's one of those easy, versatile pieces you can throw on with leggings and head out the door. "I absolutely love this sweater," one reviewer shared, adding, "It is SO soft, and the material is great quality."

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available styles: 25


A "Diamond" Eternity Band That's Perfect For Stacking With Other Rings

This dainty, sparkling eternity band is set with tiny cubic zirconias, but according to reviewers, people regularly mistake it for a genuine diamond ring. It's made of hypoallergenic sterling silver and comes in your choice of rhodium, rose gold, or yellow gold plating — if you're having a hard time deciding, just buy the set of three and wear them all together. “I pair it with my Tiffany’s ring and it looks like they belong together,” one reviewer wrote.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 9
  • Available styles: 3


These Classic Bootcut Jeans That Reviewers Call "The Comfiest Ever"

These bootcut jeans from Levi's are from the same line as the wildly popular skinny jeans featured earlier on this list — and just like the skinnies, these have earned almost cult-like devotion from their fans. Their main draw? Because they're ultra stretchy, they feel as comfortable as jeggings, but unlike most jeggings, these truly look like authentic jeans. Besides, bootcut denim is trending this season — although realistically, the classic silhouette will never truly go out of style.

  • Available sizes: 2 — 20 (29.5, 31.5, or 33.5-inch inseam)
  • Available colors/washes: 2


These Versatile Flats That You Can Comfortably Wear All Day

While flats are often touted as a comfortable alternative to heels, in reality, many cause just as many blisters as stilettos. Reviewers swear these pointed-toe flats, however, are truly comfortable — made of flexible vegan leather with memory foam footbeds, they're the type of shoes you'll wear to work or slip on for a grocery store run when you want to look polished. "These shoes are the first pair of comfortable flats I have owned," one reviewer wrote.

  • Available sizes: 5— `13
  • Available colors: 3

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