Trendy Clothes That Seem Expensive But Are Actually Cheap As Hell On Amazon

Chic accessories, Y2K fashion, matching loungewear sets — it’s all here.

by Sabrina Crews
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Staying on top of what’s trending in fashion is as easy as it is addicting. Actually incorporating those hot new styles into your wardrobe? Not so easy. The latest “it” pieces can be hard to find, and astronomically priced if you do. Also, what looks amazing while scrolling through Instagram doesn’t always lend itself to everyday wear. These trendy but extremely wearable pieces from Amazon, however, will eliminate all of these frustrations — mostly because even though they look expensive, they’re actually cheap as hell.

As soon as a look takes off, you can be sure to find variations of it on Amazon. Vendors and choices abound, so finding the style you’re interested in isn’t the problem; it’s surfacing well-made pieces that exude the same kind of quality as the industry’s top brands that’s key. It’s also tough.

Don’t worry, though. This’ll make it easy for you: A meticulously researched list of eye-catching pieces that not only reflect what’s trending — ‘90s accessories, Y2K fashion, and matching loungewear sets, to name a few — but also look and feel expensive. Think influencer-approved looks from the moment’s hottest brands — not some luxe-seeming find no one would ever guess you scored hella cheap on Amazon. Keep scrolling and see for yourself.


A Padded Tank That Looks So Good Tucked Into Trousers & Shorts

This oversized, sleeveless tee boasts a standout, retro feature — shoulder pads —serving up a look that’s as every bit as versatile as it is unique. From high-waisted trousers to beat-up denim cutoffs, this tee brings a distinctive and laidback refinement to whatever you pair it with. It’s so fashion-forward, in fact, that you’d think it was a luxury basic, not a $20 Amazon find. That’s why you won’t have to feel bad for snagging one in every color.

  • Available colors: 16
  • Available sizes: Small — Large


These Best-Selling Bike Shorts That Aren’t Just For Workouts

Moisture wicking and breathable, these high-waisted bike shorts feature a wide waistband, longer inseam, and gusseted crotch to ensure maximum coverage (and comfort) for you workouts. They’re so sleek and trendy, though, you can easily pair them with blazers, oversized button-downs, and heels (or channel Princess Diana and wear them with a crewneck sweatshirt and mid-rise socks). With over 50,000 positive ratings on Amazon, this popular wardrobe essential comes in 36 colors and deep pockets that’ll keep your smart phone safe while running around. And for just $20? Steal.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3-XL
  • Available colors: 36


A Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress That’s Perfect For Cocktail Parties

This sultry ruched bodycon mini dress is basically made for cocktail parties, hot dates, and nights out — and no one will ever know it only costs $36 on Amazon. Available in 28 amazing shades, like the on-trend brick red pictured, this show-stopper features an asymmetrical one-shoulder design — punctuated by allover ruching and comfortable stretchy material.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 28


The Ultra-Chic High-Low Skirt That Elevates Any Day Or Night Look

Floaty and ethereal, this high-low skirt with a ruffle hem and elastic waist offers an interesting spin on your basic maxi skirt — and it’s bound to become your new go-to wardrobe staple. Made of a lightweight material that moves beautifully with your body, the skirt boasts over 2,000 perfect ratings on Amazon for its versatility and wonderful fit. This would look so cute with a pair of flip-flops and a tank for a casual daytime look, but you can just as easily wear it with strappy heels and statement jewelry for a night out.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 26


This Lacy Tank That Makes Any Outfit Feel More Special

Adorned with floral lace, this tunic-style tank top with a keyhole back can be worn just about anywhere and with just about anything — denim, skirts, trousers — and it’ll make any simple outfit feel that much more special. Transition it into the cool-weather months by throwing it under a blazer or a leather jacket for some sweet-edgy contrast, and count yourself lucky that the surprisingly versatile tank only rings up at $22.

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


A Pair Of High-Waisted Flare Pants That Are Just So Comfortable

These high-waisted flare pants are made of a soft and stretchy polyester and spandex blend, so they feel just as comfortable as your well-worn sweats or pajamas — but between the high waist, on-trend wide-leg silhouette, and fun print, they’re so much more expensive-looking. A day-to-night hero, these are the perfect comfy-yet-polished WFH pants; after hours, they look amazing with a sleek bodysuit, heels, and a clutch for drinks or dinner.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors/prints: 54


This Ruffled Mini Skirt That Comes In Lots Of Dainty Prints

The ruffled hem of this mini, pleated skater skirt exudes casual-chic style, while the drawstring closure allows for maximum comfort. Its aesthetic is one you wouldn’t expect to find easily from a piece on Amazon, not to mention for $21, so you might want to stock up on the wide range of colors and patterns available. “It’s light and breezy and cute,” one thrilled customer on Amazon wrote. “It looks great with crop tops, bodysuits, or really anything,” raved another. “I bought another color after I got it.”

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 28


A Polo Collar Top With A Relaxed, Airy Fit

Made of a lightweight, breathable fabric that’s perfect for the warmer months, this polo collar top is designed with a relaxed fit that looks effortlessly cool half-tucked into your waistband (try it with white jeans for a pitch-perfect summer outfit). In addition to the pretty avocado shade pictured above, it comes in 26 more solids and prints, like stripes and botanical.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 27


This Faux Fur Bucket Hat That Looks So Luxe

This bucket hat is a wintery statement piece that feels very Y2K-meets-Instagram-model. But function is as strong as form here with a faux fur construction that will keep your head warm. With over 55 colors and patterns to choose from, this hat can either be a polished camel or a bold pink leopard print. Reviewers have called it “The cutest hat I’ve ever owned!” and said “the quality is really nice”.

  • Available sizes: One size
  • Available colors & designs: 56


An Essential Sleeveless Bodysuit That’s Worth Buying In Multiples

Slipping on a bodysuit in lieu of a standard top is such an easy way to achieve a sleek, polished silhouette that looks instantly expensive — though at under $20, this popular sleeveless bodysuit is anything but. The mock-turtleneck only adds to its elevated vibe. Considering how often you’ll wear this comfy, stretchy piece — both day and night, all year round — you’ll definitely want to pick it up in a few colors.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 12


This Puff-Sleeved Top That Works For Any Occasion

Pair this cute, square-neck top with fitted, high-waisted pants or a bodycon pencil skirt for a chic, polished look that’ll turn heads wherever you go. Available in 13 colors like the classic navy blue pictured, this goes-with-anything top works for literally any occasion, from date night to hosting at home to a day at the office and everything else in between. For just under $25, you can’t go wrong with this stunning blouse.

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


A Staple Piece Halter Tank Top

Stock up on this halter tank top with nearly 40 colors and styles to choose from. Wear it by itself for a chic sleeveless look or layer it up with other clothing and necklaces. Made from a blend of cotton and fabric, this tank is lightweight and soft.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors & designs: 39


This Tie-Dye Set For Stylish Lounging

Tie-dye loungewear is here to stay, and you can snag this adorable matching set for less than $40 on Amazon. With a button-up crewneck top and drawstring shorts that feature a wide, elastic waistband and ruffled hem, this two-piece PJ set is one you’ll want to linger in long after you’re out of bed.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available styles: 9


The Best-Selling Leggings With Over 50,000 5-Star Reviews

No wardrobe is complete without a few comfy, sleek, high-quality leggings. This best-selling pair is particularly perfect: they come in a ton of colors, have a wide, high waistband, and cost just about $15 on Amazon. Over 50,000 reviewers have awarded them a five-star rating, so they’ve become something of a cult favorite.

  • Available sizes: One Size, One Size Plus
  • Available colors: 25


A Flowy Maxi Dress With A Chic Back Cut-Out

Boasting a high neckline, no sleeves, and chic back cut-out, this flowy maxi dress is a veritable head-turner. Made from 100% cotton that’s machine washable, this comfy dress comes in 14 striking solid colors. “Flowy, cute and comfortable,” wrote one reviewer. “[...] Love this dress so much I have it in two colors!

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


A Puff-Sleeve Sweater With A Delicate Pointelle Knit

With accents like pointelle detailing and a puff sleeve, this short-sleeve sweater will stand out in your wardrobe no matter which of the 45 iterations you choose. Made from soft, breathable cotton happy shoppers have worn it everywhere from work to casual outings with friends.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 45


The Classic Ballet Flats That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Ballet flats are one of those classic pieces that will never go out of style, making them inherently on-trend. At $22, this pair is great (and worth stocking up on, since they come in lots of fun colors and prints, like rose gold and leopard). They’re even sold in a suede version, if you prefer.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 15 Wide
  • Available colors and prints: 30


This Trendy 2-Piece Outfit At An Unbelievably Fair Price

Not only are coordinating sets still a huge trend this season, but they happen to make getting dressed in the morning (or evening) so effortless. And, considering that you’re getting two incredibly chic pieces for just $32 with this set (which you can wear together or separately for even more versatility), the value is unbeatable. Available in 16 colors and prints, this warm-weather essential features a V-neck crop top with ruffle sleeves, and some wide-leg drawstring pants with a breezy side slit. Bring this to your next beach vacation.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 16


The Classic Bootcut Pants That Are Back In Style Again

“These fit perfectly,” one of the 7,000-plus Amazon customers who gave these mid-rise, bootcut pants a five-star rating on Amazon raved. “Seriously, as if a tailor had taken my measurements and custom-made them for me.” Made of a comfortable stretch fabric with just the right amount of give, these pull-on pants feature a contoured, elasticized waistband and back darts to prevent gaping for a close, smooth fit. They also come in a range of colors and sizes — including tall and petite options — at an exceptional price that’ll likely tempt you to purchase more than one pair. Go for it.

  • Available sizes: 2 — 18 Tall
  • Available colors: 51


A Satin Pajama Set That Comes In So Many Colors

This satin pajama set feels like silk to the skin, and it comes in 128 (not a typo) different colors and patterns you can choose from. With a functional pocket and piping along the hem, these pajamas are effortlessly chic and comfortable. Over 15,000 Amazon users have added these to their carts and the reviews are largely rave.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X
  • Available colors: 128


This Petal-Sleeve Blouse With So Many Sweet Details

How is this gorgeous blouse only $20? It features so many sweet details, from the petal sleeves to the contrast piping to the keyhole detail at the collarbone. Available in 19 colors like pale pink, lilac, and mustard, this top looks and feels so posh, you just might need multiples.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large
  • Available colors: 19


This Long Slip Dress That’s So Sexy & Comfortable

Featuring a fishtail hem and spaghetti straps, this lounge dress is the epitome of sexy-meets-chill. If you’ve found yourself wearing the same oversized shirt too often, this is the dress to feel wildly comfortable in while feeling dressed up. Wear it around the house or to a chill dinner party, this poly-spandex gown is versatile. Multiple reviewers noted that it’s an affordable alternative to a similar Skims dress. “Fabric is very stretchy and SOFT!” the reviewer wrote. “A little different than Skims but you wouldn’t really know by looking at it. Very comfortable!!”

  • Available colors: 28
  • Available sizes: XX-Small Petite — X-Large


6 Padded Velvet Headbands That’ll Give Your Outfit A Preppy Vibe

How’s this for a steal: Six velvet, padded headbands for less than $15. Available in six different colors, these luxe-looking headbands exude preppy-chic glamour and are sure to top off any look with elegance and charm. Fans of the headbands on Amazon — there are over 1,800 and counting — especially love how sturdy and affordable they are. “Good quality and beautiful colors,” one thrilled customer raved. “I want to give them ten stars!”


The Best-Selling Pants That Combine Fashion & Function

These versatile trousers feature an on-trend paper bag waist, removable belt, and a cropped length you can rock with any kind of shoe, from stilettos to ballet flats to platform sneakers. Pair them with an oversized, tucked-in tee or a close-fitting bodysuit to accentuate the distinctive waist, and don’t underestimate how much the practical side pockets can hold. Available in over 30 colors and a range of sizes, these adorable statement pants arrive practically tailor-made to you.

  • Available colors: 34
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large


This Sleeveless, Mock Neck Top That Looks Elegant With Anything

When it comes to this sleeveless, mock neck sweater — according to its designers — “seasonless chic is the name of the game.” Stunning on its own, or beneath a cardigan or blazer, this fitted, ribbed sweater transcends time with its understatedly sultry, classic look. With all of the repeat use you’re bound to get from this expensive-feeling staple, you’ll hardly believe you only paid $30 for it.

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


This Tie-Waist Sweater Dress You’ll Want To Wear Constantly

Made of a soft, stretchy polyester blend, this sweater dress is perfect for everyday wear, but you can also dress it up with some heels and great jewelry. A front tie sets it apart from the other dresses you likely have in your closet — as do the 31 chic colors it comes in.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 31


An Oversized Pullover That Will Look Great With Bike Shorts

The oversized sweatshirt/bike shorts duo popularized by Princess Diana is an eternally cool pairing, and this half-zip pullover is just right to pair with cycling shorts and scrunched-up socks. With a wide, open collar, it has the right amount of slouchiness and a thickness that feels substantial. Available in an array of color and size options, you can find just the right fit you’re going for.

  • Available colors: 23
  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large


A Versatile Sleeveless Blouse With Subtle Lace Accents

Whether you wear this tank on its own in the warmer months or use it as a layering piece in the fall, this best-selling blouse is worth buying in multiples. It would work for the office underneath a blazer, and looks just as good tucked in as it does worn loose. Plus, because the material doesn’t wrinkle, it’s perfect for traveling.

  • Available colors and prints: 16
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large


This Oversized Shacket That’s ‘90s-Grunge-Meets-Stylish-Plaid

This long shirt shacket takes the plaid jacket to a whole new level with dramatic length. It has the rave reviews to back it up, too, with an overall 4.6-star rating and over 7,900 five-star ratings. With two front chest pockets and two side pockets, you’ll be able to store your essentials and keep your hands free. This shacket features a button-down closure and a relaxed fit. “It's comfortable, soft and not itchy, which is huge for me [...]” one reviewer wrote. “Even though it's not lined, it keeps me warm on cold days - today is 5 degrees above zero and I was plenty warm.”

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


A Cropped Puffer Vest That Looks Ski-Trip Chic

One reviewer noted that this puffer vest is a similar alternative to one from Aritzia — and much more affordable. This cropped vest is a winter wardrobe essential, keeping your core warm with a trendy length that works well with high-waisted jeans or leggings. Available in neutrals, as well as some striking bright options, this versatile puffer works for nearly any cold weather occasion. The stand collar and drawstring hem add structure, and if it needs a little puffing up, just throw it in the dryer for a few minutes.

  • Available colors: 16
  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large


The Waffle Knit Henley You’ll Reach For All Year Round

Lightweight and cozy, this waffle-knit henley is just the thing to reach for when you’re feeling slightly chilly. Not only will the slouchy-but-elegant pullover warm you right up, but it’ll give your look an understatedly cool vibe, whether you pair it with leggings, joggers, shorts, or jeans.

  • Available colors: 21
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 4X-Large Plus


These Long-Sleeve Tops Built For Layering

When it comes to cooler weather, it’s hard to have enough long-sleeve layering tops. This set comes with three soft, snug-fitting shirts that are made to be layered under sweaters or coats — or worn by themselves with a puffer vest. Available in various color combos, you can find the set that works best for your wardrobe. Reviewers say the tops have “such amazing quality” with fabric that is “very thick and soft but stretchy and breathable at the same time”. They’re also recommended as good pieces to wear under scrubs.

  • Available sizes: Small — Large
  • Available colors: 7


A Casual Sneaker That Goes With Nearly Any Outfit

These canvas sneakers will quickly become your go-to shoe to throw on with pretty much any outfit. Whether you’re wearing shorts and a tank top in summer or leggings and a sweater in fall, these sneakers are a classic Converse-esque staple. The shoe’s upper fabric is made with a breathable combo of cotton and linen, while a soft inner sole will keep your feet comfortable. With 23 colors and patterns to choose from, you might even want to grab a few pairs.

  • Available colors: 23
  • Available sizes: 5-11


A Cap-Sleeve Top That Can Go Pretty Or Fierce

Get it in ivory or white for a twee Picnic at Hanging Rock moment or opt for the black or jewel tones and style it with edge. However you wear it, this cap-sleeved blouse works just as well for the office as it does to dinner or the park.

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


A Lace Up Cropped Pullover In Over 30 Solid Colors

The sleeves on this cropped pullover sweatshirt are designed with stainy ribbons that tie together for a unique look that’s super fun. Its mid-weight makes this sweatshirt perfect for spring and fall. Pair it with some high-waisted yoga pants or your favorite denim jeans.

  • Available colors: 36
  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large


These On-Trend Sandals That Are Secretly Comfortable

These braided sandals are giving “I’m about to board a yacht on the Amalfi Coast” energy. They’re chic, available in trendy neutrals, and the braiding adds a touch of flair. But these low-heeled sandals won’t leave you with aching feet thanks to insoles padded with memory foam. “They are so lightweight, fit awesome and overall, so versatile,” one reviewer wrote. “I also like the fact that they do not have a super high heel making them much easier to wear.”

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 6-11 (Both wide and regular sizes)


A Satin Button-Down That Looks & Feels So Luxurious

Featuring an effortless, oversized fit and dropped shoulders, this button-down shirt is a wardrobe essential you can wear over and over again — multiple ways — and the satin material makes it feel so much more luxurious than other button-downs in your closet. Pair it with jeans, leggings, or a skirt — on its own or belted at the waist; layer it under a sweater, blazer, or vest; tie it up and sport it as a crop top... the options go on and on.

  • Available colors: 21
  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large


This Pretty, Ruffle-Sleeve Top In A Trendy Leopard Print

How cute is this ruffle neck top? While undoubtedly perfect for the spring and summer months, it would also look great underneath a blazer in the fall (and it’s the perfect transitional piece for heading from the office to cocktails). It’s sold in lots of unique colors and styles, whether you prefer gingham or florals to leopard, or prefer a lower neckline.

  • Available styles: 30
  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large


A Swingy Dress With Cute, Ruffle-Adorned Sleeves

Since it can be dressed up or down, and worn solo or with layers (tights, booties, a leather jacket...), this is the perfect dress for just about any occasion. Featuring ruffle-accented sleeves and a swingy hemline, it has no stretch, hits just above the knee, and comes in 10 colors, from classic black to pastel pink.

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


This Button-Down Silk Top That Looks So Sleek

An underrated capsule wardrobe piece? A satin button-down like this one that makes any outfit a little dressier. It can serve as a going-out top or a shirt worn half-tucked into palazzo pants for a bougie vibe. Made from a poly-spandex blend, it’s satiny and smooth, and it comes in a lot of color options. “This is just as soft & silky as my Zara silk button down & half the price!” one reviewer raved.

  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 18

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