29 Cheap Summer Amazon Basics That Actually Look Expensive

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I'm pretty sure that last summer, my main purchases were sweatshorts, oversize T-shirts, and house shoes, so I'm feeling a bit unprepared this year, wardrobe-wise. But my calendar is significantly fuller than it was last year, so I'm stocking up. Amazon is an excellent place to do so.

Shopping for clothes on Amazon can be admittedly overwhelming, but it'd be a missed opportunity to not add a few of its excellent affordable summer basics to your cart. This year, I'm particularly drawn to oversized button-downs that can be worn with a swimsuit or shorts, tank tops galore, LBDs, and chic sandals. And yes, Amazon has plenty of these and more.

If you too are feeling like your warm-weather wardrobe is lacking after the lost summer of 2020, scroll on to shop my expensive-looking picks that no one will guess are actually quite affordable.

The Drop Astrid Twist Front Stretch Jersey T-Shirt ($25)

The modern cutout makes this T-shirt look like a designer find.

Levi's High Waisted Mom Shorts ($50)

White pleated shorts are underrated.

The Drop Florence Loose Gathered Neck Balloon-Sleeve Poplin Top ($40)

So good with denim.

Amazon Essentials Fluid Twill Tiered Midi Summer Dress ($26)

I can't wait to wear this with white sneakers.

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers ($35)

Speaking of white sneakers…

Daily Ritual Jersey Knit Standard-Fit Asymmetrical One Shoulder Top ($20)

As comfortable as pajamas but much chicer.

The Drop Mirabelle Long Bell Sleeve Open Front Cozy Cardigan ($45)

In the battle between you and the A/C, be the winner.

Elesol Summer Cargo Shorts ($20)

Never underestimate the joys of an elastic waistband.

The Drop Amelia Square Neck Strappy Bodycon Midi Tank Dress ($40)

This will be the first thing you reach for on a 100-degree day.

Core 10 Pima Cotton Cropped Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($19)

I love a boxy, cropped T-shirt this time of year.

The Drop Greta Fitted Square Neck Halter Sweater Bralette ($30)

I own this in black and am a big fan.

Levi's High Waisted Straight Jeans ($49)

Proof that you can get cool jeans for under $50.

The Drop Amelie Strappy Square Toe Heeled Sandal ($50)

As wearable as summer heels get.

Makarthy Casual Drawstring Shorts ($21)

I realize these aren't basic, but I had to include them.

Wild Meadow Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Rib Knit Crop Top ($15)

There's a lot to love about this $15 crop top.

Amazon Essentials 2-Pack Slim-Fit Tank ($16)

These have 21K reviews, which speak for themselves.

The Drop Eva Silky Stretch Pull-On Loose-Fit Short ($40)

I fully support a fancy-drawstring-shorts purchase.

Verdusa 2-Piece Triangle Bikini ($24)

No one will be able to guess you didn't spend $150 on this.

JW Pei 90s Shoulder Bag ($37)

I'll never tire of this bag shape.

The Drop Maya Silky Slip Skirt ($45)

Dress it up or dress it down.

Goodthreads Lightweight Twill Oversized Boyfriend Shirt ($31)

Oversize button-downs are both a basic and a trend.

Wild Meadow Sleeveless Low Tie Back Detail Wide Leg Knit Jumpsuit ($30)

One and done.

The Drop Issi Quilted Flatform Sporty Sandals ($50)

I could see myself wearing these a lot.

Amazon Essentials Slim Fit Half Sleeve Square Neck T-Shirt ($17)

The square neck and longer sleeves make this so chic.

The Drop Tracy Button Front Denim Mini Skirt ($40)

This has a hint of stretch for comfort.

Levi's Straight 505 Jeans ($40)

I'm here for these perfect classic jeans.

Daily Ritual Washed Chino Wide Leg Pants ($30)

Meet your new favorite summer pants.

Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Cardigan Sweater ($25)

You'll never run out of things to wear this staple with.

Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Shorts ($15)

Don't worry. I'm not ditching sweatshorts anytime soon.

Next up, seven fun summer outfit ideas, all from Amazon.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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