I Ordered 3 Under-$50 Basics From Amazon on a Whim—Here's My Honest Review

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Ordering basics on Amazon isn't something I'd say is easy, as far as shopping is concerned. The options are vast and things can quickly get overwhelming, but I'm here to help. My number one tip is to narrow down the offerings to Amazon Fashion's in-house brands. Many of its brands happen to be basics-heavy brands, and in my experience, the quality is surprisingly good, given the price point.

While poking around in Amazon Fashion recently, on one of the first crisp fall days of the year, I added three basics that caught my eye to my cart: a fluffy gray sweater, a pair of dark wash straight-leg jeans, and a thick fleece pullover that looks like something I might've swiped from my husband's closet (in a good way). Upon their arrival at my doorstep two days later, I was so happy with my purchases that I decided to write some reviews. Keep scrolling for my unfiltered thoughts about the items and shop them for yourself.

The Item:
Daily Ritual Women's Teddy Bear Fleece Quarter Zip Jacket

My Review: You wouldn't really know by looking at the picture on the model, but this fleece pullover (I'm wearing a size Small) is surprisingly thick and cozy. In fact, I would recommend it as more of a jacket than a sweatshirt for indoors. The fleece has a nice, full texture and I found it to look very well-made and not as bulky as I thought it would be upon taking it out of the package. My only complaint would be that instead of being lined with the fleece material, it has a polyester lining that isn't quite as nice, but it's not a dealbreaker.

Also wearing: Totême hat; Madewell x Kule Relaxed Dadjean (currently unavailable, shop similar); Clergerie Gillef Sherpa Slippers ($417)

Shop the fleece:

Daily Ritual Teddy Bear Fleece Quarter Zip Jacket in Olive ($49)

Daily Ritual Teddy Bear Fleece Quarter Zip Jacket in Black ($49)

Daily Ritual Teddy Bear Fleece Quarter Zip Jacket in Caramel ($49)

The Item:
Goodthreads Boucle Shaker Stitch Balloon-Sleeve Sweater

My review: I donated a lot of sweaters at the end of last winter, so I've been in need of a refresh of some basic styles. This one instantly caught my eye, with its chic mock neck and slightly puffed sleeves. (I'm wearing a size Small.) Gray is trending this fall, so that's what I went with. When I unboxed it, my first thought was how SOFT it was. It's fluffy and warm but also lightweight enough to tuck it in. It's also a great length (for reference, I'm 5'4") and looks cute with skinny jeans and ankle boots, as you can see.

Also wearing: J Brand jeans; BY FAR boots

Shop the sweater:

Goodthreads Boucle Shaker Stitch Balloon-Sleeve Sweater in Grey Heather ($40)

Goodthreads Boucle Shaker Stitch Balloon-Sleeve Sweater in Pine Heather ($40)

Goodthreads Boucle Shaker Stitch Balloon-Sleeve Sweater in Black ($40)

The Item:
Daily Ritual High-Rise Slim Straight Jeans

My review: Designer denim is expensive for a reason—it's made with quality materials and is expertly stitched. With that in mind, it's understandable that affordable denim can be hit-or-miss. But hoping for a hit, I took the plunge and ordered this pair (in a size 26, for reference). I liked that they were slightly loose on the model. They were closer to a pair of skinny jeans on me, so if I were to order them again, I think I'd go up a size for a more relaxed fit. They're quite stretchy (and comfortable), but in the several hours that I wore them, they didn't stretch out all that much. My verdict is that I'd recommend, but go up a size if you want a fit similar to how they look on the model.

Also wearing: Dôen Rune Top ($190); Prada Logo Platform Loafers ($850)

Shop the jeans:

Daily Ritual High-Rise Slim Straight Jeans in Deep Blue ($39)

Daily Ritual High-Rise Slim Straight Jeans in Authentic Blue ($39)

Daily Ritual High-Rise Slim Straight Jeans in Mid-Blue ($39)

Shop More Stylish Amazon Basics

Lark & Ro Ponte Stirrup Leggings ($29)

Stirrup leggings are all over my IG feed right now.

Amazon Essentials Fisherman Cable Crewneck Sweater ($26)

I love saving money on a classic that I'll potentially wear for years.

Amazon Essentials Tall Rain Boots ($24)

These functional wellies are also a trend this season.

Calvin Klein Reconsidered Comfort Jogger Sweatpants ($30)

Why spend more than this on sweats?

Amazon Essentials Classic Fit Lightweight Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater ($20)

Turtleneck season is almost here.

Care Of by Puma Cycling Shorts ($18)

Bike shorts plus an oversize sweatshirt is one of my favorite low-key outfits.

The Drop Amber Fitted Ribbed Crew Neck Sweater ($40)

I need this in every color.

Lark & Ro Boyfriend Blazer ($67)

This perfect blazer comes in navy, too.

The Drop Simone Slim High Waist Flare Jean ($50)

No need to spend a fortune if you want to try the flared jeans trend.

The Drop Camila Slouchy Crew Neck Sweater ($50)

A camel sweater is a fall staple everyone should own, and this one is great.

Core 10 Yoga Corecloud Fleece Twist Front Hoodie Sweatshirt ($36)

This is the perfect thing to wear to and from workouts this time of year.

The Drop Dani Recycled Poly Puffer Jacket ($85)

You're probably going to need this soon.

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