20 Affordable Accessories That Make My T-Shirts Look Expensive

One of my guilty fashion pleasures is a good T-shirt. I would honestly wear one every single day if I could (and I try my hardest to do so). As much as I try to force myself into more elaborate tops and outfit combos, my default is always some combo of jeans and a T-shirt. Luckily for me, with the addition of a few strategic accessories, you can make the classic T-shirt outfit feel modern and new.

In fall, it's a chic pair of knee-high boots and a blazer. In summer, it's a midi slip skirt and elevated sandals. This spring, it's a few key accessories like chain necklaces and polished sunglasses that are going to make my favorite tees feel elevated and expensive. The best part is that these accessories are secretly super affordable if you know the right places to look. Below, I'm highlighting the best cheap spring accessories that make my T-shirts look expensive and my outfits feel very 2020.


Oversize chains are a major spring 2020 trend, and lucky for us, they're one of those accessories that always look expensive (regardless of their actual price tag). Layering a stack of gold chains around your neck will instantly make whatever you're pairing them with feel luxe—whether that's jeans and a tee or a fancy dress and heels.

Mango Metal Chain Necklace ($30)

Aurem Stella Large Link Necklace in Gold ($178)

8 Other Reasons Sonny Chain Necklace in Gold ($54)

Ettika Pave Chain Necklace in Gold ($120)

Shashi Sarah Curb Chain Necklace ($58)


Belts never go out of style and somehow always make your outfit feel more pulled together. The simple addition of a belt to a pair of jeans or trousers suddenly makes a look feel polished and purposeful. Even a classic, sleek leather belt dresses up a T-shirt to the point where your outfit feels thoughtful (yet is secretly super comfortable and took mere seconds to put together).

Madewell Medium Perfect Leather Belt ($45)

Mango Knot Closure Belt ($30)

B-Low the Belt Jordana Belt ($90)

H&M Narrow Belt ($10)

Zara Sash Style Belt ($30)


I've always been a huge fan of the shoulder bag (some unfortunate high school and college photos can confirm that), so when the baguette bag trend started to make a comeback last year, I was all for it. The little bag tucked under your arm makes your entire outfit feel a bit more polished, so it's the ideal accessory for T-shirt lovers.

Zara Metal Mesh Shoulder Bag ($60)

Mango Braided Design Bag ($60)

H&M Crocodile-Pattern Shoulder Bag ($40)

Studio 33 Woke Mini Baguette ($78)

Madewell Canvas Sling Bag ($68)


To be honest, I can't think of any outfit that a good pair of sunglasses can't dress up, but T-shirts and chic sunnies were basically made for each other. Especially in the springtime when the sunshine is finally starting to reappear, sunglasses are a T-shirt's best friend. Whether you're a cat-eye fan or prefer small circular frames, a sleek pair of sunglasses takes virtually any outfit to the next level.

H&M Polarized Sunglasses ($50)

Mango Oversize Sunglasses ($30)

Le Specs Armada 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($60)

Quay Great Escape Polarized Sunglasses ($55)

House of Harlow 1960 Stella in Matte Tortoise ($36)

Mango Tortoiseshell Oversize Sunglasses ($30)

Next up: 22 cute T-shirts to wear with jeans this spring.

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