10 Under-$100 Items I Recently Bought That Are Compliment Magnets


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I’m not going to lie: There’s nothing that brightens my day quite like a genuine compliment. Since I work in fashion, I especially love to hear what sartorial items incite plenty of kind words—whether at the office, on the street, or on my Instagram. Today, I wanted to share the handful of items that always garner plenty of likes and positive reactions. While you might think this list would comprise only head-turning statement pieces, that’s not the case. In fact, the most compliments I get are about a basic pair of wide-leg jeans—and I know every time I step out in them, I’ll always get a flood of questions and compliments. (Don't worry—I've featured them below.) Luckily, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on these compliment-inducing pieces. In fact, every item below clocks in at under $100. Keep scrolling for the items I purchased recently that others love as much as I do.


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This top is seriously one of my favorites in my closet right now because it's the perfect combination of casual, elevated, and polished—and so easy to wear with trousers, jeans, and skirts alike. I can't tell you how many people ask me about it when I have it on. Once the temps start to cool, I'll throw a blazer and overcoat over it for a chic layered look.

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I wore these jeans to the office once, and so many people commented on how cool they looked and how perfect the silhouette is. I had to send the shopping link to a lot of people that day! I also get tons of DMs on my Insta when I post in them. They're not only on-trend but also supremely comfortable (which can't be said for all jeans!). I can't wait to get them in a number of different washes this fall.

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One of my favorite trends this season are straight and streamlined maxi-length skirts. Cool-girl Australian brand Dissh has a lot of chic options right now. This natural hue is perfect for casual affairs, and I can't wait to style it with brown suede boots and a cozy knit sweater once there's a chill in the air.

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I love a great button-down, and I own way too many in my wardrobe. But it's this J.Crew striped shirt that people comment on the most. It's part of the brand's fall collection, and it's the perfect relaxed fit. The contrasting white collar and sleeves really make it pop.

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As soon as I saw this during Zara's pre-fall drop, I had to get it! This statement top is perfect for a night out or a special event and hits on one of fall's biggest trends—floral appliqué's—a detail we saw all over the F/W 22 runways. Needless to say, this one gets a lot of positive reaction when I wear it out.

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When you get complimented on sunglasses (that aren't designer) and only cost $7 from Amazon, you have to share! These sunnies have the cool '90s minimalist vibe celebs like Kendall Jenner are loving right now. The best part? You won't be too upset if you accidentally leave them on the subway.

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Cowl-neck tops are back in a big way for fall, but this season, we're seeing more grown-up and elevated iterations of the trend. This cool find from Anthropologie is super comfortable, feels luxe, and looks chic.

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While I don't tend to get compliments on my everyday earrings, this pair changed all that. They're small and easy enough to wear with everyday outfits, but they pack a punch in that they're bold, luxe-looking, and elevate any ensemble.

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The silhouette of this cute henley sweater-vest is so chic—perfect for wearing to work, to evening drinks, and beyond. 

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Nothing makes an outfit look expensive quite like a little plissé. I've been wearing these pants a lot lately—dressing them up with their matching top and dressing them down with oversize button-downs and ballet flats. Either way, when I wear them, they always elicit positive comments.

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Up next, seven colors I'm wearing to look on-trend this fall.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.