It's True: This Is Officially the Most Expensive-Looking Basic on Amazon

You've heard it before, but one more time can't hurt: You don't have to spend a lot on your basics to achieve an expensive-looking outfit. While some people prefer to splurge on designer basics, I'm not one of them. I'd much rather go with an affordable version for items like plain tees and tanks, so that if they stain or when they inevitably dull I don't have to think twice about restocking them. However, I can't help it if I want them to also look as elevated as possible, which is why I'm highlighting one basic that always looks luxe no matter how much you spend on it, the ribbed tee.

Whether it's a crew-neck tee, long sleeve top, or tank top, ribbing makes these basic tops feel a bit more special and will no doubt have the same effect on whatever outfit you wear them with. To show you what I mean, I've included a number of ribbed tees from Amazon—including classic tees, mock-neck tees, tank tops, and long sleeves and a few ideas on how to wear them. While none of them exceed $80, most of these options hover around $15, proving that they only look expensive. So with that, keep scrolling to shop the best ribbed tees on Amazon.


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Classic white tees feel a tad more special with ribbing details.


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If you're looking to elevate your summer outfits, look for a ribbed tank with a high neck.


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The ultimate layering piece to wear year-round as well.


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Tees that team ribbing with lettuce trim are the ultimate '90s basic.


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So many A+ outfits start with a white ribbed tank.


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Might as well stock up on a few different colors while you're at it (and add style to them with layered gold jewelry).

Next up, the pretty underwear basic you don't need more than $10 for.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.