6 Under-$25 "Happening" Basics to Buy for a Trendy Wardrobe

Given that basics are the building blocks of any wardrobe, we routinely cover the essentials worth buying to keep your closet fresh and versatile. Whether it’s a classic item like straight-leg jeans or a new staple like the reworked trench coat, there’s a range of chic yet simple pieces to take note of right now. But today, we wanted to zero in on those particularly affordable basics that are functional yet forward.

That’s right. Incorporating one (or all) of the lower-priced basics below with other staples in your wardrobe will ensure your outfits are cool and current this season. So keep scrolling for a little checklist of the cheap and "happening" basics that can all be bought for under $25. You’ll also find outfit inspiration showcasing how to wear said items, complete with shopping recommendations in case you’re ready to jump on these items now. If not, save the list to your phone and reference later when you’re shopping.

6 Under-$25 “Happening" Basics to Buy for a Trendy Wardrobe

1. Cropped Tee

How to wear a basic cropped T-shirt



There’s no denying that a white T-shirt is a wardrobe essential to be mixed and matched with a variety of pieces, but this season, consider a cropped tee to take your daily 'fits (like this one with the blazer and skirt) to that cool next level.

2. Tube Socks

How fashion girls wear white tube socks



Crew socks used to be one of those “afterthought” items. But this season, the basic—especially white tube socks—are moving to the forefront of many fashion people’s outfits as a low-key way to look current.

3. Joggers

While leggings will continue to hold strong (we’ll get to that below), joggers are also ramping up to be the cozy basic of choice to complete flawless WFH ensembles paired with other chic items like slouchy blazers and old-school sneakers.

4. Cardigan

The best cheap basic cardigans to buy



A cardigan is one of those no-fail items that just works. Whether you’re into a cropped cut, a chunkier vibe, or a longer silhouette, layering one over a tee with jeans is cute and also “right now.”

5. Leggings

Sure, leggings are always staples in activewear wardrobes, but the silhouette has remained constant in that post-gym life as well. In fact, this season, fashion girls routinely wear their favorite pairs with other chic separates (leather blazers and the like) to create of-the-moment vibes. While there are certainly top-notch styles that ring in at a higher price point, you can nab legit leggings for under $25 as well.

6. Baseball Hat

How fashion girls wear baseball hats



This sporty accessory dominated the runways and fashion scene as the ultimate accessory to complete a forward look. While there is a smattering of baseball hat options out there, it’s the more minimal styles that can be bought at the lower price.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, 5 affordable accessories that make my basic tops look expensive.