29 Cheap Summer Amazon Basics That Actually Look Expensive


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I'm pretty sure that last summer, my main purchases were sweatshorts, oversize T-shirts, and house shoes, so I'm feeling a bit unprepared this year, wardrobe-wise. But my calendar is significantly fuller than it was last year, so I'm stocking up. Amazon is an excellent place to do so. 

Shopping for clothes on Amazon can be admittedly overwhelming, but it'd be a missed opportunity to not add a few of its excellent affordable summer basics to your cart. This year, I'm particularly drawn to oversized button-downs that can be worn with a swimsuit or shorts, tank tops galore, LBDs, and chic sandals. And yes, Amazon has plenty of these and more.

If you too are feeling like your warm-weather wardrobe is lacking after the lost summer of 2020, scroll on to shop my expensive-looking picks that no one will guess are actually quite affordable.

Next up, seven fun summer outfit ideas, all from Amazon.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.