26 Cheap Tops That Actually Look Expensive

Camille Charriere in Topshop top


@camillecharriere Pictured: Topshop White Crop T-Shirt ($30) 

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate spending a lot of money on tops. I’m not sure why, but on the list of priorities among which to distribute my shopping budget, tops are near the end, coming after jeans, outerwear, shoes, and bags, but maybe ahead of sweaters and jewelry.

Perhaps it’s because of all the items we wear and buy, tops feel the most susceptible to the ever-changing trend cycle and thus are riskier to purchase. No one wants to spend all their money on a “trendy” top only for it to feel dated weeks later. That’s why, unless it’s a basic or super-classic style, I tend to stick to the cheaper end of the spectrum when buying shirts, blouses, and anything else in the category. Luckily, doing so is easy thanks to some of my favorite brands and sites. So to shop 26 cheap tops I’m loving now and for the months ahead, just keep scrolling.

This comfy tee is ready for anything from brunch to a night out.

Every little detail on this top is perfect.

This ribbed knit feels very fancy.

Who can resist pearl straps?

It's not surprising that this is selling out fast.

Why does everything look more expensive in beige?

Lingerie-inspired details are about to be everywhere for spring, so this top is a wise choice.

I don't think I'm fancy enough for this shirt, but I would like to be someday.

Mark my words: Wrap tops will never go out of style.

Wear this under sweaters for the rest of winter and then alone come spring.

It's hard to find such an expensive-looking print at an accessible price.

Layer this under a sheer blouse for a cool look.

This comes in four colors, and choosing a favorite almost killed me.

This slightly cropped top hits at just the right place so you don't have to tuck it in.

You can always count on Revolve for an affordable find.

I've never seen a cardigan top I didn't love.

The pleated detail on the neckline makes this top.

Remember: A crisp white blouse can take you anywhere.