I'm an Expert Amazon Shopper, and These 9 Cheap Basics Never Let Me Down

I write about great Amazon fashion finds regularly. It's part of the job. Every month I get to try, test, and give my honest reviews on the coolest pieces I unearth from the deep Amazon jungle! And there's nothing more satisfying when I find an affordable and chic piece that I then find myself wearing all the time. There are certain Amazon items I've picked up over the years that I have never regretted buying—predominantly because they're versatile, affordable, reliable, and easy to wear on a daily basis.

Today, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite Amazon basics—from a staple $8 white tee to an effortless black tank dress that I lean on again and again. These are ideal everyday items that are cool, I don't feel overly precious about, and the best part? They're all under $50. Keep scrolling for the Amazon basics that never let me down then shop more of my favorites I have my eye on right now.

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This 100% cotton white tank top is a staple in my daily wardrobe. It's the perfect layering piece under cardigans and sweaters and when the temps start to rise it's ideal for pairing with denim shorts and skirts. I love its relaxed fit and soft, lightweight feel. I recommend sizing down.

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I love a luxe-feeling cardigan, and this chic ivory-hued beauty is one of my absolute favorites. It feels super soft, it's warm, and it adds an elevated touch to everything in my wardrobe. (Oh, and it comes in various colors if you don't trust yourself with white.) I'm wearing it with another stellar Amazon find—a chic ribbed knit dress that's not only super flattering but looks way more expensive than its price tag. 

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I've talked about this crazy-soft tank dress before and I'll happily rave about it again. If you're looking for a comfortable (and stretchy) dress to work in all day or run around in yet you still want to look put-together and polished—this is the perfect pick. Easy to wear with sneakers, sandals, and boots alike. 

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I've had this basic white tee for a couple of years now and it still remains one of my favorites. I love its relaxed fit and the fact that my bra doesn't show underneath (hallelujah!). The quality is nice too. Oh, and did I mention it's $8!? Add to cart, friends!

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If you need some comfy, cozy, and affordable sweatpants to lounge in, you can't go wrong with this Hanes pair. I've been living in mine this season at home. Just a note they do run large but shrink a little in the wash. 

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Whether you wear it with a coat or over a floral dress, this staple cozy knit sweater is divine—it's super-soft, really lovely quality, and has a relaxed silhouette.

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I wear this casual, oversize button-down year-round and it's so versatile to throw on over lightweight turtlenecks and tank tops alike.

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I don't know where I'd be in L.A without my cool and effortless utility jacket. It comes in four versatile colors and is perfect for spring.

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

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.


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