All the Expensive-Looking Wardrobe Basics I Like Have This Detail in Common

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One more time for the people in the back: You don't have to spend a lot on your basics to achieve an expensive-looking outfit. I, for one, am perpetually on a budget, so I'm always on the lookout for these more "special" closet staples that will make the most impact in my closet, which is why I'm highlighting one detail that always makes wardrobe basics look luxe no matter what: ribbing. Whether it's a standard ribbed tee, a little cardigan, or even a swimsuit, the textured effect makes any clothing item appear more elevated than the non-textured versions next to it.

While ribbing is nothing new, I came to this realization recently because I've noticed it popping up more and more, especially in previously uncharted territories. We've shared how ribbed knitwear is a growing loungewear trend that's well-suited to our new WFH lifestyle, but now I'd like to point out that ribbing is finding its way onto items like swimsuits and biker shorts, too, making them extra chic. 

To show you what I mean, I'm listing all the best ribbed clothing items broken down by category along with my favorite styling ideas, so you can get on board with this growing trend while it's taking off.

Tanks and Tees

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Ribbed tanks and tees are the bread and butter of a fashion girl's closet and the base to so many cool outfits.

Dresses

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Ribbed dresses, especially tank dresses, are getting more attention right now and seeing how comfortable and easy to wear they are, we can see why.

Cardigans

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Cardigans are one of those trends that simply won't quit, so next time you reach for one try out a ribbed version to add more interest to your outfit.

Swimsuits

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Textured swimsuits are popping up left and right in the prettiest new colors and trendy cuts that are sure to stand out from the rest of your collection.

Shorts

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If, like me, your sweatpants have given way to more hot weather-friendly bike shorts as a loungewear staple, then these comfy ribbed shorts deserve your attention.

Lounge Pants

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Ribbed loungewear as opposed to any other kind of loungewear, will almost always look expensive. You can spend $30 or $300 on an item and yet the ribbing gives off the same luxurious quality, every single time.

Up next, 22 Hidden Amazon Gems That Look Way More Than $20.

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.