If You Hate Spending Money, Buy Your "Boring" Pieces Here

Where to buy the best affordable basics


The Style Stalker

Okay, so maybe no one likes spending money, but some people aren't necessarily frugal, and in case you are, well, do we have the shopping roundup for you. There are certain pieces in your wardrobe that we would advise putting a little more of a long-term investment behind, but others don't carry the same weight, e.g., plain T-shirts, knitwear, leggings, and a few others.

Ahead, we're bringing you one of our favorite places to shop for cheap basics—H&M. Starting at just $5, you can stock up on wardrobe necessities at the prices you love. Enjoy a cringe-less shopping experience as we break down the best affordable basics at H&M according to seven different categories.


Layer these or wear them as a going-out top when the weather is being agreeable. When it comes to camisoles, there's no need to spend above your means.

Black Jeans

If you're going to skip out on spending a lot of money on denim, make sure you opt for black versus a regular blue wash. Black jeans tend to look expensive no matter what while cheap blue jeans can look, well, cheap.


Especially when winter hits, you can go through sweaters at the speed of light. H&M has a great selection of easy and affordable knitwear that looks like you paid way more than you did for the product.

Plain T-Shirts

This one's plain and simple. Buy cheap T-shirts always. 

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Available in sizes L to 4XL.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.


Leggings are officially the most basic basics of our time, and we're so glad that they are. Luckily, H&M has a great selection of leggings ranging from workout-appropriate to cotton and so on and so forth.

Hoodies & Sweatshirts

I'm sorry, but when it comes to sweatshirts, a hoodie is a hoodie, is it not? Spending under $20 for a comfy and cozy piece like this is probably your best bet.

White Sneakers

White sneakers get so dirty so fast, and if that's always a huge letdown for you, buy cheap sneakers and rotate them more frequently. 

Available in sizes 4.5 to 10.

Available in sizes 4.5 to 10.