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


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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. 


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. 

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Lauren Eggertsen
Editorial Director

"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox. 

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Elle.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and Vogue.co.uk. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.