I’m Losing It Over These 56 Items That Look Way More Expensive Than $16

April 24, 2020 at 05:00AM

We love an affordable roundup at Who What Wear. Usually, that means we’re finding “cheap thrills” under a price point around $100, but given the current situation, we’re taking it a step further to truly scour the internet for finds that are even more affordable. That means roundups of things like 29 items under $20, and this sweet little story you’ve landed on where there’s not a pick over $15. This catalog of 56 products is conveniently split into categories including basics, trendy pieces, accessories a-plenty (including a couple of saucy picks!), swimwear, and homewares.

I may be partial, given I labored over the edit for many hours, but I’ve found a particular delight in being able to scroll freely in this story knowing that any slide that caught my eye wouldn’t be an out-of-the-question splurge. I know many are not spending at all on non-essential items, but you can always bookmark some picks for later or simply take pleasure in a little window shopping. Enjoy!

If there’s one basic to buy right now, the racer-front tank is it. I couldn’t help but include three in this roundup. This very similar style from ASOS is even cheaper but has fewer sizes available, and this $11 racer-front tank available at Nordstrom is a great option too.

I’m feeling the subtle bust highlight the ribbing provides.

Gym class is in session, and I’m ready for it.

The plain white muscle tank is beloved by many a fashion girl. Time to get yours.

Sharing a cropped version, just in case.


As it gets too hot for sweatpants, I’m all about biker shorts! These ribbed ones have an especially luxurious look. 

While the white racer-front tank is an easy choice, there’s something appealing about understated black.

I know we’re moving away from turtleneck season, but this one is so perfect and such a good bargain, I couldn’t resist.

I am determined to add a bike-shorts onesie to my wardrobe while we’re staying at home. Maybe I’ll even wear it with an oversize blazer out in the real world someday.

Say it with me: elastic-waist pants.

I wasn’t about to close out this basics section without an exceptional bodysuit!

Never thought I’d see Reformation at a price point under $15.

Heck yes to this baby yellow!

One more bike-shorts jumpsuit because they really are just so cool.

Our favorite tank in dress form! What’s not to love?

This T-shirt is a constant best-seller and it’s on sale. You know what to do.

Heck yes to these ladies boxer shorts. It’s the grown-up take on those Soffe shorts that haunted your high-school years.

Khaki-colored basics are just cooler.

I promise this is my last racer-front tank. I had to include it because it comes in 11 colors! 

This random Amazon brand has emerged as an editor favorite. 

With so many white and black basics, how good does this rich chestnut feel?

The corset seaming on this tank is a surefire crowdpleaser. 

For your ’90s baby aesthetic.

This lemon color is a delight. Did I mention this top is actually a bodysuit?

Tube tops are back, baby. And you know we’re big fans of smocking over here. If you’re looking for a color other than black, this brand has no less than 19 colors in a similar silhouette. H&M also has one for $13.

This looks expensive! 

More babydoll ’90s energy. Isn’t there a throwback picture of Sofia Coppola wearing this tank?

Obsessed with this celery color.

More sizes available.  I’m all about house dresses that will also work for outside life eventually.

Imagine these peeking out of the sweatshorts I linked in the basics section. It’s an Instagram post waiting to happen.

Your fancy pony is waiting.

I am two seconds away from buying this. It comes in red too.

If Jackie Onassis is your summer muse.

Minimalist heaven.

These are weird and awesome. 

For all your low-effort, high-joy hairstyles. 

Your summer house shoes madam.

A sweet little vintage-inspired find.

Rhinestone bras are the new rhinestone underwear. Just kidding, but don’t you need a fun Amazon purchase to balance out all the practical ones?

Tie-dye is taking over. Dip a toe in (sorry) with a small dose pair of socks.

’80s Dynasty energy.

These are awesome and are in my top three of items I want to purchase from this roundup. 

I put on a classic pearl necklace with my basic tee yesterday and it felt chic as hell.

In the vein of the rhinestone bra, here’s another pick to just light up your life right now. Wear it over a tee or let it all hang out in your living room.

Can that be us in that pool and those sunglasses right now?

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($13). I’m into this marble swimsuit big time. This bubblegum-pink bikini is also a favorite. 

Shop the matching Highwaisted Banded Cheeky Bikini Bottom ($14). From the rich brown color to the smocking, this suit is perfection.

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($5). Polka dots are the big print trend story for spring and summer.

Shop the matching Ribbed High-Leg Bikini Bottoms ($15).  Another excellent celery pick.

I’m into the way this kind of looks like a sports bra and underwear.

For your candlelit dinner at home.

A chic carafe and glass is just the WFH upgrade you need. 

A simple print to update your space.

Honorable mention goes out to this woven basket, which would be perfect for a plant. But alas, I could not include because a promise is a promise, and this party is strictly $15 and under.

My stained plastic Tupperware is embarrassed. 

Tell me this isn’t chic. That’s all for this roundup, but if you’re still craving some budget finds, check out these “cheap thrills” one editor is endorsing. 

Author Kat Collings | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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