On a Budget? Here’s Our Best Affordable Fashion and Beauty Picks of the Month

April 24, 2020 at 05:00PM

Welcome to On the Hunt, a monthly series in which we open the floor (or should we say DMs?) to our Instagram followers to ask their most burning fashion and beauty questions. We’ll select up to five inquiries to answer and offer our advice with shopping picks to match.


It’s safe to say that most of us have adjusted our budgets and spending habits in the last month or so and have become more thoughtful than ever about practicality, cost per wear, and categorizing items into needs vs wants. But spending less money doesn’t necessarily have to be a dramatic sacrifice. If we shift our perspectives a bit, shopping smarter can actually be a fun challenge of finding the best items on the internet for the best prices. So whether it’s affordable trends, skincare, basics, or loungewear we’re currently on the hunt for—it just takes a little Internet research to find the best items, which of course is exactly what we’ve done here. Not to make things overly tempting, but these price-conscious items are seriously good.

We never knew how much loungewear we needed in our closets until we spent so much time at home. There are so many on-trend options out there right now at all different price points, but don’t worry, we found some seriously stylish and affordable pieces.

Want the matching sweats? Say no more.

These Reformation shorts won’t last long.

A pop of pink makes putting on loungewear feel significantly more fun.

Tie-dye biker shorts is like a two-for-one trend deal.

Everyone on Instagram is wearing Calvin Klein sweats and bras at the moment.


We’ve tested countless beauty products and have learned that high cost does not always equal high quality. In fact, there are tons of affordable skincare products on the market that perform just as well as their pricier competitors. These are a few favorites we find ourselves buying over and over again.

Several team members constantly rave about this affordable face oil from Amazon. It only takes a few uses to notice a major difference in skin texture.

This moisturizing mask is well worth it’s $22 price tag. It’s one of our team’s go-to products for soft skin and it tends to last for months.

This cleanser is a bargain for the size and it happens to work exceptionally well. We also love that it contains clean ingredients and no fragrances.

The soothing texture of this cleansing balm is reason enough to use it, but the fact that it also removes dirt and makeup so well is the icing on the cake. There’s a mini size available too, but trust us when we say you’ll regret that decision.

We can’t get enough of this formula. Just add a couple drops to any moisturizer for an added hydration boost.

Whenever we’re unsure about the longevity of a trend, we tend to look for affordable options. It all goes back to that idea of shopping smarter. These pieces all hit the mark for trendy summer items and all ring up under $100 each.

Want to know if a top is on trend? Just look puffy sleeves and smock details.

The leather separates trend definitely includes faux leather too, like this dreamy tie-waist jacket from H&M.

This retro sandal shape is going to be the it-shoe of the summer, so this cute white pair is a sound investment.

This ’70s print is just the right balance of whimsical and wearable.

The key to pulling off the lingerie clothing trend is to keep the rest of the outfit casual. 

While at home, we’ve been wearing our basics more than ever (think t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks) so there’s really never been a better time to stock up on some affordable options. From cardigans to button ups—these picks will be in style for years to come.

The chic staple that makes all of our outfits that much more polished.

A classic top with a subtle twist: voluminous sleeves.

One of the best reviewed basic t-shirts on the internet is currently on sale, so we recommend stocking up sooner than later.

A buttoned cardigan can be worn year round. 

We guarantee that ribbed tanks will be everyone’s most worn tops this summer.

Next, check out these 8 random trends that are definitely a thing right now.

Author Michaela Bushkin | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC