35 Basics Under $25 For Anyone Who’s Super Rough On Their Clothes And Could Use Some Replacements

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Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

1.

A simple cotton T-shirt here to answer all your «What should I wear…» questions.


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Promising review: «I’m 5-foot-8 and usually a size 14-16 (1X) top and this 2X shirt was just loose enough to be casual without being baggy. I purchased both black and white as basic staples for my wardrobe. These are great for pairing with shorter jackets, jeans, or skirts and also for layering. The white tee is not sheer if worn with a skin-colored bra, and even paired with a black bra, the outline is just barely visible. These tees are cut straight up and down and fit basically like a men’s undershirt, so if you are looking for something that is more of a boxy fit, this is ideal, but not if you want a shirt that’s tapered at the waist.» —MahNaz

Get it from Amazon for $6.03+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 16 colors).


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Promising review: «This dress is just so perfect! Olive green is such a versatile color and perfect for spring. The fit was as expected. It is long enough to wear as business casual (~ 2 inches above my knees) but I tied it up for a cute going out look. This dress can definitely be a go-to day to night outfit and I want to order it in a few more colors.» —Pratyusha Pilla

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXXL and in 24 colors).

3.

A nonmedical face mask made of water-resistant material in case you don’t want to worry about matching your outfit to your pop culture character-covered mask you actually do love. Plus! 20% of this face mask sale will go to Crisis Text Line.


American Eagle

FYI, the Crisis Text Line is a text-based crisis service providing free, confidential, 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors. Please, please, please have at least one go-to face mask!

Get it from American Eagle for $19.95 (available in six solid colors).

Also be sure to check out our guide on the best places to buy nonmedical masks online.

4.

Classic flip-flops or ones with a T-strap twist to get you from home to pool to wherever you’re going this season. Also, they’re less than your Starbucks order so you might as well snag some extras, you destructive you.


Old Navy

Get them from Old Navy: classic for $3 (four neutral colors, sizes 5-11), T-straps for $6 (five colors, sizes 5-11). Also check out the classic style in colorful hues, patterns, and glitter straps.

5.

Or jelly slides in case you’d like a lil’ strap variety.


Old Navy

Get them from Old Navy for $6 (available in sizes 6-11 and six colors; also available in neutral solid colors).

6.

Stretchy knit jeggings that won’t scream «THESE AREN’T REAL PANTS!» like so many other imposters of the past. There’s even a pair that looks like regular denim! And there are *back pockets*.


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Promising review: «These pants are AMAZING!!!!

(1) They stay up!!!! This is so hard to find in pull-on pants.

(2) They suck you in!

(3) They have belt loops, which makes them look like pants

(4) THEY HAVE BACK POCKETS!!!! I can’t get enough!» —Kelly Fox

Get them from Amazon for $7.14+ (available in sizes regular, short, and long XS-XXL, and 11 styles).

7.

And a pair of super opaque high-waisted leggings that aren’t trying to be anything else except your new favorite pair you’ll wanna buy in multiples.


Amazon

Promising review: «Wow! I was extremely skeptical of these leggings considering they’re a ‘one size fits all’ type of deal. I am 5-foot-5-inches and curvier. I was worried they were going to be too tight or see-through. However, that’s not the case! They are not see-through even after three washes so far. They are extremely soft and comfortable. The only thing I noticed is they are more of a muted black compared to some of my other leggings but it’s barely noticeable. I liked them so much I ordered a second pair. Def would recommend!» —nichole campton

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and in 44 colors).

8.

A seamless sports bra in a moisture-wicking fabric and enough support to last you through some at-home HIIT workouts. Sometimes all the motivation ya’ need to get moving is a clean thing to wear!


Amazon

Promising review: «I am a 40D, so I ordered the XXL. When I took the bra out of the package, it looked tiny so I didn’t think it would fit. But it actually fit perfectly! The fabric is extremely stretchy, so it can stretch as much as needed. Nowhere does the bra dig into my sides, as so many other bras do. It really is the most comfortable bra I’ve ever used! I wouldn’t recommend this bra for high-impact workouts. I’ve been using it for low-moderate impact workouts though and it’s been great!» —bighpfan

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 14 styles).

9.

A racerback tank in a TON of colors so you can keep cool, look cool during warm weather, workouts, being lazy, or for personalization.


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Promising review: «This tank top is so comfy I got several in different colors. I have worn and washed many times, and has held up incredibly. Paired with a cute pair of capri workout bottoms. My favorite tank tops right now. I ordered a size medium and I am a size med or size 6 normally.» —dove

Get it from Amazon for $4.93+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 26 colors).

10.

A cross-body bag with a boxy lil’ design that gives it some major style with minimal effort on your part. Also, it comes in a range of colors so you can match it to your ~mood~.


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Promising review: «LOVE this little purse!! It’s so pretty, functional, and a great size. I got the Saddle Brown color and it goes with everything. Love the adjustable strap. It also holds quite a bit, and I love the outer zipper pockets. I have a bigger cell phone (Pixel XL) that fits in one of the outer pockets with room to spare. I’ve had it a couple of months now and I’m hard on purses, but this seems like it will hold up very well. The zipper is very smooth, which is a plus for me. Highly recommend!» —Hjane26

Get it from Amazon for $17.50 (available in 22 colors).

11.

A breezy midi dress that’ll keep you looking carefree, even if you’re feeling quite the opposite!


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Promising review: «I love that this dress is comfy, inexpensive, and perfect for a casual outfit. As a mom of two, I am always looking for cute things to wear without much thought. This fits the bill! For reference, I’m 5-foot-5 inches, 125 lbs. and purchased the small.» —AMCase

Get it from Amazon for $8.59 (available in sizes and 11 colors).

12.

A pack of stretchy undershirts with adjustable straps because these things seem to go missing as often as socks.


Amazon

Promising review: «I was skeptical about these camisoles. I wear camis under my shirts every day and usually go for the more spandex-style ones. I am so glad I gave these a try. They are completely different than camis I normally buy. They’re more cotton than spandex and don’t cling to your body the same way. However, I’ve found that I love this model. They’re so soft and comfortable. I have fibromyalgia and have problems with uncomfortable clothes so these ended up being amazing. They’re the right length to wear under shirts and they’re not too loose so they don’t get all bunched up. And having them be cotton-based, I actually find fewer problems with my shirts riding up over them. I highly recommend these. I hope to purchase more colors of these in the future.» —Nicole D

Get them in packs of two and four from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 set options).

13.

A ribbed halter top that’ll pair perfectly with your favorite summer ice-cream treat. (I smell a photo op.)


American Eagle

Promising review: «I want this in every color. It’s so cute! This material is so light and soft. Perfect fit! I am obsessed!» —Anna

Get it from American Eagle for $11.97 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and nine colors).

14.

A pair of cuffed sweatpants you’ll more or less live in while indoors (and probably outdoors quite often) thanks to its elastic waist, pockets, and a stretchy material. Plus, there are plenty of colors to give you enough time to wash them on rotation.


Amazon

Promising review: «I have bought several of these pants because they are the most comfortable things I’ve ever owned. I’m not a fashionista, but I’m aware that wearing sweatpants out of the house is not universally accepted, despite the majority of us doing it. However, I feel confident wearing these with a T-shirt or tank top whilst going out and about and looking put together. I also got these because I have a tough time finding pants that don’t push on my bladder too heavily like the jeans or slacks that I wear to work. I have interstitial cystitis and these pants are soft and fit well enough that I need not worry about any issues arising in that department. I’m not the biggest fan of all of the designs, but I’m sure there’s a design out there for everyone. Or you can get the plain ones. Whichever works for you.» —Featherpin

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and in a variety of colors).

15.

A pair of faux-leather flats for those days when you wanna keep it slip-free and simple with a comfy design and rubber sole.


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Promising review: «Definitely worth the money for a leather flat dupe! True-to-size with no break-in period since they’re not real leather but feels just as smooth. No toe cleavage and no weird noises when you’re walking. I wear between a 7 and 7.5 and bought the 7.5 in these to be on the safe side.» —Matt

Get them from Amazon for $19+ (available in sizes 5-13 and in 15 colors).

16.

An adorable rain jacket with a drawstring hood, full zip, and pockets to keep you going, even when it seems that the sky is just dumping sheets of water on your head. Psst, this is perf for super muggy days, but could layer well in colder temps.


Amazon

Promising review: «This jacket is exactly what i have been needing. We live in an area that gets muggy and is pretty wet, it’s not fun to wear anything thick but you gotta stay dry! This little jacket keeps me dry, blocks the wind and is not overwhelming warm on muggy days. I could have gone with a small, but the medium allows for a hoodie underneath on a cooler day. I’m going to get a ton of use out of this jacket! It is very well made and does not feel like it will fall apart.» —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 14 color combos).

Also check out a packable rain jacket for $9.99+.

17.

A pair of ankle trousers that’ll keep you looking professional or put-together without feeling all buttoned up.


Amazon

Promising review: «I was pleasantly surprised by these pants! I’m a teacher so I need clothes that are stylish yet comfortable and can move with me throughout the day. As soon as these gems arrived in the mail, I tried them on. The first thing I noticed is that the material is higher quality than I expected. They don’t feel cheap or flimsy. The tapered leg is flattering as it gives the illusion of making your legs look longer and slimmer. The waist is comfortable and I like the button and hook fastening that leaves the front without lumps. I’m buying these again in another color.» —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $11.90+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 13 colors).

18.

A stretchy romper bodysuit you can layer underneath short summer dresses for some windproof protection. It’ll also look effortlessly fab with sweatshirts and skirts.


Amazon

Promising review: «‘One size fits all’ items NEVER fit me. However, this tiny catsuit fit my big body with ease. Haha! At first, when I opened the package I laughed and said this must be for a child but surprise, surprise, it fit. Slid into it like it was specifically designed for me. I am a size 14/16 with 40DDD breasts and it fit without pinching or squeezing any part of me. Great material, very light, and extremely opaque. I bought this to wear under a sheer shawl and I am very happy with this purchase.» —Patrice Morris

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in one size and in four colors).

19.

A pair of stretchy bike shorts that’ll become part of your WFH, working out, lounging, *and* just-about-anything-else rotation.


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Promising review: «Great quality, great material, non see through, lightweight, very comfortable. The cotton is very soft and the fit is flattering from all angles. The elastic on the waist is secure enough for running, without being too tight or uncomfortable. Great use for working out or loungewear; however, my only complaint is they do get a tad bit loose in the leg as you wear them when running, so they may ride up a bit in between your thighs when you run. For me it is not bothersome and I have ordered multiple pairs.» —Aisha

Get them from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in two colors).

20.

A striped button-up shirt to keep you looking incredibly put together, at least on the top!


Old Navy

Get it from Old Navy for $15 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

21.

A pair of hoop earrings that won’t drag down your lobes thanks to their lightweight construction. Plus, IMO throwing on hoops is the easiest way to make any outfit look so much more glam. Even leggings and the same shirt you’ve been wearing for three days!


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Promising review: «These are beautiful earrings and look just like the $500 designer pair I was looking at. Very comfortable and the perfect size (50mm). Purchased in rose and yellow because I love them so much.» —Sara Muroff

Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in two sizes and in three finishes).

22.

Or a five-pack of stainless-steel stud earrings as a finishing touch before you head out the door, even if you’re typically allergic to cheap earrings.


Amazon

Promising review: «These are just what I needed! I’ve been having problems with various earrings off and on for the past few years (I think I’m developing a nickel allergy) and it had gotten to the point where the piercing holes in my ear were trying to close over. The backs on these are nice and tight and the irritation is gone from my piercings in about a week.» —C. Holkan

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four finishes).

23.

A soft faux-leather tote that’ll be a flexible option when you need to gather your essentials for a quick getaway from your roommates at the coffee shop around the corner they somehow haven’t discovered yet.


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Promising review: «It is hard to complain about an item that is exactly what you are looking for. Come on, the price point can’t be beat, the lovely extra that came with the bag (bag scarf) is super cute. This is a bag I use to hold a few extra items for quick trips out of town. This bag is a composite product, like tennis shoes and the like. There is almost always that ‘new car’ smell, which is one way to describe it, for these types of items. But unlike a new car, this is a barely detectable smell, that is faint and is gone by the time you threw the packaging away. Zero complaints, will buy in other colors!» —D.S.

Get it from Amazon for $14.53+ (available in a variety of colors).

24.

A pair of sneaker-style rain boots in both hi- and low-top options you’ll come to rely on for those days when it’s a 30% chance of rain and you 100% don’t want to ruin your good suede ankle boots OR sweat it out through wellies. Plus! If it doesn’t end up raining, it’s NBD.


Amazon

Promising review: «I bought these for an event, when the weather report kept saying it was going to rain the whole time. Rain boots would have been great, because the mud was DEEP, but at the end of the day, the shoes never got stuck in the mud, and my socks were dry. They are also super cute, which is a bonus. Everyone thought I was crazy and just wearing regular shoes :).» —SarahJoy

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 6-11 styles and 14 colors/styles).

25.

A lacy LBD (that comes in other colors!) to get you through any parties where you’ve gotta be a little more covered up. And weddings. And cocktail hours. And any other events where you need to look like a slightly better dressed version of yourself.


Amazon

Promising review: «Perfect LBD for a dinner date or an event. Stretchy material so it hugs your curves without displaying lumps and bumps if you size correctly. Room for large busts as well. Definitely one of my favorites.» —Jordan Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $14.51+ (available in five colors and sizes 0–16).

26.

Slip-on sneakers in a perforated metallic style that’ll make every well-cushioned step look a bit fancier.


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Promising review: «These are really cute! True to color. I will say that other reviews suggesting you size down are accurate. I usually wear a 8.5 and ordered an 8, they are comfortable, I would even say a little loose, I really think I could have done the 7.5! But these will be great as I like to wear no show socks and thing they’ll be perfect once I put those on!» —Cynthia V.

Get them from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in six colors and sizes 5–12).

27.

An empire-waist dress that’ll have you covered if you like just a smidge of structure to your dress. Just a bit!


Amazon

Promising review: «Fits really nice. The fabric is extremely forgiving. I went with my true size and I like the way it fits. You could easily size down and it will be more fitted, depends how you want it to sit. Good quality, feels nice, soft, definitely going to wear a ton.» —Heather T.

Get it from Amazon for $13.05+ (available in XS-XXL and eight colors).

28.

A colorful wrap dress — in straight and plus sizes — for something that’s office dress code–appropriate without being a total snore.


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Promising review: «So very flattering! I love this dress and will order it in another color/print. Very versatile. Add a blazer for a pro office look. The fabric makes it perfect for travel without the fuss of ironing. It also will not fade. So many benefits.» —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.09+ (sizes XS–XL and 22 styles) or $15.87+ (sizes 1X–5X and 7 styles).

29.

A pair of canvas sneakers for when you want a fashion sneaker without that dang price. (No judgment!) But also if you decide to, say, wear these bbs to a bachelorette in New Orleans they’re cheap enough to toss after. (I’ve ruined a pair of lovely shoes that way myself.)


Amazon

Promising review: «I LOVE THESE SHOES. They look exactly like Keds but for half the price. They are extremely comfortable and go well with everything. I ordered a pair of black and a pair of light gray. I will probably order the white as well because I love them so much. I usually wear a size 7-7.5 and I ordered these in a size 7 and they fit great. They do stretch out a little over time so I wouldn’t recommend ordering larger than your usual size.» —Christea

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5-10 and nine colors/styles).

30.

A pair of chino shorts in 22 styles that’ll surely cover you for the summer. AND the 3.5-inch inseam means you won’t have to worry every time you sit.


Amazon

Promising review: «I love these shorts! The 100% cotton makes them super comfy and less wrinkly. I love the length and all of the colors options too. I am normally a size 4 and the size 4 in these is perfect. TTS.» —Jessica — Wear it for Less

Get them from Amazon for $7.03+ (available in sizes 0-20 and 22 styles).

31.

A six-pack of thongs to have on hand for that dress that you JUST realized is really sorta clingy!


Amazon

Promising review: «I have never written a review before, and I buy plenty of things from Amazon and other online sellers. After searching in vain for well-made, comfortable COTTON thongs, I finally found these and they are the best! So comfortable and very well made. In fact, I’m ready to order another pack.» —jemm

Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in four color combos).

32.

A super soft shirt dress (with pockets!!!) you’ll be able to dress up/down in all sorts of ways over the seasons.


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FYI, it’s made to LOOK like it’s denim but it’s a much softer, breathable fabric that, as you can see, drapes beuatifully!

Promising review: «I wore this on my first day of a new job (very casual environment) and it was cute but still buttoned up. I’m 5-foot-5, about 170 lbs, size L, 36D bust, and the dress fit well in the chest, shoulders and forearms. The length was perfect, right at the knee. The material is soft and comfy, and didn’t make me sweat. Great staple to have in your closet.» —Chey

Get it from Amazon for $17.07+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

33.

Thong sandals in case you, like me, have had the horrific experience of stepping out of a flip-flop on a dirty city street. Or perhaps you just have good taste. Could be both!


Amazon

Promising review: «These were exactly what I was looking for. I always have to have a sandal in silver and in gold, and these fit the bill. Order your typical size. I was worried that the toe piece would rub a blister at first because it’s a little rough and noticeable, but after wearing them all day I had no problems. They’re even a little cushier in the foot bed than most sandals of similar style.» —WellYes

Get them from Amazon for $17.37 (available in sizes 5-13 and five colors).

34.

A maxi dress with lil’ side slits for some extra motion on your weekend goings about. Yes, this *is* your new weekend uniform.


Amazon

Promising review: «I normally wear an XXL in this brand but sized down to an XL for this dress. It’s a perfect staple for warmer weather. Now I just need some sun.» —txmom

Get it from Amazon for $15.31+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and six colors).

35.

A pair of white jeans in a wide-leg fit for a fresh summer ‘fit. And then wear them past Labor Day. Live your life!


American Eagle

Promising review: «These jeans are exactly what I hoped for. I’m 5-foot-3 and the short length is perfect with wedges. Nice stretch but doesn’t lose their shape throughout the day and after washing and drying them. Wish they had other colors!» —Zoeysmom

Get them from American Eagle for $24.97 (available in short, regular, and long sizes 0-20).

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