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40 Dope Outfits That Seem Expensive But Are Actually Cheap AF On Amazon

Trendy, designer-worthy pieces — and all budget-friendly.

by Mackenzie Edwards and Annie Davidson
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As the world reopens and weddings, birthday parties, and vacations resume, you may be looking for something new to wear and make a good impression. Lucky for you, Amazon is home to cool looks that are surprisingly low-priced. From designer-inspired pieces that look convincingly high end to trendy picks, I’ve packed this list with looks that will stop traffic without spending too much. Check out these 40 dope outfits that seem expensive but are actually cheap AF on Amazon.

If you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise, you’ll love the summery dresses and tops on this list. Even if you’re home in your backyard, you’ll feel like a million bucks when you make your entrance by the pool. Or maybe you are headed out on a dream vacation that costs a little more than you expected. Don’t worry, you can still stock up on Instagram-worthy outfits without doing any real damage to your bank account. Check out the blouses I included with flowy balloon sleeves or the sundresses that have intricate, expensive-looking details and a shockingly low price tag.

Chic tops, shoes, and dresses can add a little pep to your step, especially if you’ve been wearing sweatpants for the past year. But there’s no need to max out your credit card just to feel more confident — these incredible finds will keep you on-trend and on budget.

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This Dainty Gold Anklet To Add Flair To Any Look

As ‘90s trends are reborn, so is the resurgence of the dainty anklet. And this one boasts more than 8,000 reviews, a 4.6-star rating, and a ridiculously affordable price tag. Plated in 18k gold, the mariner chain is the perfect touch of glam to add to any outfit. It comes in three sizes for the perfect fit.

• Available Sizes: 9, 10, and 11 inches

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These Retro Rectangular Sunglasses

Another ‘90s staple: small, rectangular sunnies. This money-saving pack of two trendy pairs of sunglasses come in every color and print imaginable. They have non-polarized lenses and UV400 protection against UVA and UVB rays. They have earned nearly 6,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating.

• Available Colors: 23

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A Layered Necklace That Looks Like Real Gold

Add a little bit of sparkle to any outfit with this affordable layered necklace. It looks expensive since it’s plated in 14k gold, however, it’s just $15. The layered necklace has two paperclip chains, one measures 18 inches and the other is 14 inches, and both have adjustable 2-inch extensions so you can customize it to work with different necklines. The large hexagon pendant can be personalized in the letter of your choice for a luxurious accessory that your wallet will love. This necklace is free of nickel and lead and is made with high-quality brass.

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An Everyday Swing Dress You Can Dress Up Or Down

If you close your eyes and imagine the perfect everyday dress that you can wear every day for the rest of your life, there’s a good chance this is the classic style you’ll envision. This short-sleeved, swing dress is truly a very versatile dress on Amazon — dress it down with sneakers for a daytime look, or throw on a pair of heels for a dressed-up brunch.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 18

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This 14-Compartment Tote With An External USB Charging Port

This tote has 14 compartments to hold all the things, including a laptop (up to 15.6 inches in size), a water bottle, office supplies, and more. It even has an external USB port to charge your phone or other devices (a power bank is not included). Despite being highly functional, the tote is also super stylish with its faux leather shoulder straps and waterproof nylon body — for less than $30, you can’t go wrong.

• Available Colors: 8

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A Flowy Maxi-Length Dress That You Can Dress Up Or Down

I guarantee you’ll find yourself constantly grabbing this maxi dress out of your closet — wear it casually for a brunch date with friends or dress it up with glam accessories and heels for a more formal event. The dress features long lantern sleeves, a high waist with a tie belt, and a tiered skirt for added flare.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 24

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A Pair Of Chunky Leather Sandals With Woven Straps

Everyone needs at least one pair of chunky sandals that you can slip on to feel instantly put-together. This trendy set adds flair without breaking the budget. The shoes a thick 3-inch heel, and stylish yet comfortable woven straps that are perfectly spaced for showing off a pedicure.

• Available Sizes: 6 — 10

• Available Styles: 36

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A Breezy Nautical Number For Summer Days

This button-embellished summer dress is easy to wear on those humid, hot days and will keep you looking stylish when you feel like sitting in from of an air conditioner and doing nothing. It has adjustable spaghetti straps and an elastic, open back with two roomy front pockets that add to its casual cuteness. And you can score it in 35 solid colors and prints like stripes, polka dots, and pineapples.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 35

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The Playful And Professional Ruffle Blouse In Multiple Prints

Whether you’re back in the office or out on the town, this cap sleeve ruffle blouse manages to toe the line between professional and playful, adding vibrancy to your look, while keeping it polished. This loose top has a ruffled collar and pleated flare hem and looks like perfection when paired with trousers, leggings, and shorts. It comes in more than 20 styles (including a more narrow silhouette), solid shades, and bold prints.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 22

10

A 2-Piece Top & Skirt Set That Makes Getting Dressed So Easy

This two-piece set is a built-in outfit (and an adorable one), so it makes getting dressed in the morning so easy. The set comprises a strapless crop top and a flowy maxi skirt with a sultry side slit, available in 17 cute, summer-ready prints like polka dots and botanicals. Thanks to that simple silhouette, it’s so easy to dress up or down, depending on how you accessorize it.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 17

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A Sultry 2-Piece Set For Beach Clubs & Beyond

Perfect for a beach vacation or seaside nightclub, this two-piece set looks so expensive and on-trend — yet it costs just $30 on Amazon (yes, for both the top and bottom). Choose from over 10 bright and neutral colors, ranging from classic black to neon green.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 12

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These Chic Sandals That Work For Simple And Funky Styles

These banded slide sandals are a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe. The chic pair of slides will keep your feet secure and comfortable with its wide band straps and latex padding insole, not to mention they’re the best way to show off your pedicures come spring and summertime. These come in eight different colors/patterns: there’s black or brown for the more simple wearer, or if you’re a little bit bolder, there’s gold and lavender, too.

• Available Sizes: 5 — 15

• Available Styles: 8

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This Wrap-Style Dress With A Fun Ruffle Hem

When warm weather rolls around, this short dress is the perfect pick for nearly any event — think date nights, parties, Sunday brunch, and more. It’s literally so cute with its ruffle hem, wrap front, and flouncy sleeves. And it’s available in a variety of solid colors and print options like florals, polka dots, and leopard, depending on your own personal style.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 33

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This Retro ‘70s Chiffon Swimsuit Cover Up

Look like you’re about to relax poolside in Palm Springs, even if you’re hanging in your backyard on your day off, in this super chic ‘70s-inspired chiffon swimsuit cover-up. The cardi-style cover-up has an open front and side slits, with half batwing sleeves and a luscious floral print. It comes in extensive sizes and even more elegant designs like geometric prints, leaves, and animal prints.

• Available Sizes: Small — 4X

• Available Colors: 33

15

A Sarong-Style Swimsuit Cover Up That’s Incredibly Popular On Amazon

With more than 19,000 reviews on Amazon and a solid 4.3-star rating overall, this sarong-style cover up is clearly a favorite on the site. And for good reason — it’s super comfortable to wear, it pairs well with nearly any swimsuit, and the price is only around $15 (depending on the color and length you go with). The semi-sheer cover up has an adjustable waistband to fit sizes 4 to 12.

• Available Sizes: 1

• Available Colors: 37

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A Charming Smocked Top For Your Next Park Picnic

This frill smocked top keeps you cool and collected on sunny outdoor excursions without bearing all. The sleeveless crop top has wide ruffled shoulder straps, a smocked bodice, and a flared hem that cuts off at the hip. Offered in a charming floral print (as well as other solid shades and prints), it looks perfectly cute and flirty at your next picnic.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 16

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A Pair Of High Waisted Shorts Made With Faux Leather Material

These of-the-moment high waisted faux leather shorts will be your go-tos in the summer months. With their elastic waist, roomy leg, stylish shape, and tie detail, they’ll go with everything from fuzzy sweaters to distressed tees to crop tops. If you wind up falling in love, don’t worry: they come in six colors, including emerald green and wine red.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors/Prints: 6

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This Sporty Skort With Hidden Pockets

This sporty tennis skort is the best of both worlds; it combines the comfort and functionality of a active wear with the vibe of a skirt. The outer skirt layer is stretchy and easy to move in, while the inner bike shorts provides you with extra coverage and comfort — and large pocket that can hold your phone or a spare tennis ball.

• Available Sizes: X-Small— XX-Large

• Available Colors: 20

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A Compact Cross-Body Bag With A Bonus Coin Purse

How cute is this quilted crossbody bag? Made of vegan leather, it can be worn across your body or over your shoulder, and has enough room for all your essentials and more. It even comes with a cute, circle-shaped coin purse, as an added bonus. Choose from four neutrals (black, beige, camel, brown) and two pastels (a light, blue-gray and pink).

• Available Colors: 6

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This Flowy Pleated Skirt With A High Waistband

Add this A-line midi skirt to your closet for less than you think and you’ll have a go-to outfit that always makes a great impression. This high-waisted skirt has an elastic waistband and comes in an abstract polka dot print with pleats. The material is lightweight and perfect for the office, vacation, or strutting down the grocery aisle. You’ll feel like a million bucks without having to spend it in this casual flowy skirt.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 13

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A Flirty Skirt For Less Than $30

This mini skirt is flirty, flouncy, and fabulous — and for less than $30, you may want to grab a few of the color options (there’s more than 40 available!) to always have one ready to wear. The high-waisted pick is made from a combo of polyester, cotton, and spandex, aka it’s super comfortable and breathable, hence why it’s so popular on Amazon.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 44

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A Flowy Blouse In The Prettiest Prints

This flowy blouse adds a pop of color and pattern to any look, whether you pair it with some denim shorts for a dressier-than-usual everyday outfit; with a flippy mini skirt for summer evenings out; or even over your bikini as a coverup at the beach or pool. It comes in 38 colors and prints, from neutral florals to a muted botanical print, so you’re sure to find something you love.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 38

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A Classic Leopard Midi Skirt That Looks Like Real Silk

A silk midi skirt is a staple for any fashion-forward closet, but they don’t come cheap. This affordable option has the same luxurious look and feel but at a fraction of the price. The secret? It’s actually made of satin silk — which is less expensive, easier to care for, and machine washable. Now you can stock your wardrobe with this classic piece without busting the budget. Dress this look up with a blazer and heels or wear it with a casual graphic tee and sneakers.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 1

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The Affordable Hoops You’ll Mistake For Real Gold

These chunky gold earrings look like 14K gold but come with a much more affordable price tag. This trendy pair is available in three lengths: 20, 30, and 50 millimeters, as well as rose gold and white gold. But don’t worry — while the price is low, the quality isn’t: the pair is free of nickel and lead, and it’s hypoallergenic for sensitive ears.

• Available Sizes: 3

• Available Colors: 3

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This Tennis Dress With A Built-In Bra, Shorts & Pocket

This sporty tennis dress is both form and function; it has an A-line silhouette, adjustable spaghetti straps, and both a built-in bra and slim-fitting bike shorts. What’s more, the inner shorts layer features pockets, too, so you can keep your phone or keys on you. You’ll love wearing it on and off the court.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 8

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This Breezy Sundress In A Bold Pattern

The perfect vacation dress doesn’t have to cost as much as your hotel stay, as this sundress proves. Between the breezy, A-line silhouette, breathable cotton-blend material, and cute tie-front detail (that creates an on-trend cutout at the sternum), this has all the trappings of your new go-to summer dress. Even better? It has pockets. Choose from 39 bold colors and prints, like lemon yellow, ditsy florals, and the leopard print pictured above.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 39

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A Little White Tank Top You Live In This Summer

This tank top — with its high neck, chunky hem, and cropped fit — looks similar to high-end versions that have become super popular recently, but it costs a fraction of the price. What’s great about this top is that it’s versatile enough to wear with anything and comfortable enough that you’ll want to wear it with everything.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — Large

• Available Colors: 19

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A Ruched Mini Dress For Any Occasion

Everyone needs a little black dress in their closet (or teal, or pink, or any of the other dozens of colors this dress comes in). This dress has a scoop neckline and ruched detail along the hips. It’s made from a t-shirt material, so it’s comfortable and breathable. The dress works great as a blank canvas for layering any jewelry, outerwear, or other accessories of your choosing on top.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 37

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These Vintage Sunglasses That Won’t Break The Bank

Do you love a vintage look, but aren’t a fan of most vintage prices? These round sunglasses have more than 32,000 reviewers and a budget-friendly price tag. They feature composite frames and lenses that are non-polarized and offer UV protection. They’re shatterproof plus they have an adjustable screw bolt hinge at the temples to get a perfect fit.

•Available Colors: 20

30

A Magazine Cover-Worthy Blouse That’s Less Than $40

This high-fashion blouse has intricate details and a shockingly low price. The V-neck blouse falls slightly off the shoulder — a chic detail that makes it look like it has been pulled straight out of a fashion magazine. It also features a wrap at the waist, ruffles along the bottom hemline, and voluminous, puffy sleeves that make a statement without going over budget. This effortless top has earned more than 3,400 reviews and pairs well with jeans, skirts, or even leather pants.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 8

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This Pair Of Cheap Jeans With A Cult Following

Good jeans aren’t cheap — or are they? These crowd-favorite skinny jeans are high-quality but affordable. They’ve earned more than 60,0000 reviews because they are super stretchy and feature a mid-rise waist. They're available in three inseams — 28, 30, and 32 inches — and have two functional back pockets and an elastic waistband. Pair them with a simple white T-shirt, cropped jacket, and ankle boots or ballet flats and take the town.

• Available Sizes: 2 — 28, Standard or Plus

• Available Colors: 8

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An Elevated Staple That Goes With Everything

This tank top features gorgeous lace trim, a v-neckline, and a lightweight fabric, which combined make it much more superior than your average tank. It’ll pair well with so many things — tuck it into jeans or shorts, wear it with a form-fitting skirt, or even throw it over a swimsuit — and it costs only about $20 to boot.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — 5X-Large

• Available Colors: 22

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This Square-Neck Bodysuit That’ll Always Stay Tucked

Tired of trying to keep an ordinary top tucked in? This bodysuit has two snaps to ensure it stays put as you wear it. It’s made from a super stretchy fabric, and it has a chic square neckline to add a little pizzaz to your look. Choose from short or long sleeve options, as well as a bunch of colors.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 32

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A Pair Of Bootcut Leggings With Incredible Stretchiness

Bootcut leggings are back, baby. And this particular pair is the cream of the crop. The yoga pants are made from 80% polyester and 20% spandex, meaning they’re breathable and remarkably stretchy to move with you for the ultimate comfort. They have two pockets on the sides, as well as a small one on the waistband to keep valuables within reach.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 14

35

This Mock Neck Blouse In Almost 50 Color & Pattern Options

This blouse has a nearly unbeatable price tag considering it is made from a high-quality chiffon material, and it has gorgeous features to make it stand out, including a frilly mock neckline, ruffle hem, and keyhole back. It’s available in a whopping 48 color and prints options, so you’ll surely find one (or many!) to match your personal aesthetic.

• Available Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 48

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An Off-Shoulder Top With A Unique Wrap Front

The unique wrap front of this top is just dreamy — the shirt will pair well with so many different bottoms, including high-waisted jeans, dress pants, a form-fitting skirt, and more. The off-shoulder top features a ribbed knit material, and it comes in a variety of solid color options like white, hot pink, black, and green.

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large Plus

• Available Colors: 26

37

A Swinging Sundress With A Tie Front And Pockets

If you love the details of this sundress — which include a tie front and cool buttons along the skirt — order it in a few colors or patterns, since it’s available in 30 options, each with a low price. The cotton-blend dress is chic and comfortable, with adjustable spaghetti straps, a deep V-neck, a cinched waist, and a skirt that flows and stop right below the knee. This classic swing dress looks good with sneakers or heels — plus it has convenient pockets.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 30

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The Statement Blouse With Dramatic Ruffled Sleeves

This amazing off-the-shoulder blouse has major sleeves with a bell shape and ruffled tiers that make a huge impact, no matter how simple the rest of your outfit may be. The top is soft and lightweight and looks trendy paired with jeans, shorts, or even leggings. One five-star reviewer cited, “The fabric is great and it's really cool. Nice and stretchy. The bell sleeves are huge and dramatic. Just the way I like them lol. Need this top in every color.”

• Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

• Available Colors: 17

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This Matching Yoga Set That’s Less Than You Think

You don’t have to spend a fortune on designer athleisure, thanks to Amazon. This dope matching yoga set comes with a high-waisted pair of shorts and a sports bra. It’s made with a nylon and polyester blend that wicks moisture to keep you dry and features flatlock stitching to prevent annoying chafing. Go ahead and get those squats in without worrying — these shorts are thick, opaque, and squat-proof.

• Available Sizes: Small — X-Large

• Available Colors: 15

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The Trendy Tie-Dye Swimsuit With A Thrifty Price

At just $19, this trendy bathing suit can be yours without going over budget. The sporty two-piece suit boasts an on-trend tie-dye print and has a scoop neck and thin adjustable spaghetti straps. It is wire-free and comes with removable pads — a rare find for such an affordable suit. The bottoms are high-cut and retro-inspired with cheeky coverage in the back and a decent amount of stretch.

• Available Sizes: Small — Large

• Available Colors: 3

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These Ankle Strap Flats With A Slight Wedge

Walking in heels isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little height. These ankle strap flats have a one-inch wedge, which is just enough to add a little lift, but not so much that you’ll be teetering. They also have an almond-shaped toe — the perfect combo between pointed and rounded. Wear them to work or pair them with your favorite dress for a night out.

• Available Sizes: 5 — 12

• Available Colors: 9

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