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    41 Cheap Things That'll Help You Dress Up More In 2020

    This'll finally be the year we wear something other than leggings.

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    1. A chunky knit cardigan that'll help you maintain bathrobe-level comfort, while still hitting the refresh button on the tee you've worn since 2005. Not to mention it goes with everything so you can give outfits ZERO thought.

    Promising review: "I love how soft and cozy this cardigan is! It seriously feels like you are wearing a blanket 🤗. It’s not super heavy which makes it perfect for fall and early winter. You can easily layer this cardigan over your favorite T-shirt, bodysuit, or dress. The quality is amazing and it fits TTS." —Southernblush_

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors and styles).

    2. A cut-out jumpsuit for starting the new year on an impossibly chic note — and an easy one, for that matter. All hail one-and-done outfits.


    Promising review: "I love this jumpsuit. It’s roomy and comfy, but still chic. The fabric is nice and thick — this is my favorite jumper now. I wore to a wedding and it felt amazing. I bought in the fuschia, as well." —Branmuff83

    Get it from Express for $35 (originally $88; available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    3. A faux leather watch, because this'll be a *timeless* statement piece you can wear every single day to update any old outfit. No styling effort required.


    Promising review: "This is an awesome watch! I wear it every day for work, and it goes with all of my outfits. The design and rose gold touch makes it look more expensive than it actually is!" —GraceyGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 13 colors).

    4. A satin skirt so you can easily dress up all those old T-shirts you have crumpled in the back of your closet.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    5. A bodysuit turtleneck to a) have an easy solution to any unexpected ~untucking~ throughout the day and b) stay surprisingly comfy despite wearing something other than sweats.,

    Promising review: "This is beautiful, warm, and an amazing fit!" —shanequa bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.38+ (available in sizes S–XL and 10 patterns).

    6. A statement-sleeved knit pullover that'll dress your go-to black jeans up and keep you so toasty warm, you'll wonder if it's worth wearing any other top. It's not.

    Promising review: "I was worried this would be pretty small since it's one size, but I normally wear an XL and it's still oversized on me. It's surprisingly warm. I was looking for an oversized cropped sweater and this is exactly what I wanted! Shipping was really fast, too!" —Morgan Jade

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (claims to fit one size; available in seven colors).

    7. A sheer-sleeved wrap dress for getting ready in a cinch without ever overthinking your ensemble. Could it be? A simple look that doesn't involve your sweats? I feel a tear coming on.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute; I love the wrap style and it’s not too fussy with the sleeves. It fits perfectly." —cheechandchink

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.99 (originally $59; available in sizes XS–XL and four colors and patterns).

    8. A button-down top with a chic tie knot, because this'll help you stay true to your relentlessly casual self plus a *touch* of polish. Will we be wearing a sports bra with this? You bet.,

    Promising review: "I honestly can't believe how much I love this super cute top! It feels wonderful on and looks adorable. I think I will order another to have on hand as a spare in case I ruin this one!" —Slotz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    9. A glittery skirt with a mesh overlay so you ✨sparkle✨ no matter how little you try when it comes to styling it. All this without dimming your bank account? Bless.


    Promising review: "This skirt is full of whimsical charm! I have a 28 waist and the large fit comfortably." —Asya

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–L and two colors).

    10. A silky animal-print midi dress with statement sleeves to ensure you'll never have to go wild with outfit-planning to look sophisticated again.


    Get it from Target for $38.99 (available in sizes 1X–4X and two colors).

    11. A long flannel button-down with pockets (!!!!) that'll encourage you to try a new approach to our usual checked toppers. But we will still continue to wear the same leggings every day.

    Promising review: "I am 5’10” and have problems with tunic length tops being long enough to wear with leggings. However this top is the perfect length! It washed well and did not lose shape or shrink. Love the deep pockets on the front!" —PAnthony

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    12. A set of marble hair clips for ~topping off~ your usual outfits *and* making your day-two (you're right, day-FOUR) hair look more put-together. Consider these a reward for snoozing through shower time again.


    Promising review: "These are good quality. They're tight and stay in place." —Mary Anne Lee

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99.

    13. A velvet bodysuit, because this may actually make you feel *romantic* about high-end (looking!) dressing.


    Get it from H&M for $17.99+ (originally $34.99; available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    14. A knit, tie-waist dress so you have something to meet you in the *middle* whenever you want to look extra chic, but don't want to come up with a creative ensemble. This + tights = perfectly polished.

    Promising review: "This fits great and is comfortable. I’ve ordered it in two colors and will order in more. A scarf and nylons kept me warm in 40 degree weather. I got many compliments." —Kudos

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors).

    15. A color-changing backpack to carry your books in STYLE, but without the burden of a heavy tote or purse. It's functional, easier to carry around, and will knock everyone's socks off when they see how it transforms in the light.

    It changes colors based on lighting!

    Promising review: "Omg, I love this bag. It's sturdy, super spacious, and water-resistant. I'm a pedestrian and bike commuter, so I need a decently sized bag to hold my lunch and book and life, basically. This holds everything I need neatly, without being huge and in the way. I got caught in the rain immediately my first day with it, and everything inside stayed dried and the bag itself was unharmed. Not to mention it's AMAZING to look at! I've gotten so many, 'OMG THAT BAG!' comments, it's incredible. I get excited about it again every time though. This is for sure my favorite bag." —Molly Louise

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    16. A textured wrap top that'll look just as chic when paired with over-worn jeans as they will with your favorite work pants.


    Get it from AdditionElle for $14.99 (originally $29.99; available in sizes 0X–5X and two colors).

    17. A long hoodie dress for making all your dreams come true — a way to live in a big, cozy sweatshirt while still looking fashionable. AND it has pockets. I'll pass the tissues.

    Promising review: "This sweater dress is everything my lazy dreams are made of! I want it in every color! It’s perfectly long enough to wear without leggings, but looks great with them! The material is thick and warm. I honestly wish everyone offered this style of hoodie! Bottom line: this is an exceptional buy! If I had the money, I’d order it in every color right now." —Carol Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL, two lengths, and 24 colors and patterns).

    18. A button-down knit skirt, because this'll make you wonder how your old wardrobe ever survived without this easy, reliable basic. A piece that goes with everything AND is on-trend?! *Buys 100*


    Promising review: "This is a cute skirt! It's thick, warm, heavy, and has some stretch to it. The slit and buttons are cute added details! The material is not see-through one bit! It's perfect for fall/spring cooler temperatures." —KT

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    19. A striped, sleeveless turtleneck so you can rely on this top almost all year long when worn both layered and alone. You'll never have to give up and wear old tees again.


    Get it from ModCloth for $39.99 (originally $45; available in sizes XXS–4X and three colors).

    20. An oversize turtleneck dress to dress up your favorite leggings, while making sure you feel cozy all darn day. This will be the year we actually feel on-trend without ever really trying.,

    Promising review: "This is by far one of my favorite Amazon clothing purchases. The sweater material itself is soft and thick, and the quality of the design is great. Pair this with over-the-knee boots and you have a great fall/winter look. After wearing this out for one night, I received a handful of compliments. I highly recommend this dress." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $28.89+ (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    21. An incredibly soft jumpsuit that'll let you spend the whole darn day feeling like you're still in your pajamas — aka you'll actually be willing to get dressed for work.

    Promising review: "This is so soft and so comfortable! I love this jumpsuit and highly recommend it! It seriously feels like you’re wearing your PJ’s and it’s amazing." —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $28.44+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors).

    22. A striped statement-sleeve sweater for effortlessly adding a pop of color to your all-black wardrobe — that wasn't so scary, was it? One small step = major style credit.


    Promising review: "This is an adorable sweater that fits perfectly. The sleeves are what makes the sweater so remarkable. I wore it right away!" — Bethgsmith

    Get it from Nordstrom for $41.40 (originally $69; available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors and patterns).

    23. A duo of 14K gold-plated hoops, because you'll be able to wear these every single day with zero thought — especially helpful if you're one to always forget to wear earrings.


    Promising review: "I love these earrings! They are very small and simple. They are easy to put in and to take off. I love the minimalist style and these fit the bill. I have worn these earrings every day since February (it is now June 30th). I forget I even have them on. They still look great!" —Kelly Sullivan

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95 (available in three shades).

    24. A super-comfy T-shirt dress so you can just as easily wear it with sneakers as with tights and boots. And you better bet your bottom dollar that you'll feel like you're still in your PJs.,

    Promising review: "This is a great dress! It is long enough that you wouldn't need to wear leggings with it if you didn't want to. The fabric is thick enough, so it's not see-through, which is great!" —TLSmile

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 21 colors).

    25. A pearl crossbody bag to make even your usual tee-and-jeans combo really stand out when chicly accessorizing.


    Get it from Topshop for $40 (available in two colors).

    26. An A-line plaid skirt with POCKETS that'll introduce all your plain T-shirts to their new new home — it's with this. If only it were that easy for all of us to find a ~great match.~

    Promising review: "This skirt is great for winter, fall, and spring! I got many compliments on it. The fabric is sturdy and it fits so nicely. I may order another in a different pattern. Great skirt!" —Lisa O.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    27. A pair of high-waisted, button-detailed pants — sometimes all you need to do to ~liven up~ your work attire is add some gold embellishments.


    Get them from Loft for $15.88 (originally $89.50; available in sizes 14–26 and 0–14).

    28. A pair of platform lace-up shoes, because these'll help you ditch squeezing heels in favor of a style that's just as sophisticated, but actually comfortable. Your feet will quickly realize dressing up doesn't actually mean pain — cue sigh of relief.


    Promising review: "I normally don’t leave reviews for shoes, but these are one of the exceptions where I enjoy them so much that I have to leave the review. I have a wide-width foot and it is very hard to find a pair of shoes that doesn’t require break-in period. This dress shoes not only cute, fashionable, but also surprisingly very comfortable. Right now it’s 4 p.m. and I still have the shoes on my feet. Good gracious lord. I might as well get another pair in red, because I love them too much!!" —Holly D.

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 5–9 and four colors).

    29. A faux leather skirt so you can start relying on an exciting new ~star~ in your closet. Every single one of your tops is about to meet this chic bb.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 0–10).

    30. A leopard-print headband to improve all your favorite ensembles with one of this year's biggest (and cheapest!) trends. Who knew looking so chic could cost so little?

    Promising review: "The headband was comfortable on my head all day! This is the best price I could find for what I wanted, and it was worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    31. A ruched-sleeve romper that'll give your overused LBD a run for its money — especially when you realize this is equally as easy to style.


    Get it from Boohoo for $17 (originally $42; available in sizes 4–12 and three colors).

    32. A pair of faux leather loafers in a wide variety of styles for remembering a valuable lesson: you don't only need to wear sneakers to stay comfy. Now you can affordably stock up to keep this trendy style *and* their double-padded memory foam footbeds on rotation.

    Promising review: "I adore these shoes. I have had a difficult time with loafers in general: they often do not give the support my feet need even though my heart longs for a good, affordable loafer. Behold, I found these and they are magical! They have such a lovely cushion and the sides of the shoes are so supportive. Last but not least, they look great on my feet." —Sarah Harris

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 32 colors and patterns).

    33. A plaid wrap dress, because this'll take you by the hand and PROMISE you that your everyday leggings aren't going anywhere. But once you feel how comfy this is, you won't really care.


    Get it from Torrid for $33.59 (originally $68.90; available in sizes M–6X).

    34. A pleated leopard skirt so you can cheaply dress on-trend (don't pretend you *haven't* seen this style in every department store) all darn year when paired with sneakers, boots, heels, and really anything else you own. Tl;dr: you'll never get bored of this.

    Promising review: "This looks amazing and fits true to size. It's a beautiful skirt. It looks exactly like the one I saw for $169! I’m super pleased with this one!" —Sivan

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors).

    35. A pair of high-waisted black jeans to teach everyone else a secret about dressing up: if you wear fitted black denim, you're already halfway there. Not only will these make your usual tops feel a little more structured, but reviewers LOVE them for showing off their curves and 🍑 so you'll want to rely on these until the sky turns blue.

    American Eagle

    Promising review: "When they say high waist, they mean HIGH WAIST! I LOVE these jeans. They are extremely comfy and look so great! They completely form to my body and look amazing! I’m ordering another pair right now! I’m obsessed!" —Sydney

    Get them from American Eagle for $34.96 (originally $49.95; available in sizes 00–24 in short, regular, and long, and in four colors and patterns).

    36. A plaid shirt dress that'll help you get used to a frequent pattern of compliments whenever you show this off. AND you'll be unbeatably cozy the whole time — unreal.,

    Promising review: "OMG, this is so cute. I am a size 14 so XL would've been perfect fit, but I wanted to have that looser look like the model so got a size XXL. I pulled it off perfectly. I wore this to a concert in December in Chicago with just high riding boots and it was a true thick flannel: not cheap material at all. I got tons of compliments and one person told me this goes for $65 in boutiques — I told her check out Amazon LOL. The colors are vibrant, it keeps me warm, the pattern lines up nicely, and is perfect for a girl's night out to an Xscape concert." —news u can use

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    37. A satiny peplum top for the shock of your life: blouses don't have to feel restrictive. In fact, this one will still give you all the *space* you need when it comes to comfort.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $29.490 (originally $49; available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    38. A pair of fleece-lined faux leather leggings, because these'll give you an easy edge on cool weather dressing. They'll upgrade all your favorite sweaters (even sweatshirts!) and make sure the lack of comfort isn't what sets your curfew. Though we're still going home early — we are who we are.

    Promising review: "I get sooo many compliments! I love the way my butt looks in them. I'm a hairstylist and I loved how after a haircut I didn't feel itchy, because the hair just slid off. They're fleece-lined too, so that is just a bonus in comfortable land! Love, love, love them — I got a size 3X and they fit perfectly! I'm usually super nervous about ordering pants online, but this was a win for sure." —M. Slotterbeck

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and four styles).

    39. A faux leather belted shirt so you can settle on a tie between lazy dressing and looking upscale. This will be willing to do all the work.


    Get it from Asos for $41 (available in sizes S–L).

    40. A jersey turtleneck to keep an incredibly comfy staple on heavy rotation all darn season. Wear it under a blazer, with a layer-able dress, over your go-to jeans, WHATEVER. There's nothing this won't make look a little extra polished.


    Promising review: "I fell in love with this jersey. It is so silky — there is no friction when worn layered. I bought one to see if I would like it and and today I ordered eight more. Check out the prices! For me, I bought them mainly to wear this winter with something cozy over them. In the past I have spent up to $50 on jerseys not even this soft. These are well-made." —Cheyenne

    Get it from Amazon for $16.50 (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors).

    41. A floral maxi dress that'll become the best date imaginable for whatever fancy events you have this year (wedding finally don't scare us).

    Lane Bryant

    Get it from Lane Bryant for $35.99 (originally $71.99; available in sizes 10/12–26/28).

    But we'll still be trying to mentally go through our closet from bed like:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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