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    32 Expensive-Looking Tops That Are Surprisingly Affordable

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    1. A delicate cropped lace tee you can dress up with trousers or dress down with jeans.

    Promising review: "I love this shirt! The fit is great. It is just the right length to work as a normal shirt or to have the look/feel of a crop top. The lace is very high quality and the detailing makes it appear much more expensive than it truly is. Highly recommend!" —Charmant et Chic

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    2. A dreamy chiffon blouse with lace patchwork that'll make you feel oh-so-fancy every time you wear it.

    Promising review: "This blouse is a cute balance between comfortable casual and something a bit classier. Basically, it's truly a blouse, not just a shirt! The light and breathable material is excellent for when it's warmer out but you still feel like wearing dark colors and long sleeves." —jevausie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    3. A flowy open-neck top with billowing sleeves you ~rust~ add to your wardrobe before fall.


    Get it from Target for $22.99 (available in sizes X–4X).

    4. A chic color-block tank top perfect for layering under blazers and cardigans. Of course, it'll also look am-ah-zing worn on its own!


    Promising review: "It’s a forever style. It’s a flattering cut. The color-block is also flattering. I especially love that the straps are adjustable. It’s a lightweight comfy fabric and you can’t beat the price." —J. Franklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in sizes S–2XL and three colors).

    5. A sweet polka dot top you'll always find yourself circling back to.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $16 (available in sizes 12–20).

    6. A striped shirt with a Peter Pan collar that'll have you looking super fly.,

    Promising review: "LOVE this top! So comfortable, perfect for spring. It's not too tight and not too big — the perfect size. A large perk of this shirt is that it stays ironed. Once you iron it, you don't have to worry about it getting wrinkly throughout the day due to the material." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    7. A cap sleeve blouse with a bow tie guaranteed to make your heart flutter.,

    Promising review: "I wanted a shirt I could dress up on days when I wanted to get out of a tee, and this one is perfect. It is NOT see-through, which I was worried about and the fit on the shoulders where it flares is great. Fits just long enough to hit the hip and looks great tucked into some high-waisted shorts. Would recommend! LOVE IT." —Lynnsey Munroe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 10 colors).

    8. A boho-inspired embroidered shirt for days you want to look put together with zero effort.

    Promising review: "High quality shirt. I got lots of compliments on it. I'd like to buy more colors. Well-made and nice looking." —TBerry

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 43 colors/styles).

    9. A cropped top with a watercolor pattern that'll brighten up both your outfit and your mood.


    Promising review: "I love this blouse. It fits perfectly, and the color is just as shown in the pictures. It's a little longer than a regular crop blouse. When I put it on, the hem is below my navel but my stomach shows a little at the bottom. Overall a great buy." —CS XOXO

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXXL).

    10. An airy off-shoulder top with slit sleeves and tie cuffs to complete all your late summer outfits.

    Promising review: "This shirt is amazing. I love the quality of the material and the fit. Definitely exceeded all my expectations! Material is not see-through and has some weight to it. Thick elastic and love the sleeves." —Onestar

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and eight colors/patterns).

    11. A tie-front, off-the-shoulder top you simply can ~knot~ pass up on.,

    Promising review: "This is the cutest top I have ever owned! Absolutely LOVE it! Not only does it look amazing on me, but I feel sexy in it. The material is very light and flowy. Feels great on. I received many compliments on it. Runs a little big. I normally wear a large because of my chest size, but I went with a medium after reading the reviews, and I'm glad I did. I probably could have gotten away with a small, but I have no complaints. I would definitely recommend this shirt to everyone!" —Nina dugan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 17 patterns).

    12. A scalloped-edge crop top so cute, you won't be able to clam up about it.


    Get it from Boohoo for $9.60 (available in sizes 12–20 and two colors).

    13. A square-neck top with puff sleeves you are ~shirr~ to love. The color is actually perfect for fall!

    Promising review: "Wow, what a cute top! I can’t tell you how many compliments I got while wearing this! It fits true to size." —Kate Tadayon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and two colors).

    14. A ruffle-neck chiffon blouse that'll give you major Victorian vibes.

    Promising review: "Ruffles and lace gives this blouse a feminine touch. I wore it to a networking event and received so many compliments on it. The versatility gives you the option to take it from work to play. I’m buying it in green. Super cute." —Love, Amira

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–L).

    15. A navy blue top with dotted mesh shoulders sure to put a pep(lum) in your step.


    Get it from ModCloth for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–4X).

    16. A boxy top with delicate floral embroidery for a not-so-basic T-shirt and jeans look.


    Promising review: "Love this summery top! The floral embroidery detail is just the right touch to dress it up. I wore this recently on my trip to West Palm Beach and got so many compliments!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and two colors).

    17. A contrast collar shirt so you can take a page out of Wednesday Addams's style book.


    Promising review: "Even though the material is thick, it's loose enough to wear on a hot day. Plus it's not see through, so I don't have to wear a camisole underneath." —Nicky

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven styles).

    18. A versatile cap-sleeve top that'll make you say, "I'll take one in every color, ~pleats~!"


    Reviewers say this top runs one size smaller.

    Promising review: "The cap sleeve detail makes it a little dressy and special. This is a great/affordable work wardrobe staple or an easy piece when you want something nicer than a T-shirt." —Highnliftedup

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 31 colors/patterns).

    19. A lace tank top to wear when you want all eyes on you.


    Promising review: "This is a beautiful blouse. The flower lace at the top is such a pretty pattern. It’s a perfect blouse to wear with jeans or you can tuck it in a skirt to wear to work. Versatile and pretty. I was expecting the material to be thin since the price was so reasonable, but to my surprise, the quality was great. It wasn’t see-through. Got other colors since I loved it so much." —Maria Monti

    Get it from Amazon for $15.80+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 13 colors).

    20. A breezy tie-front crop top for adding a pop(py) of color to any ensemble.


    Promising review: "I've worn this like eighty times already. Cute with all kinds of bottoms. Very nice feeling, floaty fabric. It's a crop top but sort of a mild crop top — I have to lift my arms for my belly button to show." —natalie

    Get it from ModCloth for $19.99 (available in sizes XXS–4X and two colors).

    21. A pearl-embellished puff sleeve top so you can look fancy and still feel comfortable (because it's nice and stretchy).

    Promising review: "Received a ton of compliments. Really nice blouse. Looks great on both jeans and a nice formal skirt." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and nine colors).

    22. A layered peplum blouse that can easily transition from work to party.,

    Promising review: "I purchased this top to wear to my birthday dinner. I love it! Fits true to size. The fabric doesn't look cheap. Looks like something you would purchase at a high-end department store. Can't wait to wear it." —Sansy

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

    23. A cozy tie-front waffle henley to wear as a top or as a cardigan.


    Reviewers say size up for a slouchier fit.

    Promising review: "They are SO soft and are exactly what I wanted. The black sweater took me a while to find the button holes, but they were there! These are not only light, so perfect for the summer, but can also be dressed up or down. These exceeded my expectations, and I fully expect them to be one of my main staple pieces for work and for relaxing." —Cady Hrasky

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and seven colors).

    24. A knit crop top with contrast leopard chiffon sleeves for making a dramatic entrance (or dramatic exit, depending on the situation 😂).

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    25. A velvet cami you've definitely seen a more expensive version of in a department store.

    Promising review: "Absolutely incredible value for this super soft cami! The velvet stretch is perfect for a looser fit. Surprisingly very well-made, I've seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! I am petite (5'1", 32D) and purchased a large because I want more stretch in the bust area. Although it was a bit too large, so I am going to purchase more colors in a medium. Such a good price, I'm stocking up now!" —Julie K.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 12 colors).

    26. A ruffle-sleeve blouse so pretty, it might bring a ~tier~ to your eye.

    Promising review: "This blouse was everything I expected it to be. The color is beautiful. I absolutely love the bell sleeves on it also. The neckline lays perfectly on the chest. I love wearing it for a night out, or even causal during the day tucked in with a belt. I love it so much!" —Caitlin M

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

    27. A stylish floral button-down shirt that'll make you want to throw an impromptu photoshoot on the street.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (available in sizes 2–10).

    28. A lace-trim cami (in a gorgeous scarf print) to wear on a night out or to a casual brunch. We love a top that can do both.


    Get it from Asos for $32 (available in sizes 14–22).

    29. A light and airy blouse with a sheer embroidered front panel your BFF will definitely try to borrow (and never return). I don't blame them, TBH.

    Promising review: "I just adore this very airy top. I bought the top to wear to Cabo and I received so many compliments. I wear it with shorts and skirts, and I wear a black bra under it, and it seems like it's part of the top. You won't be sorry ordering it. I did order one size up, and it fit perfectly. The neck part is a little tight if you tie the back too tight. I usually tie it loosely and let the rest of the ribbon hang. I tuck part of the front top in my jean shorts and let the back hang out, and it looks so cute. The detail on the front is very pretty, and I get asked where I got it when I wear it. It feels better on as opposed to a cotton T-shirt since the weather has been so hot. The fabric is lightweight and very airy." —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors).

    30. A cute leopard print tee as a perfect transition piece for fall — just add a cardigan and boots!

    Promising review: "I love this leopard print tee so much! It has a little bit of stretch to it and the material is soft. This is such a great piece to wear casually or you can easily dress it up with heels! I have received so many compliments on this shirt and most can’t believe it’s from Amazon for under $20." —Jennifer Alviso

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 16 patterns).

    31. A floral flutter-sleeve crewneck blouse that's sheer perfection.


    Get it from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes X–4X).

    32. An Insta-worthy lace-up velvet cami destined to make multiple appearances on your feed.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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