My Friend Wanted a List of What to Buy Now—I Said These Under-$100 Items

Given that I spend a good chunk of my day scrolling through a variety of e-commerce sites because of my role as a fashion editor, my friends and family routinely hit me up for shopping tips. On one of my recent Zoom catch-ups with a friend of mine, she again asked for advice on a few items she could add to her wardrobe to enhance her closet and keep it current. She tends to wear a lot of basics, so she wanted items that were basics adjacent (you know, those trendier simple items). She also didn’t want to spend more than $100 on any given piece. 

I ended up going through a few of my go-to stores—including Nordstrom, Shopbop, Net-a-Porter, and H&M—and bookmarked seven chic items I thought she’d like. Below you’ll uncover the said affordable pieces she’s considering. You’ll also find a smattering of other items that could pique your interest as well if you too are looking to mix something fresh into your current rotation.

Very into the retro vibes here.

It’s all about the shacket this season.

Adorable cropped cardi.

And here’s the coordinating bralette.

Ribbed pants are a cozy staple these days.

A comfy blazer for when you need to dress up for a Zoom meeting.

Flawless house shoes.

Talk about cozy.

Longline cardigans are also where it’s at.

Gorgeous on its own or with the matching items.

A+ cut.

This coat looks far pricier than it is.

Another excellent cardigan option.

Yes—with the coordinating tank.

A favorite amongst the fashion crowd.

The embroidery is so sweet.

Can’t go wrong with that perfect pair of joggers.

This color is quite trendy.

Knit trousers are very forward RN.

The ideal finishing touch to a stylish winter ‘fit.

The style set is all about the knit polo.


Add this to a white tee and jeans ensemble to take your vibe to the next level.

Wear on its own or layered with a blazer.

Such chic waterproof boots.

Sleek and sophisticated.

Off-the-shoulder sweaters are also a hit again this season.

There’s also a coordinating tank.

Into the oversized fit here.

Another great teddy jacket option.

Just look at that furry detail.

For that perfectly-tucked-in look.

Slouchy trousers are so chic and polished.

If you haven’t been convinced to try a shacket yet…

Perfect jeans to carry you through spring.

Here’s another beautiful chain necklace pick.

Wear this ribbed skirt with everything from the matching sweater to a hoodie to a tee.

Add to your ring collection.

So expensive-looking.

Cute cropped silhouette.

This denim silhouette is no-fail.

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