28 Expensive-Looking Loungewear and Athleisure Items I'm Wearing All Summer

28 Cheap Loungewear and Athleisure Items That Look Expensive



As someone who consumes fashion, beauty, and wellness content for a living, I'd like to think that I've logged enough shopping tips from my expert editor friends and colleagues to consider myself a savvy shopper—an "armchair expert," if you will. I love to follow the latest trends in fashion, but as a work-from-home gal who also appreciates zero-fuss pieces that can take you from lounging at home to running errands to drinks with friends, I prioritize a multifunctional wardrobe that can be dressed up or down at any given time. Sure, I've invested in several pieces that have a justifiable cost per wear—we'll save those selects for a different day—but most of the pieces I own are pretty affordable. Over the years, I've fine-tuned my tips, tricks, and go-to retailers that can offer high-quality pieces for under $100 that feel seasonally trendy and timeless at the same time. Intentionally or not, I've curated a pretty solid collection of compliment-worthy summer pieces that look triple the price. 

If you're like me and you like to look bougie on a budget, keep scrolling to see and shop the affordable items that will have you looking ultra luxe all summer long.

I found this set from a TikTok video and immediately purchased it.

These pants scream five-star-resort vacation.

If you're not pairing the pants above with this matching kimono, then what are you doing?

I have these in almost every color thanks to the unlined silhouette that makes them so comfortable. No wedgies for me, thank you.

Pair this sweater with trousers or jeans for more capsule-worthy looks.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Matching sets are key to faking an expensive-looking wardrobe.

Plissé is the fabric of choice if you're hoping to achieve an expensive-looking wardrobe.

I will preach the good word of Wsly to anyone who will listen.

The straps on this top make it look way more expensive than it is.

For those hot days when you can't bear to wear clothes.

These are very much giving Y2K-terry-cloth-sweatsuit energy circa 2003, and I love it. Pair it with the matching tank or matching shirt to complete the look.

These hit just under the $100 mark, but trust me when I tell you they're the most comfortable leggings you'll ever wear.

Ribbed-knit sets have luxury written all over them.

I have no words besides this onesie is beautiful.

Again, this Wsly tee is the only shirt you need. 

Linen is my go-to fabric for looking chic and comfortable in the summer.

A slightly oversize shirt easily pulls together a legging or denim outfit.

Trust me—anything with the buttery-soft Align fabric is the crème de la crème.

I've found everything from Skims is so soft and comfortable.

Wide-leg pants always look polished to me, no matter how casual the fabric. 


There's something about a quarter-zip set that feels luxurious.

I'm about to put you on to a brand you haven't thought about in decades. A&F has the best soft basics.

Get this—it also has your favorite band tees in a lived-in, supersoft fabric at a good price.