8 Under $20: Gap (Back to Basics)

With all of these trends milling around in fashion spreads and tabloid magazines, I can barely keep my head on straight.  What do I buy? The fringe purse or the fur vest!?!? Jeggings or slouchy pants?! [Deep breathing.]

But let’s get real: in one month fur vests will totally be out and you’ll be looking down at your werewolf vest and clogs wondering what the hell you were thinking.

That is why we need to get smart and go ‘back to basics’ with simple tees, cardigans, and timeless colors and styles.  The best place to conquer a closet full of clothes that always last and go with everything? A little three letter word we know and love: Gap. And the best part? You can stock up on these timeless pieces for under $20.  Boo-yah.

This slouchy, over-sized tee with stand-out stripes is perfect for a fall day. How great would this top look with jeggings and knee high chestnut boots? Or under a boyfriend blazer with a pair of dark wash jeans? Put a basic with a trend and you’ve got yourself a keeper!

Fit to perfection, this top can freshen up your jeans (just add a cool necklace) and turn a messy hangover into a crisp and put-together ensemble. It comes in red, gray, white, purple and blue. For only $15.00 a pop, buy a few!

This delicate floral print would look great paired with a jean jacket.  It’s sweet, floral attitude mixes innocently with the classic button up style.  It’s very Reese Witherspoon meets Kate Hudson.  Loving it!

These pleated crop pants are great for a day in the office (with some pumps that show nada toe) and great for a switch-over to happy hour with the lasting rays of the summer sun. Always love a chic enough for the office, hip and slouchy enough for after hours deal at the Gap!

The pleats in this fitted skirt are giving it enough personality to look great chic or casual.  Paired with tights, it can transform itself into a winter business outfit. Pair with a cute skinny belt for a put-together look for cheap.

Everybody can always use a versatile zip-up, but sometimes they are so hard to find in the cheap. (I’m looking at you, American Apparel!) This classic hoodie (with a fitted silhouette style) is an ideal $19.99 find. Pair with your favorite premium jeans for a casual stroll through the quad. Also comes in cream.

LOVE these paired with a casual sweatshirt and track shoes.  You can wear them for a brisk run or to your study hall (well, hopefully after you wash them…).  They look comfortable without being sloppy, are far more friendly on the wallet than a pair of Lululemons, and may or may not be your new BFF.

Finally, I’m going to sound off with a simple yet unique tee.  I always find myself wanting that perfect tee to wear on the fly with some leggings.  And I found myself the perfect pocket dream.  And for only $12.99? Gimme, gimme.

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