REVIEWS: Amazon Items Under $38!

Amazon Items Under $38 + tops + jeans + dresses + sweaters

I’m back with another huge roundup of items to review for you! The majority of these items are from Amazon and almost all are under $38! That said, I paired them with some pieces that I have shown before that are not from Amazon, but they are still available and really good, so I’ll share about those as well. (The non-Amazon pieces are not under $38 though, FYI!) There are some hits and some just-okay pieces here, so read on to see what’s worth checking out and what’s not!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.


striped front tie dress + white sandals white and brown striped dress + white sandals + white earrings

Brown/White T-shirt Dress – size S 
I reviewed a sleeveless version of this dress last month (HERE), but I discovered a t-shirt version and had to try it!

This dress is just as good as the other one, and here’s what I previously wrote: Stretchy, soft, and COMFY! And, POCKETS! Does it get any better? This is a great little summer find, and it comes in 20 colors. Check them out, HERE.

Pro tip #1: Since this is a tad more figure-hugging, I would personally stick with the printed versions over the solid colors if you want to conceal bumps. Prints help with that!

Pro tip #2: To smooth things out even more, especially around the backside, wear a slip underneath. It adds an extra layer to smooth over underwear lines and bumps without being too hot, and I feel way less exposed. The slip I wear is no longer available, but it looks identical to THIS one. Note that the waistband is wide and made of lace instead of a skinny piece of elastic. This helps the slip lay flat against your stomach and not dig into your stomach, which keeps the waist section smoother and also feels more comfortable to wear.


short sleeve black and white striped t-shirt dress + black sandals + gold earrings + gold initial necklace

Black/White Striped T-shirt Dress size M (I prefer size S)
This is the SAME dress as the one above, but it’s slightly different, so I’m reviewing it separately.

First, I’m trying it a size up, in medium. It looks good from the front, but there is too much material in the back, causing it to bunch up. This is a case where sizing up isn’t great.

Second, the material is different. The brown/white stripe fabric is really soft, really stretchy, and thinner. The black/white stripe fabric is a bit thicker, not quite as soft, and not quite as stretchy. Still comfy, though!


white and tan striped tee + denim jeans + tan slides + ecru crossbody + gold hoops + gold initial necklace

Crescent Crossbody Bag
I have a small sling from Amazon that has served me so well over the last year, but I have been wanting a slightly bigger option. This is a crossbody that has the same sporty vibe as a sling, but it has more room than the small sling. It’s only $15.99, too! The beige color is darker than I expected and is more like taupe. So, I ordered a similar one in hopes the color might be a bit closer to cream. If not, this beige one is fine! I also like it a lot in black. Find it in 10 colors, HERE. See the similar one I ordered HERE.

Democracy Ab Tech Kick Flare Jeans – size 6
I shared these in a recent post and have been LOVING them! They are really soft, stretchy, and COMFY, and they have the really stretchy waistband that I cannot live without. The flared bottom makes every outfit feel really modern. Plus, I love how flared and bootcut jeans like these hug your hips and thighs to give you shape while still allowing your legs to breathe a little in the summer with a looser bottom. They’re only $44.97, too! Find them HERE.


white and tan striped tee + denim kick flare jeans + tan sandals + ecru backpack + gold hoops + gold initial necklace

I own this backpack in black and like it so much that I’ve wanted it in another color since black doesn’t always go with my outfits. This color has been sold out, but it finally came back in stock!

What I love about this backpack: It fits my 15.6” laptop. It’s water-resistant, so I never worry when I’m out in the rain with it! It has lots of space and different pockets for organization. It’s pretty comfortable to wear. And, it has a really sleek and modern design. It might seem excessive to have two laptop backpacks but I use mine so much, both as a laptop backpack and as my regular backpack anytime I’m with kids and need to hold a lot but want to be hands-free. Find it in several colors, HERE.


green cardigan + white top + medium wash denim jeans + white sneakers + gold hoops + gold initial necklace

Green Cardigansize S
Shorter cardigans are popular now, and one reason they are helpful is because they go better with straight leg bottoms. This cardigan has a loose and relaxed fit with a somewhat boxy cut. I’m wearing size S, and it’s roomy. I would want to try a size down! The material is a medium weight that feels substantial but isn’t too heavy. Good option to try! Comes in 8 colors, HERE.


floral print top + dark wash bootcut jeans + tan shoes + gold hoops + gold initial necklace

Floral Print Puff Sleeve Shirtsize S but want to try M
This top is made of woven material that is very soft, meaning it’s not as dressy as a blouse, but it can be dressed up for work and dressed down with jeans. It’s really pretty and works with dark wash jeans, lighter jeans, white jeans or chinos, and slacks of all colors – my favorites being black and maroon. So many options! You can also tuck it into a skirt.

I thought this material would wrinkle easily because other similar-feeling tops have wrinkled upon wear (which is so bad!), but this one didn’t. That said, try it for yourself since I didn’t wear it for that long while trying it on. For sizing, I’m wearing size S and find it snug at the shoulders and would prefer more room in the torso, so I want to try a size up. It comes in 10 colors and prints, HERE.


teal puff sleeve top + black pants + leopard print heels + gold initial necklace + gold hoops green puff sleeve top + slim cropped denim jeans + tan sandals + gold initial necklace + gold hoops

Green Puff Sleeve Shirt – size S but want to try M
This is the green version of the top above. Very pretty color! Pair this one with dark wash jeans for a date night look, a denim skirt, white pants like jeans or khakis for a crisp look, or light grey pants for work. Lots of options for this one as well. Again, you can find it in 10 colors and prints, HERE.


teal ruffle sleeve top + black kick flare pants + animal print heels + gold necklace + gold hoopsgreen ruffle sleeve top + slim cropped jeans + tan sandals + gold necklace + gold hoops

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse – size M
This blouse is another option that you can wear to work with slacks or dress down with jeans. This is thicker than the puff sleeve top above, and it drapes well and is easy to tuck! It has some stretch, too, so I find it more comfortable overall than the top above. It comes in 25 colors, though some of them are totally different styles with pompoms around the sleeves. I can’t speak to how those fit or feel, but I like this one with the ruffle sleeves!

Kick Flare Pants – size 6
BTW, the black kick flare pants that I’m wearing here are REALLY comfortable, and they are only $44.97! They are stretchy, smooth, and soft, complete with a waistband that has lots of stretch. The kick flare (or crop bootcut or whatever we’re calling it these days) adds a modern feel to all of your old outfits with black pants. These update them all instantly! Find the pants HERE. I wear size 6.

Slim Jeans – size 6
The slim cut jeans that I’m wearing in the second pic here are an old favorite, and they are still available. They are the Wit & Wisdom skinny crop pants, and I’ve noted before that these are great to help transition from skinny to straight cuts. They read like a pair of straight leg jeans because the bottom is straighter, but they are technically a skinny cut because they hug the hips and thighs, so they still show your shape while giving you the appearance of a straight leg hem. Plus, they are SO COMFY! They are really soft and stretchy, and they have a very stretchy elastic strip in the waistband – game changer! Find them HERE. I wear size 6.


black and white plaid flannel shirt + dark wash cropped jeans + white sneakers + gold hoops + gold necklace

Plaid Shirtsize M
I bought a black and white plaid shirt similar to this during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but it sold out super quickly. This is a similar style that will be great come fall! This shirt is soft, but also thick and has some structure. As with most button up tops, I didn’t like how it looked from the side in a partial front tuck, but I thought it worked relatively well tucked all the way around and bloused out a bit, which you can see in the pic above. It comes in 21 colors, HERE. I sized up to M for a more relaxed fit.


oversize black sweater + cropped denim jeans + white sneakers + gold earrings + gold necklace oversize black sweater + cropped dark wash denim jeans + white sneakers + gold hoop earrings + gold necklace

Black Sweater
Soft, thick, and VERY cozy! However, it’s so thick that it doesn’t tuck well and sticks out from the sideview, as you can see in the pic above. So, you’d have to wear it as a tunic sweater. For sizing, it runs really large. I’m wearing size S, and it’s really oversized.


red shaker stitch sweater + dark wash cropped jeans + white sneakers + gold necklace + gold earrings red shaker stitch sweater + dark wash cropped denim jeans + white sneakers + gold initial necklace + gold hoops

Goodthreads Shaker Stitch Sweater – size S
I like this one a lot! It’s soft, pretty thick, and very cozy, but also relatively lightweight, so it shouldn’t make you feel weighed down like other thicker sweaters might. It feels similar to some sweaters that I love from Nordstrom, but those are like $69 and this one is way less than that! I also like the length – I don’t need to tuck it. Unfortunately, this color sold out the day after I got it, but it’s available in several other colors. I’m hoping more colors pop back in stock! Check out the available colors HERE.

A couple of notes: First, this has balloon sleeves, which will add volume to your top half, so experiment with different cuts of bottoms (like kick flare and bootcuts!) to balance it out for your body shape. (Remember, if you’d like some help and coaching to figure out how to balance out your body shape, join the PMT Style Club when it opens. We can help you in there!)

Second note: I imagine after wearing it a few times you would need to use a sweater shaver on it. A sweater shaver is a VERY helpful tool to have in the fall and winter, and it’s so inexpensive!


mesh beach bag large mesh beach bag

Mesh Beach Bag
I linked to this bag in the packing lists that we posted earlier this summer, but I hadn’t tried it until recently and can now say firsthand that it’s great! This bag is very roomy and holds a lot while being VERY lightweight! It holds what we used to pack in two different totes. It has several pockets for organization. And, while I haven’t taken it to the beach yet, reviews say that they love that sand just falls right out of it because it’s mesh. It’s really affordable at under $19! Find it in 3 solid colors and 2 fun prints, HERE.

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