30 Pieces of Jewelry Under $30 to Dress Up Any Outfit (Even Sweatpants)

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There’s one super easy way to dress up the tired tees and comfy sweatpants that have become your new uniform: slip on some cheerful jewelry. Even better if it’s cheap, if only so you can stock up on different chokers, pendants, hoops and studs for every day of the week. In the name of Zoom calls, we included only earrings and necklaces, but we promise all 30 of these styles $30 or under will make you look like a million bucks through the computer screen.

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1. Sole Society Pearl Double Play Drop Earrings

A far cry from your mother’s pearl studs, these combine a muted array of crystals with baroque pearls. They’re at once timeless and oh-so-trendy, and worn with a white tee, will look chic as ever on that work call.


2. Chan Luu Mixed Seed Bead Necklace

You’re never too old for a beaded necklace. Sure, it might spark memories of those hours spent in arts and crafts tent at day camp, but this charming bauble will add a youthful touch to button-down blouses and flowy frocks.


3. Nordstrom Cubic Zirconia Huggie Hoop Earrings

Pop these on the moment they arrive, and we bet you won’t take them off for days. (We do suggest giving them a nice scrub every so often, if that’s the case).

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4. Argento Vivo Sydney Cluster Y-necklace

Argento Vivo has some stellar—and affordable—jewelry options that add just a flash of gold or silver to your everyday look. This Y-necklace is studded with cubic zirconia and blue quartz, which sprinkles in a subtle layer of shine to your tees and tanks uniform.


5. Anthropologie Wyatt Drop Earring

So, you had to cancel your beach vacation? Well, at least your earrings will remind you of the clear blue Caribbean water. Just add a piña colada.


6. J.crew Tortoise Leaf Pendant Necklace

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can accessorize with a palm frond. This delicate chain will layer well with others, so long as they’re also gold.


7. Stella + Ruby Crystal Earrings

Statement-making is one way to describe these oversized and blinged-out hearts. Throw them on before a Zoom and they’ll make even the rumpled T-shirt you slept in look glam.


8. J.crew Pearl Statement Necklace

Another oversize option, these bubblegum-sized faux pearls are easier to wear than they look. Just pop them on over a Breton-striped top and you’ve got an instantly put together outfit—at least from the waist up.


9. Karine Sultan Stud Earrings

A little bit artsy and rough around the edges, these everyday studs would look so good with a breezy, boho caftan.


10. Eight By Gjenmi Jewelry Party Choker

An easy-to-wear (and easy-to-adjust) choker that looks expensive but actually costs less than a bag of groceries.


11. Anthropologie Carlina Post Earrings

We’re all about an unexpected color combo and this mint green with caramel duo just might be our new favorite. In fact, these studs almost feel like a vintage store find, minus all the digging.


12. Nordstrom Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace

The sharp contrast between a rose gold chain and a shimmering cubic zirconia in a princess cut is what makes this delicate accessory so stand-out. Plus, the high-quality design means everyone on the other end of your video call will be wondering if it’s a real diamond.


13. Allsaints 2-pack Hex Huggie Hoop Earrings

Up your ear game with this two-set of huggies. They’ll play well with whatever other studs you’re already donning, whether you wear the angular hoop in your first hole or the golden one near your cartilage.


14. Madewell Seed Bead Daisy Chain Necklace

Beaded daisies are among the sweetest trends of the moment. And when the flowers are strung on a gold chain, this style won’t look borrowed from your daughter’s jewelry box.


15. Bp. Crystal Linear Drop Earrings

Deliver a little drama to your 5 p.m. happy hour. Not with some wine-fueled gossip, but with strands of multi-colored crystals that almost dust your shoulders.


16. Baublebar Musia Drusy Layered Y-necklace

Layering necklaces can be a total chore. Especially when they inevitably decide to get tangled into one big mess. Remove that nightmare from your life with a trio of necklaces already fashioned together.

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17. Machete Margot Hoops In Abalone

A step up from the classic tortoiseshell, these oblong hoops are an abstract take on the classic.

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18. Urban Outfitters Jadyn Toggle Chain Necklace

Wear the toggle closure in the front, for additional adornment, or keep it hidden behind the nape of your neck. This XL chain is really quite versatile—and available in gold, if that’s more your speed.


19. Petit Moments Stone Duster Earrings

The unique combination of stones makes it easy to wear these dusters with almost any color top. Try them with crisp white, dramatic black or a deep tan.


20. Bp. Set Of Two Ball Chain Necklaces

With a drapey shape and more chains that you can count, this collar-like necklace is the ideal item to layer under scoop necks or deep-Vs.


21. Machete Isla Hoops In Fortune

These circular studs almost look like tie-dye, which is perfect to match with the dip-dye sweats, tees, socks and sweatshirts you’ve been wearing regularly while in quarantine.

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22. Madewell Cowrie Shell Pendant Necklace

If you waited to see if the puka shell jewelry moment would stick around before trying it out, here’s confirmation that it’s still going strong. And at $20, you can invest to get in on this popular piece.


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If your style skews more classic, try these dangling earrings over pearl or diamond studs.

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24. Urban Outfitters Flutter Pendant Necklace

A butterfly pendant adds a surprisingly sophisticated touch to a twisted metal chain. It’s ideal for ‘90s kids who are die-hard fans of Mariah Carey and nostalgic accessories.


25. J.crew Crystal Baguette Hoop Earrings

Costume jewelry should be fun and colorful, but it doesn’t have to be garish or over-the-top. These baguette-adorned hoops will add a pop of rainbow, without overdoing it.


26. Zara Limited Edition Pink Chain Quartz Necklace

It’s time you wore your crystal collection out and about with you—even if it’s just on a trip from the couch to the fridge.

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27. Bp. Crystal Dotted Resin Hoop Earrings

A sprinkling of crystals adds a posh touch to the J-shape of these resin hoops. Sure, they’re ready for a night on the town, but they’re not too glam to be worn during the day, too.

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28. Urban Renewal Vintage Lucite Chain Necklace

Add a pop of color with a chunky lucite chain necklace in a springy shade of pale lime. Plus, this particular retro style is appropriate for all ages and styles.


29. Zara Lemon Hoop Earrings

Are these the cutest earrings we’ve ever seen? Most likely. Because when life gives you lemons, you should turn them into pearl embellished hoops.

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30. Roxanne Assoulin Little Bits Necklace

A little bit rugged and a lot sweet, this Roxanne Assoulin necklace eschews a metal chain for a detailed rope instead. But it just makes those coated brass beads shine even brighter.

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Dena Silver

Fashion Editor

From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.
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