Imagine that a $50 gift card to Amazon fell into your lap just like that. What would you buy? This is the question I posed to my fellow editors, and with our imaginary money, we all found different yet equally thrilling (and useful) gems. While senior market editor Bobby selected some quality wardrobe basics to refresh his stash, editor in chief Kat has her eye on an easy fall top that will look chic with jeans, and senior news editor Erin is cluing us into the haircare products that will breathe life into your tresses. As for myself, I blew my entire budget on one standout piece: a warm chestnut brown pair of wide-leg trousers which I'd style with the matching utility-inspired top (sadly the top is outside of today's budget but is saved for another time). Relaxed trousers are the only wardrobe basic I really care about for fall, and I already have so many outfit ideas stored in my brain with this pair. Scroll on to see and shop all of our picks, knowing you can shop any editor's wish list without spending over half a Benjamin.
"This hair towel puts me a little over my $50 budget, but I would re-buy it 10,000 times over. It has transformed my morning routine. I've been air drying my hair more than ever this year, and was just dealing with having a post-shower sopping wet mass of hair that would slowly dry for multiple hours. Brushing it or wrapping it in a regular towel took me straight to frizz town. Now, I twist my hair up in this microfiber towel, and it cuts the drying time by hours and it doesn't mess up my natural wave pattern."
"It's not my goal to have perfectly straight hair but I use a straightener to smooth everything out. I must say that this affordable Revlon one rivals the over-$100 ones out there. It's sleek and has 10 different heat settings and automatic shutoff, so what more do you need?"
"Call them nightgown dresses, nap dresses, or house dresses I'm loving the romantic, vintage-inspired frocks that are having a major moment on Instagram right now. This pretty white cotton is ideal for not only puttering around the house (and sleeping in, of course) but is also easy enough to wear out to the farmers market (just add a basket bag!) or a countryside getaway."
"This Bioderma Atoderm is my favorite shower gel, hands down. It's designed for sensitive skin and leaves you feeling squeaky clean but still hydrated. Plus, it has the most intoxicating (but subtle) scent."
"With $50 at Amazon, one of the products I would buy is Sachajuan's Leave-In Conditioner. I desperately could benefit from this because I have been neglecting my hair during quarantine and it feels particularly dry and lifeless right now. This promises to help restore shine and moisture, and I'm all about that."
"I'm intrigued by Tea Tree's Hair and Scalp Treatment because it has hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon. Its vitamin E, shea butter, and willow bark help soothe itchy scalps, but unlike other harsh scalp treatments, it also helps moisturize your hair."
Why, yes, I am prepared to blow my imaginary $50 budget on these gorgeous wide-leg trousers, thank you for asking. I'm sure I could come up with more useful (albeit less exciting) items to fill my cart with but the truth is that these trousers have been on my mind for a minute now. I think they'll work well with everything from cardigans to T-shirts to bodysuits and help me dress a bit better while I continue to WFH this fall.