Are you able to imagine I discovered this good $ 20 dupe on Amazon ?!

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Confession time: When the muscle tea trend first hit the fashion radar, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, that’s what I was there for. (As someone who loans Working girl being one of her favorite movies and listening to 80s music almost exclusively, I always secretly look for an excuse to rock some shoulder pads) but when I went online to snap up a bit of retro magic, I was stunned by that Price. Almost $ 100 for a tea? I love keeping up with the trends as much as the next person does, but this sticker shock was a bit. . . well shocking.

But a few months ago it finally dawned on me to search Amazon for a budget-friendly duplicate. Sure, Amazon could be the place to go to order your selfie light and drawer organizers; However, it’s also a great place to stock up on trendy pieces for less money. As luck would have it, I was able to find the Meladyan Solid Cotton Padded Shoulder Sleeveless Tee ($ 19-20 $) for a fraction of the price.

Don’t be fooled by its exaggerated shoulders: this dupe fits and feels just like any other t-shirt I own. The only difference is that this shirt is slightly cropped at the waist, so I would recommend tucking it into your favorite baggy jeans. But unlike the other t-shirts I own, this one is surprisingly sublime. I can just put this top on, add a pair of pants and feel like a cool girl right away. (I always wear this top with my favorite sweatpants when I travel, and I would like to think that every time I make my list of the best dressed of my flights.)

But what I love most about this shirt is the quality. Sure, $ 20 might be expensive for a simple t-shirt, but it’s on the cheaper side for this trend. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t hold up well in the wash; However, I am pleased to inform you that my skepticism has remained unfounded. Not only has this shirt retained its shape after a few washes, the shoulder pads are also intact.

Oh, and did I mention it comes in many colors? At the moment I only have this shirt in white, but I’ll definitely add a few more to my shopping cart. I mean, if you can find something that is cute, comfy, and chic, it’s a no-brainer.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kelsey Mulvey

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