Where to Shop for Quality Basics
Updated: Nov 15, 2020
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I'm sure you've heard this before, but basics are the most important part of your wardrobe. They're the building blocks of your personal style. The best thing about basics is they are so minimally designed and traditionally cut you don't really have to SPLURGE to get a decent quality piece.
As a general rule no matter which retailer you end up shopping be mindful of the 3 F's
Fabric -- Stick to natural fibers and polyester.
Fit -- Remember the garment can look great on the model but be ill-fitting on you.
Fashion -- Stick to classic styles and avoid trendy pieces. (ie: puff sleeves, choker elements, etc.) It's not really a basic timeless piece if you won't be able to wear it for years.
Where to get quality basics for every budget
A diamond in the rough. While it's not easy to scour through pages and pages of clothes to find good quality pieces some of my favorite basics hail from SheIn. If you need help shopping these sites check out our shopping hacks here.
02. VICI and Hanes x Karla ( $$ )
While VICI tends to be a trendier store from time to time they will bring wonderful basic tops. One of the perks of shopping VICI is how active they are on social media: they provide coupon codes, share pictures and stories of others describing their garments AND have free shipping and returns.
03. ZARA ( $$ )
Zara has its very own ZARA BASICS section, the quality is great for the price compared to H&M who have a basic selection that tends to fall apart due to poor construction. ZARA also is pretty good at providing classic coat options.
Great finds here: Zara basics line (shop in-store) and classic coats.
Related: How to Always Look Put Together
04. NastyGal ( $$ )
While NastyGal tends to favor trends they do often have well-constructed and well-fitting basics.
05. Everlane ( $$-$$$ )
My very first silk and cashmere tops came from Everlane. Everlane produces higher quality garments at affordable prices without being overly trendy.
Related: How to Elegant Develop Elegant Style
06. Ann Taylor ( $$-$$$ )
Better known as where your mom gets her sweaters, don't be fooled, due to consistent sales and great materials, Ann Taylor is one of the best places to get quality, well-made, expensive-looking basics.
Great finds at Ann Taylor: Knitwear
07. Aritzia and American Apparel ( $$ )
I couldn't choose between these two when it came to the perfect fitting crop top. They have wonderful, comfortable, durable crop tops that are structured and cut in a flattering way.
08. Meshki ( $$ )
This Australian-brand has a huge influencer and celebrity following for a reason: Incredible fit and very high quality. They have the best and most form-fitting bodysuits you will ever wear. The quality is exceptional but FYI sizes tend to run very small.
Great finds here: Bodysuits
09. Reformation ( $$ - $$$ )
Reformation runs small, very very small, read the measurements WELL before you buy and then maybe size up just to be sure. Although I'm annoyed at their sizing, I get over it quickly because it's time and money well spent. Reformation's FIT is on point as long as you read the measurements and contact customer service for more info.
Great finds here: Sweaters, Tops with classic, structured and well-fitting necklines.
Should you spend $1000+ on a basic? If you can afford it sure.
If you can't there's always Poshmark for lightly used luxury finds.
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11. Macy's ( $$ )
With lines from Bar III and Danielle Bernstein, plenty of sales, deals, and awesome return policies there's never been a better time to shop this retail giant.