The Best Brands to Shop for Quality Basics

Where to Shop Quality Basics


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Though simple basics are the foundation of a versatile, stylish wardrobe, oftentimes we purchase them as mere afterthoughts. To ensure you’ll always have the perfect white T-shirt or plain black sweater on hand, we put together a list of our favorite brands creating easy, wearable basics. These editor-approved labels are pros at elevating everyday essentials and adding a luxurious touch to core pieces, so we suggest bookmarking them now.

From the best white tees to simple sweaters that will soon become your go-to layering essentials, here's where to score the wardrobe items you wear on a regular basis. Rotate the below quality clothing brands (if they aren't already) into your everyday style below.  

1. Uniqlo 

This Japanese retailer is known for items that are both incredibly affordable and well-made, so you pretty much can't go wrong. For colder months ahead, be sure to try the brand's signature Heattech pieces. 

2. Amazon

The Amazon Essentials brand stocks a wide variety of top-notch basics, including tanks, tees, dresses, and more.

3. Everlane

SF-based Everlane is a cult favorite for everything from button-down shirts to jeans. It's definitely a site to bookmark so you can keep abreast of new arrivals. 

4. x Karla

Who What Wear editors are major fans of x Karla's basic T-shirts because they aren't see-through.

5. AYR

AYR stands for all year round, which is exactly how often you should wear the brand's impeccably designed, timeless staples. 

6. Mango

We can always count on Mango to provide us with accessible prices and a mix of both on-trend and basic clothes. 

7. Madwell

When it comes to basics, Madewell has got you covered. They've got chic selections in everything from denim and sweaters to outerwear and handbags.

8. Vince

You can trust Vince to outfit your 9-to-5 wardrobe, but its effortless pieces will also look chic on the weekends. 

9. Reformation

Reformation does a great job of mixing trends with elevated styles that you'll be sure to keep for a long time. 

10. Theory

Theory has all the professional basics you could ever want—and they'll last you a lifetime. 

11. Cuyana

This SF-based brand creates the sleekest leather bags that won't cost you a fortune. We love the tote below, in particular, to carry heavier items like a laptop.

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This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated. 


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