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. 

A little eyelet swing dress is never a bad investment. 

4. Who What Wear Collection

Who What Wear editors are major fans of our namesake label because it's staples with a twist. 

5. AYR

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

Add your favorite jewelry and you'll have an effortlessly chic look. 

6. Mango

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

Mango's suiting never misses the mark. 

The perfect balance of timeless and trendy. 

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.

You can never have enough basic tanks. 

8. Vince

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

The smocking on these shorts is everything. 

And now, the perfect scoop neck cami. 

9. Reformation

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

Trust us when we say this cami will become a staple in your closet. 

We love a good pair of trousers. 

10. Theory

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

You'll never regret investing in a button-down. 

T-Shirt dresses are an everyday staple, but the corset detail on this one takes it to a whole new level. 

Who doesn't love a simple cardigan? 

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.