I Think These Elevated Basics Are Peak Cool, and You Can Get Them for Under $100


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Basics are essential items to any wardrobe, mostly because they're so versatile. They can be paired with other items (including statement pieces and other basics) no matter your personal style. If you find yourself scrambling to put outfits together even though you own a wardrobe full of clothes, it may be time to invest in some reliable basics such as tank tops, shirts, and dress pants. Owning some of these staples is also essential if you are looking to build a capsule wardrobe, a tightly edited selection of clothing that will last and can be worn for any occasion.

Just because they are called basics doesn’t mean these items have to be boring. A simple tank top can be designed in a variety of cuts, styles, and colorways. I selected essential pieces that will elevate any outfit, from black body-con dresses to blazers and slip skirts. And as it just so happens, there are a lot of options to choose from under the $100 price mark. Scroll down to find my top picks.

Body-Con Dresses


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Highlight your gorgeous figure with this classic formfitting dress.

Button-Down Shirts


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A button-down will never go out of style.



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We love the contrast of sleek trousers with a more casual shirt.



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Have you heard? Minis are back in a major way.

Knit Dresses


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When the temps drop, a knit dress is an easy choice.



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Blazers go way beyond the office and can add polish to everything from a date-night ensemble to an errands look.

Satin Skirts


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The silky texture is a great way to add sophistication to your outfit.

Tank Tops


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In every color, please!



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Cardigans are the sweater of choice right now. 

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