Where would we be without our trusty staples? They’re the building blocks of our wardrobes, they ground statement pieces, and are striking in their simplicity when worn alone. While investing in an elevated basic will never go awry, you certainly don’t need to break the bank to update your wardrobe essentials. Our editors unanimously agree that H&M is one of the best places to shop for cost-effective basics. Not only is the brand wonderfully affordable, but its pieces also tend to look much more expensive than their price tags. From cool ribbed tank tops to wide-leg jeans, and seriously affordable sweaters, I asked my fellow editors to share the best under-$50 basics they’re buying from H&M right now. Scroll below to get your hands on them too.
"This is the ideal jean silhouette because the section around your waist and hips (in the jeans world, it's called the top-block, if you want to get technical) is tight and shows off your figure, while the looser-fit legs give off such a relaxed vibe. The best of both worlds, if you ask me."
"On the East Coast, I find that fall is the best time of year for a blazer (the rest of the year is either too cold or too hot), so I'm wearing them as often as possible while I can. This one would look chic with just jeans and brown square-toe boots."
"I already own H&M's fine-knit sweater in the crew neck silhouette, and I'm floored at how expensive it looks for its $13 price tag. I'm stocking up on its V-neck version to wear with jeans on the weekends and slouchy suit trousers for work. The best $13 you'll spend!"
"This season I'm upgrading my staple midi skirt to a chic pleated one, which I'll be wearing cinched at the waist with a belt, and with luxe-looking knee-high boots and a tie-neck blouse to nail fall's bourgeoisie trend."
"For a while, I was dubious about ultra-affordable jeans and wasn't convinced they would hold up against my favorite designer ones, but I'm pleasantly surprised by these thrifty $20 ones that perfectly hit on the wide-leg trend. I'm sold."