Nordstrom Basics Are My Jam, and These Under-$55 Picks Are Bringing Me Joy

best affordable Nordstrom basics



Everyone plays favorites with where they shop for certain fashion items. Maybe your ultimate destination for cute shoes is Shopbop (it's ours too) or you go ham on H&M's pretty dresses (same, again). Well, when it comes to basics, I'm a die-hard for Nordstrom. No matter what time of year it is or which direction my style is leaning toward at the moment, I can usually be found eyeing the retailer's winning selection of wardrobe staples and, on occasion, adding them to my cart.

Since I consider myself an expert in this arena, I've taken it upon myself to showcase all the useful clothing items that are filling my cart (and my heart) right now. Naturally, everything I'm loving at the moment is affordable, too, with nothing topping $55 in this roundup. So continue on to see all the best affordable Nordstrom basics, which I've helpfully broken down by category.

Tanks and Tees

For working out or going out.

It's still summer; order this staple.

Even better than a racerback tank since you'll always have the perfect tuck.


Have you heard? Knit dresses are going to be big for fall.

The ribbed fabric makes this look expensive.

Jeans, Pants, and Shorts

Olivia Rodrigo would approve.

I'm envisioning these as part of a chic monochromatic look.

Activewear and Loungewear

Nordstrom shoppers love these affordable leggings.

I'm a sucker for anything with "cozy" in the name.

I said "wow" out loud to myself when I saw these.

Fun fact: These were made from recycled plastic bottles.

I don't usually wear prints when I work out, but I can make an exception for this.

Does anyone wear real bras anymore? Asking for a friend.


I'm leaning into the '90s and never looking back.


I'll always have room for another fun (fall-friendly) scrunchie.

These are über-useful since they minimize creases in your hair.

Next up: 40 trendy, new Nordstrom items that won't be in stock for long.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.