I try to be as strategic as possible when making a purchase to ensure something is truly worth the investment. As a result, I have a little pre–"add to cart" checklist before I make any sort of shopping decision. This includes deciphering an item's cost per wear and also reading customer reviews religiously to get that insider intel on a product. One store I tend to hit up on the regular for its massive offering of on-trend must-haves and engaging customer review section is Nordstrom.
In fact, after scrolling through a range of products recently while working on another story, I noticed that a lot of the coolest, affordable, and forward basic clothing items actually are also top-rated with at least 4 out of 5 stars. To show you what I mean, I rounded up the best jeans, coats, knits, and more all under $100. I also included one of the actual customer reviews for each to help better inform your next purchase.
"The Roadtripper is the most comfy jean I own. Hands down. I'm a size 28 in most jeans and this jean was TTS. It's a stretchy jean that allows comfort and keeps its shape all day. No saggy or baggy jeans after an eight-hour work shift. It's worth the price if you're looking for quality and comfort in a skinny jean."—SarahB07
"These jeans are amazing! The rips on the knees are super unique and the straight-leg fit is perfect. I have gotten so many compliments while wearing these. Keep in mind they are a 32 length so they do run long. You can roll the bottom to get more a cropped look. I also sized up one size because they do run a bit small but I also wanted a looser and baggier fit."—KatePP
"Fun and rich-looking sweater Warm and nice. Like the little extra distressed look around the neckline. I bought the color navy and it is a very rich color. It is a bit loose so I would get one size down. Unless you like it very loose."—Shahrzadz
"I'm not one for writing reviews, but I couldn't help myself. This dress is so gorgeous. The tie-dye contrasts strongly against the black, which makes it stand out, and the mesh feels great, as does the full, detachable slip. It'll look great on its own, but I also plan to do it under blazers and motos or without the underpinning, but over jeans."—Bellamezzo
"This is a nice dress to just throw on and run out the door. The plunge neckline is definitely deeper than shown in the photo. The front slit is a little delicate. No long strides in this dress."—ArconaRocks
"Great shoes! Such cute white sneakers and the subtle navy and green add some character. They are very comfortable. I have just worn then a few times so far and have received several compliments."—Amythsp
"Great slip-on sneaker. I purchased the pink color and it's a perfect color for spring and into summer. The are soft and flexible, wear them with a sock or not, they are a comfortable shoe. Glad I purchased."—Poppy66