The Surprising Brands That Have the Best Basics

If there’s one question I’m constantly being asked as a fashion editor, it’s “Where can I find the best white T-shirts?” White tees, after all, are a simple piece of clothing that require a decent amount of research. Friends and acquaintances also seem to always be looking for the best wardrobe basics in general, and my answer never changes: Start by looking to your favorite denim brands. They might not be the first places you think of when you’re on the hunt for everyday essentials, but trust me, these brands won’t disappoint.

Denim powerhouses like J Brand, Paige, and Citizens of Humanity have extended their product lines to include everyday basics every wardrobe needs. The natural extension into non-denim clothing only makes sense, as these staples are worn on repeat with jeans. Ahead, I’m sharing the best denim brands with the absolute best selection of quality clothing basics. Keep reading for the best sweaters, tees, and camisoles that have been hiding at your favorite denim brands all along.

Cotton Citizen

Over the past year, Cotton Citizen has become one of my favorite places to shop beyond its denim selection (although if you haven’t tried its high-split jeans, you’re missing out). I’m pretty much Cotton Citizen’s hype girl, constantly introducing the brand to my friends. I’ll be wearing the below set on every flight from now on.


3x1 has a solid selection fitted sweaters, I’ve been eyeing this button-front cardigan for minute now. Along with knits, the brand also stocks quality t-shirts.

J Brand

Cool outerwear? Check. Sleek leather pants? Check. The Los Angeles–based brand has a little bit of everything. Personally, I love J Brand’s camisole selection. It’s so good; just take a look below.


You’ll find all the blouses and slips your work-to-weekend wardrobe needs. Paige is another L.A.-based brand to extend its offerings to amazing basics (and even shoes).


Aside from denim, when I think of Frame, I picture its strong selection of blazers. The brand is all about a polished look. In fact, “dressed-up casual” is part of its brand statement.


Add AG to the top of your fall shopping list for essentials like lightweight jackets, layering pieces like thin turtlenecks, and solid fitted tanks. Shop my favorite non-denim items from AG below.

Up next, shop the heel style all the cool girls are wearing. 

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