I Need New Stylish Basics—H&M, Amazon, and Zara Have My Favorite Styles


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We're one month into 2022, and with a new year comes the need for a wardrobe refresh if you haven't done so already. While you might be tempted to splurge on the trendiest of-the-moment items (totally with you there!), I'm inviting you to browse some of the best new basics that are on H&M, Amazon, and Zara. These items—from knits to loafers and everything in between—will never go out of style, and you'll be surprised by just how versatile they are when you get creative with layering and accessorizing. Also, just think about the cost-per-wear value you're getting out of them! 

If you naturally lean toward a more minimal wardrobe, the 30 new basics below are definitely for you. And for the trendy shoppers, you can pair your bright checkerboard prints and chunky Y2K jewelry with any of these pieces too. Since all these items are from your fave affordable retailers, I think your wallet will be happy with your decision to go back to basics. 

Lauren Adhav
Freelance Fashion Editor

Lauren Adhav is a freelance fashion editor based in Los Angeles. Originally from Orlando, Florida, she always wanted to work at a fashion magazine. After finally getting an internship at Town & Country in 2015, she moved to New York City and continued to get her footing in the industry with stints at Cosmopolitan, W magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Moda Operandi. In 2017, she returned to Cosmo full time, starting off as the beauty and fashion editorial assistant and working her way to fashion editor. She contributed to both the website and print issues, pitching new ideas, forecasting trends, covering red carpet events, and informing the overall coverage and brand voice. After five years in NYC, she moved to the West Coast for the sunshine and the change of pace. As a freelance fashion editor, she still contributes to Cosmo and now Who What Wear. She's always trying to get ahead of the next big trend before it goes mainstream and loves discovering fashion brands with a unique point of view (Chopova Lowena, Sandy Liang, and Bode being some of her current favorites). She also spends an unhealthy amount of time online shopping for the perfect piece, and now that she's in L.A., she's rediscovering her soft spot for malls. On the weekends, you can find her walking around the Silver Lake Reservoir, trying to catch up on her tan at Venice Beach, and probably ordering a Chinese chicken salad at Joan's on Third.