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

Best New Basics to Shop in 2022



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. 

A bodysuit prevents you from having to re-tuck your shirt in every five seconds. This cream polo will pair well with just about anything. 

Button this all the way down to make it extra fitted or leave a couple undone at the bottom to keep things open. 

You'll never find a better cable-knit style for this price. Just look at the reviews for proof. 

Prepare to take this sleek, structured bag with you everywhere. 

A Levi's denim jacket will truly stand the test of time.

You'll never have to buy a pair of Chelsea boots again thanks to this durable pair from Ganni. 

A cardigan is always a great basic, but feel free to  differentiate yourself with this subtly see-through crochet style. 

A black blazer will never do you wrong, especially one that's roomy and looks good whether it's buttoned or not. 

Knit bottoms that you can wear around the house or while you're out with friends are a basic you just might be missing. 

Designer-looking oval sunnies at a fraction of the cost? Sign me up. 

Finding the perfect white tee is a journey. Consider yours over when you buy this fan-favorite Hanes style. 

Black leggings are just as essential as undergarments, IMO. 

A cropped tank is something you can wear with a blazer when it's chilly or on its own with high-waisted shorts come summer. This top-rated style comes in more than 20 colors. 

Loafers are undoubtedly a basic shoe silhouette. Modernize your look a bit with this chunky-sole style. 

How about the gorgeous shade of blue on this basic crew-neck?

The standout pattern on this helps update a simple silhouette. 

If you're not a turtleneck fan (agree to disagree on that front), opt for a mock-neck style. This one is a piece you'll find yourself reaching for again and again. 

A simple beige knit dress can pack a serious punch when worn with statement boots and jewelry. 

If a blazer is a wardrobe must-have, then so is a dress version of the same style. I highly suggest wearing this number with cream platform boots. 

A skort is arguably the best basic because it's just so practical. A cute polka-dot print like this looks both classic and current at the same time. 

A sporty pair of white sneakers with a contrasting shade is actually timeless. The more you know! 

Give yourself that Fleabag jumpsuit moment with this V-neck style that cinches at the waist. 

You'll have fun putting together different top-and-shoe combinations with this knit midi skirt. Plus, it comes in two other colors. 

You can layer a T-shirt or long-sleeve under a silky slip dress, wear a sweater over one, or opt for zero layering at all. This highly rated style is waiting to join your closet. 

The balloon sleeves and square neck on this make it anything but just another boring long-sleeve shirt. 

Faux-leather leggings are also a much-needed basic. Sorry, but you won't be too mad about it when you take a look at this dreamy pair. 

Double silver hoops are better than regular silver hoops. That's all. 

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