33 Expensive-Looking Basics From H&M, Zara, and Nordstrom



We all know how fun a little retail therapy can be. However, the reality is that swiping that card can quickly begin to add up. While I am all for investing in solid pieces, especially buys you'll get a lot of wear out of, a few quality retailers like H&M, Zara, and Nordstrom are stocking expensive-looking basics that are surprisingly affordable. I've highlighted 33 stylish pieces that scream luxury and sophistication.

Keep scrolling to uncover lovely staple basics that won't break the bank. From pointed-toe booties that give off a designer feel to simple tops with unique details, there's a plethora of beautiful styles that could be easily confused for high-ticket items. Scoop these looks up while they're available because finds like these rarely stay in stock long.


Never underestimate a little white dress. 

The off-the-shoulder look gives it a fancier feeling. 

I love the texture created by the crinkled fabric. 

This dress is great for a date night. 

The stripes are the perfect width. 

A bodysuit with a pretty neckline.

This bouclé dress looks just like a designer piece. 

A more elevated gown for black-tie events. 

Wrap tops look so great on everyone. 

These will pair well with plenty of simple bottoms, from slacks to jeans. 

This sweatshirt is simple yet chic. 


A halter-neck top with this square neckline is *chef's kiss.*

I know this doesn't seem like a basic, but the understated blue goes with a lot more than you'd think. Plus, this top will pair well with virtually any bottoms. 

The trousers give off the most luxe aura. 

A pretty white crop that has unique details. 

The off-center buttons look so cool. 

Pair with a wide variety of simple tops and jackets. 

This boxy jacket would look good with a black skirt, leather pants, or other simple bottoms. 

Who said animal print can't be neutral?


The singular off-shoulder style and cozy fabric ooze comfort with a tiny dose of style. 

Feels like a T-shirt and looks like an elevated basic.

Additional sizes available here.

Throw on a turtleneck sweater and tall boots for a beautiful outfit formula. 

From hot-girl walks to après-ski, this puffer vest can do it all. 

The voluminous sleeves and smocked torso details make it a perfect springtime style. 

Oversize leather bomber jackets are having a moment right now. 

Cutouts really elevate an otherwise simple look. 

Faux leather that looks as good as the real thing just hits differently.