30 Expensive-Looking Basics That Will Sell Out at Zara, Nordstrom, and H&M

Pictured: Zara shirt; H&M jeans

Although I'm not averse to investing in really special basics, I find that there isn't really a need to buy a bunch of expensive basics every season. The reason? So many affordable retailers have tons of expensive-looking basics that no one will be able to guess you got for a bargain. Specifically, I'm focusing on the basics at Zara, H&M, and Nordstrom today.

Between these three wildly popular retailers, you don't really need to shop for them anywhere else. Zara and H&M are two of my go-to's for basics that veer trendy, while Nordstrom is always fully stocked with great classic pieces (i.e. so many white T-shirts, skinny jeans, and cozy crewneck sweaters). To help you out, I scrolled through hundreds of basics for you and selected only the most luxe-looking options. Scroll to make them your own.


These belted sweats are kind of genius.

Why bother with real leather when these exist.

These could easily be mistaken for designer jeans.

Not the most basic basic but I'm ok with that if you are.


This is the most comfortable shacket I've encountered.

That fact that this bag is devoid of hardware makes it look especially expensive.

Wearing this when it warms up should give you something to look forward to.

I suspect these will look good on everyone.

Chicer than sweatpants, just as comfortable.


How these are still in stock is beyond me.

These are not your mom jeans from 3 years ago (they're better).

You can never have too many camel sweaters.

Your eyes do not deceive you—this is $18.

The seam down the middle elevates these a bit.

Ribbing always makes things look more expensive.

I have a feeling that comfy fancy pants will be a must-have when we all start going out again.

I'm of the thinking that embroidery makes things look expensive.

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