29 Never-Date, Affordable Wardrobe Basics We Really Love

Trends come and go; this we know. But an edit of timeless wardrobe basics will have your back season after season and make whatever trends you decide to invest in along the way feel more premium. So it certainly pays to do the groundwork in assembling your collection of wardrobe basics before you invest in anything else.


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That said, you needn’t spend a fortune to achieve this wardrobe nirvana, a meeting of truly fail-safe must-haves. In fact, we almost recommend that you don’t. The high street has so many affordable basics for the taking that are sure to make a big impact on your outfits and not your bank balance.

To prove our point, we’ve found the best affordable basics under £50, which we’ve neatly laid out for you by category below. From shirts and tops to trousers and dresses, with a smattering of versatile shoes and accessories to round off your arsenal, being basic has never been so desirable.










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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.