I Scrolled Through All the Basics at J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Zara—These Items Are Perfection

Zara shirt

(Image credit: Zara)

I'm routinely on the hunt for great basics for myself, my friends, and you, dear readers. Those perfect basics—versatile and modern items—are always appealing because they often become true workhorses in a wardrobe given the plethora of styling opportunities. J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Zara are three retailers that consistently stock top-notch basics.

I spent one afternoon scrolling through the hundreds of items at this trio of retailers to curate an edit of the elevated basics that I think are absolute perfection. You'll uncover everything from chic shirting (like the striped iteration featured above) to linen shorts and trousers to great tees you're bound to wear all the time. Keep scrolling for all of that and more.


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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.