These Basics From J.Crew, Gap, and Mango Are So Good I Had to Share Them ASAP

This past holiday season, almost everyone I knew was shopping. I, as an editor, scroll through hundreds of flashy and trend-forward items on a daily basis, so I'm a little less easily convinced by the promotional emails flooding my inbox. However, I am still human, so I did make a few purchases but primarily focused on the basics my wardrobe was missing. While the Mango bejeweled slingbacks and the under-$100 metallic jeans from Gap still pop up in my mind on occasion, the staples I've bought have already gotten plenty of wear in the first two weeks of 2023.

If you're curious as to where I scored my new set of basics, look no further than Mango, J.Crew, and Gap. You'll find everything you need—from classic oversize button-downs and point-toe slingbacks to of-the-moment staples like maxi skirts and wide-leg denim. The added bonus? All three retailers are running quite a few discounts right now, so you may even end up saving some money along the way. Keep scrolling to take a look.


Remember when I said I've been wearing my new basics nonstop? This sweater is included.

Switch out your regular tees for this chic boatneck option.

Denim jackets are simple, but that doesn't mean you can't make one look cooler than usual. Bravo, Mango.

Leggings don't have to be boring. Case in point.

This classic piece exudes major Chanel vibes.

Skirts have replaced pants for me recently.

These just might quickly become the number one shoe pick in my current rotation.

The piece all your T-shirt-and-jeans combos are missing.

To pair with skirts, jeans, and trousers.


I'm usually not a fan of a cropped fit, but this sweater changed my mind.

J.Crew excels at a lot of things—denim is one of them.

The kind of loafers you'll still want to wear years from now.

Don't underestimate the power of a good ribbed scarf.

A pair of in-stock Reebok sneakers is hard to find.

Ballet flats are a trend no longer. For many,  they're the staple flats to rely on.

My J.Crew sweaters earn the most compliments.


A basic button-down with a little bit of added fun.

The white option is good, but this green-and-white colorway gets my vote.

This outfit needs to be copied and pasted immediately. 

I bought this in all three colors and have no regrets.

Dress these relaxed jeans up or down—the choice is yours.

A knit dress will always bring in elegance.