I Was in Need of a Basics Refresh—These 36 Nordstrom Finds Look So Expensive


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As much as I love to try my hand at one of the many trends we write about at Who What Wear, at the end of the day, I'm an elevated-basics girl through and through. I live for straight-leg denim, crisp white T-shirts, and slouchy blazers that transform any outfit into something a bit more special. It's not boring—it's just classic. If you're looking to upgrade your wardrobe to a no-think chic capsule collection, you've come to the right place. 

Although elevated basics rely heavily on their simple colors and timeless silhouettes for wearability, there's nothing wrong with pairing them with trend-forward pieces to make them feel a bit fresher. Now that summer is around the corner and I'm embracing the warmer weather, I'm itching to wear things that are beyond effortless. Thankfully, Nordstrom came in clutch, delivering tons of expensive-looking style inspiration I was able to add to my closet without having to pay designer-name prices. 

Ahead are all of the Nordstrom elevated basics I'm eyeing to wear this summer and beyond. 

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next, If You Hate Trends, You'll Love These Timeless Shoe Styles From Nordstrom

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)