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



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 spring 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 spring and beyond. 

Denim maxi skirts are everywhere RN.

Denim-shorts season will be back before you know it.

If you're like me, you're constantly losing your gold hoops. Stock up on this super-cheap pair for the next time one goes missing.

Perfect for a quick stroll in the park and chilling out at home.

Your new "throw everything in and go" bag.

This wouldn't be an elevated-basics piece without the inclusion of Staud.

Slingbacks are the one basic shoe trend I can get behind.

This tee plus straight-leg denim is an effortless outfit idea.

Although these cargo pants are on the trendier side, the denim wash makes them feel a bit more timeless when compared to other jeans trends.

Nordstrom's in-house Open Edit brand always has the best elevated basics.

Cardigans are my favorite item to wear during the spring.

This asymmetrical bag is so cool, and it's less than $50.

This tee under a white button-down shirt is expertly French.

Good American makes the best plus-size denim, hands down.

Absolutely perfect to dress up or down depending on your outfit vibe for the day.

Skims makes the best everyday dresses, and they're comfortable too!

Although these pants veer more on the trendy side, you always need a pair of good leather bottoms in your wardrobe arsenal.

Stripes make any basic sweater look better.

The split-sleeve detail on this basic white top adds an interesting flair.

Staud is a favorite among the fashion crowd.

This may be my favorite under-$50 find on this list yet.

The anti-skinny-jeans trend is my favorite denim trend of 2023.

You can't go wrong wit a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

This cropped black shirt goes with everything.

Light-wash jeans aren't just a spring thing—they're a good investment for a pair of year-round denim pants.