These 5 Basics Look Fantastic Paired With Everything From Jeans to Shorts

Basics could easily be considered the heroes of a solid wardrobe. It’s these simple pieces that act as the foundational elements to any outfit. They also help balance out some of those more trend-driven pieces. While there’s a strong chance you have a few favorite basics in your rotation, we thought we’d highlight some more options in case you are in fact interested in adding something fresh to your offering.

Specifically, we thought we’d zero in on summer silhouettes that are versatile in that they could be styled with everything from jeans to shorts (and clearly a range of other pieces). Here, we’re talking about items like chic tanks that could be worn on their own or as layering pieces. There are also pieces like lightweight blazers if you’re looking to bring polish to one of your ensembles.

With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out five elevated basics that just might take your wardrobe to the next level.

Lightweight Blazers

A slouchier, lightweight blazer will elevate any ensemble and actually works quite nicely with shorts, jeans, or anything else for that matter. 

Tank Tops

The best tanks to wear with jeans



You just can't deny the power of a classic tank—especially in a ribbed silhouette—for a casual and always-chic vibe.

Oversize Shirts

It's all about the oversize shirt this season, to be worn on its own or as a layering item like in this ensemble here. So versatile.


The best polos to wear with shorts



Knit and retro-inspired polo shirts have been trending for the last few seasons and look quite cute with denim shorts or another pair of jeans.


If you're looking for another layering option for those chillier nights, consider a lighter shacket for a trendy vibe.