A ‘basic,’ meaning anything you can mix and match with splashier pieces like cowboy boots, prairie dresses, boiler suits, and whatever else your trendy heart desires, is seasonal bread and butter, if you will. Having a solid rotation of outfit essentials allows you to hit the refresh button whenever you please, and set your closet up for success. But where to start? We’ve got a few ideas.
When seeking out staples like button-up shirts, classic denim, trench coats, and loafers, it’s a smart tactic to steer towards brands that are best-known for them. For example, even though Ganni probably does an awesome printed midi dress, if you’re trying to find super simple, versatile pieces it may not be your first stop for basics. Rather, minimalist labels like the six below are guaranteed to satiate your staple needs, and then some.
The Brand: COS
This Swedish mainstay is a reliably chic stop for all of your wardrobe essentials. Each piece is crafted from pleasant-to-wear fabrics and the silhouettes lean toward a roomier fit, which means achieving that desirable level of effortlessness is within arm’s reach.
The Brand: Equipment
The Parisian label that’s been serving up perfected separates since 1976 is the answer to your need for a beautiful blouse, cozy lightweight jumper, or anything else, really.
The Brand: Everlane
Ah, Everlane. The fashion world’s answer to affordable minimalist separates that miraculously still look expensive. With ever-expanding categories, you’ll be able to check everything off your list here.
The Brand: Frame
Even though the Los Angeles- and London-based label is widely-known for its denim selection, the brand also has a laidback luxe assortment of separates ranging from tailored blazers to crop-flare slacks.
The Brand: Madewell
If you want to grab a few pieces to help you feel like you’re living in a Kinfolk magazine spread, Madewell should be able to assist.
The Brand: Vince
For ultra-comfortable basics that feel indulgent, Vince is your savior.