When it comes to building your wardrobe, basic pieces play a crucial role; they’re the foundation of every trendy outfit, they inevitably become your go-to season after season, and they are your closet’s most versatile items. Simply put, basics are the building blocks of creating iconic looks. Think pairing a simple white tank with the season’s must-have denim—the baggier, the better this spring—and bold, statement-making accessories. If you scroll through Instagram and start studying your favorite style icons, you’ll soon notice that behind every trendy look lies a basic that is doing most of the work, balancing the outfit—the secret is out.
As someone who thrives off basics, like a true minimalist, I’ve spent the last several years (yes, years) curating the perfect assortment of basics that define my wardrobe. The best part about basics is that they actually live up to their name; a basic is basic, meaning you aren’t reinventing the wheel when investing in these staples; a cardigan will always be a cardigan, and a black biker short won’t be changing any time soon. Amazon has become my one-stop-shop in finding affordable, editor-approved quality basics. To be completely candid, I only shop on Amazon for basics now. Ahead, discover the 31 basics that will undoubtedly make any outfit look like a fashion expert styled it for you.
Ray-Ban Classic Gradient Aviator Sunglasses ($166)
Will Ray Bans ever go out of style? No.
The Drop Camila Slouchy Crew Neck Sweater ($40)
Say hello to the most versatile style item ever—period.
The Drop Millie Loose-Fit Pleated Long Linen Walk Short ($45)
A nod to The Row, the ultmate luxurious basics brand.
The Drop Ivette Flatform Web Strapped Sport Sandal ($38)
The sporty sandal is loved by the fashion industry.
Miabella Herringbone Chain Necklace ($30)
The ultimate layering piece.
The Drop Fitted Cutaway Racer Tank Sweater ($40)
I have to admit, I easily have five of these.
Find. Straight Leg Mid Rise Ankle Length Jeans ($13)
Styling tip: create a monochromatic look with a cream tank.
Find. Assymetric Leather Mule ($11)
Fashion lives for a '90s moment.
The Drop Melanie Baguette Bag ($40)
An iconic bag for every day.
The Drop Boxy Cuffed Short Sleeve Button Front Shirt ($20)
I love how this shirt can be easily elevated by pairing with a silk trouser or err more casual by draping it over a swimsuit as a cover-up.
Vanlinker Store Rectangle Retro Vintage 90s Sunglasses ($11)
Repeat after me: retro rectangle sunglasses are a must.
Lark & Ro Lightweight Trench Coat ($79)
A trench is non-negotiable.
Goodthreads Soft Cotton Crewneck Sweater ($18)
I'll let you in on a little secret: opt for men's sweaters and shirts on Amazon for a more relaxed, oversized look.
Find. Wide Leg Trousers ($12)
Everyone needs a black trouser.
The Drop Faux Leather Long Shirt Jacket ($60)
The "shacket" is this season's latest addition to fashion's basic wardobe.
Lioness Lioness Women's Academy Sweatpants ($69)
If this past year proved anything it's that sweatpants are on-trend.
Hue Mini Crew Sock 6-Pack ($16)
Behold, the chicest length for an ankle sock.
Kitsch Metal Hair Claw Clips ($8)
Up your hair clip game with this little gold treasure.
AGOLDE Riley Hi Rise Straight Crop Blur ($159)
It doesn't get more basic than this—in the best way.
The Drop Francesca Croissant Pouch Bag ($40)
A trendy basic that will last forever.
The Drop Marina Faux Fur Cottage Slipper ($39.9)
Another comfort item making a statement this season.
Pavoi Classic Tennis Bracelet ($13)
If you don't know where to begin in building a basic jewelry collection, start with a classic tennis bracelet.
Shein Plaid Blazer ($40)
Blazers are fashion's favorite basic—hands down.
Champion Reverse Weave Cropped Cut Off Hood ($40)
I love styling this with a straight-leg pair of jeans and a strappy heel for an elevated sporty look.
Core 10 High Waist Workout Bikershort ($13)
The aforementioned biker short.
New Balance Casual Comfort Cross Trainer ($30)
White sneakers? Check.
Levi's Original Trucker Jacket ($24)
Bored of your blue-wash denim jacket? Add a classic white jacket into the rotation.
Bf Gold Hoop Earring ($12)
You can never have too many gold hoops—ever.
Eimin Store Cropped Cardigan Sweater ($14)
This cardigan comes in a range of colors, and I just added the bubblegum pink one to my cart.
206 Collective Store Shearling Ankle Boot ($72)
These made quite the return this season, so it's definitely time to reinvest.
Dalix Canvas Tote Bag ($12)
My personal favorite, I live for a basic, canvas tote, no matter the season.
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