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Our Best Places To Shop For Basics, From $5 To $500

It is all about knowing where to look – and do we know where to look. Where do you get your wardrobe basics?

Wardrobe basics are a contradiction. Technically, they should not cost too much, because there isn’t very much to them to begin with compared to say, a tailored blazer or a reconstructed pair of jeans. But, basics are important, which means they have to be well-made – and that typically comes with a price.

Well, not all the time. While we will admit that our favourite classic white shirts are at least a $150 and above apiece – H&M Collection for me, Celine for Yoyo, just to name a few – there are basics we have worn quite literally to threads that barely cost $20 each.

First up, Uniqlo. Their Heat-Tech pieces are already our lifesavers during the colder fashion months. You know those ribbed turtleneck tops that every street style champ seems to have five colours of? Uniqlo has them in every colour you can possibly need. They are seasonal, so you have to catch them at the right time.
Now, the white t-shirt. The ultimate off-duty classic that needs to be comfortable and ever-so-slightly sheer. Uniqlo has a bunch at $7 – wearing one right now as I type this – but for the more lasting options that won’t crease as easily, we turn to Acne Studios and Alexander Wang. If you’re up for a major splurge, Balenciaga makes silky t-shirts that will pass logomania inspection.

We all need a pair of denims that we can wear to death. Everyone wants the perfect pair of vintage Levi’s, but unless you’re in Tokyo or L.A, they’re hard to come by. You always have the option of Vetements  reworked Levi’s – these go into the thousand – but there are also cheaper options that come with that worn, from-the-nineties look.

Who isn’t a sneakerhead these days? If you asked us, white leather sneakers are the starter kits. There are Converse and Nike, but again, you have to catch them at the right time. For investment options under $500, try Common Projects and Kenzo.

For something a little dressed up, a little less (more?) mass but still not exorbitant, we like Topshop Unique, Raey, Tibi and Theory where you can get silk slip dresses and tailored pants for $100 to $300, like this and this, and blazers under $500, like this and this. This crepe de chine body suit is under $50. Scoreeeee.


Finally, your final weapon – Mango. Specifically, Mango online. It’s not only easier with a plethora of basics for your to choose at one glance, it has stuff that you may not find in stores. Can we get a home run? Where are some of your best places to shop for basics, both budget and luxury?

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