30 Wardrobe Basics We’d Splurge On and 30 More Affordable Options

I’ll admit it—I haven’t always been the best at prioritizing basics when shopping. I’d often reach for trendier pieces because they would quickly capture my attention, but then I’d end up struggling to put outfits together in the morning. It wasn’t till working at Who What Wear and learning from my fellow editors where I realized that in order to create a long-lasting wardrobe, I have to opt for the more staple piece vs. the trendy item that may be an Instagram hit. That’s not to say I won’t be buying a funky item here and there, but I also need to work on keeping my basics up to snuff.

Whether it’s a relaxed trouser from Totême or a sleek blazer from H&M, there a plethora of trusty basics waiting for you no matter your budget. Below, I’ve relayed 30 staple items that I think are worth the investment and 30 basics that are very budget-friendly. Keep on scrolling to take a look and hopefully, shop.

Over-$150 items we think are worth the price tag:

Staud’s handbags are always worth the investment. 

The perfect jacket for transitional weather.

The fashion set’s favorite pair of jeans.

A sweater you’ll turn to season after season.

Everyone needs a simple black heel in their wardrobe.

The blazer to end all blazers.

Ballet flats may be trending, but this one is a staple.

The epitome of luxe.


Dream dress.

Your new favorite spring skirt.

My ideal spring knit.

Wear it with jeans, skirt, relaxed trousers—this decadent top does it all.

The elevated way to do distressed denim.

Wait till you feel it—Nanushka’s vegan leather is known for being unbelievably soft.

The kind of pants you want to wear everyday if you could.


My mom always taught me that gold is worth the investment.

This looks exrtemely cozy.

No such thing as too much leather.

A celebrity favorite.

Hurry, there are only a few left in stock.

I think about these boots on a daily basis.

I saw this at the Tibi showroom recently, and trust me when I say it looks even better in person.

Pair with your favorite tall boots and you’re ready to go.

Some cargo pants look a little too trendy, but this pair is just perfect.

These tough boots were made for stomping around in.


Simple in the best way possible.

It’s almost jort season.

Great basics under $100:

Dresses like these are the perfect way to stay comfy but also look put-together.

A basic black bag you’ll reach for oten.

I think I found my new favorite heels.

A basic tank is always necessary, whether you choose to bare it all or have it as a layering piece.

Trust me, this will sell out fast. You’ve been warned.

A sharp sillhouette.

You have to admit, these look designer.

When it comes to styling a white button-up, the options are endless.

Yup, I ordered this today. I couldn’t resist.

I’m surrpised I don’t see this denim wash more often, as it’s the perfect neutral.

Bomber jackets have made a comeback, but it’s hard to find chic options that aren’t crazy expensive. Lo and behold, I’ve found youre match.

Menswear inspired suiting is trending even more for 2022.

That price makes me swoon.

The perfect LBD.

I’ve found my new WFH sweater.

A sleek pair of loafers will never let you down.

Leather pants instantly make any outfit look cool.

I rely on my satin midi skirt at least once a week.

Simple and sleek.

I can’t get enough of the quilting jacket trend.

This pant constantly sells out for a reason—it’s just so versatile.

Finally, a pair of sleek New Balances that aren’t sold out.

Yup, this blazer is perfect.

The square-toe takes the classic shoe style to a whole new level.

If you don’t want to spend hundreds on jewelry, this pair of hoops is a great option.

A sweater you can always rely on.

Everyone’s favorite jeans.

A tank top that’s anything but boring.

You’ll want to see the matching skirt too.

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