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    30 Affordable Basics You Should Go Ahead And Buy Multiples Of Right Now

    Who ever said basic was a bad thing?

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    1. A high-waisted flare skirt to add a little ~flair~ to your casual everyday look.

    Promising review: "These skirts are cute. I wear them to work and get compliments throughout the day. No one believes I bought them off of Amazon! The skirt has a slip layer underneath as well that I like and pockets! The pockets are a great size — I can comfortably fit an iPhone 7 Plus in them without worrying about it falling out. The material is nice quality, not see-through at all, and has a good weight to it. The zipper gets stuck a little, but that’s just invisible zippers for you. Very comfy to wear in the summer when it’s hot and humid! Will be buying more!" —Bailee

    Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in sizes S–XL and 13 colors).

    2. A pair of dress pants that are so comfortable you won't feel the need to tear them off the second you get home from work. *Cut to you wearing dress pants as pajamas.*


    Promising review: "I was hesitant to purchase this at first. But let me just say, do yourself the favor and get a pair or one in every color. These are wonderful. They are comfortable, and they stretch but keep their shape. They fit like they were tailored for me. I have washed and dried with no shrinking or fading. They're made well. They pull on (no buttons or zippers) and they are just right for business casual, which is basically all I wear. They look great with flats, or heels, or sneakers." —Gianna Aros

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 2–18 as well as short sizes and 28 colors).

    3. A denim jacket who's sure to be your new BFF. There's no greater friend than a trusty denim jacket who goes with you everywhere.


    Get it from Walmart for $31.50 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    4. Wide-leg chinos because wide-leg pants are having a MOMENT! Rejoice! Our legs are now free from the skinny jeans they've been contained in for 10 years.

    Old Navy

    Get them from Old Navy for $32.89 (originally $46.99, available in sizes 16–30 and seven colors).

    5. A sleek blazer you'll want to pop on over every outfit to make it a little more ~profesh~.

    Promising review: "I love this blazer so much that I ordered it in another color! I now have a black and a cream blazer in this style, and they are my favorites for work. Ladies, this blazer has REAL POCKETS, and not only that, they are great, deep pockets. So hard to find sometimes! For reference, I am 130 lbs, 34B, 5’4” and typically wear a small in tops. The small in this blazer is perfect for a slightly oversized look. I do cuff the sleeves since they are a tad large for my taste." —Hannah F

    Get it from Amazon for $33.86 (available in sizes S–2XL and 10 colors).

    6. Distressed denim shorts with so much stretch you'll feel anything *but* distressed while wearing them 24/7.,

    Promising review: "I am always struggling to find shorts that fit well, because I have a lot of curves. These were a 10/10 in fit and style. They don't dig in at all or slip down in the back at all, which is amazing! I will be buying the other colors very soon! If you're plus-size, I recommend trying them out." —kat

    Get them from Amazon for $10.63+ (available in sizes S–3XL and six washes).

    7. No-show briefs you'll want to shake your booty in as soon as you put them on. No panty lines and pretty cute to boot? This calls for a celebratory dance.


    Get them from Aerie for $14.50 each or get 10 pairs of underwear for $35 (available in sizes XS–2XL and four colors).

    Be sure to check out all of Aerie's no-show styles and seamless styles for more undie inspo.

    8. A duo of tees that are Goldilocks-approved — not too short and not too long. Not to sheer but not too stiff. Juuuust right.,

    Promising review: "These shirts are AWESOME. Super soft comfortable fabric that is thick enough you can wear over light-colored bra without it showing. Great length and just tailored enough to not fit as baggy as a dude's shirt. I have been on the hunt for a flattering decent basic T-shirt, and I finally found it!" —Elizabeth Grover

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16+ (available in 27 color combinations).

    9. Mid-rise legging jeans you can go ahead and pencil into your outfit schedule every day until the end of time.

    Gap Factory

    Get them from Gap Factory for $29.99 (originally $59.99, available in sizes 0–20 and three lengths).

    10. A fitted dress so versatile, you'll be going to events together for the rest of your life. You two should probably just go ahead and get married already.,

    Promising review: "I own three patterns! Great material, and it’s very transitional — work to happy hour — and it’s true to size. I’m a medium but sometimes have to wear large, but not in this case. The medium was perfect in every way. I hope they come up with more patterns. I’d definitely buy again!" —Mimi

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors).

    11. Low-cut socks you can truly never have enough of. You thought regular socks were hard to keep track of? Try half socks! But ohhh it's worth it to keep your prized loafers from getting smelly.


    Having trouble keeping track of these puppies? Think about getting a sock dock ($16 on Amazon) to ensure you don't lose any.

    Promising review: "Love love LOVE these socks! Smart purchase! Exactly as advertised, but BETTER! Breathable and soft. The gel on the heel is perfect. They stay put and are perfectly hidden when wearing my Sperrys! Love these!" —Kristin

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors or a mixed pack).

    12. A fit and flare skirt to give your everyday look a mermaid twist. Ariel, is that you?

    Ashley Stewart

    Get it from Ashley Stewart for $27.65 (originally $39.50, available in sizes 10–32 and two colors).

    13. Black leggings I even need to tell you why black leggings are incredible? Thankful that we've all unified and decided leggings can be pants — the right side of history.,

    Promising review: "I can see why these sell out quickly. Damn, these things are comfortable and easy to wear! I was worried that you would be able to see through them, but I worried for nothing! They are perfect! I am a plus size woman and sometimes it can be a challenge to shop online, but I plan to buy more of these for sure." —Amanda T

    Get them from Amazon for $7.90+ (available in sizes XS–5X and 26 colors).

    See what got voted best leggings by BuzzFeed Reviews!

    14. A crisp white button-down your mom will be so proud of you for owning. But she's been right all these years. They're incredibly chic and versatile, and now you can practice that French tuck that Tan taught you.

    Old Navy

    Promising review: "I don't know why it's so hard to find a good basic white button up, but I'm thrilled I finally did. It's opaque, so it doesn't show your undershirt or bras, is comfortable, and doesn't gap at the chest. It also looks SO cute tied in the front to give it a casual vibe." —Sarah00

    Get it from Old Navy for $22 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    15. A cropped raw hem tee because life's too short not to get into this crop top trend we've got goin' on.

    Free People

    Promising review: "This top is nice to throw on and feel put together. The V-neck along with the thicker material make it a good deal for the price, as they add more detail than a regular T-shirt. It is definitely cropped. I am 5’2” and my belly button shows. I got a size small." —stephmarie34

    Get it from Free People for $38 (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    16. A relaxed maxi dress that can be worn with boots, sandals, or barefoot to the beach. Whatever the plan is, this dress is down.

    Promising review: "This is SO CUTE! I can’t wait to wear it this this summer. Many have said they used it as a swimsuit cover up, but I will definitely be wearing this as a casual maxi dress! The material is slightly silky and very substantial — definitely more substantial than just a cover up. You can even tie up the front into a knot for a cute hi-low look. Just make sure to size up for a more relaxed fit!" —Richie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 29 colors)

    17. A long *or* short sleeve turtleneck so you can craft your very own everyday uniform à la Steve Jobs (albeit an adorable and stylish version of Steve Jobs)., Amazon

    Promising review: "This fits EXACTLY the way I hoped! I love turtlenecks! But I would consider this more a mock more than a full-fledged turtleneck, but it fits like a glove. It’s nice to wear all year round because it’s lightweight. Fits well around the neck and it will be a staple in my wardrobe. I’ll be ordering more colors soon!" —MsApril

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 17 colors).

    18. A fitted cami to ensure you always have the perfect layering piece on hand. In a perfect world, we'd all have a drawer full of just camis, but a few will also suffice.

    Addition Elle

    Get it from Addition Elle for $16 (available in sizes 1X–4X and two colors).

    19. A waffled button-up tee that took the softest, coziest cold weather fabric and updated it for warmer weather. An icon all year long.,

    Promising review: "This top has got to be one of my favorite tops ever! I ordered a medium because the sides to have a large slit and the fit is perfect. I wanted the oversized, slouchy look. I'm definitely going back for more colors." —fit Mommy In Heels

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 22 colors).

    20. A cotton bralette so your boobs can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won't be subjected to an underwire for the day.


    Get it from Aerie for $7.97 (originally $15.95, available in sizes XXS–2XL and five colors).

    21. A high-low swing dress that adds a little pizazz to the classic shirtdress silhouette. Love to look and feel fancy even while basically wearing a T-shirt.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. It’s so much better than I expected. I bought the black one, but now I want one in every color. I normally don’t wear a dress because I don’t feel comfortable, but this dress is very slimming, light, and comfy. The pockets are nice because I’m awkward and don’t know what to do with my hands most of the time, haha. I had a ton of compliments on this dress." —PJ

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and 11 colors).

    22. A pair of bootcut trousers to make your office look comfy as hell. One reviewer described these as "office pants that feel like yoga pants," so uhhhh yeah, I'll take every pair you have.


    Promising review: "I have worn a lot of ill-fitting trousers in my time, but this pair is a keeper. The back waistband doesn't gape at all, even when I bend over (glory!). The rise is high enough to make me feel like a grownup without being matronly or uncomfortable around my waist. They are ridiculously comfortable. They're office pants that feel like yoga pants. The fabric is soft and heavy, and it falls very gracefully. The legs are a wide-ish boot leg; I like that, though not everyone will. Inseam is spot on for me at about 31", but there's a good-sized hem if you need them a tad longer." —CJ

    Get them from Amazon for $37.98+ (available in sizes 16–22 and two colors).

    23. A long-sleeved faux wrap dress perfect for any occasion. Between work, date nights, and running a few errands, you're going to want to throw on this easy outfit basically every day., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic dress! The material is very soft and hangs nicely. I appreciate that it's a faux wrap, and it doesn't show too much cleavage, so there will be no wardrobe malfunction. It falls to just below my knee. I wouldn't mind it being a tiny bit shorter, but it's not so long that I feel like I'm drowning in it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and four colors).

    24. A crop top and pencil skirt set so you can get TWO amazing basics in one, gloriously chic package. Together or apart, these pieces are 🔥.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    25. A cardigan that will be your layering go-to all through the year. You can leave it tied or untied to create different looks and have just one MORE excuse to reach for it every morning.

    Get it from ModCloth for $35 (available in sizes XXS–4X and two colors).

    26. A striped shirt dress for taking the T-shirt — the perfect article of clothing — and turning it into a full outfit. I'll take seven, check please.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $15 (originally $29.99, available in sizes XS–2XL including tall and petite sizes, as well as four colors).

    27. Solid bike shorts so you can break into a run (or take a comfy, cozy nap) at a moment's notice and still have an Instagrammable fit.


    Enter code "BOOM" at checkout for 50% off!

    Get them from Boohoo for $10 (available in sizes 0–20).

    28. A hoodie dress for days when the mood is Tyra-style "comfort...but make it fashion.",

    Promising review: "Cannot say enough amazing things about this dress. It came with the perfect pear shaped silhouette. It compliments my curves and is super comfy! Great for everyday use." —Julie Tobbon

    Get it from Amazon for $20.86+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 22 colors).

    29. Black skinny jeans that are the epitome of a wardrobe staple. Pretty sure I was born wearing a pair of black jeans if I'm being completely honest.

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 12–20).

    30. A knit draped tee you'll want to ~scoop~ up multiples of since it'll be getting so much wear.


    Promising review: "I love this top so much. It fits perfectly. I tend to prefer shirts that aren't too tight. This shirt is comfortable and can be dressed up or down. It's soft and perfectly loose. Love it!" —samantha

    Get it from ModCloth for $19.99 (originally $25, available in sizes XXS–3X).

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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