Sure, we spend a lot of time talking about trends—at brunch with our friends, in the comments section on Instagram, and all over this very site. And while we love a good seasonal trend, we also know that we don’t follow them because the fashion cycle dictates it, but rather, because we feel like it. Still, it’s the basics in our wardrobe that keep our style grounded—without them, we’d likely look like an amateur fashion blogger (bad) or a sheeple-like try-hard (worse).

But if timeless essentials like the perfect white tee or the must-have pair of work pants have eluded you until now, rejoice: We culled the seven top retailers that have basics down pat. Ahead, the stores to head to, and the exact items to add to cart—and your new pared-down capsule wardrobe—ahead.

 

Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—ADAY Something Borrow Shirt

ADAY

This two-year-old, female-owned brand is making waves with its athleisure-cool lean, and as evidenced by the brand’s new cross-country Simplicity Tour, it’s in demand.

ADAY Something Borrow Shirt, $125; at ADAY

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—ADAY For The Win Swimsuit

ADAY

ADAY For The Win Swimsuit, $125; at ADAY

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—ADAY Cooler Days Culottes

ADAY

ADAY Cooler Days Culottes, $105; at ADAY

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—ADAY It's A Wrap Vest

ADAY

ADAY It’s A Wrap Vest, $95; at ADAY

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—ADAY Made It T-Shirt

ADAY

ADAY Made It T-Shirt, $65; at ADAY

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Grana Scoopback Swimsuit

Grana

This Hong Kong-based fashion brand is in the business of timeless, comfortable essentials—and with most pieces priced under $100, it’s practically a no-brainer.

Grana Scoopback Swimsuit, $65; at Grana

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Grana Silk Halter Neck

Grana

Grana Silk Halter Neck Cami, $45; at Grana

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Grana Oxford Boyfriend Shirt

Grana

Grana Oxford Boyfriend Shirt, $59; at Grana

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Grana Silk-Neck Slip Dress

Grana

Grana Silk –Neck Slip Dress, $79; at Grana

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Grana Women's Worsted Wool Culottes

Grana

Grana Women’s Worsted Wool Culottes, $89; at Grana

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress

Everlane

Do we really have to wax poetic about how Everlane—the king of all basics—nailed the capsule wardrobe from the top-down? Plus, the San Francisco-based brand coined radical transparency, so you can know exactly what went into making each garment.

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress, $88; at Everlane

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Everlane The Cotton Crew

Everlane

Everlane The Cotton Crew, $20; at Everlane

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Everlane The Cotton Poplin Culotte

Everlane

Everlane The Cotton Poplin Culotte, $68; at Everlane

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Everlane Slim Classic French Terry Crew

Everlane

Everlane Slim Classic French Terry Crew, $40; at Everlane

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Everlane Linen Collarless Square Shirt

Everlane

Everlane Linen Collarless Square Shirt, $55; at Everlane

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck

Uniqlo

Yep, the spot you drop by to grab a white tee when yours has seen better days does a few other things well, too. Case in point: The Japanese brand’s collection of breezy, summer-ready dresses and button-downs.

Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew-Neck, $9.90; at Uniqlo

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Uniqlo Rayon Striped Long Sleeve Shirt

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Rayon Striped Long Sleeve Shirt, $29.90; at Uniqlo

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Uniqlo Crepe Camisole Long Dress

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Crepe Camisole Long Dress, $29.90; at Uniqlo

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Uniqlo Drape Wide-Leg Pants

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Drape Wide-Leg Pants, $29.90; at Uniqlo

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweater

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweater, $29.90; at Uniqlo

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Wilfred Free Huang Blouse

Aritzia

You may not think of the Canadian brand as a place for basics, but once you take a look around, you’ll realize Aritzia has elevated workwear down-pat.

Wilfred Free Huang Blouse, $65; at Aritzia

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Wilfred Free Divina T-Shirt

Aritzia

Wilfred Free Divina T-Shirt, $19.99; at Aritzia

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Babaton Cohen Pant

Aritzia

Babaton Cohen Pant, $145; at Aritzia

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Wilfred Astere Dress

Aritzia

Wilfred Astere Dress, $85; at Aritzia

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Babaton Alvin Short

Aritzia

Babaton Alvin Short, $75; at Aritzia

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Gap Vintage Wash Crewneck Tee

Gap

Yep, your old mall standby is still killing it in the white tee department—and now, the rest of the store’s finally caught up.

Gap Vintage Wash Crewneck Tee, $19.95; at Gap

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Gap Wide-Leg Crop Chinos

Gap

Gap Wide-Leg Crop Chinos, $35.99; at Gap

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt

Gap

Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt, $49.95; at Gap

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Gap Linen Sleeveless Stripe Shirtdress

Gap

Gap Linen Sleeveless Stripe Shirtdress, $59.99; at Gap

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Gap Girlfriend Rolled Utility Shorts

Gap

Gao Girlfriend Rolled Utility Shorts, $35.95; at Gap

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Theory Stretch Cotton Cap Tee

Theory

Sure, a near-three-figure tee isn’t in everyone’s budget, but if you’re ready to drop cash on a Marie Kondo-like wardrobe that won’t fall apart after two seasons, Theory’s your new go-to.

Theory Stretch Cotton Cap Tee, $85; at Theory

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Theory Mixed Rib Slip Dress

Theory

Theory Mixed Rib Slip Dress, $335; at Theory

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Theory Linen Shorts

Theory

Theory Linen Shorts, $76; at Theory

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Theory Boucle Crewneck Sweater

Theory

Theory Boucle Crewneck Sweater, $285; at Theory

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Best Basic Tops And Bottoms—Theory Clean Crop Blazer

Theory

Theory Clean Crop Blazer, $213; at Theory

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