There are a lot of trends on my mind as I gear up for spring (take platform flip flops and cut-outs for instance), but for all my excitement of what’s trendy and new, I can never turn down a good basic. Even more so if it happens to be affordable. Around this time of year, I start to heavily rely on my collection of denim jeans and blazers, so an arsenal of basics helps to keep my staples feel fresh.
When it comes to shopping for good basics I like to go for pieces that offer little stylish details like big buttons, big sleeves, or ruffles that catch the eye; consider them a step up from boring basics. They can carry an outfit on their own with simple accessories, or work together to help power some of your more dramatic wardrobe pieces. Whichever way you style them, if you’re in the same boat as me, count yourself lucky: I’ve put together a list of some of the best elevated basics to buy now. Keep scrolling to see my favorite cheap and chic pieces to get you ready for the season ahead.