Basics are essential items in any wardrobe, mainly because they are so versatile. They can be teamed with other items (including statement pieces and other basics) whatever your personal style. If you’re struggling to put outfits together even though you have a wardrobe full of clothes, it might be time to invest in reliable basics like tank tops, shirts, and dress pants. Owning some of these essentials is also essential if you’re looking to create a capsule wardrobe, a curated selection of clothes that will last and can be worn for any occasion.
Just because they’re called basics doesn’t mean these items have to be boring. A simple tank top can be designed in a variety of cuts, styles, and colors. I’ve selected essential pieces that will elevate any outfit, from black bodycon dresses to blazers and culottes. And as it turns out, there are plenty of options to choose from under the $100 mark. Scroll down to find my top picks.