29 Basics From H&M, Zara, and Mango That Changed My Brain Chemistry


Do you ever wonder how you can have so many amazing statement styles with the prettiest colors, fabrics, and patterns but still feel like something in your wardrobe is off? I’ve recently been dealing with this problem, especially on days when I just want to go the simple route. After doing a bit of a closet audit, it became quite apparent that I lacked a selection of solid basics to serve as the foundation for my wardrobe. While I love a bold, unique statement piece just as much as the next fashion person, there’s something about having easily wearable, versatile pieces ready to go that just hits differently. Since I desperately need to flesh out my staple basics, I took to H&M, Zara, and Mango for these wardrobe necessities.

Not only are these retailers incredibly affordable, but they also have über-stylish, elevated basics like no other. I’m on the hunt for some tops, bottoms, outerwear, and simple staple shoe items to serve as the building blocks of my wardrobe. Ahead, scroll through for a curation of some of the best basic items I came across while hunting online at H&M, Zara, and Mango.

Wear white all year long—no need to tuck it away after Labor Day.

Score this wool coat for such a steal. 

I’m loving the thickness of these stripes. 

It’s easy to always look chic in camel.

An essential go-with-everything belt. 

A great layer for extra-chilly days.

Pair with a wide variety of bottoms, from skirts and slacks to jeans and joggers. 

Comfortable black denim will go so far in your wardrobe. 

Channel your inner Parisian with this French girl–approved basic. 

Throw a gray coat in with your black and camel rotation.

Oversize cardigans are perfect for layering over so many simple tops.

A modern twist on a classic staple. 

A simple sweatshirt like this can be worn over button-down tops in cooler weather. 

Pair with tights for an easy look for work and after. 

These are a classic for a reason. 

Add a chocolatey brown pair of boots to your everyday shoe collection. 

Throw on this puffer vest to add dimension and warmth to your regular “hot-girl walk” outfit. 

This gray sweater will go great with professional outfits. 

A solid pair of blue jeans is an absolute necessity. 

Pair with your favorite tan pair of trousers and black loafers for a simple yet impactful outfit.

The dual texture elevates this white sweatshirt. 

Throw over a T-shirt and jeans to make a casual look work appropriate. 

Black-and-white clothing doesn’t have to be boring. 

Not only is a white bodysuit a great layering piece, but it also won’t come untucked like your other simple tops.

Try pairing this draped top with jeans and kitten heels for a toned-down, sophisticated look.

This skirt has endless matching potential.

Add a dose of warmth with this toasty caramel cardi. 

More simple clothing with fun details, please.

An unfussy dress to pair with cardigans for a chic outfit.

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