Best Places to Shop For Basics

Let me just start off by saying I absolutely love creating these types of posts. Fashion has been a passion of mine for years but ever since I started working in the industry it’s rare that anything actually excites me. I see trends and products months before they are released and I’ve been become far too picky and annoyed to even bother to shop in stores anymore. It’s more like shopping is now a chore instead of something relaxing. Horrifying I know! Anyways I said all of that to say that ever since I’ve converted to a minimalist wardrobe I’ve fallen in love with shopping all over again. It’s like a have a new project to do and the territory is so unchartered and different for me. I’m loving rediscovering my wardrobe, what the heck I even like and fun new places to shop. So far I’ve compiled a small little list of where I like to go to buy my basic and transitional clothing!


Asos is my holy grail one stop shop for everything! I recently measured myself and now that I have that down, shopping on this site is so easy. For my vegas trip, I bought a few things and they fit perfectly. I bought a skirt, harem pants and a crop top for $100 bucks. I didn’t have to worry about paying for shipping, and their return system is so easy. Aside from great customer service I like shopping here because they have so many options. When I searched cropped tops it came up with 450 options and I was able to narrow them down by size, color, price and even by crew neck and turtleneck since I knew that was the style I wanted. They also offer the option to buy things packaged; meaning stuff can be bought in pairs of two. For example the two crop tops I bought could have been bought together for a cheaper price but unfortunately they didn’t have my size in both the colors I wanted; but for my basic shoppers this is right up our alley. If you’re looking for black grey, white and navy then the packaged option is a good deal.

Brandy Melville

I’m shocked this store doesn’t make the cut more often. I think it’s largely underrated. Brandy Melville has some great everyday clothing. The one downside is that everything is “ one size fits all” so for those that are xs, or xl I wouldnt recommend this for you. Since my size is usually between medium and large (depending on the fabric and cut) their clothes fit me perfectly. They have just the perfect amount of looseness to them and are great for summer wear or even for layering in the colder months. They don’t have a lot of color options; gray, white and black is about as spicy as they get, but like I said they can easily be dressed up or dressed down. After all this is a basics list so the color options are going to be slim.


Let me clarify by saying that I am a Madewell fan but I do not like J.crew ( for those of you who didn’t know they are the same company). Madewell has more casual options and when I’m looking for my basics I like something that I can make my own, not something that already has a bunch of prints and fluff that I have to work around. J.crew clothes don’t fit me either (I find that their sizing runs a little small). This store is pricey, but I think when it comes to the essentials that they are worth the investment. If you’re going to wear the shirt 8 times a month then I would say that it was worth the $50 you may have spent on it. I’m learning with minimalism. that its quality over quantity so I’m working hard to be more choosy with my spending and less fearful of the price tags. Their sale section is always the best. Catch them on a 40% off and you’re golden. They aren’t the most innovative with the cuts of their clothes but if you’re looking for clean American style then this is the spot for you!

These are the top 3 places I go to when I’m shopping for some new goodies, but a few stores are still worth honorable mention…

Uniqlo: a new favorite of mine

ZARA: Mainly shop their blazers.

H&M: Have some good winter option for an affordable price. I have two sweaters from here that I’m obsessed with

Where do you shop for your basics! Leave them in the comment section. I would love to hear!!

kierra again




  1. From 18 To Life (@from18toLife)
    July 22, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I found this very useful! I’m browsing the Brandy Melville site on another tab right now! Thanks for the list. xx

    • Kierra
      July 25, 2015 / 10:02 pm

      So glad this helped! Hope you find something good =)

  2. August 4, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I completely agree! Not only are basics good year round but they can be paired with almost anything! Great post 🙂

  3. August 11, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing! These are definitely where I shop for basics too…let’s not forget good ol’ Nordy!

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