29 Never-Date, Affordable Wardrobe Basics We Really Love


Trends come and go; this we know. But an edit of timeless wardrobe basics will have your back season after season and make whatever trends you decide to invest in along the way feel more premium. So it certainly pays to do the groundwork in assembling your collection of wardrobe basics before you invest in anything else.

That said, you needn’t spend a fortune to achieve this wardrobe nirvana, a meeting of truly fail-safe must-haves. In fact, we almost recommend that you don’t. The high street has so many affordable basics for the taking that are sure to make a big impact on your outfits and not your bank balance.

To prove our point, we’ve found the best affordable basics under £50, which we’ve neatly laid out for you by category below. From shirts and tops to trousers and dresses, with a smattering of versatile shoes and accessories to round off your arsenal, being basic has never been so desirable.

Grab in a size up for an oversized fit. 

Do it the 2022 way by embracing double denim. 

A summery alternative to the classic Breton. 

Arket does the best vests. 

A classic. 

Such a good fit. 

These are a best-seller. 

The perfect everyday jean. 

This one comes in 10 different shades. 

Collared knits are still key. 

Knit vests are definitely now part of any capsule. 

Never-date prints like spots are ones to add to your forever wardrobe. 

The satin slip is a staple that’ll go with any top, shirt or vest. 

So easy to throw on for warm-weather days. 

You can’t beat a great trench. 

All about that oversized shape. 

Layer over a slip dress with trainers. 

Everyone should own a pair. 

The thicker waistband makes them extra comfy. 

These have built-in cooling technology. 

A hero buy for under £20, we’re sold!

These are so inclusive in sizes 2-11. 

These are so popular, Zara brings them back each year.

We love a shoe that comes in half sizes. 

You’ll wear these with every outfit. 

Reiss is a go-to for timeless accessories. 

To wear as part of your everyday uniform. 

A leather bag for under £50? Yes please!

Next up, 13 “boring” staples fashion people will wear this summer

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