Ah the basics, or "foundation pieces" also known as "investment pieces". What are they you might ask? I have mentioned what they are here, but what I realized is that I never told you WHY you should invest a bit more cash when you buy them. Well, here is the news, the basics should last you a long time. Therefore, quality is a must so don't be afraid to invest in building a strong "foundation".
I know, I know, quality doesn't come cheap, but it's not as much as you might think. On average, it will cost anywhere from $50 - $150 more than buying an item of lower quality at a fast fashion store, but there is always a way around full price. These pieces will give you at least 5 - 10 years of wear if not more with proper care. Hey, that rhymed, but on a serious note, I speak from experience because most of my basics have lived in my closet for up to 10 years! Overall, your wardrobe will cost a small amount and I have already shared with you how and when to cut corners. In the meantime, I will share with you the top 3 stores to buy the basics without sending you into bankruptcy:
Here are a list of top three stores to invest in the basics!
Yes, Banana Republic is a bit pricey, but it is worth it. This store is great for buying your essential black blazer, pencil skirt and trousers. The quality is some of the best that you can get without going broke. Try to catch the items on the clearance rack. I have seen $200 blazers marked down to under $100. Just be sure that the clearance section is the first place that you look.
I know that Zara is a fast fashion brand, but it is in a league of its own. The quality is pretty good compared to other brands. It is definitely a great place to buy the basics at an affordable price.
J.CREW has a reputation for being expensive, but recently, the brand has reduced its price points to make their clothing more accessible to Millennials.