I’m often guilty of buying into trends on a whim, only to get over them far too quickly, but I take shopping for basics very seriously. Because of that, I almost never do it, preferring to wear and rewear my trusty wardrobe essentials until they become pretty much threadbare. Then, I’ll do a major haul, investing in elevated styles from brands such as Totême, Loulou Studio, Agolde, and Reformation as well as some low-priced staples that I can buy multiple of from Levi’s and Topshop.
Given that this methodology involves buying from many brands at all different price points, I almost always end up defaulting to Nordstrom, where an escalator ride can take you from $25 tank tops to $800+ handbags. And with my T-shirts, button-downs, trousers, and jeans having seen far better days (I spent a lot of time in basics these last few years at home), I thought I’d head up to my local NYC store for yet another haul.
Ahead, discover the basics I tried on this week at Nordstrom that checked off every one of my many sartorial boxes.