Given that basics are the building blocks of any wardrobe, we routinely cover the essentials worth buying to keep your closet fresh and versatile. Whether it’s a classic item like straight-leg jeans or a new staple like the reworked trench coat, there’s a range of chic yet simple pieces to take note of right now. But today, we wanted to zero in on those particularly affordable basics that are functional yet forward.
That’s right. Incorporating one (or all) of the lower-priced basics below with other staples in your wardrobe will ensure your outfits are cool and current this season. So keep scrolling for a little checklist of the cheap and "happening" basics that can all be bought for under $25. You’ll also find outfit inspiration showcasing how to wear said items, complete with shopping recommendations in case you’re ready to jump on these items now. If not, save the list to your phone and reference later when you’re shopping.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Up next, 5 affordable accessories that make my basic tops look expensive.