Back to the Basics

The backbone of a functional wardrobe is the basics. While not always the most exciting to purchase, these simple upgrades turn pieces into outfits. We purchase basics weekly for clients and have learned through years of experience what specs to look for in each category. While statement pieces can still have their moment, let’s get Back to the Basics.


UNDER $50 | UNDER $100

The perfect T-shirt is a highly debated topic. Many things, such as fabric, weight, and fit, must be considered when deciding what brand is right for you. This Everlane organic cotton tee (left) is a fan favorite for a reason. If you’re looking for a slightly boxier fit and longer sleeves, this is the tee for you. If you’re looking for a more fitted style, we recommend this Goldie organic cotton tee (right). Because both of these products are made from 100% cotton, we recommend air drying to increase longevity.


UNDER $50 | UNDER $100

We love a good scoop tank, especially in the warmer seasons. Whether worn alone or layered, a basic tank can serve many purposes (try it with your favorite blazer and denim for a chic modern look)! This Spanx scoop neck tank (left) is breathable while still being thick enough to wear alone. The Blondie tank from The Perfect White Tee (right) is one we buy for clients of all ages and body shapes. This thick cotton tank is not only bra-friendly but also the perfect length to tuck or not tuck!


UNDER $150 | UNDER $300 

Denim is tricky. Finding the right brand for your body type can feel like a never-ending journey. Luckily, we have some suggestions. If you’re looking for great everyday denim at a fair price point, this pair from Madewell (left) is for you. Not only do they come in petite, tall, and plus, but they also come in a variety of washes. Their 99% cotton makeup gives them a more rigid fit. If you’re looking to invest in a pair of denim that will not only fit great but will last for years, we recommend this pair from Citizens of Humanity (right). You can’t go wrong with any denim from Citizens. While we love this wide-leg pair for a fun wardrobe essential, they also carry a straight leg for those who are still struggling to part with their skinnies.


UNDER $100 | UNDER $300

With endless ways to style, a great white woven can elevate any wardrobe. We love this classic button-down from J.Crew (left) for a slimmer fit that will still give that slightly undone look. This option is ideal for layering under third pieces or wearing alone. This one from Citizens (right) gives that effortlessly cool look with a looser but still flattering fit. The details of the sleeve opening allow for an easy sleeve roll.

UNDER $300 | UNDER $500

Whether or not you are in the office, blazers are a wardrobe basic every woman should have in their closet. The Abercrombie blazer (left) offers a boxier, more oversized fit around the midsection while still keeping the shoulder structured (great for our gals with wider hips and/or bigger busts). The Cinq a Sept option (right) offers a pre-styled look, featuring permanently scrunched sleeves and a flattering fit around the midsection. Both are great options, but if you’re looking for a piece that will survive a little wear and tear, we suggest investing a little more.


The right bra will give you that instant confidence boost. This strapless bra (left) does it all! Featuring convertible straps this bra can go from halterneck to racerback seamlessly. We love a wireless option that can support a range of cup sizes. The key to having a great-fitting bra is ensuring you have been properly fitted. Our event with expert bra fitters at Lace & Day is coming up! During this appointment, you will have a one-on-one fitting with one of their professional fitters, who will recommend the best bra options for your body. You will also receive a garment bag for washing and specialized detergent with a purchase of $250 or more. Book your appointment before they fill up!



Underwear lines are out; seamless comfort is in! Whether you prefer a brief or a thong, we have options for you. These briefs from Wacoal (left) are made for comfort while being invisible under any clothing. If you’re looking for a little extra security, this Hanky Panky thong will suck you in while keeping you comfortable. They also come in a brief style, linked here.



The best no-show socks you’ve ever tried. Gone are the days of your pesty, no-show socks slipping down your ankle every time you take a step. These no-shows are tested by us and proved to work! If you’re looking for a comfy crew pair to wear with sneakers, these ones from Bombas are the best.



*Cover image via @anastasiagerrans



Are you still struggling to build outfits from your current closet? Contact us to find your personal stylist!


Join us June 11 and 12th for one-on-one bra fittings with the experts at Lace & Day!

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Elizabeth Bean Smith

Elizabeth is the Founder & Co-Owner of Wardrobe Therapy. She founded the company in 2006 for individuals seeking help with their personal style and image.

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