Odds are you've got an ample supply of wallet-friendly closet basics
on standby, but what about those elevated essentials that cost a little more? We're talking about must-have buys that scream luxury like a tissue-soft t-shirt
made from Egyptian cotton or a tailored trouser
that fits like magic. Whether it's treat yo'self moment or you're in search of investment pieces, say no more. Swipe through for four brands — Eileen Fisher, Rag & Bone, Theory, and Lafayette 148 — that specialize in damn good basics that'll become the foundation of your wardrobe all season long.
Eileen Fisher's timeless designs — sourced from only the most high-grade fabrics — are catered toward the modern woman who strives for around-the-clock versatility. Think: everyday closet heroes (a velvet blazer! A seasonless jersey dress!) that are made to stand the test of time. The brand's Renew program, which began in 2009, allows you to return any new or pre-loved Eileen Fisher product for a $5 credit. The clothing scraps are then recycled and resewn into new designs.
Brit + Co Pick: Eileen Fisher Stretch Silk Charmeuse Godet Skirt ($278):
Boasting a hint of stretch, this twirl-worthy jewel-toned silk charmeuse skirt is as flattering as they come.
Rag & Bone:
While you may already know and love Rag & Bone for their signature denim, reinvented classics, and understated Lower East Side aesthetic, it's the brand's dedication to expert craftsmanship that resonates with us the most. We are die-hard fans of the edgy label's tailored coats, easy-fit tees, and huggable sweaters (make it a funnel neck, please). By participating in their ongoing Denim Recycling Project — an initiative to transform denim waste into denim insulation for construction projects around the country — you can bring in your old denim and receive 20 percent off a new pair that same day. Brit + Co Pick: Rag & Bone High Rise Ankle Skinny ($195):
These deep indigo high-rise skinnies will get you the most bang for your buck. Pssst: They won't bag out after only a few wears.
Rag & Bone Henri Skirt ($425):
It's the military-inspired details that give this Tencel skirt a tough-girl spin.
Exceptional fits? Check. Quality fabrics sourced from the best mills? Check. Timeless styles backed by innovation? Triple check. Should you find yourself in the market for a camel coat with precise tailoring or a smart blazer that makes you look like a million bucks, Theory won't disappoint. It's not a stretch to say that you could build an entire capsule wardrobe of essentials from the brand alone. On behalf of Year-Up, a non-profit devoted to empowering young adults, Theory collects used clothing in exchange for new items at a reduced price. You're practically getting paid to shop and give back. Brit + Co Pick: Theory Good Wool Blazer Dress ($495):
Behold, a business casual blazer dress that doubles for the boardroom and post-work drinks.
Theory Cashmere Karenia Sweater ($285):
Not too slouchy, but just right. Theory has perfected the quintessential cashmere pullover for all of your cold-weather layering needs. The punchy lilac and citron colorways get our vote.
Theory Crepe Basic Pull-On Pant ($295):
Theory takes the guesswork out of getting dressed for the office. See exhibit A: These crepe pull-on pants featuring a tapered leg and elasticized waist will have you doing somersaults — they're that
Theory Crepe Trench Coat ($595):
Sleek, sophisticated, and hella functional, this royal blue crepe trench will take you from morning bodega runs to brunch uptown.
This contemporary New York-based clothing brand, specializing in elegant womenswear, combines both style and substance. From the construction right down to the fabrication (be it cashmere, silk, shearling, or wool), Lafayette 148 prides itself on designing clothing that will enhance the lives of women. Attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship means that you're paying for the utmost quality — AKA, you'll be able to enjoy your garment for seasons to come. The company's production facility in Shantou, China not only ensures transparency in each step of the manufacturing process but also partners with local non-profits to eliminate textile waste. Brit + Co Pick: Lafayette Studio Stripe Drape Cloth Ashlena Dress ($798):
Details, ladies, details! Between the fit-and-flare silo and asymmetric hem, this pièce de résistance proves that you can mix business with pleasure.
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