10 Elevated Basics We’re Wearing Right Now

10 Elevated Basics We’re Wearing Right Now

French designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” He was a pioneer of modern classics, and his philosophy is something we emulate especially when it comes to building a capsule wardrobe. At Stein Mart, we pride ourselves on offering a range of staple-worthy pieces that lay the groundwork in your collection of wardrobe basics. Each item will have your back season after season no matter how many trends come and go, from popover blouses to relaxed-fit trousers.

You don’t need to spend a lot to achieve a near-flawless wardrobe. We have many affordable basics that will surely make an impact on your outfit (not on your bank account). That said, we’ve gathered the best basics you’ll want to wear throughout the year below.

 

Vest Top

Shop the Kaii Military Oversized Vest, $88.95

Vest tops are essentially tank tops but with a more sophisticated structure. For a modern look, try to go one size up to get a slouchier fit. Tuck it into a pair of high-waist jeans or tailored trousers and finish the outfit with casual sandals.

You might like these:

Shop the H Halston Studio Y Back Tank Top, $46.95
Shop the Kaii Beaded Embellishments Tank Top, $102.95
Shop the Angelica Tank, $102.95
Shop the H Halston Swing Top, $48.95

 

Basic Sandals

Shop the Kenta Wedge Sandal, $61.95

Whether heeled or flat, minimalist styles never fail to elevate your look up a notch. They work with just about any outfit, from dresses to denim, and you have endless options for every occasion.

You might like these:

Shop the Shoreclub Velcro Sandals, $49.99
Shop the Goldie Platform Sandal, $63.95
Shop the Shaila Open Toe Woven Sandal, $59.95
Shop the Zerri Slide Footbed Sandal, $51.95

 

White Pants

Shop the Zac & Rachel Cropped Pants With Button Trim, $36.95

Coming from spring, white pants are still a must for the warmer weather as they serve as a perfect complement to any bright-colored top. We’ll keep this in our wardrobe come autumn when summer tops are replaced by long coats and knitwear, this time in other shades as well (cream, ecru, etc.).

You might like these:

Shop the Wide Leg Pull On Pant Solid Black, $39.95
Shop the Farrah Pearl Pant, $131.95
Shop the White Tailored Pants, $229.95
Shop the Ivory Wide Flared Leg Ankle Pants, $136.95

 

Lightweight Jackets

Shop the Dora Landa Basketweave Contrast Color Tipped Fleur Jacket, $69.95

Jackets aren’t completely written off for summer because it can still get pretty chilly at night. Consider lightweight outerwear made from linen or cotton a mainstay in your closet. They can serve well as layering pieces when we march onto the next season.

You might like these:

Shop the ACL Blue Denim Cropped Belted Bluejean Jacket With Zippered Pockets by A. Helm, $150.95
Shop the Lena Gabrielle Rayon Nylon Moto Novelty Jacket Linen, $135.95
Shop the Lena Gabrielle Faux Leather Novelty Jean Jacket Ethereal Blue, $135.95

 

Midi Skirts

Shop the Black Pleated Skirt, $222.95

We’ve seen midi skirts go through the seasons, which is why we think it’s a staple we’d continue wearing until the end of the year. For summer, style it with a vest top and espadrilles for a casual yet chic look.

You might like these:

Shop the Navy Satin High-Low Skirt, $98.95
Shop the 24Seven Comfort Apparel Paisley Print Elastic Waist Midi Skirt, $38.95
Shop the Green High Low Skirt, $98.95

 

Straw Tote Bag

Shop the Metallic Straw Shoulder Bag, $48.00

While woven totes are perfect for more casual occasions, you’ll need an elegant alternative for dressier affairs. Think embellishments and dark shades to add polish to your look.

You might like these:

Shop the Metallic Straw Double Handle Chain Satchel, $48.00
Shop the Embellished Jacquard Sequin Tassel Tote, $48.00
Shop the Petite Straw Woven Cut Out Handle Jute Tote, $49.95

 

Striped Top

Shop the Summer Stripe Cinched Waist Puff Sleeve Top, $39.95

In the spirit of classic prints, stripes are sitting high on our list because of how flattering they are. Pair a striped top with pants or a skirt, both effortless looks that are ideal for any casual occasion. You can also accessorize with gold or silver jewelry to add elegance.

You might like these:

Shop the 3/4 Roll Tab Sleeve Blouse With Chest Pockets, $39.95
Shop the H Halston Knit Twist Neck Sleeveless Top, $58.00
Shop the Long Sleeve Striped Tie-Front Blouse, $43.95
Shop the Lena Gabrielle Stripe Linen Top Natural Stripe, $78.95

 

Knitwear

Shop the H Halston Studio Extended Shoulder Hoodie, $54.95

We typically associate knitwear with chunky sweaters and cardigans, but spring/summer iterations have lighter offerings that can still work as a beautiful transition piece. They look great with jeans, trousers, or leggings and can fit a number of occasions.

You might like these:

Shop the H Halston Knit Drape Neck Pullover, $48.95
Shop the Remi Knit Top, $59.95
Shop the Short Sleeve Ity Top With Grommets in Miami Pink, $39.95
Shop the Sweater Essential Cardigan, $72.95

 

Slip Dresses

Shop the Floral Print Slip Dress, $47.95

If you’re looking for the most effortless date night dress, look no further than the classic slip. Style it with a layering piece like a cardigan or blazer if you want to add dimension, or just wear it with strappy heels for a more romantic look.

You might like these:

Shop the Randi Garden Floral Slip Dress, $65.95
Shop the Sukiso Women’s Ruby Curve Slip Dress – Plus, $104.95
Shop the 24Seven Comfort Apparel V Neck Sleeveless Maxi Dress With Belt, $56.95

 

Belts

Shop the Hermes H Buckle Belt, $785.00

The only other accessory on this list, we consider belts a staple because they’re stylish and functional. A classic leather belt is perfect if your style is more refined and minimal, while a printed or embellished belt is excellent if you gravitate towards trendier or statement styles.

You might like these:

Shop the Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Belt, $505.00
Shop the Sophia Genuine Leather & Cowhide Belt -Brown, $40.95
Shop the Sophia Genuine Leather & Cowhide Belt -Black, $46.95
Shop the Chained Belt -Caramel/Gold Leather, $40.95

 

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