My 55-Year-Old Mum Says These Brands Make the Best Basics



Recently I made my mum share her take on the best fashion items worth investing in. Not surprisingly, her advice was a hit for our readers (just as it’s been for myself and my sisters all our lives), which is why I figured I’d pry some more intel out of her on a new topic. This time, the woman of few words but much good taste (whose name, by the way, is Shirin) gave us the scoop on her favourite brands for buying basics—a topic which, actually, seemed quite fitting, seeing as I also have an affinity for the simple yet crucial wardrobe staples.

Nonetheless, from Gap and Zara to Chanel and Proenza Schouler, she’s got something for the under-£100 shoppers, the investment buyers, and, of course, those who are somewhere in the middle. To see and shop all 12 of the brands that made the cut, just keep scrolling.

“J.Crew has the best cardigans.”

Like everyone, my mum is a big fan of Nike’s simple (and affordable) sneakers.

Today I learned that Gap has the softest tanks and pyjamas, most of which can typically be found on sale. 

Like mother, like daughter. The woman loves a good Zara find—namely, its tees, sandals and trousers. 

For timeless blazers, it’s Ralph Lauren.

Sounds specific, but apparently Proenza Schouler really excels in the white tops category.

According to my mum, “a Chanel tweed jacket is a basic”—and I’m not mad at that.

If you’re looking for a good pair of pants to invest in, Armani is her pick.

These trending pleated jeans would be my pick, while the classic pair below would be my mum’s.

I would have to agree with her that Vince has the best sweaters.

Another very solid denim brand for simple yet perfect jeans.

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This piece was originally published on Who What Wear US. 

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