At the foundation of any well-edited wardrobe is a range of elevated basics: the go-with-everything staples that you can wear anywhere, year after year. Even the most trend-conscious dresser knows the value of a quality tee, a classic oxford shirt, a perfect-fitting pair of jeans, a cozy sweater, tailored trousers and a truly great topcoat.
My Resource For Elevated Basics
I’ve recently discovered Mott & Bow, a great resource for basics. Think cashmere and premium denim all at grounded prices. Mott & Bow has both a women’s and men’s collection of jeans, jackets, sweaters, sweats and tees at affordable prices.
Mott & Bow Jeans
Mott & Bow has a fabulous line of women’s jeans that are slimming, flattering, and offered in 4 perfect cuts with several washes to choose from. Mott & Bow sources the best denim from the top mills and offers directly to you, without the premium prices. I love the convenience of their Free Home Try-on Program. You can order two sizes if you are unsure and return the wrong size with the free prepaid printed return label.
I’m wearing the High Rise Skinny Orchard in Dark Gray ($118). Orchard is a medium-weight and super-power stretch jean. The fabric feels soft but substantial and the style is forgiving, but will give you a flattering and comfortable fit. This is my new travel jean! For size reference, the 27 fits me perfectly.
Mott & Bow Cashmere
I’m always on the hunt for cashmere sweaters and Mott & Bow has several styles and colors to choose from at phenomenal prices.
In my first look, I’m wearing the Cashmere Oversize V-Neck in cream ($149), offered in 6 beautiful colors. In look 2, I’m wearing the Cashmere Ragland Crew in oxblood ($149), offered in 9 gorgeous colors. Both of these are lightweight, year-round sweaters that feel airy, soft, and provide pill resistance.This cashmere yarn is from Mongolia and knit from the highest quality grade. For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
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What Makes A Basic Elevated?
There are a couple of ways to identify elevated basics. For me, these are the most important criteria:
Elevated basics are made of the highest quality materials. You can see from a mile that the fabric is long-lasting, comfortable, and oozes that luxury the way only well-made, high-quality fabrics do.
Fit And Cut
Be it slightly oversized or slim fitting, custom-made or off the rack, an elevated basic will always look like it was made for your body.
A good elevated basic will be immensely versatile. You can dress it up or down or style it in different ways so that the world won’t even know that you’re wearing the same item again and again (not that wearing the same item is a problem).
We may be led to believe that price is the only telling factor of quality, and expensive pieces are always superior but that’s not always true. Sure, quality often comes with a higher price tag, but it’s still worth examining whether we are truly getting what we want. Quality is a little opaque term, but for me, it usually signifies a clothing item that has been made with care, is durable and will last a long time, the fabric feels nice on my skin and is mostly made of natural materials, the finishing touches and details are right, and the cut and silhouette fits me.
Style is about confidence. If you look at your favorite style icons, you’ll see that sometimes they can wear the simplest clothing ever, and it just looks different on them. Why? Because they wear it with confidence. This is not even a criterion of elevated basics, but an added bonus. Once you find the perfect items that tick off all the above criteria, it will give you such a sense of confidence.
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