BASICS

30 Affordable Wardrobe Basics to Build Your Closet On A Budget

Basics By Price Point

I recently shared my full capsule wardrobe for spring/summer in this post. It’s a popular post every season and very fun for me to put together. I select high-quality basics that will last for years, flatter most body shapes, and all work seamlessly together. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you also get access to a Lookbook that takes all of the pieces from the capsule to create 40 outfits!

Many of you requested I share a few more budget-friendly basics to help you build your spring/summer wardrobe. So below, I’m breaking down 10 basics in 3 different price points…under $200, under $100, and under $50. That’s 30 pieces you can mix and match! But first, here are a few quick tips when shopping and building your wardrobe basics…

Quick Tips
  1. You don’t need to buy it all at once. Look at your wardrobe basics checklist (that you get when you subscribe to the newsletter) and decide what gaps need to be filled.
  2. Find basics with a twist! Sure, a plain white tee will do. But if you find a plain white tee with a pretty flutter sleeve, you’re adding an extra detail that makes you look even more stylish.
  3. Make sure you know your body shape. Knowing your body shape makes it easier to get dressed every day. You can find out how to determine your body shape here.

Now for the fun! Keep scrolling to find basics under $200, basics under $100, and basics under $50…

 

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Basics Under $200

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Is there a wardrobe basic you’re searching for that you haven’t been able to find yet? Let us know in the comments below and we can help!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
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After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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10 thoughts on “30 Affordable Wardrobe Basics to Build Your Closet On A Budget

  1. I cannot find a cute Spring coat. like one trench length without a belt in fun spring color.

    1. We know how difficult it can be to find spring coats! What about something like this? https://rstyle.me/+tak2z5kOBpu6ll8y9_G5Rw. It’s a great length and the color is super versatile for spring! If you want to share more about your budget or the climate you live in so we can find a more specific option, we’d be happy to help! Another option is to find a trench-style coat that has a removable belt. Hope that’s helpful, Noelle! ~Team Busbee

  2. I am looking for a belt to wear with a pair of jean. I love all your suggestions but most are in the 400.00 range. Can you give me a suggestion on belts comparable in style to your 400.00 suggested items? Thank you so much.

  3. This was very useful content. I love Erin’s style but I find myself intimidated by the price point of some of the items. I love how this post caters to every one. You can be stylish and luxe without breaking the bank. Thanks Busbee team. I find myself always coming to the blog for style inspiration

    1. So glad you liked the post, Lola! Our hope is that no matter what, you can get inspiration for the pieces Erin shares. Thanks so much for being here! ~Team Busbee

  4. Believe it or not, I’ve had tremendous inspiration to keep myself looking my best … even though I’m WELL past the 40+ (I’m 74!!!). Granted, I just can’t see myself in many of the suggestions; however, I’ve taken away plenty of ideas that I “can” incorporate into my lifestyle. For instance, knowing my body shape has inspired me to try a belt to offset my short, rectangular frame and give my “uniform” of knit pants and comfy shirts some definition. Also, there are many items in your “basics” that I can make work if I’m realistic; and knowing how to accurately measure myself is invaluable because 90% of the time I shop on line. These are things that everyone needs to know. In one of your videos you were talking about how necessary it is to take care of yourself. Those of us who are “farther along on the path” than most of your readers need to hear this message as well. I have NO desire to be 40, or 50, or even 60 again. 70s are just a new chapter of being alive and engaged with life, albeit at a different speed. My best at 74 is different than a 40 year old’s; but that doesn’t mean I can’t be the best me that I can. Thanks so much for putting your heart and soul into this newsletter, your blog, and your videos. I know I’m certainly not your “target” audience; but your offerings still bring me a lot of joy.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Cynthia! I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration from my content and that it’s resonating with you. No matter what your age, my mission is to help you feel empowered, confident, and excited about getting dressed every day. Knowing your body shape is SO important and I’m happy to hear you’re using that information to help with your online shopping. I also agree that no matter where you are in life, taking care of yourself is such an important thing to remember. So happy to hear you’re finding joy here…it’s why I do what I do! Thanks again for sharing and being here! ~Erin xo

  5. white jeans are on my list
    Got a pair of bone coloured booties . We avoided the snow that other parts of IRELAND got but it’s cold most days.

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