Best Bet: Everlane Silk Blouse

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The most frustrating thing about great basics like a white tee or a black cashmere sweater is that, more often than not, the cost is anything but basic. Everlane, an online-only brand that's expanding its offerings today, is out to change that with a collection of refined staples sourced from the same mills that produce much higher-priced designer pieces. Cashmere sweaters and classic oxfords for men make up the bulk of the new merchandise, with the priciest piece topping out at $120 (for the sweaters). For women looking to stock up on of-the-moment silk blouses, they ring in at $80 and come in three colors: dove gray, mustard, and navy. Soft, with that bit of stretch that defines good-quality silk, all three would be wardrobe workhorses.

Everlane silk blouse, $80