Fashion is going back to the basics. And after seasons of microtrend-this, microtrend-that, it's a breath of fresh air to focus solely on the essentials, like a trusty pair of blue jeans or minimal, no-fuss white sneakers. Tune out the TikTok chatter and forget about all of those "cores." Instead, focus on building your capsule wardrobe with hard-working staple pieces. And best of all: thanks to Amazon Prime Day, the best wardrobe basics are available to shop at just a fraction of their original prices.
The annual sale gives you a chance to stock up on timeless classics you'll always reach for, no matter what the trend cycle says: The best white T-shirts that feel like a second skin. Little black dresses to streamline getting dressed in the morning (nothing yields an effortlessly elegant effect quite like an LBD). Ballet flats that achieve the quiet luxury look without the "Oh, wow—those shoes cost more than one month's rent" price tag. In short, these basics are the backbone of any wardrobe—and Amazon's yearly sale is the opportune chance to fill in any gaps you may have in your collection.
Keep scrolling to find more information about Amazon Prime Day and a curated list of the best wardrobe basics the sale offers, broken down into easy-to-shop categories.
When Does Amazon Prime Day End?
The sale ends on July 12 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The good news, though is that some deals will likely remain in effect after the sale's official end time. However, if a products falls under Amazon's Lightning Deals category, those are short-term discounts are limited and will likely end before the official wrap date.
It doesn't get more classic than a white tee by Hanes. And with over 45,000 reviews (yup, you read that number correctly) and an average four-point-two out of five stars, the essentials brand's Nano T-Shirt is a no-brainer buy. "Very soft and perfect for wearing under something or alone," writes one particulalrly enthused Amazon shopper.
For a basic white tee with a bit more visual intrigue, try a style like LUYAA's ruffle sleeve top. It honors the simplicity of the staple but with a subtle dose of fashion-y flair. This Amazon reviewer raves over the T-shirt's high-end look and feel but accessible price tag—which, it's important to note, is even more reasonable thanks to Amazon Prime Day: "The fabric of this blouse is a knit fabric," they write. "It lays very nicely and flows with you. It feels very luxurious and is nicely made."
What's better than one trusty white tee? Two trusty white tees! Amazon Essentials is known for it—duh!—essentials and this two-pack of T-shirts is a super smart buy. "Love these. The sleeves are not too open, not too tight [and I] can't address enough how soft they are," writes one Amazon shopper.
If you like the classic V-neck silhouette, try this tee made from an ultra-soft jersey-like fabric. Take it from this overjoyed Amazon shopper: "This is one of the best t shirts I’ve ever owned! Drapes perfectly. Nice and soft. Not to see through and perfect V. Will be buying more immediately! I’m thrilled," they write.
For a white tee that offers a bit more edge than your standard boxy, below-the-shoulder style, try one with a muscle-tank cut. This style by Vince—which is currently 30 percent off—is a great take on the shorter-sleeved silhouette in that it offers a bit more structure than your standard white T-shirt but still feels elevated due to its high-quality 100-percent cotton material.
You know and love GAP for its minimalistic pieces and reasonable pricing. This black tank top is quintessential of the retailer's M.O. in that its an affordable, no-fuss style. One Amazon shopper called it the "perfect tank" as the" fit and length were perfect and the cost was absolutely phenomenal."
You may think that you can't include The Drop's cropped and ribbed sweater tank in your summer workwear rotation, but yes, you can. Just think about how chilly your office gets once the air conditioning kicks on! You can also snag the matching shorts for an adorable coordinating lounge-y look.
Here's an easy summer work outfit for you: Layer a streamlined slinky camisole—like Ekouaer's silk satin tank top—underneath a linen blazer, slip into a pair of front-pleat trousers and your best slingback heels. One satisfied Amazon shopper writes that this tank top "is a staple of my summer wardrobe for work and "looks high-end enough for the office."
Of course, we love a quality button-down shirt in white—like this style from Hotouch. Snag this one, and then if you're ready to take on the other colors in the rainbow, try any of its 15 other colorways. One satisfied Amazon shopper writes, "This is the cute casual white button-up that everyone needs," while another says they "highly recommend [and] will be buying a few more in different colors."
Aside from the fact this GAP button-down shirt is effortlessly chic with its breezy, peasant-like design, you should snag because it's 50 percent off. One Amazon reviewer dubs it the "perfect blouse," describing it as "very light weight and cool" and that it "washes and dries nicely-no wrinkles."
This black satin button-down is a piece that you know will become a go-to in your workwear rotation. Teamed with matching black trousers for an impactful all-black outfit or tucked into a pleated midi skirt—the styling potential with this shirt by Amazon's The Drop is limitless.
Another must-own piece: A white button-down shirt. This slightly baggy Theory style is made of a silk and spandex blend, making it ideal to add to your work outfit rotation. It's a great buy from the classic brand—especially since it's currently on sale for 30 percent off its standard $245 price tag.
This breezy cotton-linen button-down shirt is a no-brainer buy for the warmer seasons. Team it with your best linen pants for a matchy-matchy look that offers maximum breathability.
Life is unpredictable. You could think you have no plans for the weekend, leaving you completely free to lounge around as you like. But then a last-minute invite pops up, and suddenly, you have a social event that requires a fancy-ish look. In times like these, it's excellent to have a formal-adjacent dress standing by, like The Drop's halter-style cutout maxi dress.
If we're talking classic and timeless pieces, a wrap-style sundress, especially one in a neutral, easy-to-style color like black, must be in the conversation. This ruffled cap-sleeve frock makes for an adorable addition to your dress collection. One enthused Amazon shopper calls the BTFBM wrap dress "a beautiful and versatile garment that embodies the essence of summer and bohemian style." They add that, "as someone who appreciates comfortable and stylish clothing, I found this wrap to be a delightful addition to my wardrobe."
Yes, this Altuzarra dress is pricy, even with the incredible 60-percent discount. But here's why it's worth it. This ribbed maxi features several of the luxury label's most signature house codes: strategic front cut-outs, intricate straps, and a stretchy-soft knit fabrication. It feels of the moment with its sultry detailing but it's an investment style you'll wear for seasons to come.
ICYMI: With the advent of the draped clothing trend, it's a Greek goddess summer. And if you're hoping to master the ethereal look, Norma Kamali's iconic Diana is a great place to start. Yes, it taps into the draping trend but we love it because it's a timeless silhouette that has remained a fan favorite since