We all know my opinion on basic bitches. But basic clothing? Love it.

I mean, no shade on those girls at fashion week who seem to be wearing every bubblegum-pink accessory at once, but my finely-honed vision of my style involves black, white, careful pops of color and a nice fit.

Anyway, the story is that I am without home. My apartment renovation is a month over schedule at this point, and I’m living out of a suitcase in one AirBnB place after another.

The thing is, I packed said suitcase a month ago, thinking all my belongings would be in storage for one week, max. So I have a week’s worth of August clothing. Sundresses and shorts and tanktops, yay! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but fall has hit us with a wet, cold whomp. My silk scarf over a black silk dress wasn’t working.

I had to brainstorm a solution. I didn’t want to go out and buy a bunch of cheap clothes, or clothes that I wouldn’t want to wear again. Plus, I knew I would be out of home for three more weeks. So I needed versatile, ethical clothing that I could wear over and over without raising any eyebrows. I also–as I realized, shivering on a street corner dreaming of sweaters–needed clothing NOW.

So I sent an email over to my friends at Zady, asking if I could order a few things, and pick them up at their headquarters. They sweetly obliged.

I picked out super basic but beautiful stuff: a boyfriend shirt and super-soft jacquard sweatshirt by Cynjin, black skinny jeans by Imogene + Willie, and skinny sweatpants that I’ve been eying for a year now by Sundry. This used up a large chunk of my overall fall budget, but I don’t feel like I made a mistake–these items are all lovely, and transform me into the 27-year-old editor powerhouse I want to be!

Synjin button down and Imogene +Willie black jeans // Alden Wicker // EcoCult //

Synjin button down, Imogene +Willie black jeans, Miista shoes // Alden Wicker // EcoCult //

Synjin button down and Imogene +Willie black jeans // Alden Wicker // EcoCult //

Synjin button down and Imogene +Willie black jeans

Synjin button down and Imogene +Willie black jeans // Alden Wicker // EcoCult //

Synjin button down and Imogene +Willie black jeans

Synjin jacquard sweater, Imogene + Willie black jeans // Alden Wicker of EcoCult

Synjin jacquard sweater, Imogene + Willie black jeans, Everlane sandals

American Apparel crop top, Sundry skinny sweats, Nikes // Alden Wicker of EcoCult

American Apparel crop top, Sundry skinny sweats, Nikes