Let’s be honest. Unless you’re rolling in the dough, buying luxurious wardrobe pieces isn’t always possible. Even as an editor, I can’t tell you how often my colleagues and I have messaged over Slack about our desire to buy Totême or Prada, knowing very well that it’s not in the cards for us at the moment. But just because we lack the means doesn’t mean that we can’t still find affordable clothing that gives off “rich energy” for less. In fact, there’s a slew of places our team loves to shop for luxe staples—including everywhere from Zara to our very own Who What Wear Collection. And while I love those shops just as much as the next editor, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my favorite is COS. Every time I scroll through its new-arrivals section, I’m left gawking over the retailer’s ability to take classic wardrobe pieces and make them feel luxe through unique hemlines, colors, and fabrics.
No other retailer in my mind understands the assignment quite like COS, so you can see why I was overjoyed when it announced its 2022 summer sale. Finding fabulous basics on sale is fantastic in and of itself, but shopping the sale section on COS? Top-tier life experience. So as COS’s summer sale nears an end, I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best staples to buy right now. And since its pieces always manage to sell out quickly, I’ve also rounded up a few other staples worth purchasing (so that you don’t have FOMO). Your new favorite wardrobe essential is a scroll away.