No matter what anyone says, the most important staple to any wardrobe is a selection of basic pieces. There is no way that anyone can sustain a wardrobe on statement pieces, your superstar items need backup singers to complete the ensemble. Denim is a universal foundation to any wardrobe, but surviving on a denim-only diet will land you in style rehab. Mix up your closet and get the most out of all of your pieces by stocking up on basics like tanks, leggings, and t-shirts. And we know from experience that there’s no better place to find these than at the same place you’re going to pick up your one-of-a-kind studded blazer and sheer Barneys blouse. Second Time Around listened to the woes of shoppers everywhere, and has emerged with a new line of affordable basics ($8 to $12). Now there’s no wondering if you’ll be able to find black leggings at Forever 21 (has anyone else managed to always miss when they have black in stock? I have enough pairs of navy to last a lifetime.). There’s also no more guessing if the Nanette Lepore top you’re trying on will look good with a tank underneath. Style made easy! And what ensemble would be complete without the final accessories to finish off your look?

In addition to these basics, STA is offering a line of signature jewelry, priced from $6 to $50. These are versatile pieces, including delicate pendants, enamel bangles, and intricate stud earrings (as Stuff Magazine put it, “think boho-chic beads, leather cord bracelets, and chain-link necklaces). Enough to complement your ensemble without distracting you from your budget! 

Check out the buzz around town on our basics line!
Boston Magazine
: Their Bostonista blog cited the new line as “the solution to your woes,” which has created a “one-stop shop” for them. And they “heart the enamel tiger bangle”…we do too! 

Stuff Magazine: They explored both the apparel and jewelry lines, saying about the apparel, “They’re not centerpiece designs, and they won’t dominate our fashion budgets either (prices range from $8 to $12) — but they’re perfect foundation pieces to help us pull together new looks.” 

NBC’s The Feast: Dubbed the line “superaffordable,” they said, “The Back to Basics collection, headed by Director of Styling (and one of our Feasterati), Marisa Meloski, is a selection of black and white essentials—tees, tanks, camis, and leggings—designed to accessorize with the stores vintage pieces.” A perfect summary to us! 

Daily Candy: They tacked us on to their weekend itinerary, because – according to them – “you’re budgeted for a fashion pick-me-up.”

~Ashley, FashioniSTA, Second Time Arond