I found a lot of those great basics when I was scanning their winter clearance --
I love a good striped cardigan ... and this one in maroon and gray is totally old school collegiate cool. The $19.99 price tag is pretty cool, too.
This tuxedo style ruffle front shirt is such a wardrobe staple -- you could pair it with a pencil skirt, with jeans, with a bunch of chunky necklaces and a cardigan or v-neck sweater over it .... the possibilities you could pair with a menswear-ish buttown down are endless.
You'll probably get the most mileage out of a solid color, but the plaid and stripe varieties are also really great. And you can't beat the $14.99 price tag.
This cap sleeve dress is another great investment piece to have -- you could probably wear it twenty different ways. And if $49.99 seems like a lot, think of it this way-- it's not a trend silhouette that you'll question wearing in five years, either -- it's such a classic shape.
Another preppy piece I would totally recommend investing in is a waterproof, lined trench coat -- something I strongly believe every woman should own. It's a style icon, and this classic version is on sale for $89.50.
I love a good dark rinse bootcut jean, but I love it even more when they're on sale for $19.99. And I'm not sure there's anything better than stretch denim.
(All images courtesy of Lands' End)