I won’t lie—when it comes to wardrobe basics like T-shirts, button-downs, and crew neck sweaters, I don’t have it all figured out. Sure, I have one or maybe two tees that I wear on repeat and what makes up the rest of my closet are more stylized trend pieces that feel pretty tied to each season. I’ve always been envious of those people who’ve nailed quality style staples because of how easily they’re able to appear put-together no matter what, which is something my trend-heavy closet doesn’t always allow me to do. So I set out to find a brand that made the staples my closet was missing. I wanted to invest in quality, well-made pieces that will last a while.
While I was on the hunt for a brand I could rely on, I took this simple advice to heart: find stylish celebrities whose overall style speaks to you and shop the pieces you’ve seen them wear. Easy enough, right? A little research later and I discovered Rails. The L.A.-based clothing brand is probably one you’ve heard of before; their incredibly soft plaid shirts are what they’re known for. But it turns out that the celeb-adored brand also supplies a heavy dose of laid-back staples—beyond plaid shirts—that I’m convinced not enough people know about.
Don’t just let me try to prove why you need pieces from Rails in your life, see how celebrities from Alessandra Ambrosio to Pippa Middleton are styling the brand. Then shop their outfits along with our own Rails picks.
We want to wear Jamie Chung’s matching shorts and button-up set every weekend this summer.
Now you’re in on Hollywood’s secret to the best wardrobe basics.
It doesn’t get any more classic than Pippa Middleton’s plaid shirt, skinny jeans and white sneakers for a casual bike ride around town.
Mila Kunis, you’re making a strong case for this floral dress. Though she kept it polished with patent oxfords, we could easily see this dress working well with strappy sandals or even ankle boots.
Whether or not you’re here for the Hawaiian shirt trend, you have to admit that Alessandra Ambrosio’s subtler island-inspired shirt looks great with her denim cutoffs.
Lucy Hale knows that the key to a successful travel outfit is a cozy (and chic) sweater. Her customized initial pullover makes for the perfect layering piece, on and off the plane.
It’s hard to imagine plaid button-down shirts ever going out of style—they’re comfy, laid-back, and look great whether thrown on over a tee à la Nina Dobrev or tied around your waist.