Athleisure Wear

This Brand Is My Affordable One-Stop-Shop for All My Basics (Including Washable Silk Camis and Bedsheets)

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Like most things that I impulsively purchase at 1 a.m., I found out about Quince on Instagram. The targeted ad gods know I'm a sucker for budget-friendly basics that look expensive, and sandwiched between a Reel of Tabitha Brown making vegan scrambled eggs and a college pal's pandemic birthday photo dump, I discovered my first Quince find: A simple cashmere T-shirt that I knew would be the cornerstone of my autumn wardrobe.

What started as a quest for "elegant-yet-comfortable basics I can wear on a Zoom call" closet staples became closet staple-staples. Quince started out offering leggings, tops, and sweaters, but quickly expanded its product inventory. You can now shop for bedding, jewelry, rugs, bath mats, and even skin care—all at attainable, affordable prices.

What makes Quince stand out from the deluge of budget-friendly basics is that it puts sustainability and quality front and center (and just because the price points are lower doesn't mean this ever impacts quality—ever). Quince mindfully works with factories that offer its employees equitable wages and safe work environments while keeping prices low by cutting out the "middleman" that most traditional supply chains still have in place (i.e. sourcing agents, warehousing, distribution, storefront retail costs, and wholesaling).

Quince has also committed to a more eco-conscious production of goods, making sure to avoid as much water and energy waste as possible, and steering clear of dangerous chemicals. The brand has even announced that, by 2023, it'll implement 100 percent compostable packaging (including the elimination of single-use plastics).

All that good stuff aside, every single one of the Quince products I've tried has been of top-notch quality. Like, on par with the pricey, ~fancy~ brands that take up equal real estate on your social feed. Below are all the Quince goods I've tried, tested, and loved (a special shoutout to their washable silk—I have yet to find a competitor that makes washer-friendly silk apparel so effortless to wear and take care of).

My favorite Quince products (so far):

Ultra-Soft Performance Legging — $30.00

The leggings we wrote about a year ago as a Lululemon dupe really are worth the hype—I’ve been wearing them for about two years now, and I can confirm they’re a really nice set of leggings for lounging and low-impact activities. I’d say go for a more compressed fit if you’re looking for a legging that’ll get you through marathon training, or an intense HIIT class—but if you’re looking for a soft, everyday yoga pant, look no further.

Made from a recycled polyester-spandex blend, you get generous 4-way stretch, and a high-rise fit that’s Downward Dog-friendly. Plus, its moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties give you a little bit of leeway after an extra sweaty class (I have 100,000 percent gone to Trader Joe’s to pick up a salad after a hot yoga class, and didn’t feel like I was offending anyone with my drenched ensemble.)

Anyway, I love these leggings. Since they’re only $30, I have three pairs in different colors, but my favorite is the Heather Charcoal. I wear them with the Flowknit Ultra-Soft Performance Cropped Tank ($30), a soft, padded tank that feels like a low-impact sports bra.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors available: 11

Flowknit Ultra-Soft Performance Biker Short — $25.00

It’s early September, which means it’s almost time for Princess Diana uniform season (aka, biker shorts, vintage sweater, sneakers…and maybe an iced PSL in hand, why not!). Another athleisure piece that looks (and feels) way more expensive than it should be, this pair of stretchy, moisture-wicking, anti-odor shorts are another go-to of mine.

You know how some biker shorts are too compressed and feel like they’re squeezing the life out of your thighs? Not these. Like the Performance leggings, these are soft, stretchy, and form-fitting, but they’re not holding everything in. This is definitely not shapewear. With that said, they’re great for your yoga class, hot girl walks, and lounging on the couch catching up on the new dragon-y Game of Thrones show. Bonus? They make your butt look awesome.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 6

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Mongolian Cashmere Oversized Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater — $140.00

Holy. Softness. This oversized cashmere cardigan is the perfect amount of drape-y I need for that effortless-yet-put-together look I strive for when I truly don’t have the time. It somehow comfort-ifies my outfit while simultaneously making me look more chic. Crafted from 100 percent Grade A Mongolian cashmere, I’d say it’s “medium” level thick (perfect for chilly morning and nights—you’d need to layer up in the winter). I love the fisherman rib detailing—it gives the fabric a higher quality look than your average cardigan. I’ve been wearing it for weeks, and so far? No pilling.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 5

Mongolian Cashmere Fisherman Pullover Hoodie — $120.00

For an elevated “I just threw a hoodie on” ensemble, I am head-over-heels in love with this cashmere sweater. Made from 100 percent Mongolian cashmere, the material is impressively soft. The length isn’t super long, but isn’t boxy either—it’s a happy medium that makes it possible to tuck into your high-waist jeans, or show off that booty if you’re wearing leggings. It’s also on the drape-y side, which I love. The arms are nice and long, and when you want to snuggle up, just throw that hoodie over your head. The thickness of the material is equal to the cashmere cardigan (above), so it’s definitely toasty (but you’d want to layer up if you’re braving true winter weather).

Both cashmere options are a perfect indoor option—great for classing up with some jeans, also great for lounging in your sweatpants. You get a bang for your buck either way.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 5

Washable Stretch Silk V-Neck Cami — $40.00

The washable silk top has entered the chat. I probably have, like, 20 years worth of outfits to choose from, but that doesn’t stop me from having a quasi-nervous breakdown every time I have to get dressed to go out. Which is why I’ve made a silk cami and jeans my fail-safe “going out” uniform. Even though I have a closet full of dresses and jumpsuits, 9/10 times you will see me at a restaurant or at the movies wearing a silk cami and jeans. It’s just how I roll.

And Quince’s silk camis are *chef’s kiss*. Made with 90 percent mulberry silk and 10 percent spandex, I don’t have to worry about the inevitable stains that’ll end up on this top, because I can (and I have) throw it in the wash when I’m done with it. It’s dressy-feeling, goes with everything, and has adjustable straps (which is really nice, especially if you have smaller or bigger boobs and are tired of ill-fitting tops).

I’ve washed my silk cami fives times now, and it looks like I just bought it. Genius.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 6

Washable Stretch Silk Blouse — $60.00

And when I need to put in more effort than a silk cami, I throw on this silk blouse. It’s the top I wear for Zoom calls for which I want to look really smart, dinners with outdoor seating, and other occasions that make me feel like I need to “step up my game.”

The washable silk blouse is made from the same material as the cami, so it’s identically soft and luxurious-feeling, and you can totally toss it in the washer when it’s time. It’s nice and loose-fitting, so I can easily tuck it in my pants, or wear for a flow-y fit.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 8

Washable Stretch Silk Wrap Dress — $80.00

I bought this easy, silk wrap dress for my 31st “30th birthday do-over” birthday when I was looking for something I could easily pair with my sparkly Jimmy Choo heels but didn’t cost as much as sparkly Jimmy Choo heels. And luckily I could, because I had to wait weeks until it was finally back in stock. Falling right above the knee (I’m 5’8”), this wrap dress feels like butter when you wear it, and like all of Quince’s silk pieces, you don’t have to stress about ruining it via spaghetti sauce or spilled drink. To top it off, it’s allegedly nourishing for you skin, as it’s silk fabric contains 18 kinds of amino acids.

You can’t tell because I’m wearing my leather jacket with it, but the dress has simple, loose sleeves, and a snap enclosure that ensures you won’t be flashing anyone (unless you wanna). This has been my all-time favorite LBD, but the dress also comes in navy (hopefully Quince will launch more colorful offerings).

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 2

Mongolian Cashmere Tee — $45.00

My first foray into Quince: I bought the Mongolian Cashmere Tee for myself a couple years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite tops. Normally I say “no thank you” to sweater tees, because I think they’re a confusing concept, but this one is really light, perfectly fluffy, and fits like a dream. It’s made of 100 percent Mongolian cashmere, and has a comfortable, relaxing fit (you can easily tuck it into your pants or wear un-tucked—I’ve done both.) It’s got kind of a ’90s vibe, so I like to wear it with my high waist jeans and boots, but it’s incredibly versatile. Pair it with your skirt, shorts—anything you want.

I wear this top a lot in the fall—it’s great for Los Angeles autumns. When it gets chillier, I opt for my Quince shrunken cashmere sweater ($70), which offers more coverage (but honestly isn’t heavy duty enough for real winter.)

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 9

 

Tencel Jersey Fit & Flare Dress — $40.00

The Tencel Jersey Fit & Flare Dress is the latest Quince addition to my closet, and it served me well this summer. Made of a stretchy and soft Tencel-spandex fabric, this dress has no zippers, so you can just throw it on two minutes before you head out the door. Easy, breezy, and beautiful (that scoop neck, though), I’ve either worn it on almost day trip and packed it anywhere I knew would be warm.

Bonus? It has pockets.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Colors available: 4

 

European Linen Duvet Cover Set — $140.00

I’ve tested dozens of bedding brands, and trust me when I say this duvet cover is a legitimate dupe for Citizenry’s pricey linen line. I’ve been using Quince’s linen duvet set all summer long because it’s so breathable (and I run hot at night, yet refuse to sleep without at least seven layers cradling my body) and soft. Plus, I love the colors.

Sizes available: Twin, Full/Queen, King/Cali King

Colors available: 4

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