If you’re wondering what clothing you can’t live without–we’ve found it! Here are the best basics for your closet. Basics are clothing essentials that never go out of style– you’ll always need them for something and they pair well with trendier items. Ladies, you can’t live without these 15 items:
1. A great white t-shirt
It doesn’t get any more classic than a white t-shirt. The best styles are super soft and have a relaxed, lived-in fit. A crewneck cut is a no-brainer, but we also like a V-neck style because it’s a little sexier and the perfect canvas for layering necklaces.
2. Comfy skinny jeans
Fit and wash are everything here. Go for a slightly higher waistline to give the illusion of longer, slim legs and stick to a true blue wash that will go with everything.
3. Crewneck sweater
During the more brisk months of fall and spring, a lightweight knit is your best friend. Layer it over a collared blouse during the week, then swap in a pair of boyfriend jeans for the weekend. Our advice? Grab one in every color.
4. Black heels
When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option. At once sophisticated and sexy, they’re perfectly suited for almost any outfit and occasion.
5. Cross-body bag
For all those times when a tote bag is too big and a clutch is too small, the cross-body bag is just right. In an attention-grabbing color, the portable handbag packs a (stylish) punch.
6. White button-down blouse
Ask not what you can do for your white button-down, but what your white button-down can do for you. The answer is this: add a crisp polish to both your work and off-duty uniform.
7. Sexy pencil skirt
The good news about the pencil skirt is that it’s moving out of office-only territory. We love the piece after-hours paired with a slinky silk cami or t-shirt.
8. Leather jacket
Go ahead and splurge for this outerwear essential: we promise the investment will be worth it. For one, you can wear it year round, and two, leather jackets only get better with age.
9. Oversize watch
An oversized, masculine watch adds interest to pared-down pieces at the office and can double as a bracelet when layered with additional jewelry.
10. Wrap dress
Diane von Furstenberg is celebrating 40 years of her emblematic wrap dress—so you can be sure this is a silhouette that will stand the test of time.
11. Clean flats
When you need a break from your heels, a nude flat serves as the ideal substitute. Straddling the line between dressy and casual, this functional footwear style is just at home with a pair of tailored trousers as it is a floral sundress.
12. Bright sunnies
Bright frames are inherently cool and offer a playful touch, no matter the season.
13. Ankle boots
The suede ankle boot has been a must-have ever since Isabel Marant released the now infamous Dicker boot. With countless versions available, finding a heel height, cut, and color that suits your style is easy.
14. Layering cami
A tank top with a pretty pattern will be your best friend when you’re able to wear it under sweaters or on its own.
15. Quality leggings
Invest in some good quality leggings that make you look and feel great. Then be sure to wear leggings in public appropriately covered with tunics, dresses or oversize shirts and sweaters. Leggings are your go-to for casual comfort.