It’s always fun to stay up-to-date on the fashion scene and keep your closet stocked with the latest on-trend styles, but sometimes, having some staple basics on hand is the key to creating your most stylish, timeless looks. These pieces of clothing can be worn with pretty much anything during any time of the year, and that’s why they are so important to rounding out your look, whether it’s because you’re running late and just need a quick-but-stylish look you can pull together on a moment’s notice or because you need the perfect understated pieces to balance out some of your louder fashion statement picks. Invest in all of these so that you can easily mix and match your way to the perfect look every time.
A White T-Shirt
If there’s one piece that’s a must, it’s this one. You can wear a white t-shirt with literally anything – a pair of jeans and loafers, tucked in to a pencil skirt for work, with a midi and heels for a night out, with your leggings or sweatpants for a night in, etc. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are a basic white t-shirt can come through for you. But just because it’s the simplest staple to style doesn’t mean that the white tee is the simplest wardrobe item to shop for. You don’t want to get one that’s tight in all the wrong places, but you’re not looking for anything with tent-like vibes, either. You need to look for a happy medium, and one with a neckline that suits you best.
H&M V-Neck Jersey Top, $6
A Go-To Pair of Jeans
Is a closet with jeans even a closet at all? Doubtful. The thing about jeans is that there are plenty of styles out there – flare, straight, boyfriend, mom, just to name a few – and they’ve all got something a little different (but equally wonderful) to offer. While some styles might make more sense in certain situations – we’re fans of boyfriend for a lunch date with friends and flare for a date date, personally – each of the looks can be styled for just about anything you’ve got on your schedule, making these bottoms the easiest way to complete a look, whether that means dressing them up or down.
Topshop Mid Blue Straight Leg Raw Hem Jean, $75
A Neutral-Colored Tote
We’ve all got those bright-hued crossbody bags and embroidered going-out clutches that we love to carry around as a mini fashion statement, but the fashionable bags aren’t always likely to be the most practical ones. In addition to your favorite statement bags, it’s always important to have a roomy, plain tote for everyday use. We’re talking minimal embellishments and branding, super simple aesthetic, and a neutral color that you can easily pair with more or less anything you wear.
Madewell The Medium Transport Tote, $158
A Sleek Blazer
Nothing can elevate a look as quickly or as chicly as a blazer, so having one at the ready is essential to always making sure you can take your look from casual and basic to seriously sleek and put together. This is something you can throw on right over your slip dress for a sexy-turned-professional vibe, over a plain tee and jeans for a casual-turned-elevated look, or rock as part of a full-on co-ord combo for a statement ensemble. Obviously, one of the safest and timeless ways to go when it comes to blazers is opting for a plain black option, but you can also spice things up by going plaid, tweed, or giving your outfit a pop of color with a solid-colored pick.
Zara Checked Double-Breasted Jacket, $129
A Little Black Dress
Whether you’re sporting it to the office or rocking it during a night out with friends, a simple little black dress is the epitome of versatility and style. Of course, to make the most of the staple piece’s versatility, you’ll want to make sure that you go for an option that is simple and somewhat conservative, otherwise it might be a little tough to rock it seamlessly from one event on your calendar to the next. You can definitely play around with fabric if you’re looking to jazz things up a bit – think velvet or silk as opposed to something a little more basic, for example – but just make sure you’re pick isn’t too heavy on the frills and accents.
Mango Short-Sleeved Dress, $50
A Denim Jacket
It’s crazy how many outfit combinations you can come up with using a denim button-down shirt. It’s the perfect mix between an oxford shirt and a jean jacket, which makes it great for layering clothes underneath. Wear it over a party dress to make it less scandalous, or if you want to go real crazy, pair it with more denim for an all-jean look!
FRAME Rigid Re-Release Denim Jacket, $345
A Trench Coat
May feel a bit Inspector Gadget, yes, but a good trench coat is the picture of timeless, casual style. Not to mention, it makes for a pretty great transitional jacket to have when you’re in between seasons – a.k.a. too cold to go out sans jacket, but too warm to whip out the winter gear. Plus, the fact that it’s waterproof makes it the perfect rain-or-shine jacket. Grab a nice taupe pick for a look that is minimally chic and easy to rock with just about anything.
Genuine People Wide Collar Belted Cotton Trench Coat, $155
A Leather Belt
Don’t quite see the need to have a nice belt in your closet? We’ve got news for you: belts are about a lot more than just basic old utility. Sure, they’re ideal for making sure that your pants hug you just right around the waist, but they’re also a pretty serious fashion statement that shouldn’t be overlooked. By adding a simple, classy leather belt to your arsenal of fashion accessories, you’ll have the perfect item to instantly elevate even the most basic of looks, like a simple t-shirt and pair of jean combo.