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    32 Basics You’ll Probably Wear A *Lot*

    Clothing that will essentially make it impossible for you to say, "I have nothing to wear".

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    1. A tank dress perfect to wear till the end of summer on its own and then paired with all your favorite layers in the fall and winter. We love a dress that can do it all.

    Model wearing midi-length tank dress in black
    For Days

    For Day is woman-owned organic, zero-waste brand creating basic clothing. Plus, when you're done with one of their items, you can swap it out and get a discount on a new item from the site.

    Get it from For Days for $44 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in black, blue, and white).

    2. A classic denim jacket you'll want to have with you at all times, 1) because it's super cute and 2) you never really know when the weather is going to shift and you need an extra layer.,

    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for the perfect denim jacket for years and I finally found it! This jacket is comfortable, breathable, SOFT and just perfect! It is light enough for a cool day to keep you warm and you can tie it around your waist without a problem. I am so happy that I bought this!!" —Deb & Gen

    Get it from Amazon for $34.90 (available in sizes XS-XL in eight colors and 1X-3X).

    3. A plaid shirt because one can never, and I mean never, have too many plaid shirts, especially with fall just right around the corner!!!

    Model wearing blue plaid shirt with a button front, basic collar, and long sleeves
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $35 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

    4. A beautiful boho-style blouse you can pair easily with your favorite pair of jeans for a seriously easy look you'll find yourself reaching for at least once a week.

    Model wearing the blouse with oversized puff long-sleeves, v-neck and tie in the middle tucked into wide-leg white pants
    Blue Anemone Clothes / Etsy

    Blue Anemone Clothes is a small woman-owned business specializing in vintage-inspired sustainable handmade clothing with a boho twist from A Coruña, Spain since 2018. All items in the shop are custom made to order to avoid overstocks.

    Get it from Blue Anemone Clothes on Etsy for $167.79 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    5. A pair of bike shorts that are stretchy, supportive, *and* have pockets on the side big enough to fit your phone. Now that's a win-win-win.

    Reviewer wearing the shorts with pockets on either side and that go down the thigh in heather grey

    Promising review: "I want to live in these shorts! They are a very comfortable stretchiness, thick in a flattering way, a perfect height on my waist, and the side pockets are exactly what I need for my cell phone. I bought this for an outdoor music festival, but I seriously can’t stop wearing it. It’s the best thing to wear around the house / in the backyard so that I always my phone with me, or to wear while running errands on the weekend. I’m definitely going to buy a second one!" —Jay-mazon

    Get them from Amazon for $22.98 (available in sizes XS-3X and in 49 length and color combinations).

    6. A high-waisted pleated skirt you can wear casually with a graphic tee and jean jacket or dress up with a nice shirt and heels.,

    Promising review: "I wanted to love this skirt, and I DO! It's one of the most worn items in my closet, from wintertime with sweaters to spring with beautiful blouses. The skirt is a nice heavy material that allows for beautiful hang and flow. It doesn't wrinkle and even packs beautifully without wrinkling. This skirt is a closet staple." —Cait

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and 25 colors and patterns).

    7. A lace tank top that looks so much more expensive than the $20 price tag. Plus, it's the perfect top to wear with jeans, skirts, and even shorts. Sign me up!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these shirts. They are so light and comfortable and pretty. They're perfect for any outfit. I live in Florida — so I need light blouses because of the heat and humidity. I have four or five so far, and I may order more. I love them!" —MBC

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors and patterns).

    8. A cropped tee made with 100% biodegradable fabric because your simple T-shirts can have a big impact on the environment, too.

    Model wearing the white scoop-neck cropped tee with white pants while taking a mirror selfie
    Girlfriend Collective

    Promising review: "I got these shirts in the mail two days ago, and they are everything I hoped they would be. They are soft without being thin, and they feel durable. The crop is the perfect length for me and hits right at the top of my jeans (I am short, 5-foot-1). My old white tee from Girlfriend was completely see-through, and I was worried about these new ones being the same, but it is not the case at all. Seriously, 10/10 for the perfect basic." —Katie

    Get it from Girlfriend Collective for $32 (available in sizes XXS-6X and in five colors).

    9. A sweater tank that'll be super cozy to throw on when you're at home and are not really sure what to wear, no matter what the weather is outside.

    Model wearing the v-neck sweater tank in light blue  with trousers and sandals
    Free People

    Promising review: "This is cute! It’s drapey without being way too oversized. Looks effortless and pretty. Gives me beach vibes but could totally be dressed up as well." —annapuleo

    Get it from Free People for $30 (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors).

    10. Drawstring shorts made with 5% spandex, so it won't be a ~stretch~ to say these will quickly become your favorite., Amazon

    Promising review: "These shorts are really cute and comfy. If you want a looser fit, I would suggest to size one up! Can’t wait to wear them all summer 😍." —Vika Skyz

    Get them from Amazon for $22.98 (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors and patterns).

    11. A V-neck jumpsuit designed to look just as good with a T-shirt underneath as it does on its own.,

    Promising review: "I love this jumpsuit! It’s very simple! I’m 5-foot-2 and petite, so finding jumpsuits that fit well isn’t easy. This one fits AMAZING! It's not too long or too short. The color is so cute, and I love the material! It’s very comfortable, and you don't get too hot in it. I love that you can wear it on its own, or with a shirt underneath. It can be worn casual or a little dressed up. It's definitely a favorite in my closet!" —Kennedy Steffes

    Get it from Amazon for $28.58 (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors and patterns).

    12. An oversized quarter zip with a corded feel to the fabric that adds a little something extra to an otherwise super simple style.

    Model wearing the ribbed quarter zip in light blue

    Promising review:"I LOVE this sweatshirt. It does run sooo large though. I'm usually a large and even a medium is oversized. It washes well, and I get soo many compliments on it! I def would recommend it — I'm getting it in every color." —Emily

    Get it from Aerie for $38.46 (originally $54.95; available in sizes XXS-XXL and in five colors).

    13. A leopard tee to help you get a little ~wild~ and switch up your basic white T-shirt situation while still being able to wear it with everything in your closet.,

    Promising review: "This shirt is so versatile! I've styled it a couple of ways. I've been wearing it this summer and can already see fall looks too! It's comfy and the fabric is soft. It fits true to size I'd say." —Anna H.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes XS-2X and in six patterns).

    14. A pair of black skinny jeans with the ideal amount of stretch in them – they're comfortable enough that you'll want to wear them all day...and the next day...and the day after that...


    I bought these last year, and let me tell you, I am still OBSESSED. They are SO comfortable. Like so comfortable they basically feel like leggings, which is amazing in my opinion. Plus, they don't stretch out in that way where they're too big after a couple wears. In fact, the jeans themselves say to wait up to 10 wears before washing. I seriously wear them with so many different things in my closet. Plus, the ripped knees just adds a little something extra style-wise. I highly recommend them.

    Get them from Madewell for $128 (available in sizes 23-37 and in petite, tall, and taller).

    15. An open cardigan you can throw on at night when it gets a little too chilly and you need something to keep you warm.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this sweater!! It’s light enough to wear in the spring, but heavy enough to keep warm in stores and restaurants. I love the extended length and the way it hangs without hugging.💞" —Carol Tyson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.36 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in black, dark grey, and light grey).

    16. Lightweight joggers perfect to wear all day long at home but also nice enough that you can wear them out and about if you need to run errands.

    Reviewer wearing the black joggers with elastic waist and side pockets in black

    Promising review: "I love everything about these cuffed-at-the-ankle pants. I don’t worry about the ankle cuffs getting entangled in exercise equipment. The fabric is very lightweight and cool, unlike other heavy, bulky sweatpants. These pants are also very stretchy and do not bind during a workout. They're so comfortable and attractive that they are also great for wearing when running errands and attending community events. I'm so glad I picked up three pairs of these." —Caroline1

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99 (available in women's sizes XS–5XL and 21 colors).

    17. A blouse to add a pop of color to your wardrobe that will be in style for years.

    Puff-sleeve scoop-neck blouse in pink

    Promising review: "Love the material of this blouse, light and airy. At first, it might look huge and boxy but once you put it on, it takes its shape and looks pretty. It fits true to size." — Happymommy

    Get it from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors and patterns).

    18. A V-neck sweater so cozy and comfortable, your friends may be surprised if there's a day you're NOT wearing it.

    Model wearing the v-neck grey sweater with a seam down the front middle

    Ecovibe is a partly Black-owned business offering sustainable clothing and home goods from small makers, designers, women, minority, and family-owned businesses.

    Get it from Ecovibe for $68 (available in S-L and in nine colors).

    19. A basic short-sleeve T-shirt dress to slip on in the morning when you don't feel like trying and just want to be comfortable...but still cute., Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered this in red and in black. I love the way the dress is cut—even though the fabric is thin and it feels as though it would be clingy, it isn't. It hits that sweet spot between too tight and shapeless. I felt it was true to size. I tried on the black one for my daughter, and she gave it thumbs-up." —DSP

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in seven colors).

    20. A scoop-neck bodysuit that'll give you the perfect tucked-in tank top look without having to worry that it coming untucked throughout the day.,

    Promising review: "This bodysuit is amazing! I ordered this, completely out of my comfort zone of style, but was pleasantly surprised. I’m a size 12-14 in pants, 36G bust, and the size Large fits perfectly. Comfortable material, flattering even on curvier figures, and a great basic to have! I ordered three different colors!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 16 colors, patterns, and styles).

    21. Black high-waisted leggings made with moisture-wicking fabric and a no-slip waistband you'll wear for working out just as much as lounging around.

    BuzzFeed writer Elena Garcia wearing the black leggings with a white blouse while taking a mirror selife

    Promising review: "These really are the perfect leggings, and I stock up every anniversary sale. They are comfortable, yet still function for workouts and errands. Plus they are thick and completely opaque. They look great!" — Kat5kid

    Get them from Nordstrom for $38.90 (originally $59; available in sizes XXS-XL and in 1X–2X).

    BuzzFeed Shopping writer Elena Garcia loves these leggings. You can read her whole review of Zella Live In High Waist leggings here.

    22. A dress with the classic style Diane von Furstenberg perfected for a reason: a wrap dress makes you feel confident and ready to take on whatever comes your way.


    Promising review: "This is by far one of the best dresses I have gotten from Amazon. Lark & Ro hit this one out of the park. It's beautifully made, has nice details (hidden modesty button), great fabric that is nice and smooth, and is heavy enough to skim the body and lay nice and smooth. This is a great dress to go from office to cocktails. It looks great alone or with a blazer for cooler weather. I will be getting another two or three in different colors because when something works THIS well, you stick with it. Thanks, Amazon! This takes all the stress out of getting myself ready for work, a big meeting, etc. It's confidence in a dress!" —Carmason

    Get it from Amazon for $39 (available in sizes XS-XL in 26 colors and patterns and 1X-5X in 12 colors and patterns).

    23. A three-piece set you'll look and feel SOOO sophisticated in, even if you don't leave the house.

    Model wearing wide-leg ripped pants, cropped tank and calf-length open cardigan in grey
    Nalu Boutique

    Nalu Boutique is a Black woman-owned business offering a wide variety of clothing and accessories. This three-piece set comes with a cropped tank top, high-waisted wide-legged pants, and a long cardigan.

    Get it from Nalu Boutique for $60 (available in sizes S-L and in gray, nude, and baby blue).

    24. A pair of bell bottoms for a bit of '70s ~flare~ and to mix up your style a little bit. Plus, at this price, you'll feel good about stepping out of your comfort zone.,

    Promising review: "I am breathing, sneezing, dying, coughing, LIVING for these pants!!! They are great quality. As for the sizing, I am a 4 or 6 depending on the pair, and I ordered a 9 in these, and they are perfect! I think there’s confusion because the tag says 9/28r which translates to a women’s 6... so to me that means they fit true to size!! My husband loves these as much as I do. These pants are 🔥🔥🔥🔥" —Ali Sudderth

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in sizes 1-15, XL-3X, and in 20 colors and styles).

    25. A ribbed cardigan sweater you can wear on its own as a shirt or over a T-shirt. So, it's basically a two-in-one top.

    Model wearing the white ribbed v-neck cardigan with the buttons closed and a pair of jeans

    Promising review: "I love this cardigan sweater, it’s soft and can be worn in all seasons. I’m 141 lbs and 5-foot-6; I usually wear S and sometimes XS in Madewell, and I’m glad I didn’t size up and got a small. It fits perfectly!" —Muni

    Get it from Madewell for $44.50 (originally $75; available in sizes XXS-XXL and in white, black, and orange).

    26. A high-waisted faux leather skirt that instantly makes you feel about 100% cooler the second you put it on.,

    Promising review: "I was very pleasantly surprised with the fit and quality of this skirt. It fits very well and does not feel cheap at all. There were some creases from the folding during shipping that were stubborn to get out, but they slowly came out after I hung the skirt for a day or two. I'm very happy with this purchase!" —Sara Tedford

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in six colors).

    27. Or a pair of bag waist pants that come in so many colors and styles, you may want to get a couple so you can add some personality to your wardrobe.,

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned. I wear them to work, and people constantly ask where I got them from. The belt is a super cute touch. I bought several pairs in different colors, and they also have shorts that are just as cute! You won’t regret this buy!" —drdogmom

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes XS-3X and in 39 colors, styles, and varities).

    28. A maxi cardigan to help ~maximize~ your fall and winter style.,

    Promising review: "So, I love this duster. I bought to add some layering to an old maxi dress. It feels and looks like a soft T-shirt. When you walk, it floats behind like a cape. Dress it up or down. you won't regret the purchase. Word of caution — make sure to gather it up on bathroom breaks and in the car." —e5d5r5

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes 4-26 and in 22 colors and patterns).

    29. A striped tank that's lightweight, so it's great for summer but also thin enough to wear with your favorite sweater in the fall and winter.

    Model wearing the scoop-neck tank with navy blue stripes

    This is currently one of my favorite tops. It's super cute *and* lightweight. I've worn it on hot days, and it's kept me cool. The stipes also make it a classic tank that really goes with everything. I know that I'm going to be wearing it a lot this fall and winter with my favorite sweaters and cardigans, and then again next summer.

    Get it from Aday for $68 (available in sizes XS-L and in five colors and patterns).

    30. A lightweight button-down shirt you might as well buy in both long sleeve and short sleeve versions because they're so comfy and easy to wear.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this top. I’m 5-foot-7, 148 lbs (athletic build) 34DD, and I ordered a small. It’s oversized, so the small is perfect. I’d recommend sizing down one from your usual size. It's super comfortable, and since I ordered the white short sleeve, I can continue to wear it through spring. I’ll be ordering more colors!' —Joy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S-2X and in 36 colors, patterns, and long- and short-sleeved styles).

    31. A tie-waist midi dress that looks so great on its on, all you have to do is throw it on and people will think you tried so much harder than you actually did.

    Model wearing the dress in black  with tie around the middle and small slits up the side

    Promising review: "I am in love with this dress. It’s a medium weight, fall, not winter material. I wear an 18 and bought my normal size since the description stated the material is stretchy. It’s gorgeous. Get your normal size. I have larger arms but the material compensated for it. Tried it on with no body shaper needed. It’s perfect. Not clingy, no lumps and would love this material and style in ten different colors" —Wen W.

    Get it from Eloquii for $99.95 (available in sizes 14-28). Plus, new customers get 50% off one item and 40% off everything else in the order with our exclusive promo code BUZZFEED50.

    32. And a plaid maxi dress sure to become your new house dress as soon as you get it because it's beautiful, comfortable, but will still look great on all your video calls.

    Model wearing the maxi dress with three large pleats, cap sleeves, buttons down the middle, and a grey and white plaid pattern
    Off On / Etsy

    Off On is a small family-owned business creating beautiful and sustainable clothes from Vilnius, Lithuania since 2012. This dress is handmade using 100% linen.

    Get it from Off On on Etsy for $145.41 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in 51 colors and patterns).

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