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    27 Stylish Basics You’ll Wear For Years

    As Taylor Swift Would say, "These will never go out of style".

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    1. A linen shirt that'll look just as good at the office as it does on your next summer vacation.


    This shirt gives you an effortlessly chic look. It's lightweight, so it's perfect for days when it's so hot you can barely see straight, but still have to look put together. Plus, the vertical stripes are great and make it so you can pair it with basically any kind of bottom. Linen shorts? Yep! Jean shorts? Of course! Pants? Go for it! The possibilities are endless.

    Get it from Nordstrom or Grayson for $138 (available in sizes 1-5).

    2. An open cardigan you can throw on at night when it gets a little too chilly for whatever outfit you've decided to wear.


    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 $28.80+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in black, dark grey, and light grey).

    3. A chambray shirt you can throw on with a skirt, black jeans, or even just blue jeans (hello, Canadian Tuxedo!) to have a sophisticated outfit with minimal effort.


    Promising review: "I've been looking all over for a simple jean shirt that isn't too thick, and viola this is it! I can layer it for the fall/winter and rock it in the spring/summer. I felt it ran slightly small, so I suggest sizing up." —NHWN

    Get it from Madewell for $72 (available in sizes XXS-3X).

    4. A pair of Chelsea boots designed so you can walk 500 miles (and 500 more) in them.

    Thursday Boot Company

    Promising review: "Everyone - EVERYONE - at the place I work wears some type of Chelsea boot, ranging from the flashy to the more functional. I wanted something that was both sleek and professional as well as sturdy for walking 40 min in the rain every day, and these shoes fit the bill perfectly! Time will tell, but so far they seem to be waterproof as well as slip-resistant. I normally wear a 7-7.5 and sized up to an 8. It's roomy enough for thick socks, but close-fitting enough without. No ankle-chafing either! I'm very pleased with these shoes!!" —Danielle

    Get them from Amazon for $160 (available in sizes 5-11 and in black, brown, and brown suede).

    5. A basic 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 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 $13.04+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 10 colors).

    6. A pair of mid-rise skinny jeans that'll be your go-tos for basically forever. You simply can't go wrong with a great pair of blue jeans.


    Promising review: "This brand of jean is well worth the price. They are so soft and exactly as pictured. I washed them alone first because the dark color tends to bleed. Every wash after that was fine, though. I feel like the more I wear them the more they mold to my body shape. The mid rise is perfect and comes about an inch and a half under my belly button. I am 5'3" and 140lbs. I purchased size 30, and they are perfect. They didn't shrink when I washed them either. The legs are a little long for me, but that is just something I have always had to deal with. I basically refuse to wear any other type of jeans!" —Chelsea

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes 25-33 and in seven colors).

    7. A fitted white t-shirt you won't have to worry about stretching out after a few wears. This baby will be with you for the long haul.

    Mott & Bow, Buck Mason

    Promising review (for the left): "I LOVE this t-shirt! I bought two, a v-neck and crew, and loved them so much I bought three more in different colors. I could never find a perfect t-shirt until now. The fit is perfect—not too tight but not too loose. The length is perfect, and they wash GREAT! They don't shrink, and the collars don't do that weird folding, wrinkling thing some t-shirts do. They literally wash and are exactly the same as how they were when you got them. I feel like this shirt was made for me. I LOVE it, and I never take the time to write reviews but that's how much I love these shirts. So if you're on the fence, just get one. I'm so happy with mine!!" —Jackie Z.

    Get the one on the left from Mott & Bow for $30 (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors) and the one on the right from Buck Mason for $32 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in six colors).

    P.S. These were our high-end picks for The Best Women's White T-Shirt and The Best Men's White T-Shirt on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. A pair of Ray-Ban Aviators that have stood the test of time for a reason: they really are as great as people say they are.,

    Promising review: "I would definitely recommend this product. This is my second time buying them, and at first, I was skeptical because I have had bad experiences with fake Ray-Bans. However, if it says sold by Amazon LLC then you are good. Any other seller I wouldn't trust." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $153 (available in 36 colors and styles).

    9. A classic trenchcoat you actually can't go wrong with. It will match with everything in your closet and make you feel extra chic when you put it on. Trust me.


    Get it from Walmart for $58 (available in sizes XS-3X and in khaki and leopard print).

    10. High-rise black jeans so versatile and comfortable you may end up saying, "Leggings? I don't know them."


    Promising review: "These jeans are amazing. They fit PERFECT, which is unheard of! I am 5'11-6'0 and 140 lbs with a booty, and it's basically impossible to find high rise jeans that are actually high enough on me, long enough, and cute, comfy and flattering. I bought the 26 taller and they are the holy grail of jeans. Thank you, Madewell for this inclusive sizing and fit. I am in love. I just ordered them in the Lucille wash too, and I will order them in more washes if you make them!" —KB30

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

    11. Adidas sneakers – you might as well buy two pairs now so you have a backup when the first pair inevitably becomes too run-down and dirty from how much you'll trek around in them


    Promising review: "I love my new sneakers! I enjoy how comfortable they are and they go with everything! I've been debating about getting them and finally did! So glad!!" —JenThreeboys

    Get them from Amazon for $40.06+ (available in sizes 4.5-12 and in 18 colors and styles) or Nordstrom for $80+ (available in women's sizes 5–11, men's sizes 4–10 and four colors).

    12. A pair of black leggings that'll take you from your workout to meeting your friends for brunch. Honestly, we're so lucky that the athleisure trend is still going strong.


    Promising review: "I have been searching for my go-to leggings for everyday wear or working out, and I finally found them! They are the most flattering and comfortable, and I'm absolutely obsessed. I ordered them in gray and will be ordering another pair in black!! Buy these, and you won't regret it!!"—rubyevvve

    Get them from Athleta for $79 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in black, navy, and grey).

    P.S. These were our high-end picks for The Best Leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    13. A denim jacket you'll find any excuse to wear because it'll go with basically everything you own.


    Promising review: "I really love this jacket. It’s a bit more fitted than I was expecting, but that’s not a dealbreaker. It’s super comfortable, and I love the versatility. Color wise, it’s a little darker in person than the pictures show." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $39 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in dark, medium, and light wash).

    14. A jumpsuit to have on hand for nice occasions where you need to look nice, but still want to be comfortable all night.


    Promising review: "I loved the fit and feel of this jumpsuit. I was able to dress it up for an evening event and received so many compliments. It's super comfortable too. I'm wearing it both with and without the belt for a different look. The jumpsuit is very flattering and am thinking of getting a second one in another color because I love it so much!" —Jannis R

    Get it from Everlane for $120 (available in sizes 00-16 and in blue, black, and green).

    15. A leather jacket that I swear will instantly make you feel about 100 times cooler and more put together the second you put it on.


    Promising review: "This is a really stylish moto jacket. I love dressing up an outfit by adding a little moto jacket to it." —RenataKostic

    Get it from Amazon for $69.19+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in black, red, and white).

    16. A stripped shirt you don't even have to be on a boat to wear.

    J Crew

    Get it from J.Crew for $39.50+ (available in sizes XXS-3X and in four colors).

    17. A long line blazer designed to make any outfit feel super professional—yes, even just jeans and a t-shirt.


    Promising review: "This jacket makes every outfit! It's a perfect jacket for every occasion." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $69 (available in sizes 0-16 and in black and navy).

    18. A shirtdress in a classic style you can throw on when you're in a ~cinch~ and need to get out the door ASAP.


    This dress is one of my favorites in my closet and, let me tell you, it's also one of the softest dresses I own. It feels like I'm basically wearing my pajamas at work, and who doesn't like that? Even though it's soft, it's still lightweight and keeps me cool in the heat. Plus, I know I will be wearing this for years and years.

    Get it from Loft for $49.99 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

    19. A classic LBD—yes, you probably have at least one or two of these in your closet, but it is a fact that you cannot have too many of theem. Take it from me...


    Promising review: "I love this dress—it's a classic. You can wear it sleeveless or with a blazer. The cut is nice, and the length is long enough to be professional without going all the way to the knee!" —Goldie Golds

    Get it from Amazon for $280.22+ (available in sizes 00-12 and in seven colors).

    20. Some golden hoop earrings – even Gretchen Wieners would approve if you wear these basically every single day.


    Get them from Baublebar for $36 (available in four styles).

    21. A crossbody tote you can toss the essentials in (phone, wallet, keys) and head out for whatever adventure the day brings.

    Promising review: "This purse is just the right size. I liked the leather feel. It's just perfect for those days you don't need a heavy bag." —douglas worley

    Get it from Amazon for $95.99 (available in seven colors).

    22. A one-piece swimsuit that'll make you feel like a million bucks, especially when you realize you have a pool party coming up soon.


    Promising review: "I own a ton of cheap suits and decided to 'splurge' on this one after reading all the great reviews. So glad I did! This suit is comfortable and just a little sexy. I felt great on the beach and in the water. I now consider this to be an investment instead of a splurge. and I will definitely buy from Summersalt again." —Krystal B.

    Get it from Summersalt for $95 (available in sizes 2-14 and in five color combinations).

    23. A dress with the classic style Diane von Furstenberg perfected for a reason: a wrap dress makes you feel more confident and ready to take over the world. 💪


    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 2 or 3 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 $29.48+ (available in sizes XS-XL in 28 colors and patterns and 1X-5X in 12 colors and patterns).

    24. A pair of Birkenstocks that prove that being comfortable and cute *is* possible.


    Promising review: "I don't think it's possible to go wrong with Birks, and these are no exception! The soft footbed is my favorite. The color is gorgeous and works with so many things. I can dress them up or down." —MichelleK317

    Get the ones above from Nordstrom for $134.95+ (available in European sizes 36-42 and in four colors) or from Amazon for $120+ (available in sizes 4-13.5 and in 83 colors).

    25. A bomber jacket to add the finishing touch to any outfit. Seriously. You'll find yourself reaching for this basically every single day during spring and fall (and maybe even summer or winter, depending on the weather).


    Promising review: "I love this jacket—it's light and comfortable, and it's perfect for mild weather. It's exactly what I wanted, and I really recommend it!" —JJC

    Get it from Amazon for $64.37+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in seven colors).

    26. A bodycon dress made with wrinkle-resistant fabric, so you can throw this in a suitcase and show up at your destination ready to go. Plus, whether you're traveling for work or fun, this dress can do both.

    époque évolution

    Promising review: "This is my favorite dress. Hands down. With such simplicity, this dress offers sleekness and comfort, sexiness and professionalism all in one. From date night, to out with the girls, to wearing for a work conference, this dress does it all is such a fabulous way. It packs amazing (no wrinkles), and you can throw it in the wash! What more can you ask for??!" —Anna

    Get it from époque évolution for $178 (available in sizes XS-XL and in black and green).

    27. A pair of vegan leather leggings you can slip on for a night out with your girls when you don't want to wear a dress. You'll rock these babies all night long.


    Promising review: "I love these! They look so nice, and the best part is that they are vegan! I wear them all the time. They're a must have!" —jbnyc

    Get them from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in sizes 24-31).

    The queen of basics applauding your choice to invest in great pieces:

    BBC Sport

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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