25 Wardrobe Staples You Should Consider Adding To Your Closet
You say basic like it's a bad thing?
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asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite wardrobe staples they wear again and again. Here are the stylish and reliable results:
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.
"I wear mine on a weekly basis. I can dress it up, keep it casual, wear it with leggings, buttoned up, unbuttoned over a top or dress, and so on. I literally wear it all year round because of its versatility!" —
Get the one above from Madewell for
$79.50 (available in sizes XXS-XXL) or similar styles from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-2X and in light blue and dark blue) and $25.99 (available in sizes 1X-5X).
pair of Dr. Martens that are worth the splurge because these babies will be your go-to for years.
“I wear them with almost any outfit at the moment. They’re super durable and go with almost everything. AND I feel supes cool in them” —
"A pair of black leather boots (I love my Doc Marten's) will instantly make any outfit look put together. This goes for everything from a floral dress to your go-to jeans and a tee, and no matter how rushed you are to get dressed, it's always fast." —
Get them from Amazon for
$63.99+ (available in whole sizes 5-11 and in 18 colors and patterns) or ASOS for $148 (available in sizes 7-10).
High-waisted black jeans so versatile and comfortable you may end up saying, "Leggings? I don't know them."
"They can be dressed down for a casual day running errands with a flannel and Birkenstocks or dressed up for a night on the town with a nice blouse and some heels." —
Get the ones above from American Eagle for
$49.95 (Available in sizes 00-20 and in x-short, short, and long).
silky scarf you'll want to have on hand all year round. Scarves are for more than just winter!! You'll be so thankful you have one with you on that summer night when it starts to get just a tad bit chilly.
"Long, square, or rectangular. It looks good to add a sharp color to this outfit. Bonus to place the scarf in front of my neck when I drive to protect my skin from the sun." —
Get these solid-color pashminas from Amazon for
$11.99 each (available in 45 colors).
Adidas sneakers you might as well buy two pairs of so you have a backup when the first pair inevitably gets too run-down and dirty from how much you'll trek around in them.
"I can make a super casual outfit with jeans and a t-shirt, a sporty outfit with workout leggings and a tank top, or a semi-dressy outfit with a skirt and a nice top! Honestly these shoes are great with anything, and comfy to walk in, too, especially if you get the ones with
memory foam soles!" — shadeofblue
Get the classic Adidas Superstars from Amazon for
$39.95+ (available in sizes 4.5-12 and in 29 colors and styles) or Nordstrom for $80+ (available in women's sizes 5–11, men's sizes 4–10 and six colors). Or get the Cloudfoam ones from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in three colors).
"It fancies up any outfit I put on. I had mine for about three years." —
Get the one above from Amazon for
$77.44+ (available in sizes XS-XL in four colors, and 1X-3X in three colors) or from Nordstrom for $88 (available in sizes XS-XL in five colors).
sheath dress you can quickly throw on in the morning before heading off to make a big presentation at work. You'll look good, feel great, and be able to focus on what's really important: killing it at your job.
"I bought several when I saw them, and they’re so versatile. You can wear them alone with flip flops, or dress them up with something over it and nicer shoes." —
Get the sleeveless sheath dress pictured here from Amazon for
$11.99+ (available in sizes XS-3X and 13 patterns).
flannel button down you'll wear for more than just your annual trip to the pumpkin patch each fall.
"I love my flannels! I always have one to throw over a t-shirt to keep me warm. The cool thing about them is that they come in so many colors, they go with everything!" —
Get the one on the left from Amazon for
$20.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors and the one on the right from Walmart for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XL, 1X-3X and in 13 colors).
Oxford flats with a vintage look you'll feel down-right proper wearing.
"ModCloth's Reading Room Romance Oxfords! They are so, so comfortable (and I'm never comfortable, so that's saying something), go with just about everything, and are adoooooorable. Every time I wear them I get compliments. Plus, they're the kind of shoes that look as good well-loved as they do right out of the box, so they're still amazing when the toes cease!" —
Get them from ModCloth for
$39.99 (originally $55, available in sizes 5.5–11).
A pair of
William Rast skinny jeans called "The Perfect Jeans" for a reason. And that reason is because they're stretchy and comfortable and look oh-so cute.
"They are stretchy and comfortable and hit in all the right places (they make the booty look GUD). Not to mention Justin Timberlake is part owner." —
Get the ones above from Nordstrom Rack for
$39.97 (availble in sizes 24-31) or shop the whole collection at Nordstrom Rack here.
A pair of
Lululemon leggings worth the splurge because you'll find yourself reaching for these babies over and over and over again. (And for more than just yoga!)
"You can never go wrong with them. They hug all the right places and look very flattering. And you can dress them up, dress them down, chill out in them, and work out with them on. They’re just a versatile clothing item." —
Get them from Lululemon for
$98 (available in sizes 0–14 and 17 colors and patterns).
patterned duster to make your regular look of jeans and a t-shirt anything but ordinary. Plus, you can use it as a coverup on your next beach vacation! We love multifunctional clothes!
"I pair them with a black t shirt, jeans and black flats and I’m good to go! They are casual, cute and perfect for work!" —
Get these ones from Amazon: the left for
$9.99+ (available in sizes S–5X and 36 patterns and styles) and the right for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight patterns).
Converse All Stars I'm pretty sure Taylor Swift was talking to when she sang, "we never go out of style". T. Swift and Chuck Taylors will be around forever.
"In black, white or gray. They look good with basically anything." —
"I’m always sure to have a pair of white sneakers in my shoe collection. My favorites tend to be either Converse Chuck Taylors, or a classic slip on pair of Vans. They can be super casual with a pair of skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket, or worn with skinny pants and a blazer for a more dressed up vibe." —
"They come in every color of the rainbow and work with EVERYthing. I wear them with dresses, jeans, slacks, I even wore them to my wedding. I don't care what anyone says, there is nothing else that I ever want on my feet." —
Get a pair of classic All Stars from Amazon for
$39.89+ (available in women's sizes 5–13.5, men's sizes 3–13 and 41 colors and patterns).
cardigan you should have with you at all times in the summer because offices and other buildings ALWAYS turn up the ac so high! A light sweater is a must.
"A black cardigan goes a long way. You can pretty much throw it over any outfit to chic it up a bit." —
"I have a lot of cardigans. I've been told that they're for 'old people,' but if thats the case, then 'old people' are more fashionable than what you give them credit for. They're comfortable and can be worn in both cold and hot weather and they're easy to style with all kinds of outfits. I have several different colors and styles, so and they're very versatile." —
Get it from Amazon for
$18.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and in 44 colors).
pearl studs because they'll add some class to your outfit, no matter where you wear them.
"No, not real pearls (unless a special occasion arises), but the ones you can get at stores like Forever 21." —
Get the ones above from Forever21 for
$3.90 or a similar set of pearl earrings from Amazon for $8.99.
A pair of
Birkenstocks that prove that being comfortable and cute *is* possible.
"I live in Florida so I can wear them even in winter and they offer sweet relief of the summer heat." —
"Words cannot describe how comfortable they are (once you break them in!) I can't go back to regular sandals ever again. They're not just the old buckle style anymore either - I've got my eye on a pair of the
Granada style ones for this summer." — viciousxvenom
Get the ones above from Nordstrom for
$134.95 (available in European sizes 36-42 and in four colors) or from Amazon for $89.95+ (available in sizes 4-13.5 and in 83 colors).
oversized denim jacket you'll be overjoyed to add to your jacket collection.
"A good, solid, jean jacket. You can dress it up and down. It’ll keep you warm while also being able to soften your look or edge it out. Along with that fact that it’s so good for layering, it can go under an outer coat during the winter or work on it’s own as a single jacket on a brisk summer night." —
"You can absolutely never go wrong with a jean jacket. It's perfect for when you wanna dress down your outfit and be casual and it's also a must have for me during the spring time for me but you can always make it work no matter what season it is." —
Get it from Amazon for
$25.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in blue and light blue).
Chelsea boots designed so you can walk 500 miles (and 500 more) in them.
"These make it look like you put a lot of thought into your look, with minimal effort." —
Get the pair above from Amazon for
$160 (available in sizes 5-11 and in black, brown, and olive) or a similar pair from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in four colors).
A pack of
slim-cut crewneck tees because basic is not a dirty word, especially when it comes to practical shirts you can wear all the time.
"A comfortable, solid color t shirt that looks good on you and you feel good in. Wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, converse, whatever." —
Get a four-pack of these crew-neck tees from Amazon for
$30.99+ (available sizes S–3X and nine color packs).
Vans Old Skool sneakers you'll ~flip~ over. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, try throwing these babies and seeing how they land: face up, like the true rockstars they are.
"Go with everything and are so amazing they’ll be your go to shoe. I’ve had mine for five years and they are still in mint condition!" —
Get them from Amazon for
$47.98+ (available in sizes 5.5-14.5 and in 39 colors and patterns).
longline blazer that'll make you feel like a real boss every time you put on, even if you're just going to brunch with your friends.
Forever 21, Nordstrom
"Blazers! For work, obviously, but they can also dress anything up. Need to polish your look? Blazer. Look effortlessly cool? Blazer." —
Get the one on the left from Forever 21 for
$22.32 (available in sizes S-L) and the one on the right from Nordstrom for $79 (available in XXS-L, 1X, 4X, and in pink and navy), or a similar plaid style from Amazon for $21.44+ (available in sizes 0-14 and in four colors and patterns).
rubber flats perfect for rainy days when you don't feel like wearing rain boots. These will keep you dry. Plus, nobody will probably guess that they're Crocs!
"Now don't knock it til you try it, but my closet staple is black flats...the Crocs kind. Oh my gosh, they are AMAZING. They're Crocs, so they have holes in them, but other than that and being rubber, they pass for plain black flats. Not only are they comfortable, but you can wear them rain or shine! No wet feet all day long in these babies, just wipe them off with a paper towel! I will recommend these shoes to everyone I know!" —
Get them from Amazon for
$24.99+ (available in sizes 4–11 and six colors).
A pair of
mom jeans that'll make you wonder why they ever went out of style. They're comfortable, make your butt look great, and go with everything. What's not to love?
"Two words. Mom. Jeans. Best style of jeans ever created. Moms are never wrong. They are so comfortable and they do amazing things for your butt. My butt has never looked better than in a good ol' pair of mom jeans. Need another reason to go get some right now? They are incredibly versatile. Going out? Mom jeans and a crop top. Staying in? Mom jeans and a big sweatshirt. Going on a date? Mom jeans and a cute top. Going to see your mom? Mom jeans and a sweater, and throw in some flowers just because she’s probably amazing." —
"Mom jeans and a belt they make everyone’s butt look good!" —
"Very simple, nothing extravagant. They can be dressed up or down. They can be classy or more casual. Very comfortable for everyday without giving the i-slept-for-3-hours-last-night vibe. The compliment all bodies and they are super fashionable. I love to wear them with shirts and over-sized t-shirts but everything works with them, really." —
Get the pair above from American Eagle for
$49.95 (available in sizes 00-20 and in short, regular, and long).
band tee to show the world what you're currently streaming on Spotify.
"My staple is band tees. I can put them under a suit jacket, dress them up with nice jeans/heels, or go work out." —
Get these two from Amazon: the Rolling Stones one for
$17.44 and the Bowie one for $16.90+ (available in sizes S-2X).
And a pair of
Steve Madden combat boots – no matter how many times you wear them, you'll probably still get stopped on the street by people asking you where you got them.
"I've been buying a pair of the Steve Madden Troopa boot every year or so for at least the last seven or eight years. It's a solid, lightweight combat boot that I can wear from fall through spring, with everything from jeans to work-appropriate dresses — and I do! Seriously, I probably wear these an average of three times a week on any given week from September through May; the combat boot is a classic shoe for a reason. Plus, I love that these have a zipper on the side so you don't have to deal with lacing 'em up every time you put them on!" —
Get them from Amazon for
$59+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 18 colors).
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