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    34 Basics You’ll Probably Wear A *Lot*

    Classic jewelry, clothing, and accessory pieces that will be your new go-to staples.

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    1. A pair of bike shorts — perfect for workouts or paired with your fav oversized concert tees. They're so stretchy and supportive you won't want to take them off.

    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 $18.98+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 49 length and color combinations).

    2. An oversized graphic tee because all outfits deserve to be this effortlessly cool. Try styling it with biker shorts or some trendy cutoffs!

    model wearing johnny cash t-shirt dress with cutoff jean shorts
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Love this top! It fits oversized like a t-shirt dress; great for when I don’t wanna wear pants!" —Elena Lee

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39 (available in S–XL). 

    3. A high-waisted pleated skirt since we all need some closet staples that can be dressed up or down. Pair it with a white body suit for a look even Carrie Bradshaw would approve of.,

    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 $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 25 colors and patterns).

    4. Square tortoiseshell sunglasses with over 13,000 5-star reviews that'll be an evergreen staple in your accessories lineup from here on out.

    Reviewer wearing brown and white square sunglasses

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these glasses!!! They aren't so big that they are overpowering and they work on every head shape. I love them because they never get stuck in my hair and the metal earpieces fit perfectly and comfortably around my ears. Also, they actually do a great job blocking out the sun, compared to most stylish sunglasses. These are the perfect glasses to make every outfit look amazing, keep in the car, or wear every day! Definitely my favorite sunglasses!" —Sam S.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 11 colors/prints).

    5. A Levi's denim jacket — perfect as a transitional outwear option that's great for summer nights over a dress and for brisk fall days with a button-down top.

    model wears denim jacket over white dress

    Promising review: "I've been searching far and wide for a jean jacket thats the right length, fit, texture, color. It's perfectly loose without being too oversized. There are buttons that in the back if you want to create that cinched look at the waist. I like it a little more loose-fitting and it's absolutely perfect for me! Would definitely recommend." —Tracie

    Get it from Levi's for $98 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors). 

    6. A pair of slip-on mules if you're shoe-obsessed and can always use a business casual pair in your closet., Amazon

    Promising review: "These are awesome. A perfect dupe for a much more expensive brand. These are awesome quality and run true to size." —Lauren Fuquay

    Get them from Amazon for $34.96+ (available in sizes 5–12 and six colors/patterns).

    7. A pair of dainty hoops — perfect if you have multiple piercings and are in need of an evergreen set that will work alongside your coveted statement earrings.

    two pairs of hoop earrings
    It's Especially Lucky

    It's Especially Lucky is a woman-owned small business located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in modern trendy accessories perfect for layering.

    Get a set from It's Especially Lucky for $28.50 (available in two stone styles). 

    8. A Free People embroidered tote you won't have to worry about clashing with your outfits. This is the perfect size to keep handy when you're running your daily errands. Nothing quite says, "I'm a city-dweller" like a tote bag.

    Free People

    This two-strap, oversized tote features two side pockets (yay a place for your phone!) and is made from soft cotton fabric.

    Get it from Free People for $88 (available in two colors).

    9. A lace tank top to style with your go-to jewelry and staple jeans. A going out look has never been easier to put together., 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 $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors and patterns).

    10. A cropped tee made with 100% biodegradable fabric because you can never have enough basic tees in your dresser. Layer on some gold necklaces to add a bit of ~spice.~

    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, 5'1"). 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).

    11. A pair of Machete blonde tortoise hoops to accessorize your neutral get-ups with even more neutral accessories. These are super versatile and will match nearly everything.

    machete blonde tortoise hoops

    Machete is a woman-owned small business located in Atlanta, Georgia that makes the most stunning accessories from earrings, to phone cases, to hair clips (their claw clip is one of my absolute faves).

    Promising review: "I’ve been buying Machete jewelry for three years and their styles keep getting better and better. These look even more beautiful in person! They are the perfect size to make a statement and be visible with long hair but not comical and oversized. I always get compliments whenever I wear any Machete and I’m sure I will be soon with these." —Bella G.

    Get them from Machete for $44 (PayPal, Shop Pay, and Google Pay are available).

    12. Drawstring shorts with a cinching tie-waist so you can say "toodles" to having to wear a belt with your usual shorts. These are so flowy and comfortable we wouldn't judge you for wearing them multiple days in a row., 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 $26.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 colors and patterns).

    13. A pair of Bohten neutral eyeglasses in case you are a prescription glasses wearer and want a new pair of frames that'll go effortlessly with your entire wardrobe.

    exstel blanc classic frames

    These gorgeous, minimalist frames are African-inspired with a luxury feel. 

    Get them from Bohten for $150

    14. A V-neck jumpsuit so stylish, any set of shoes, whether they're sneakers or wedge sandals, will look good with it.,

    Promising review: "I love this jumpsuit! It’s very simple! I’m 5'2 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 $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors and patterns).

    15. A leopard tee to give your basic white and black tees a break. Your closet could probs use a pop of pattern and this tee's got you covered.,

    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 $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–2X and in nine patterns).

    16. A cropped hoodie since some summer days can surprise us with with a chilly drop in temp. This can be worn with your high-waisted shorts or leggings for an easy top option.

    A model wearing a black cropped hoodie

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these cropped hoodies. I bought the gray months and months ago and lived in it. Then I bought the black as well. They're so cute and go with everything. Not to mention they're crazy soft." —Hope this helps

    Get it from Target for $18 (available in sizes XS–2XL, 1X–2X and three colors).

    17. A pair of black skinny jeans because need we say more? They have just the right amount of stretch so you don't have to feel constricted when you throw them on.


    BuzzFeed writer swears by these pants:

    "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." —Abby Kass

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

    18. An open cardigan for layering over tees and tanks when the AC is blasting in your apartment and you're too lazy to grab a blanket off the couch. This is also great to bring when going out to restaurants in case it's a bit frigid inside.


    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 $32.90 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in black, dark grey, and light grey).

    19. Lightweight joggers that'll give your old worn-out pair of college sweats a run for their money. These can even be dressed up with a fancier top for more cozy-profesh vibes.

    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 $29.99 (available in women's sizes XS–5XL and 18 colors).

    20. A V-neck sweater you'll want to eat, sleep, and live in all day because of how cozy it is.

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

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

    Get it from Ecovibe for $48+ (available in S–L and in nine colors).

    21. A scoop-neck bodysuit to tuck easily into a skirt or jeans without the dreaded fear of it eventually untucking 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 $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 15 colors, patterns, and styles).

    22. An off the shoulder dress you'll want to twirl through the rest of summer in. Pair it with your fave vintage handbag and chic sunnies for a timeless and trendy 'fit.

    model wearing gabriella dress in tan
    Petal & Pup

    You can wear this dress on or off the shoulder! 

    Get it from Petal & Pup for $89.95 (available in sizes 0–12 and seven colors/patterns). 

    23. A pair of bell bottoms since all things retro are super *in* right now. Imagine these with platform sneakers? Iconic.,

    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 $31.99+ (available in sizes 1–15, XL–3X, and in 18 colors and styles).

    24. A versatile, lacey ankle-length dress with a trendy sheer bottom making it no ordinary maxi dress. It's also lined so you can feel confident dancing the night away or wearing it to a million different events.


    Get it from Torrid for $71.62 (originally $95.50; available in sizes 10–30).

    25. A crop top and pant set so you don't have to think twice about a full head-to-toe outfit; it's already ready to go for you.,

    Promising review: "I am so obsessed with this set! I own it in orange (gorgeous shade!) and loved it so much that I ordered the teal — the teal is darker than depicted and is more of an emerald color so I’ll likely be exchanging for a different color. The material doesn’t have much stretch and feels similar to linen; it’s super lightweight and perfect for summer — the side slits on the pants allow for great airflow and make this outfit heat- and humidity-approved. I wore it in Charleston during a heatwave and didn’t sweat to death, so you can take my word for it." —Alexa H.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 11 colors).

    26. A French puff sleeve blouse if you need a chic, timeless top that you can wear to summer outings (and also on Zoom meetings). Meet your new fave closet staple.

    Simple Retro

    Simple Retro is a woman-owned brand that was created by a group of friends with a passion for thrifting and a common mission to create clothing that would be timeless beyond seasonal trends. They are based in NYC.

    Get it from Simple Retro for $49.99 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    27. A cozy tie-dye pullover that's completely acceptable to wear around the house and also when you're headed out for a coffee run. Here's to trendy, versatile loungewear!


    This will be your new fave hoodie with its cotton-knit blend and warm fleece interior.

    Get it from Nautica for $34.75 (originally $69.50; available in sizes XS–XXL).

    28. A pair of paperbag waist shorts that are currently my fave style of short. They look amaze when paired with a tucked in tank or bodysuit.,

    Promising review: "They fit perfectly and are made very well with high-quality materials. The length is perfect and they look so cute on. These are my favorite shorts to wear this summer. Also they are incredibly comfortable and cool — I wore them in Florida when I went to Disney and they were not hot at all. I cannot say enough how much I love these shorts. I even bought another pair in blue because I loved them so much. Totally worth every penny — definitely go ahead and buy, you will not regret it." —Meagan M.

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 28 colors).

    29. A ruffle-sleeved dress in case you're headed to any outdoor weddings this summer and want something that looks fashionable (and won't break the bank). PLUS, you can wear it over and over again.,

    Promising review: "Was looking for a cute loose-fitting dress for summer. This dress was perfect. Hits at the knee, which works well for me. It is loose-fitting without having too much fabric. I bought the navy and it is a great color." —Kalli J.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes S-2XL and 30 colors).

    30. A set of Lively seamless racerback bralettes that are so soft, you won't even feel 'em. These are must-haves for when you're opting for a laidback outfit.


    Promising review: "I just received my first bralette. My fit problem has always been small breasts and a large rib cage. Thus, most bras are too tight! I looked at the bralette when I opened the package and just knew it would fit. Sure enough, I put it on, it is comfortable and the elastic around my ribs doesn't roll like usual. I am ordering more today and will be happy to have a drawer full of bras that fit! Thanks, Lively!!!" —Evelyn M.

    Get the set of three from Lively for $80 (available in sizes S–L).

    31. A super popular JW Pei handbag in their Gabbi style that's constructed from vegan leather. If Gigi Hadid swears by this bag, then so should you.

    JW Pei

    JW Pei is an Asian, family-owned brand with minimalist accessory designs that are made with sustainable vegan materials.

    Get it from JW Pei for $89 (Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo are available).

    32. A flowy tank top with a v-neckline so any necklaces you wear with it can be the focal point of your look.,

    Promising review: "I love the colors in this top. It has a wrap top and is secured with stitching to keep it from coming open. The best part is the straps are adjustable, making it easy for anyone to wear. The material is soft and feels similar to a cotton blend. Well-made for the price." –Lisa R.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in women's sizes S–2XL and 22 colors).

    33. A loose neon mini dress in a stunning silhouette that'll for sure make a fashion statement at your next dinner outing.

    A customer review photo of them wearing the dress in yellow

    Promising review: "Love everything about this dress! The color is vibrant, the material is versatile, and the flutter sleeves are adorable!" —India Aust

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and in 26 colors/patterns). 

    34. A high-waisted linen wrap skirt so light and airy, you'll want to wear it every single day. It'll even look adorbs paired with sneakers.

    Magic Linen

    Promising review: "I am glad to have found this skirt. I appreciate that the fit can be adjusted depending on what shirt I'm wearing or if I've gained or lost weight, and that it has POCKETS in an actually useful size. I used to wear a cotton wrap skirt every day in summer, but I've gotten tired of it partly because it doesn't have pockets. This linen wrap skirt is elegant and versatile." —Amy B.

    Get it from MagicLinen for $88 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    35. An asymmetrical crop top that'll add some flavor to your tee lineup. This top needs zero accessories — the one shoulder is the main character.,

    Promising review: "Love the fit! I bought this in orange and black and I love them! It's the perfect asymmetrical crop top that's easily become one of my favorite basics to mix into any outfit." —Eunice

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 19 colors).

    Your closet after stocking it with new basics:

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