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    29 Must Have Basic Staples For Every Wardrobe

    You'll always be on trend with these essentials in your closet.

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    1. A simple, elegant wool coat warm enough to make winter feel like a ~summer breeze.~,

    Promising Review: "Really high quality! It is a snug but fashionable fit. It’s a perfect dark green and is a staple of my fall wardrobe. I plan on getting another in a different color." —Bric Dz

    Get it from Amazon from $48.99 (available in sizes XS—XXL and in six colors).

    2. A comfy casual T-shirt that will be the foundation of 99% of your outfits because it's the clothing equivalent of water — aka it will take on the style of whatever else you are wearing. Dress it down with jeans/leggings or up with a blazer and heels. This classic item definitely knows how to play its part.


    Promising Review: "I've been searching for the perfect white tee and this one is it! It fits comfortably and the fabric feels lovely. This is a closet staple everyone should have. It is also true to size." —ssm

    Get it from Amazon from $9.99 (available in sizes S—XXL and in 45 colors).

    3. An affordable faux leather jacket designed to give you a super edgy but still impeccably polished look. The jacket also comes with a handy buckle so you can adjust the fit.

    Model wearing leather jacket

    Get it from Boohoo for $38.00 (originally $95.00, available in sizes12—20).

    4. A sherpa-lined fleece sweater that can be worn with or without any other outerwear and will definitely keep you comfy, warm, and cozy.,

    Promising Review: "I purchased this fleece spontaneously and figured it would end up being something I returned, but it has become a staple in my closet this winter. It’s incredibly comfortable and surprisingly flattering." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon from $28.90 (available in sizes XS—XXL and 10 colors).

    5. A wrap knit sweater dress because frigid weather should not stop you from making the sidewalk your runway.,

    Promising Review: "This dress is everything. Definitely a wear off the shoulder dress but you can wear it normal if that's not your thing. The fabric is wonderful. I got a medium and it fits perfect. The dress comes just above my knees but with the fabric I can make it shorter if I want. For the price this is a must buy. You will not be disappointed!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon from $24.99 (available in sizes S—XL and 13 colors).

    6. Black sunglasses guaranteed to keep you looking chic throughout the entire year. Yup, we are here to declare that shades are appropriate for any season, outfit, or reason.

    Pair of black sunglasses
    Glasses Shop

    Get it from Glasses Shop for $29.95 (available in one size).

    7. An uber cool oversized denim jacket made for layering — it can go over any tops and under any outerwear. Best of all, it's made from 100% cotton so it feels soft on your skin while providing some much-needed warmth.,

    Promising Review: "This jacket is the staple to any outfit. It’s distressed and trendy. It’s actually really warm and heavy for the price. The quality is unreal! Overall, I would recommend this jacket to anyone who wants a trendy, oversized look. I wear it on top of my outfits when I go out or if it’s a little chilly and I’m dressing up." —Jennifer A.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in sizes S—XL and in two colors).

    8. A sleeved lightweight pajama set that's perfect for lounging, sleeping, and more lounging. This comes in 39 different luxe styles and you'll want to snatch them all up!,

    Promising Review: "These are surprisingly wonderful. They are super soft and I can already see these being a staple for my nighttime routine. I originally purchased them for our hospital stay post-delivery and now plan to purchase more to wear around the house once we return. Mommas, these are great for breastfeeding!" —sjbzher

    Get it from Amazon from $30.33 (available in sizes XS—XXL and 39 colors).

    9. A turtleneck sweater made with a dreamy blend of merino wool, pima cotton, and alpaca yarn so you can feel like you're wrapped up in a stylish comfy cloud.

    Model wearing brown turtleneck sweater

    Get it from Everlane for $135.00 (available in sizes XXS—L and in four colors).

    10. Black high-waisted leggings that we won't judge you for never taking off. Seriously, these things should come with a label that says "put on for sleep, gym, work, rinse and repeat."

    Model wearing black leggings
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $8.80 (originally $22.00; available in sizes 12 —24).

    11. An open front blazer because the moment you put this on you instantly transform into a serious business professional. Absolutely no one will guess that your bottoms are NSFW pajamas or that you've gone pant-less.,

    Promising Review: "Looks great and is easy to wash. it's definitely become a staple for my business casual wardrobe." —S. Beckmann

    Get it from Amazon from $20.99+ (available in sizes 4—22 and in 21 colors).

    12. A conveniently large and lightweight quilted nylon tote that can fit your entire winter wardrobe inside. The fabric is perfect for harsh weather and allows the strap to sit comfortably on your shoulder. Being a bag lady never looked so stylish.

    Model wearing black tote bag

    Promising Review: "I love this bag. Its light weight, stays clean, is very functional as it includes a matching pouch that can be attached or unattached. I throw all my fly away items in the convenient pouch (gum, tissue, hand sanitizer, etc). There are so many great wall pockets to hold two cells phones, lip gloss, etc and even a special slot for my Metro Card and work ID for easy access. It wears well in all weather and I get loads of compliments. I commute into NYC and travel a-lot. This is a great bag." —Kambre

    Get it from Nordstrom for $235.00 (available in three colors).

    13. A faux suede mini skirt bound to become your favorite. Thanks to the help of your over the knee boots, you won't have to pack these up with the rest of your summer wardrobe now that winter's rolled around.,

    Promising Review: "I love this skirt so much! I've had this skirt for around nine months now and it has become a staple in my wardrobe! It has very VERY small pockets, but pockets nonetheless, and it's very comfortable. The zipper is high quality, the material feels expensive, and I haven't noticed any fabric shrinkage or color fading! The metal accents are high quality, as well. I would highly recommend this skirt!" —liv

    Get it from Amazon from $14.90 (available in sizes XS—XXL and 21 colors).

    14. Yoga pants that fit like a glove — aka they'll make you look like a yoga instructor even if your "tree pose" still needs major work.,

    Promising Review: "Wow great pants for the price, quality was definitely unexpected. They fit great and are very comfortable. The compression is just the right amount. The waist height it perfect and doesn't dig in. I like them so much I went and bought two more colors and they are just as perfect. I'd say the quality is consistent. Definitely a new staple for my workout wardrobe." —Nicolanxenie

    Get it from Amazon from $25.00 (available in sizes XS—XL and in 17 colors).

    15. A green zip up vest that's beautiful yet still warm enough to stop the cold. Perfect for walking the dog, a quick jog, running errands, or any other task that would make a traditional coat just too dang hot for mild winter weather!

    Model wearing green vest

    Get it from Maurices for $49.90 (available in sizes S—XL).

    16. A tried-and-true thick down jacket destined to win over your heart like it's won over ours. It's got six huge pockets, a sherpa-lined hood, and it's windproof which means you can keep your cold hands and head tucked inside for major warmth.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out our in depth review on this coat here!

    Promising Review: "OK, so when I saw this jacket as a lightning deal, I had to order it to see if all the reviews were true. Wow, was I surprised at how awesome this thing is! Super lightweight, but substantial (and very warm). Looks great, appears to be much more expensive than it is. The zipper details on the side add a really nice touch, and the hood is big and cozy. Really happy that I was able to grab this bad boy at a discount. LOVING it, especially now that temps have dropped down really low. Will be a staple this winter, for sure." —Leigh B.

    Get it from Amazon from $149.99 (available in sizes XXS—5X and thirteen colors).

    17. A V-neck jumpsuit made from a silky soft jersey fabric to save you loads of time when you need to find something classy, quickly. Just slip into this ensemble and voila — your ready to go in record-breaking time.

    Model wearing gray jumpsuit

    Get it from Nordstrom for $49.00 (originally $98.00; available in sizes 1X—3X and four colors).

    18. A chunky knit cardigan that doubles as a stylish blanket, but you'll definitely want to wear it with every outfit. Fortunately it comes in 15 different colors so you'll never have to worry about it not matching the rest of your ensemble.

    Promising Review: "Really nice long and cozy sweater. The material is nice. Not cheap but not too heavy. Buttons are really well made! It will be a winter staple." —Sarah G.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in sizes S—XXL and 15 colors).

    19. A classic pullover hoodie because you've ~borrowed~ enough of these from exes — it's time you get your own.

    Reviewer wearing multicolored pullover hoodie

    Promising Review: "I wasn’t expecting such an amazing hoodie for this price! I did order up one size, I absolutely love it! In one day of wearing it I’ve gotten so many compliments! It doesn’t have much stretch, but that’s what I wanted. It hugs the silhouette perfectly! Size up one and you’ll be good!" —keira

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S—3X and 32 colors).

    20. Stretchy mid-rise boyfriend jeans with a relaxed fit and fringe cuff to show off your effortlessly cool sense of style., Amazon

    Promising Review: "I love these pants! They are perfect boyfriend style jean. I was looking for a light weight, medium color boyfriend jean and this is it. I’ve worn them to work with a blazer and a T-shirt to run around with my kids. They are the perfect staple." —Allison

    Get it from Amazon from $28.45 (available in sizes 6—18 and in three colors).

    21. A button-down blouse ideal for absolutely every occasion. The lightweight fabric gives off a cool and casual vibe while the buttons add a touch of sophistication.,

    Promising Review: "I love the texture of this shirt. It’s a lot like linen. It fits flattering and can be dressed up or down. A nice staple for the money." —Oklahoma

    Get it from Amazon from $14.98 (available in sizes S—XL and in 18 colors).

    22. Polished silver aviator-shaped eyeglasses so you can look like an insanely cool pilot, a very intelligent librarian, orrrrrr Dwight Schrute from The Office — the possibilities are endless.

    Pair of silver eyeglasses
    Warby Parker

    Get it from Warby Parker from $145.00 (including prescription lenses).

    23. Dazzling hoop earrings that come in a pack of three — silver, rose gold, and gold. The hoops are available in multiple sizes so don't be afraid to take it to extreme heights., Amazon

    Promising Review: "Everyone needs a go to pair of hoops and these are just what you need. Lightweight and various metal colors. I usually just buy cheap hoops because I go through them. I’m not sure how long they will last but they are an ideal size and I would definitely order again." —Kayla M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six sizes).

    24. A pair of Adidas sneakers handcrafted by angels using cloudfoam memory lining. They envelop your feet so they feel as snug as a bug in a rug, aka your sore soles already thank you.,

    Promising Review: "These super comfy sneakers are so light! They are great for all-day comfort and have just enough support. But for a walk or light workout, running errands, sports practice, etc. these are perfect. The color is perfect too!!! Matches everything!" —Ak77

    Get it from Amazon from $34.68 (available in sizes 5—12 and in 51 colors).

    25. A super stretchy pencil skirt because eventually you'll forget to turn the camera off in one of those Zoom meetings before you stand up — yikes! A pencil skirt creates a seriously killer silhouette thats perfect for the digital boardroom, digital job interview, and even digital date.,

    Promising Review: "Love this skirt! I have the black and red currently and will be getting more colors. This is definitely a work staple for me. Thick pointe material that stays put, no riding up or moving around. I do think it runs slightly small so I sized up one size. Tall women, this hits right at/barely below my knee, so it’s not too short whatsoever, and I am right at 6’0” with a long torso." —sbl679

    Get it from Amazon from $13.82 (available in sizes S—3X and in 36 colors).

    26. A V-neck cami that will give any outfit an instant boost. The show-stopping lace trim and V-neck totally steal the show so you can keep the rest of your look simple.

    Model wearing black cami

    Promising Review: "I was reluctant because I'm plus size and I was worried about this as an essential piece not fitting but to my surprise it's a perfect fit. Has stretch and is very comfortable. I highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon from $9.99 (available in sizes L—4X and eight colors).

    27. Comfy joggers made from an instantly relaxing French terry fleece. These truly scream "take it easy" and it will be impossible for you to not listen., Amazon

    Promising Review: "These joggers are becoming a quarantine staple in my closet the fleece lining makes them super comfortable and lasts after washes, I would recommend hang drying they do tend to shrink." —callan

    Get it from Amazon for $22.40 (available in sizes XS—XXL and in 21 colors).

    28. An extremely well-made pair of high-rise slim jeans with a stretchy fit made to last forever.


    Get it from Madewell for $128.00 (available in sizes 23—33).

    29. A faux fur coat guaranteed to make you look like the rich cousin when you saunter outside your room to the dining table for Zoom family gatherings this holiday season.

    Promising Review: "I am amazed at the feel of this fabric, not what I expected! Very soft, beautiful color. Love it! Nice length and fit." —Chaundra

    Get it from Amazon for $129.00 (available in sizes XXS—3X and two colors).

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