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    31 Wardrobe Staples You May Want To Add To Your Closet

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    We 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, plus a few recommendations of our own:

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A chambray shirt that can act as the foundation of any fabulous outfit you have planned for the day. Pair it with a skirt, shorts, or even layer it over a T-shirt.

    model wearing shirt tucked into skirt

    "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!" —samanthar4a383b0f7

    Get the one above from Madewell for $69.50 (available in sizes XX-XXL).

    2. A pair of Dr. Martens anyone who lives in a city would definitely benefit from owning. The thick sole stands up to years and years of stomping around sidewalks, and they look good with practically any outfit.

    model wearing black doc marten combat boots
    Dr. Martens

    “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” —Jen Tonti

    "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." —katie10925

    Get them from Amazon for $94.11+ (available in whole sizes 5–11 and in 10 styles) or Dr. Martens for $150 (available in whole sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    3. Huarache sandals to deliver a burst of colorful boho flair to your outfit. Go ahead and get one in every color — you'll love them that much!

    sandals in many colors
    MacarenaCollection / Etsy

    Especially during the summer, sandals are an absolute necessity for any wardrobe, and huarache sandals are built to last even if you wear them for three months straight. The intricate leather design on the top will have people asking you where you got them, and the variety of bright colors are perfect for making a sartorial statement. Since this company only make whole sizes, they suggest sizing down if you're in between as the shoes will stretch and mold to your feet as you wear them.

    Get it from MacarenaCollection on Etsy for $39.99 (available in sizes 5–10 and eight colors).

    Macarena Collection is a small business based in Buena Park, California. All of the shoes are handmade by Mexican artisans

    4. High-waisted black jeans that actually maintain their shape after countless wears and washes....which is necessary because you'll love them so much, you'll wear them multiple times a week.

    model wearing a pair of black straight jeans with a black and white striped shirt and black heeled booties

    "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." —lilag4cbae5508

    Get them from Levi's for $89.50 (available in waist sizes 23–33 and lengths 28–32; also available in three other washes).

    5. A silky scarf to add a pop of color to any outfit. Plus: it's a good idea to keep one of these handy whenever you get 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." —leekuhl

    Get these solid-color pashminas from Amazon for $12.98+ each (available in 52 colors).

    6. Adidas sneakers that have been in style for decades for good reason: they're comfortable, they look good with activewear or a sundress, and the high-quality materials will last you for years.

    model wearing black and white superstar adidas shoes

    "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 Adidas for $85 (available in sizes 5–11 and in 23 styles) or Zappos for $79.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and five styles).

    7. A vegan leather jacket to turn any normal outfit into a look worthy of being featured on a street style blog.,

    "It fancies up any outfit I put on. I had mine for about three years." —carlaw41d0d84b1

    Get it from Amazon for $33.88+ (available in sizes S–XL and five colors) or a similar style also from Amazon for $48+ (available in sizes XS–4X and 38 colors).

    8. A pair of gold hoop earrings guaranteed to glam up your look. There's also something ~magical~ about putting on a pair of big hoop earrings that immediately makes you feel more confident!

    model wearing large gold hoops on their ears
    Ten Wilde

    "You can never go wrong with a good pair of hoops earrings. They look good on everyone, and with basically every outfit."—kittenfeathers

    Get the pair above from Ten Wilde for $60 or a pair of smaller gold hoops from Amazon for $13.95 (available in three sizes and three colors).

    Ten Wilde is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business based in Los Angeles that specializes in producing all-gold jewelry at affordable price points.

    9. A sheath dress fancy enough to be worn to a wedding or to work, but also casual enough to fit right in with your friends during a casual hangout.

    Reviewer wearing the short-sleeved dress in white with blue pattern all over

    "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." —kellyb4008c2352

    Get the sleeveless sheath dress pictured here from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes XS–2XL and four styles).

    10. Bike shorts to wear underneath an oversized sweatshirt to achieve that effortless Princess Diana-leaving-the-gym look. You can also wear these under dresses to prevent that awful inner-thigh chafing.

    Model wearing the bike shorts that stop around mid-thigh in black

    I'm a huge fan of bike shorts, and these are one of my favorite pairs. They're super simple, but that's part of what makes them great. I put them on with whatever top I want, and I have an easy outfit. I also work out in them, and they stay in place no matter what. I would wear these every day if I could.

    Get them from Spanx for $40.99 (originally $58; available in sizes XS–1X and in two styles) or a similar style from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 45 styles).

    11. A flannel button-down that can be worked into your outfits no matter the season: wear it layered over a long-sleeved shirt during the colder months, or rock it with your favorite cutoff shorts during the spring and summer.

    model wearing a
    Free People

    "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!" —bookpianist

    Get the one pictured above from Free People for $128 (available in sizes XS–XL and in three colors).

    12. A striped halter top jumpsuit because it's essentially an entire outfit in one piece. Perfect for those days you're running late but still want to look stylish!

    a model wearing the easy breezy wide leg jumpsuit
    Lilly's Kloset/Keer Orr

    Everyone should own at least one jumpsuit because they're so easy to just throw on and go. You end up looking like a straight-up fashionista and you only spend 20 seconds getting dressed!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $60 (available in sizes S–L).

    Lilly's Kloset is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business based in Houston, Texas. The founder Kemetria Lilly is committed to creating affordable and accessible fashion.

    13. A pair of Oxford flats I'm getting some serious private school energy from in the best way possible. You'll feel like you're about to go chill on the Met steps with your besties (or frenemies) whenever you're wearing these ridiculously cute shoes.

    The oxford shoes in brown with a one-inch heel, laces, and perforated pattern throughout

    "ModCloth's 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!" —zvarri

    Get them from ModCloth for $50 (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in five styles).

    14. A patterned duster to throw on over a classic T-shirt and jeans look or pack in your suitcase during a beach vacation to use as a swimsuit cover-up.


    "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!" —sydneym43bed1594

    Get these ones from Amazon: the left for $10.39+ (available in sizes S–5X and 32 styles) and the right for $8.99 (available in sizes XS–2XL and in 21 styles).

    15. A pair of Lululemon leggings I'm convinced are made from magic, because these things can stretch so well and still keep their shape when you take them off. Whether you're wearing these to yoga or just to lounge around the house, you'll be so happy you invested in this splurge-worthy staple.

    Model wearing the leggings in black

    "You can never go wrong with them. 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." —mullinrock

    Get them from Lululemon for $98+ (available in sizes 0–20 and in three lengths and 16 styles).

    16. Converse All Stars you'll want to get in multiple colors because of how classic they are. There's a reason your parents wore these back in the day and they're still in style today!

    The shoes in white with a blue strip on the sole, a red strip right above the sole, and white laces

    "In black, white or gray. They look good with basically anything." —erikat4d83873e2

    "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." —joannem4bf1d65ee

    "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." —n44786cbf9

    Get a pair of classic All Stars from Zappos for $54.95 (available in women's sizes 5–12, men's sizes 3–18 and nine styles).

    17. A cardigan in case the weather turns sour at a moment's notice and you need to throw something on to keep warm. Store one of these at your desk at work and in one in your car to always be prepared.


    "A black cardigan goes a long way. You can pretty much throw it over any outfit to chic it up a bit." —naadhirah

    "I have a lot of cardigans. I've been told that they're for 'old people,' but if that's 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." —anatwins66

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in 94 styles).

    18. A pair of pretty faux pearl studs if you want to feel a little fancier but don't want to put in too much effort. You'll love how cute and dainty these look, you might just end up wearing them 24/7.

    model wearing a faux pearl earring on their ear

    "No, not real pearls (unless a special occasion arises), but the ones you can get at stores like Forever 21." —megs5280

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $4.99.

    19. A pair of Birkenstocks your feet will thank you for — the contoured cork insole will feel heavenly as you walk around. They also come in cute metallic colors so they'll act as a statement piece for your feet!

    Model wearing the shoes with two wide buckles across the footbed in silver

    "I live in Florida so I can wear them even in winter and they offer sweet relief of the summer heat." —zubylee1

    "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 five colors).

    20. A two-toned linen number poised to be a part of your wardrobe for years to come. It's especially great for the summer months — the longer sleeves will protect you from the sun while the breathable material effortlessly cools you off.

    model wearing a gray and white linen dress

    You simply can't go wrong with a classic linen dress — it's perfect for vacation, a trip to the beach, or a brunch date with friends. The material of this dress is super high quality while still being lightweight, so you'll be reaching for this constantly during the warmer months.

    Get it from MagicLinen for $79 (available in sizes XS–2XL and two colors)

    MagicLinen is a family-owned small business based in Lithuania that creates beautiful linen clothes and home products that are all Oeko-Tex certified, meaning they are free from harmful substances and chemicals.

    21. A pair of classic aviator sunglasses with mirrored lenses if you're looking to channel your inner Top Gun.,

    This style of sunglasses is a classic. It looks great on everyone and really does go with everything. You'll want to keep them in your purse, car, or wherever you can easily find them and grab as you head out the door.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 10 colors).

    22. A denim jacket, which I'm convinced was what Taylor Swift was thinking about when she wrote the line, "we never go out of style."

    model wearing a blue oversized jean jacket over a dress

    "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." —heatherm4ac5673c7

    "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." —alinah4519ccf7b

    Get it from Target for $32 (available in XS–3X and two washes).

    23. Chelsea boots destined to be your go-to pair of shoes throughout fall and winter. They're classically chic and can elevate any outfit you wear them with.

    Model wearing the boots in black with a v-shaped panel of elastic on the side and a tab in the back

    "These make it look like you put a lot of thought into your look, with minimal effort." —strangerthanitseems

    Get the pair above from Nisolo for $160 (originally $200; available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    24. A pack of slim-cut crewneck tees if you've been wearing the same T-shirts for years and need to upgrade to some that don't have holes and stains on them.

    A set of four short-sleeved t-shirts with round neck in white, light grey, dark grey, and black

    "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." —springgrrl

    Get a four-pack of these crew-neck tees from Amazon for $32.99 (available in men's sizes S–4X and 13 styles).

    25. Vans Old Skool sneakers — they look and feel just as fantastic as they did when you rocked them in middle school.

    The shoes in black with a thick white sole, white laces and stitching, and a white curves line down the side

    "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!" —qweenaf

    Get them from Zappos for $59.95 (available in women's sizes 5–14.5, men's sizes 3.5–16 and in six styles).

    26. A longline blazer because if you look good, then you feel good — and you'll instantly feel like a million bucks as you wear this to work, or with some biker shorts and a crop top while you run errands around town.

    model wearing a tweed longline blazer over a crop top and black pants
    Petal & Pup

    "Blazers! For work, obviously, but they can also dress anything up. Need to polish your look? Blazer. Look effortlessly cool? Blazer." —reezee1018

    Get the one above from Petal & Pup for $69.95 (available in sizes 2–10).

    27. A pair of mom jeans that prove the age-old statement, "mother knows best" with certainty. They're comfortable, the high waist makes you feel secure, and they just look really cool.

    model wearing light wash jeans with tapered leg and a high waist
    American Eagle

    "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." —marissamariew

    "Mom jeans and a belt they make everyone’s butt look good!" —carolines421437045

    "Very simple, nothing extravagant. They can be dressed up or down. They can be classy or more casual. Very comfortable for every day without giving the Islept-for-3-hours-last-night vibe. They 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." —altheod

    Get the pair above from American Eagle for $49.95 (available in sizes 000-20, short, regular, and long and in six styles).

    28. A band tee to give the world a glimpse of what your Spotify playlists look like.

    Urban Outfitters

    "My staple is band tees. I can put them under a suit jacket, dress them up with nice jeans/heels, or go work out." —anastasian497a9dde1

    Get them from Urban Outfitters: the Nirvana one for $39 (available in two colors) and the Fleetwood Mac one for $39 (available in sizes S/M or L/XL).

    29. A baguette shoulder bag built to be the perfect size to hold the essentials: phone, keys, wallet, and face mask. And that gorgeous pearl embellishment definitely takes it to the next level!

    JW Pei

    I always say you can never have enough handbags, and no collection is complete without a versatile baguette bag. They'll make you feel like Carrie Bradshaw as you're walking down the street with it tucked underneath your arm, and it will make your whole outfit just look more ~expensive~.

    Get it from JW Pei for $59 (Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo are available).

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

    30. A bralette from Lively perfect for anyone with a D–DDD cup who's looking for a lightweight bra that still provides support.

    Model wearing the bralette

    It's tricky finding a good bralette when you have a bigger chest, and this one has basically done the impossible! Once you own this, you'll quickly realize there's no need to suffer through the uncomfortableness of an underwire bra, especially when you're just lounging at home.

    The size 1 fits 34D, 32DD, 36D, 34DD, and 32DDD, size 2 fits 34DDD, 36D, 36DD, 36DDD, 38D, and 38DD, and size 3 fits 38D, 38DD, 38DDD, 40D, and 40DD.

    Get it from Lively for $35 (available in band sizes 34–40, cup sizes D–DDD, and five colors)

    To learn more about this, check out "Meet The Bralette That'll Actually Fit Anyone With A D Cup".

    31. A pair of denim shorts for the warmer months when jeans just feel a bit too constricting. These will be your go-to for outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, or a visit to your local brewery.

    model wearing a light wash pair of shorts

    When looking for a good pair of jean shorts, you'll want a pair with good stretch and a secure waistline, and the above pair from Nautica offers just that! The inseam is a good length too and can be rolled up if you prefer a shorter look.

    Get the above pair from Nautica for $19.99 (originally $54.50; available in sizes 24-33).

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