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    39 Clothing Basics You Should Buy Because It's About Time You Replaced Them

    Stains, holes, and pilling need to be cleared out of your closet.

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    1. A pair of super soft control leggings you can use to work out, stretch out, sleep off...honestly, whatever., Amazon

    Promising review: "The picture I shared is an actual Snapchat I sent to the girls I work with and a couple friends the first day I wore these leggings! They are literally the best ever!!! I’m going to be purchasing more soon in different colors! They are not see-through and they do not fit awkward. If you are like me it is hard to find the perfect pair of leggings and I actually heard about these through a girl in one of my college classes who I don’t know. She was just talking out loud about how great her leggings were and I had to ask!!! You cannot go wrong with these!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 31 color combinations).

    2. A pack of traceless Kitsch Spiral hair ties, because with the way you keep on losing these, you can never have too many.


    Promising review: "I have long, thick hair. I have tried everything to keep my hair back but ended up with numerous ponytail holders. Not only did the ponytail holders have a tendency to break (sometimes mid-workout), but they also left my hair damaged and dented. The hair coils (I do couple them with a single ponytail holder, loosely fastened) keep my hair in place, even in the most intense workouts!!! Additionally, my hair doesn't get dented, knotted, or broken during my sweat sessions. I was skeptical about this product, but am back for a second (but certainly not last) order!!" —Katie E Ward

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99.

    3. A pack of brand-new, no holes at the toe, crew socks — I'm not gonna explain to you why you need new socks.

    The black, leopard print, and gray socks in the pack

    Promising review: "This might sound funny, but I am so thankful that I found these socks. They are thick enough to give me some warmth in the winter, but thin enough to wear with my dress shoes. Usually, I would wear a nice trouser sock...sort of a pantyhose thickness, but that's just not warm enough in my office. My shoes are not fitted for thick socks, but these are a fine smooth knit that fits nicely. I've worn and washed them and they are holding up like new." —Kim

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.50+ (available in 11 sets).

    4. And athletic socks 'cause your sweaty feet live in them and they need a renovated home to come to.

    The set of athletic socks

    Promising review: "Got these socks last week as I needed a good new set of running socks for my half-marathon training. The tab at the back comes up high enough to protect my ankle from any chafing and the arch support is great on these. I’d be a little hesitant to wear them in the summer for running because they are pretty thick, but otherwise, they’re awesome. I’m a size 7.5 and got the set that fits sizes 5-10, but they are a little on the long side. There’s a little excess length to manage at the bottom of the sock but once they’re on, you don’t really notice it." —Sarah Williams

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $13.84+ (available in sizes 5–13 and in 15 sets).

    5. A pack of adjustable strap stretchy undershirts so you always have a comfy, fresh layering piece available.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these camisoles. I wear camis under my shirts every day and usually go for the more spandex-style ones. I am so glad I gave these a try. They are completely different than camis I normally buy. They’re more cotton than spandex and don’t cling to your body the same way. However, I’ve found that I love this model. They’re so soft and comfortable. I have fibromyalgia and have problems with uncomfortable clothes so these ended up being amazing. They’re the right length to wear undershirts and they’re not too loose so they don’t get all bunched up. And having them be cotton-based, I actually find fewer problems with my shirts riding up over them. I highly recommend these. I hope to purchase more colors of these in the future." —Nicole D

    Get them in packs of two and four from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 15 set options).

    6. Or go for a plunging bodysuit capable of doing the one thing so many other tops can't do, stay in place under your favorite jeans.


    Promising review: "I have all the colors I love this bodysuit they are so comfortable and true to size. Super stretchy and is very flattering." —Kiltem

    Get it from Express for $23.80 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in three colors).

    7. A pair of stainless-steel plated hoop earrings, because the ones you keep on buying from Forever 21 are constantly tarnishing., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these earrings. I purchased three other pairs of earrings with these and these are my everyday favorite pair to wear. It's been about three months and they have not tarnished one bit. Stainless steel is what I have been looking for. The clasp is still holding tight too. I totally recommend if you are looking for some hoops!" —Andrea

    Get them from Amazon for $9 (available in three metals and six sizes).

    8. A pack of cotton and spandex blend hipster panties so you're sitting pretty every day of the week — and then some.


    Promising review: "The absolute BEST underwear EVER. I'm finally wedgie-free for the first time in my life! I was constantly picking my underwear outta my crack UNTIL I found these underpants!!! I'm literally getting rid of all of my other underwear because they suck compared to these. They're cute, comfy, and sexy enough — yet provide enough coverage to be all that you'll ever need. Two of my girlfriends have also made the switch and couldn't be happier." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and colors and patterns will vary). There's also this great set of briefs that goes up to a size 4X.

    9. A pack of low-rise lace trim thong undies so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing them — and thanks to the design, no one will *see* you're wearing them.

    A model wearing the lace panties in black next to the color varieties in a pack

    Promising review: "Comfy is the keyword here. I'm very picky when it comes to underwear since I'm quite bottom-heavy, but these are perfect! The lace trim is soft and stretchy, which allows a perfect fit around my waist. Based off the size chart provided, I went with the medium (6–8), as I've been a size seven in many different brands of underwear in the past. Because of the stretch in the lace, I would maybe consider one size smaller since they may stretch over time." —Kim

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in four color sets). There is also this seamless set that goes up to a size 5X.

    10. A sturdy and perfectly worn cross-body that's delicately handmade and sure to last a lifetime.

    Pascado Artisans on Amazon Handmade

    Pascado creates gorgeous handmade leather goods in India.

    Promising review: "I just received this bag and I’m in love. I can see the workmanship that went into making it and fully appreciate how it looks. I’m tall and had issues in the past with bags that fell short. This one has a very long adjustable strap and is a decent size that allows me to comfortably carry my wallet, phone, checkbook, and kindle. This is the first time I’ve posted a review so quickly but this bag exceeds my expectations and I wanted to make sure I let everyone know about it." —Angie

    Get it from Pascado Artisans on Amazon Handmade for $29.99.

    11. A pair of luxurious matte Nubian Skin sheer tights because you really need a good pair of tights and these are it — just look how seamlessly they blend in.

    A model wearing the tights in cinnamon
    Nubian Skin

    Nubian Skin is a Black-owned shop based out of London that offers a variety of products in inclusive nude tones.

    Get them from Nubian Skin for $14.50 (available in sizes S–L and in four colors)

    12. A sturdy but casual belt so you can, quite literally, pull your look together.

    The belt in brown

    Promising review: "I cannot believe I got this quality of a belt for this price. It came in such a nice box with a hole punch; which I did not need to use but still a nice touch! I have had the belt for months now and I still love it. The leather is durable but I like how it's smooth and does not catch on the belt loops. The adjustment holes in the belt show no sign of wear and the buckle is just the right size so it does not dig into my tummy. It's just a great quality jeans belt." —K-Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 22"–44" and in eight colors).

    13. A ruched crew-neck T-shirt dress that'll look amazing dressed up with heels or down with your favorite sneakers.

    A model wearing the dress in black

    Promising review: "Really cute dress! The one I received is not lined but the material is soft and not very see-through. I wore nude-colored undies and you couldn’t see a thing. If you are looking for a slightly looser fit then size up. The ruching on one side does wonders for shaping my waist and the pink color is gorgeous! The price is just right and much cheaper than other versions I’ve seen online. There are other versions from different sellers on Amazon at $20–$22 but the quality on this one is excellent and I’m glad I ordered it." —MizLis

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 16 colors).

    14. A pair of faux-leather flats designed with a rubber sole so you can be comfy (and slip-free) all day.,

    Promising review: "Definitely worth the money for a leather flat dupe! True-to-size with no break-in period since they're not real leather but feels just as smooth. No toe cleavage and no weird noises when you're walking. I wear between a 7 and 7.5 and bought the 7.5 in these to be on the safe side." —Matt

    Get them from Amazon for $19+ (available in standard and wide sizes 5–15 and in 36 colors).

    15. A pair of classic but super versatile ankle trousers you could actually wear every day of your life — work, errands, even on a night out with heels.


    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by these pants! I’m a teacher so I need clothes that are stylish yet comfortable and can move with me throughout the day. As soon as these gems arrived in the mail, I tried them on. The first thing I noticed is that the material is higher quality than I expected. They don’t feel cheap or flimsy. The waist is comfortable and I like the button and hook fastening that leaves the front without lumps. I’m buying these again in another color." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes 0–22 and in 15 colors).

    16. A super cozy knit scarf for that extra warmth and pop of color your winter wardrobe demands.

    A bust form with the scarf wrapped around it in blue

    Get it from ModCloth for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    17. A pair of super comfy black ankle booties to throw on all the time — and if black is not your thing, they come in 52 colors!!! FIFTY-TWO!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have purchased two pairs of Soda Ankle Booties — one in khaki and one in black. I LOVE them! I am a size 10.5 and I have plantar fasciitis which causes me to have foot pain in most shoes I wear. These booties are the only attractive shoes I can wear to work all day that don't leave me in agony when the workday is over! I buy a size 11 and insert a pair of Dr. Scholl's into them to give me additional cushioning but they are so great. Enough heel to look good, not so much that they further harm my arches. I would highly recommend these booties to anyone looking for a great shoe at an amazing price!" —SarahK

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in 12 colors).

    18. An underwire Playtex balconette bra that has perfectly contoured, seamless foam cups with hidden underwires and cushiony, cottony-lined straps — so comfy, you might even wanna sleep in it.


    Promising review: "I love the fit of this bra. It really lifts and makes my boobs feel secure. The straps are super comfy. Not a perfect look for tank tops, but for most seasons where the thicker comfy straps are hidden it's great. But keep in mind, these are comfy straps and the bra fits great. I am a 38DDD." —natascha

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 36B–46DD and in 39 colors).

    19. While we're at it, a machine-washable seamless and wireless Hanes bra that has a very comfortable four-way stretch fabric, adjustable straps, and is totally tag-free.

    A model wearing the bra in Gravel Grey Heather

    I have these bras (I'm normally a 38DD) and the large is amazing! I can't run a marathon in them, but they hold everything up and together comfortably. I even sleep in them only 'cause I forget I'm wearing it! The sizing chart only goes up to D but I've had success despite my bigger cup size — probably because I am on the smaller side of a DD.

    Promising review: "I love this bra! I am four months pregnant and have ever-changing swollen and tender breasts. This bra can be used for sleeping in or wearing around during the day. It provides medium support so can be worn for some light exercise and yoga. It is so soft and flexible it feels almost like I have nothing on but at the same time provides enough support to keep my swollen, painful boobies in line without squishing them. It is also stretchy enough to go up a cup size without changing bras. Order based on the rib cage size to get the perfect fit. The cups and shoulders are adjustable enough to accommodate several cup sizes and/or broad shoulders. It also has snaps in the straps that allow you to cross them in back for more support or different styled tops (and they are also the most understated snaps, right above the cup). Even though it is not technically a nursing bra, it would work well. Keep in mind that it has zero padding." —Andie and Brie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.10+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in seven colors).

    20. A strapless Calvin Klein bra because sometimes you feel like a strap and sometimes you don't.

    A model wearing the strapless bra in desert
    Calvin Klein

    Promising review: "Second time I've bought this bra. They are so comfortable, I bought this exact bra but in black in store and fell in love with it so I looked it up and bought it in the desert color." —Fernanda

    Get it from Calvin Klein for $33.60 (available in band sizes 30–38, cup sizes A–DD, and in two colors).

    21. And since we're doing this, a pack of moisture-wicking seamless medium-support sports bras so you can get your sweat on in not the same bra you wore the day before.

    A model wearing the bra in black

    Promising review: "I am a 40D, so I ordered the XXL. When I took the bra out of the package, it looked tiny so I didn’t think it would fit. But it actually fit perfectly! The fabric is extremely stretchy, so it can stretch as much as needed. Nowhere does the bra dig into my sides, as so many other bras do. It really is the most comfortable bra I’ve ever used! I wouldn’t recommend this bra for high-impact workouts. I’ve been using it for low-moderate impact workouts though and it’s been great!" —bighpfan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in six colors).

    22. A badass faux-leather moto jacket to channel your inner rock star while you layer up responsibly.

    A customer review photo of them wearing the jacket

    Promising review: "This leather jacket exceeded my expectations! The quality is amazing! I usually wear an XL and it fits perfectly! Very impressed with the price for this buy!" —Amy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.88+ (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    23. A soft, breathable Adidas face cover designed to be totally comfortable to wear even when you're out breaking a sweat — and of course, it's washable and reusable.

    A model wearing the face mask in black

    Type Of Fit: Ear Loops

    Pocket For Filter: Yes

    Fabric Type: 93% recycled polyester and 7% elastane

    Shipping Time: This mask is expected to ship immediately

    Promising review: "I have tried so many cloth masks for running and this is the only one that works. I use it for warmth (and COVID safety) when running in sub-zero weather and it never inhibits breathing. Other masks would stick to your mouth and make it hard to breathe during activity, but the thin mesh against the mouth on this has fully addressed that. Adidas nailed it!" —SINAMOB

    Get a pack of three for $20 from Adidas (available in three colors).

    24. A pair of cashmere-blend lined leather gloves designed specifically so you can text your little heart out without ever having to take them off.


    Promising review: "Like most other reviewers, I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with these gloves. They are as soft as butter and warm to boot! I have pretty small hands, but not tiny — the 'one size fits most gloves' are typically a little big on me and long in the fingers. Based on other reviews, I ordered both the medium and small sizes of these gloves. The small were a much better fit. For reference, I wear a small size in lab gloves (can wear XS, but don't like a super tight fit). I am so impressed with these that I'm planning on purchasing another pair for my mother-in-law." —Liz G.

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 10 colors).

    25. A simple, fresh, and clean cotton T-shirt — I'm telling you, nothing can be more refreshing than a crisp tee styled with your favorite pieces.

    A model wearing the shirt in light steel

    Promising review: "I'm 5'8" and usually a size 14–16 (1X) top and this 2X shirt was just loose enough to be casual without being baggy. I purchased both black and white as basic staples for my wardrobe. These are great for pairing with shorter jackets, jeans, or skirts and also for layering. The white tee is not sheer if worn with a skin-colored bra, and even paired with a black bra, the outline is just barely visible. These tees are cut straight up and down and fit basically like a men's undershirt, so if you are looking for something that is more of a boxy fit, this is ideal, but not if you want a shirt that's tapered at the waist." —MahNaz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.73+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 16 colors).

    26. A lightweight knit pullover sweater that'll replace that pilling piece of fabric you call a sweater.


    Promising review: "I just got it recently and I love it so much. It's extremely soft and the fabric is nice feeling. It's sort of see-through but I'm not too worried about that. It goes nicely with my shorts and jeans, and also some of my skirts. The fit is awesome! I ordered medium and it's loose and flows nice. It's also pretty baggy, which I like. Overall I'm very happy with this purchase." —Ghoul

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in sizes S–XL and in two colors).

    27. A timeless plaid tailored blazer because you need something nice and professional to throw on over your pajamas when your boss springs a video call on you.

    A model wearing the plaid blazer

    Get it from Loft for $99.99 (take an additional 70% off when you use code SOCUTE, available in sizes 0–26 and in petite sizes 00–12).

    28. A pair of ultra-comfortable cuffed sweatpants designed with an elastic waist, pockets, and a stretchy material — you will literally live in these.

    A model wearing the sweatpants in light gray

    Promising review: "I have bought several of these pants because they are the most comfortable things I've ever owned. I'm not a fashionista, but I'm aware that wearing sweatpants out of the house is not universally accepted, despite the majority of us doing it. However, I feel confident wearing these with a T-shirt or tank top whilst going out and about and looking put together. I also got these because I have a tough time finding pants that don't push on my bladder too heavily like the jeans or slacks that I wear to work. I have interstitial cystitis and these pants are soft and fit well enough that I need not worry about any issues arising in that department. I'm not the biggest fan of all of the designs, but I'm sure there's a design out there for everyone. Or you can get the plain ones. Whichever works for you." —Featherpin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in 73 colors).

    29. An oversized denim jacket for layering over a comfy pair of leggings when you just don't wanna put any effort into your look but want to make it seem like you did., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this jacket! I am usually a size 10–12, 5-foot-7, and it’s very hard for me to find jackets that fit well because I have a wide back and wear a DD bra. I went through a bunch of the reviews and decided to get a large. Honestly, I could have gotten a medium. But the large is good! You can def wear a sweater underneath it. Go down a size when ordering!" —Betsy

    Get it from Amazon for $21+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 17 styles).

    30. A stretchy romper bodysuit that'll be a great layering piece for all your dresses, oversized sweatshirts, or skirts.

    A model wearing the onesie in black

    Promising review: "'One size fits all' items NEVER fit me. However, this tiny catsuit fit my big body with ease. Haha! At first, when I opened the package I laughed and said this must be for a child but surprise, surprise, it fit. Slid into it like it was specifically designed for me. I am a size 14/16 with 40DDD breasts and it fit without pinching or squeezing any part of me. Great material, very light, and extremely opaque. I bought this to wear under a sheer shawl and I am very happy with this purchase." —Patrice Morris

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in one size and in three colors).

    31. A set of super adorable short pajamas – honestly, with the right shoes, they could be a very cute outfit.

    The blue and tan pajama set

    Promising review: "Nice fabric, light but not flimsy. Buttons are sewn on firmly and it has an elastic waistband with a drawstring. If you are debating between sizes go with the bigger size. I did and it worked out just fine. Very pleased. Happy with my purchase." —LOU and adriana marinaro

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in men's sizes S–XXL and in seven colors).

    32. An investment-worthy Barefoot Dreams cardigan that hundreds of people at Nordstrom won't stop raving about — it's soft, cozy, cuddly, and you won't regret buying it!

    A model wearing the cardigan in Pacific Blue

    Promising review: "This cardigan is so amazing I don't even know where to begin. I wish I could give it 10 stars. It may appear on the pricier side, but I think it's worth every penny. My sister loved it so much that I bought one in another color for her!" —MsLWr

    Get it from Nordstrom for $116 (available in sizes XS–XL and in seven colors).

    33. An adorable little lightweight raincoat to help you battle all those fall showers.

    A model wearing the raincoat in army green

    Promising review: "I've worn the raincoat out on several rainy days (not heavy/flooding rain) and it worked great, kept me dry." —Linsa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    34. A pair of Levi's uber-popular 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans designed with a mid-rise and a medium amount of stretch for a perfect and comfy fit every time you slip them on.

    A model wearing the skinny jeans in black

    Promising review: "These jeans are so soft! And so stretchy! I can't get over how great they feel and how great I feel in them! Some of the reviews mention that they aren't super skinny at the bottom, and that's definitely true, more of a straight cut. I ordered a size up and I haven't taken them off since they arrived. The dark blue is a really nice color and I LOVE that there isn't any contrast piping. The gray ones are equally as comfortable but I think the color may be a little out of my comfort zone, especially with the whisker effect." —MacysPlusEnthusiast

    Get them from Levi's for $49.99 (available in plus sizes 14S–26S, 23–34, in up to four lengths, and four colors).

    35. Or if you prefer your denim in the wide leg variety these Robin Blue jeans have a high waist and a medium weight fabric that offers just the tiniest bit of stretch.

    A model wearing the jeans
    Beginning Boutique

    Promising review: "I’ve always struggled with finding jeans that fit my waist and my hips and these are just perfect! I love the style and they’re also very comfortable. I’ve gotten so many compliments! Definitely my favorite pair ever!!" —Marie P.

    Get them from Beginning Boutique for $59.99 (available in AU sizes 4–16).

    36. An investment-worthy over-sized leather tote big enough to fit everything you'd need for a quick getaway or for when you're just lugging your kids around.

    A model holding up the tote bag
    Leather Design Studio on Etsy

    Leather Design Studio specializes in creating leather handbags, totes, hobo bags, backpacks, and more.

    Get it from Leather Design Studio on Etsy for $188.10.

    37. An organic cotton and aloe vera lined (yes!! aloe vera) Conscious Step hoodie that helps support NAMI and their work to destigmatize mental health issues.

    Two models wearing the hoodie
    Conscious Step

    Conscious Step is a POC-owned company that focuses on ethically- and sustainably-made socks and sweatshirts. They're also fairtrade certified and vegan.

    Promising review: "This is one of the best sweatshirts I have purchased and some of the proceeds benefit mental health awareness." —Anonymous

    Get it from Conscious Step for $89.95 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    38. A pair of eco-friendly, super stretchy fleece bamboo leggings that are absolutely perfect for winter.

    A model wearing the leggings in the snow in the color Rust
    Nayked Faith on Etsy

    They're made with a bamboo blend fabric and use an eco-friendly dye. Nayked Faith is an eco-friendly small business based out of Portland, Oregon, that specializes in handmade clothing.

    Get them from Nayked Faith on Etsy for $65+ (available in sizes XXS–2X and in seven colors).

    39. And a classic cotton button-up you'll look totally polished in and can use for nearly any event in your life — work, going out, errands...the list goes on and on and it all depends on how you style it.,

    Reviewers point out that if you're on the bustier side make sure to size up and they also note that this isn't a wrinkle-resistant shirt, so make sure to steam or iron it before wear. I'm a 38DD and the XL worked great for giving me a loser button-up shirt look.

    Promising review: "This shirt definitely fits as expected. I took a risk since so many people said they run small, but it fits perfectly — don't listen to the reviews saying otherwise! I even have a large chest, which can be an issue, but there's no pulling in the chest area. Quality material and very comfortable." —Alanna Edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 18 colors).

    IRL footage of me screaming at my shopping cart.


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