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7 Life-Changing Things To Add To Your Closet ASAP

Tried, tested, and worn by BuzzFeed editors! (Sorry not sorry that half of 'em are velvet.)

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1. A pair of pink booties you'll plan a whole damn outfit around.

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Heels are pretty, but like 88% of humans, I suck at wearing them. How many pairs have I bought for one-time occasions only to promptly throw into the closet afterward, never to see the light of day again? Um, you don't need to know. Like I've mentioned before, flats are my shit — sure, I like gaining a few inches, but I also like feeling stable and like I'm not about to topple over (I trip over the slightest bump in the sidewalk because I'm that unaware of my surroundings). But once in a while, a pair of heeled shoes captures my attention like a bee to an open jar of honey and I decide I absolutely must have them. Enter these pink velvet-ish Aldo booties I found through a coworker's post.

The gold metallic block heel is what did me in (though it's a bit misleading since it looks clear online). I love boots with contrasting heels, so I stuffed the fact that this one came with a 4-inch heel in the back of my mind and clicked "add to bag" as soon as the price dropped down from $100 to ~$56 (and now they're even cheaper, you lucky ducks!). Well, folks, I'm happy to report they look even better in person!! *heart eyes* I'm not gonna act like I know what's super trendy, but I think the sock form is very ~in~ right now and I really like it because it means there's no stiff body that needs breaking in! And the block heel is quite thick and makes it easy to center myself...because nothing terrifies me more than stick-like heels. The pink is bold (for me at least), but not *so* bold that I feel like I can't pull them off: They're the perfect dose of brightness I need to get through the dreary, gets-dark-at-4 p.m. winter.

TBH, I'm not used to wearing colorful shoes, so right now I'm playing it safe and pairing them with all-black items (i.e., a Tobi sweater dress and Wolford tights) so they can be the ~focal point~, but I'll definitely experiment with different color pairings in the upcoming weeks! I tend to throw on shoes as an afterthought, so flipping the script and planning an outfit around them is really fun! I love what a big statement these make and how ~fashion forward~ (I use that term very, very loosely) they make me feel. I've gotten a lot of compliments on these already — a stranger even asked to take a photo of them without any explanation. Shoes that make you stand a little taller and feel like a boss-ass bitch? Yep, count me in. —Sarah Han

Get them from Aldo for $48.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and six colors).

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2. A crushed-velvet bralette as a pretty underwear option you can expose in public without getting banished, arrested, etc.

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You may have seen the George Costanza quote "I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable" in posts of mine before. That's because 1) I love velvet, and 2) I love to make the same joke again and again because I think I'm funny. But I seriously do love velvet, and the best part of not-so-great 2017 is that velvet is EVERYWHERE. Georges of the world: DRAPE YOURSELF. I take this mandate very seriously, and not too long ago added this gorgeous crushed-velvet bralette to my wardrobe (which also includes velvet leggings, velvet jackets, velvet socks, and a velvet cape, because why the fuck not).

I am very pro wearing pretty underwear — if that's your kind of thing and it makes you feel good! And when I wear this around my apartment or under clothes, I just feel fancy shmancy. The eyelash lace detailing is ridiculously pretty IRL — it looks like you could have bought it in a high-end boutique. And because it's a bralette (no wiring, nada), it's ridiculously comfortable. The longline structure doesn't cut into your ribcage, and the straps lie comfortable without digging in. It makes a great layering piece under sheer tops or blazers, and the crisscross detailing in the back would make a lovely touch with low-back tops, too. But mostly — the velvet... Did I mention I love velvet? —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Aerie for $14.79; originally $34.95 (available in sizes XS–XL in three colors).

3. A boyfriend-fit coat that just may turn cinched-waist diehards into true believers.

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When I first received this cocoon coat from Frank + Oak, I pouted in disappointment. It was too big! I would have to return it! NOOOO! But then I walked over to the full-length mirror in the BuzzFeed HQ bathroom and reevaluated: I’m used to jackets that cinch your waist, and I've never tried one of the oversized, I-stole-this-from-my-boyfriend variety. Now I’m in love with it.

First of all, this jacket is actually warm. I have never in my life worn a nice-looking jacket (READ: I often have to wear a puffer coat that resembles the girth of a snowman, for example) that actually kept me toasty, but this one does a great job! Plus, it’s knee-length, so my thighs are also well-protected against the elements. I no longer have to dread leaving my office to grab lunch. BUT! My favorite part about this jacket is, ironically, the thing I initially disliked about it: the cocoon, oversized fit. I can wear extremely thick sweaters underneath this jacket with ease, and it doesn’t feel like my arms are being squeezed to death by the material. This is the perfect everyday coat to keep you feeling warm and looking trendy.

Warmth + a super-cool silhouette + a classic color = definitely worth the splurge. —AnaMaria Glavan

Get it from Frank + Oak for $199 (available in sizes XS–XL, also in olive green).

Frank + Oak sent me this coat to try free of charge, but I wasn't obligated to positively review it.

4. A pair of no-show socks that won't give you the slip like the others.

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A few decent pairs of no-show socks are essential in life. Or at least in *my life*. I’ve learned my lesson from tossing many pairs of smelly shoes that could’ve lasted longer if I’d only just worn no-show socks with them instead of forgoing socks altogether. So I've been pretty on top of keeping a few pairs of no-show socks in my stash over the past few years.

In July, I grabbed a pair at American Eagle while I was waiting in line to pay for a romper that I bought as a compromise after my mom told me I should buy shorts for our national park-hopping summer vacay. I prayed they wouldn’t be of the actually show variety that I see people wearing all the time and think, Girl, I see those no-show socks while I’m riding the train and mostly minding my own business. My prayers were answered. 🙏

These unassuming socks have been indispensable. The sticky part on the heel has kept them in place while going through airport security sans slip-ons (paired with the shoes I reviewed in #6 here post-scanner), covering Tatooine-esque ground in The Badlands (shown), and stomping around NYC in dresses and ankle boots. (I own soooo many pairs of ankle boots.) They slip up off my heel inside my shoe occasionally, but it’s maybe once every fifth time I wear them — which is considerably less than the other various no-show socks I’ve wasted money on in my lifetime. —Elizabeth Lilly

Get a three-pack from American Eagle for $5 and check out all their no-show socks here.

5. A pair of Dickies jeans with a straight fit for achieving your skater dreams once and for all.

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When I was younger I wanted desperately to be a skater kid: to wear Dickies, Vans, and a white tank top, put on too much eyeliner, and get colored streaks in my hair. But I was afraid of falling, and my mother would sooner chopped off all my hair than let me get it colored. Nevertheless my affections for all skater things has followed me through life. So when Dickies offered me a pair of their new jeans, I was ready.

They’re amazing, too! Stretchy without getting saggy, high-waisted but not too high-waisted — so they won't hit you uncomfortably when you’re sitting. I went with the straight-leg version (although they come in a skinny cut too), and they’re amazing. I'm 5’4”, and they're the ideal length for me; they hit the top of my sneakers just enough. I also love how dark they are! They’re that perfect denim-blue color that just goes with everything. More than anything they’re comfortable AF. They aren’t super tight so I never feel like a stuffed sausage in them, which, for me, is key. —Elena Garcia

Get both from Amazon: straight for $23.09+ (sizes 0–16) or skinny for $23.09+ (sizes 16–24).

6. A velvet jacket you'll cheat on your leather jacket with.

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After years of wearing the same leather jacket, I decided I needed to shake it up a bit. Enter this adorable velvet jacket! It's actually heavier than I anticipated, and it instantly makes anything I'm wearing look so much more upscale. I mainly wear it at night to jazz up whatever the heck I'm wearing, and let me tell you, the compliments have been rolling in. It's not a cheap velvet either, so this pup is going to last me for seasons to come. It's also not too fitted, so I can wear my bulky sweaters underneath (as someone who gets claustrophobia very easily, this is IMPORTANT) — meaning even though it's getting cold, as someone who likes to layer, this is still a good option for me. If you're looking to relive your '90s peak, this is your chance! *Velvet for life.* —Emma McAnaw

Get it from Tobi for $108 (available in sizes S–L).

Tobi sent me this jacket to try free of charge, but I wasn't obligated to positively review it.

7. A range of amazing, sweary socks to help perk you up on any ol' day.

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

SOCKS GLORIOUS SOCKS. I've written not one, not two, but three separate posts on socks alone since I began working at BuzzFeed. (There might be more; those are just the first three that showed up on Google). And while my collection is getting so extensive that I'm having trouble fitting all the pairs in my closet, my sock craving is simply insatiable. Especially when it comes to Blue Q, a brand that makes the best, sweariest, prettiest socks around: They say what's really on your mind so you don't have to.

And when you're wearing black leggings and sweaters all day every day, they're a nice way to add a little dose of fun. Grumpy because it's raining for the fifth day in the row? Have the "Fuck this shit" rain socks (the center pair in the right photo) peeking out of your low rain boots. Need a little boost to get you through a stressful day? If your socks say you're a badass, you gotta be one (pair on the right in the right photo). I wore these "mother fucking girl power" socks to the Women's March in January, and they literally put some pep in my step. Plus, I use my dad's Prime account like the little moocher I am, so when he asked me, "Umm what did someone buy that's called 'Fuck this shit?!" I was very tickled.

In case you're wondering, these are the next ones on my list to buy (if you were too lazy to click through the link, they say "fuck off, I'm reading"). Tbh I only wish I'd them as a child when I was busy with my nose stuck in a book and my brother wanted to play catch (sorry I neglected you, Sebastian). —Maitland Quitmeyer

Check out all the available socks and products from Blue Q here.

Get the ones pictured from Amazon for $8.50+: the "hellraiser" ones here, the "sock whore" ones here, the "fuck this shit" ones here, and the "badass" ones here. All fit women's shoe sizes 5–10.

Get the "mother fucking girl power" ones I mentioned here.

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