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    43 Stylish Basics You'll Be So Glad You Bought

    Basics are meant to fill gaps in your wardrobe but you'll start basing whole ensembles off of these beauts.

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

    1. A trendy teddy coat in a neutral tone that'll help you ease into the style without feeling like you're committing to a fad.


    My colleagues Heather Braga and Jasmin Sukanan both own this coat and adore it! I have not tried on either coworker's coat, but they look quite snuggly from afar.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five colors and sizes S–3XL).

    2. A pair of high-waisted leggings that, yes *are* opaque, and you'll want to buy in each and every color and then wear all winter whether you're working or werking out.

    model wearing the leggings

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and in 22 colors).

    3. A cowl-neck tunic dress *so* incredibly chic and low-key that people may assume you're a heroine of a Nancy Meyers movie. Spoiler: You ARE.

    mode wearing the dress

    Get it from Amazon for $25.80+ (also available in gray and sizes XS–2XL).

    4. A metallic pleated skirt that'll look ANYTHING but basic YET will match so many things that it'll earn its keep in that category. (And this story.)


    Get it from Amazon for $12.69+ (available in 14 styles and sizes XS–2XL).

    5. Leather smoking shoes for a reliable classic that'll still be in style years from now — just be sure to get 'em resoled before they get too bad!

    the shoes

    According to my shoe guy, I always wait too long.

    Get them from Nisolo for $153 (available in three colors and sizes 6–10).

    6. A trusty leather tote to contain all the everyday items you require on the reg.

    model carrying the bag

    Get it from Everlane for $198 (available in three colors).

    7. Or a ~reversible~ faux-leather tote that'll give you a little more flexibility when you realize your outfit would look so much better with a black bag. Dump the contents, flip it inside out, rake everything back in, and be on your merry way!

    the bag

    And you can't deny how handy that wristlet looks, either.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 14 color combos).

    8. Hunter rain boots for keeping your feet dry while frolicking through fields of wild flowers or dodging suspiciously dark puddles on city streets. Is that a coffee puddle or is it....

    model wearing red rain boots
    @hunterboots / Via

    A city puddle is *never* just water.

    Get them from Amazon for $51.55+ (38 colors, women's sizes 5–11). Check out the short rain boots.

    9. Or some sneaker-style rain boots you'll come to rely on for those days when it's a 30% chance of rain and you 100% don't want to ruin your good suede ankle boots OR sweat it out through wellies. And if it doesn't end up raining, it's NBD.

    person wearing rain boots that look like sneakers

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in 14 styles and sizes 6–11).

    10. Knit jeggings so you can get away with wearing not-pants while wearing a socially acceptable semblance of pants.


    Get them from Amazon for $17.43+ (available in 17 colors and short, regular, and long sizes XS–2XL).

    11. A turtleneck sweater that'll look you paid so much more money on, welcome to scamming!

    model wearing the turtleneck

    Get it from Express for $61.60 (available in three colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    12. A colorful wrap dress — in straight and plus sizes — for something that's office dress code–approps without being a total snore., Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $26.92+ (sizes XS–XL and 19 styles) or $28.81+ (sizes 1X–5X and 6 styles).

    13. Ankle booties in a range of colors (not just animal print!) that'll look fantastic with all kinds of ensembles. Dresses and tights, shorts, jeans, nothing at all?! You decide!

    the boots

    Word to the herd: Leopard print is totally a neutral and goes with everything. Just ask me, even though I just told you. Seriously, treat it as a neutral and then all of a sudden your outfits will be so much more interesting!

    Get them from Amazon for $18.04+ (available in a variety of colors and women's sizes 5–12).

    14. A water-resistant packable puffer coat for everyday wear or that bucket-list trip to Iceland where you plan to *just* carry on.


    Get it from Amazon for $40.15+ (available in eight colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    Also check out a packable down vest and shorter jacket from the same line.

    15. Or a metallic puffer that'll brighten up your winter looks while still matching most everything. Bye black puffer!

    model wearing the coat
    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $69.97 (also available in green and women's sizes ). Psst, there are lots of styles from this brand (that I own a coat from and love) on Nordstrom Rack here!

    16. A sleek cross-body bag in a chic silhouette to help you feel a bit dressy, even if you're wearing that sweatshirt outdoors you've been rocking all week as you WFH from your couch.

    the bag

    Get it from AllSaints for $115.20 (also available in red and black).

    17. A rubberized rain coat for gloomy mornings when you can't dramatically drape yourself across a couch indoors. Sigh.

    model wearing the rain coat

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (sizes XXS–XXL and 16 colors) or $68.38 (sizes 1X–3X and five colors).

    18. Dr. Martens that'll be a tough go-to for days when the sun is shining or it's beyond gray. Plus, they come in a tons of colors in case your version of basic is anything but black.

    Dr. Marten's

    Get them from Dr. Martens for $150 (available in 12 colors, and women's sizes 5–12 and men's sizes 6–14).

    19. An original Levi's trucker jacket with a multitude of styling possibilities that'll keep it in constant rotation.

    plus size model wearing the jacket

    Get it from Levi's for $79.50 (available in plus sizes 1X–4X).

    20. Pointed-toe flats with just enough flash (and a bunch of colors) to add a little fancy flair to an outfit you picked up off your bedroom floor.

    the flats

    Everyone knows that pointed-toe shoes make you look chic. It's math.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 25 colors and sizes 5–12).

    21. A striped tee for elevating a pair of old jeans without sacrificing your comfort level. Also, how cute will this look at casual holiday functions with a cardi thrown on top? Almost too cute.

    model wearing the shirt

    Get it from Gap for $29.95 (available in three colors and regular sizes XS–XXL, tall size S–XL, and petite sizes XS–L).

    22. A plaid scarf you can nuzzle into allll winter long. And into the spring when it's still a tad chilly.

    the scarf

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in range of color combos).

    23. White Superga sneakers as a fashion girl step up from your Keds (sorry Keds).

    the sneakers

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in a range of colors and women's sizes 5–11.5).

    24. A seamless turtleneck bodysuit as a base for a multitude of cute outfits. Your pants and skirts will wonder why it took you so long to make an intro., Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in 30 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    25. A Buffalo plaid flannel shirt for a winter classic that'll be the next best thing to wearing your flannel PJs out in public — though I'd argue that's acceptable behavior.

    model wearing the shirt

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in 15 color combos and sizes XS–2XL).

    26. Versatile ballet flats you'll throw on in a million different ways on the days when you can't or won't with heels.

    the shoes

    Get them from Amazon for $19 (available in 19 colors and regular and wide sizes 5–13).

    27. A solid dress with pockets for so much wardrobe versatility, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it in every color (there are 19, BTW!) from the start.


    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 22 colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    28. A cozy eco fleece sweatshirt ready to replace that old stained one. Or at least you can wear this one out in public and the stained one *just* in the house, k?

    model wearing the sweatshirt

    Get it from Amazon for $20.72+ (available in seven colors and men's sizes S–3XL).

    29. And a sweatshirt dress for the times you'd prefer to leave the house in a sweatshirt and no pants. Well now you can!


    I'm out here granting wishes.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.23+ (available in sizes 1X–7X) or $23.80+ (four colors and sizes XS-XXL).

    30. Chunky Chelsea boots as a boost for really most anything in your closet.

    the boots in camel

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in seven colors and sizes 5–11).

    31. A tie-front shirt that'll make passersby think you have a tailor at your beck and call.

    model wearing the top in black
    Banana Republic

    Get it from Banana Republic for $27+ (available in six colors and regular sizes XXS–XXL, petite sizes XXS–L).

    32. A Carhartt beanie that'll look good on anyone and everyone. And it comes in so many colors, everyone in the fam can have their own. Maybe even two!, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 38 colors).

    33. Tortoiseshell sunnies you can get with single-vision or reader lenses so you'll always have these at the ready for strolls or leisure drives.

    the sunglasses
    Warby Parker

    Get them from Warby Parker for $95+ (available in several lens varieties).

    34. A ribbed polo that'll magically go with all the bottoms in your closet. Yes, I'm a magician.

    plus size model wearing the polo with jeans

    Get it from ModCloth for $29.99 (available in 26 colors, some of which are on sale, and sizes 32–50).

    35. A lightweight tunic that'll easily go with whatever pair of leggings are clean atm. (It's truly a struggle.)

    model wearing the tunic

    Get it from Amazon for $18.40+ (available in 26 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    36. And some See By Chloé knee-high boots to finish off your sweater-leggings lewk.

    the boots

    Get them from Mytheresa for $555 (available in sizes 5–12).

    37. A simple cardi you can throw on to fight your frigid surroundings but keep you looking polished.

    model wearing the cardi

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in nine colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    38. Stud earrings as a finishing touch before you head out the door.

    the earrings

    Get them from Amazon for $8.40+ (available in three finishes and nine sizes).

    39. A faux-leather motorcycle jacket to throw on over nearly anything, even when you're running to the gym!,

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 18 colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    40. Slip-on sneakers in a quilted style that'll make every well-cushioned step look a bit fancier.

    the sneaker

    Get them from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in seven colors and sizes 5–10).

    41. A lacy LBD (that comes in other colors!) to help you look like a slightly better dressed version of yourself.


    Get it from Amazon for $26.97+ (available in five colors and sizes 0–16).

    42. A mock turtleneck in a range of colors that'll be perfect for layering under your fave summer dresses or flying solo.

    model wearing the turtleneck

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in 11 colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    43. And some stainless-steel hoops to give any outfit a boost., Amazon

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

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