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    Nov 7, 2019

    44 Stylish Basics You'll Be So Glad You Bought

    Reliable go-tos to quickly become your new faves.

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    1. 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.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (also available in gray and sizes XS–2XL).

    2. 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.)

    Amazon

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

    3. 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.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and in 22 colors).

    4. 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!

    Nisolo

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

    Get them from Nisolo for $150 (available in three colors and sizes 6–10).

    AND WAIT, you'll get 20% off with the code BUZZFEED20 at checkout when you grab these gals before November 28th! 😮😮😮

    5. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $6.99+ (available in five colors and sizes S–3XL).

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $82.94+ (available in two 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!

    Nordstrom

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

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in seven 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....

    @hunterboots / Via instagram.com

    A city puddle is *never* just water.

    Get them from Amazon for $104.99+ (seven colors, women's sizes 5–10). 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.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in 13 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.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $20.50 (available in five colors and short, regular, and long sizes XS–2XL).

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

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $69 (available in nine 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.com, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.73+ (sizes XS–XL and 23 styles) or $48.97+ (sizes 1X–5X and 10 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!

    Amazon

    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 $39.89+ (available in 11 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.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $49.50 (available in eight colors and sizes XS–2XL).

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

    15. A roomy top-handle bag with a shoulder strap so you can stash the stuff that you need for your busy-ass lifestyle. It's so good and useful that you may not even switch your bag for weeks on end. (No judgment.)

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39 (also available in black).

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (sizes XXS–XXL and 14 colors) or $68.38 (sizes 1X–3X and three colors).

    17. Dr. Martens that'll be a tough go-to for days when the sun is shining or it's beyond gray.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $131.95+ (available in two colors, and women's sizes 5–11 and men's sizes 3–8).

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

    Levi's

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

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

    Amazon

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

    Get them from Amazon for $12.73+ (available in four colors and sizes 6–10).

    20. A pocket 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.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $12.99 (also available in brown and sizes S–L).

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three color combos).

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

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $23.49+ (available in a range of colors and women's sizes 5–11.5).

    23. 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.

    Amazon

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

    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.com, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in 14 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

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

    Amazon

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

    26. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 19 colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    27. 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?

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.71+ (available in 21 colors and men's sizes S–3XL).

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

    Amazon

    I'm out here granting wishes.

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

    29. High-heel ankle booties as a boost for really most anything in your closet.

    Amazon

    Gray is the best neutral!!

    Get them from Amazon for $65 (available in five colors and sizes 5–12).

    30. A tie-front shirt that'll hit the sweet spot at the hem of your high-waisted skirts. Passersby are going to think you have a tailor at your beck and call.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in three colors and sizes 1X–3X).

    31. 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.com, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 38 colors).

    32. A stretch polo in 26 colors that you can also monogram. So really, why isn't your closet already filled with them?

    Lacoste

    Get it from Lacoste for $61.99+ (available in 26 colors, some of which are on sale, and sizes 32–50).

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $18.40+ (available in 12 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    34. And some knee-high boots to finish off your sweater-leggings lewk.

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $149.95 (available in four colors and sizes 5–12).

    35. A simple cardi you can throw on in your frigid office for a toasty layer that'll keep you looking polished.

    Amazon

    Perhaps walking around with a blanket on your shoulders isn't the way to work your way up the ladder.

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

    36. Anklet booties in neutral tones to much almost everything you own and that'll actually look anything but basic up close and IRL.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in 10 colors and sizes 5–11).

    37. A slip dress with cool details like a low back and raw hem that'll let onlookers know they can bow down now. Thanks.

    Nattmara

    BTW, this is from a woman-owned, vegan brand I came across on Instagram. If you're into black, red, and all things dark, you're going to be extremely into it. (I've had this slip dress on my wishlist awhile.)

    Get it from Nattmara for $150 (available in sizes XS–XL).

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

    Amazon

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

    39. A ribbed top with button details ready and willing to bring a little more texture to your look.

    Loft

    Get it from Loft for $44.50 (available in two colors and regular, petite, and plus sizes).

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes XS–2XL).

    41. Slip-on sneakers in a perforated metallic style that'll make every well-cushioned step look a bit fancier.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $17.17+ (available in six colors and sizes 5–12).

    42. A lacy LBD (that comes in other colors!) to get you through the rest of holiday party season. And weddings. And cocktail hours. And any other events where you need to look like a slightly better dressed version of yourself.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.22+ (available in five colors and sizes 0–16).

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

    Amazon

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

    44. And some stainless-steel hoops to give any outfit a boost.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in three finishes and six sizes).

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