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    38 Clothing Basics You'll Never Regret Buying

    They're timeless and classic — just like you.

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

    1. A pair of flowy trousers that'll pair perfectly with any of your favorite work tops. It's giving ~chic professor~ vibes, isn't it?

    Model is wearing light brown loose trousers and white tennis shoes
    Kissy's Fine Apparel

    Kissy's Fine Apparel is a family-owned small business based in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, that sells stylish boutique clothing for every style.

    Get it from Kissy's Fine Apparel for $44 (available in sizes S–L).

    2. A subtle pom-pom jumper you'll have to actively try not to poke or flick because those pom-poms are just so! dang! cute!!


    Promising review: "My new favorite sweater. Incredibly soft. Super-cute design. Love the sleeve detail. I received so many compliments on this sweater. Fits exactly as expected." —Triple Blessed

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes 4–16 and 13 colors).

    3. A teddy coat so you not only stay toasty warm as the temperatures drop, but look chic and stylish while you do it.


    Promising review: "This jacket is so soft and warm, and the big pockets are a plus. Like other reviewers, order a size up so you can comfortably layer under and zip up. I usually wear a small but got a medium and it’s perfect! Super cute, I’ll probably buy another in a different color LOL." —Brianna

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 35 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    4. A denim jacket guaranteed to be a staple piece to your wardrobe. It will immediately make any outfit look so chic and honestly works for any time of the year. Plus, there are 10 colors to choose from!

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing purple leggings, a graphic T-Shirt, and a denim jacket

    Promising review: "I adore this jacket! It fits perfectly. I like wearing the sleeves rolled up, but when I wear them down they are more than long enough and I have really long arms. This can be worn with dresses, jeans, whatever! It's the perfect color." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 10 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    5. A pair of leggings because you can *never* go wrong with a classic black pair of these baddies. They go with everything, and contrary to popular belief, you can wear them as pants. I will die on this hill.

    Model is wearing black leggings

    These leggings are lightweight, buttery smooth, and fast drying!

    Promising review: "Love these! The little criss cross detail is so cute and they’re soft while still feeling moisture wicking so you can definitely wear them to work out or just hang out and be comfortable either way! Definitely recommend." —KFlan

    Get it from Aerie for $33.71 (originally $44.95, available in sizes XS–2XL, in short and long lengths, and 11 colors).

    6. A sleeveless tunic blouse to look put together for your next Zoom meeting, even if you're already wearing your reindeer and mistletoe pajama pants. "What's that? No, you definitely did not see peppermint bark on my lap." —You (OK, me)

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a white and black dotted tunic and denim jeans

    Promising review: "This top is so cute! The seam around the middle creates a little flare. The sleeves are cap sleeves and so adorable! Super cute!" —Cyndi Lundeberg

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 17 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    7. An oversized blazer that I truly believe would be something Cher from Clueless would wear. As if? Nah, definitely if.

    Model is wearing a grey plaid blazer over a white top and denim shorts
    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned small business based in Brisbane, Australia, that sells über-chic dresses, outwear, bottoms, and everything in between.

    Promising review: "I love the cut of this blazer! So easy to dress up and down!" —Kate

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $79.95 (available in sizes 2–8).

    8. A turtleneck sweater so chic, you'll basically wear it through fall *and* winter.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a light brown sweater, dark jeans, and brown over the knee boots

    Promising review: "This sweater is super cute and definitely made with great high quality. I really love the 'chunky' sweater. It's plenty warm and a bold beautiful color. The length is perfect and it's not bulky. I am super pleased!! So much that I ordered three other colors!" —R. Vasquez

    Get it from Amazon for $27.98+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 22 colors). 

    9. A pair of Levi's straight-leg ankle-length jeans so you can keep your legs warm during the crispier mornings but your outfit stylish all day long.

    Model is wearing grey washing straight ankle denim jeans, a white top, and black combat boots

    Pro tip from Levi's: Wash your jeans every 10 wears — it'll prolong their lifespan!

    Get it from Levi's for $69.50 (available in plus sizes 16–24 and two colors). 

    10. A lantern-sleeve knit dress that will become your "go-to" dress all season long. At-home date night? Virtual game night with the pals? The possibilities are ~endless~.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a wine red knit dress and black boots

    Promising review: "Such a cute outfit. Dress is warm and fits exactly to size. If you have a big 'trunk' it does tend to lift up just a tad in the back. Overall, I'm so glad I purchased it." —MW

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 25 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    11. A striped turtleneck you'll be oh so inclined to style under sweaters, jackets, tucked into skirts, or even under a dress for extra layering. The key to the perfect basic is ~versatility~.

    Model is wearing a white and brown striped turtleneck sweater and black denim jeans

    Madewell partners with the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally.

    Promising review: "I admit to being totally in love with this turtleneck! I own three others and wear them constantly." —Lylopa7

    Get it from Madewell for $35 (available in 2XS–2XL and 2X–4X).

    12. Or a simple solid turtleneck because stripes don't go with everything, but black tops never fail.

    Model is wearing a black turtleneck sweater and a beige skirt
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "This sweater is much thicker than I expected. It will keep me toasty on those cold days." —Luann P.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (originally $34.99, available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    13. A bodycon dress you'll want to wear literally to any event you can think of. Dress it up with some boots, a leather jacket, and accessories for a night out or sneakers and a denim jacket for a casual day date. The possibilities are ~endless~.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a black dress

    Promising review: "This dress looks FANTASTIC! I love that it can be dressed up with accessories or looks good on its own for a casual night out, a day at the beach, etc. I ordered the sleeveless navy and short-sleeve steel blue and they are both great." —Katelyn Grof

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 37 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    14. A pullover featuring a grid design that would have Miranda Priestly giving you a slight nod of approval because of how chic you look. As long as it's not a pursed lip, we're good.


    Promising review: "I loved this sweater from the moment I laid my eyes on it. It's not only pretty but the quality is amazing. Thick and warm. Perfect for a sunny but cold weather." —Mme Vlt

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90+ (available in sizes S–XL and five styles).

    15. A white tee because you don't have a closet full of staple pieces unless you have one of these. I don't make the rules, I just enforce them.

    The white tee

    Baacal is a small business based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in clothing for women sizes 10–24. They use vintage and upcycled materials too!

    Get it from Baacal for $68 (available in sizes 1–4, which is equivalent to 10–24 per the size chart).

    16. A plaid miniskirt that comes in 20 colors so you can definitely buy enough to match every season and holiday.,

    Promising review: "Great skirt. Can't beat the price. I got this as a gift for my daughter. It fit her well, and it looks great on her. The quality is great for the price. She loves it." —Teresa Cesnick

    *Another* Promising review: "I love this skirt and the way it fits! I followed the size chart, even though I thought it might be too big. To my surprise, it fits like a dream! I love the color, and the price isn’t bad!" —Amy R.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 20 colors).

    17. A classic faux-suede jacket that will stand the test of time when you realize you'll be wearing it nearly every day because of how darn cute it is.

    Reviewer is wearing the tan suede jacket over a teal floral printed dress

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this jacket! I actually ordered a similar one from Nordstrom Rack by Philosophy and ended up keeping this Amazon one because it was better quality! Great product for the price and fits nice. Not super tight so that you can wear layers under it if you want, but not boxy at all!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    18. Or a faux-leather motorcycle jacket because you literally can never go wrong when you own a leather jacket. It's cool, it's chic, it's casual — it's everything!,

    Promising review: "Love this jacket! Fits very well and is pretty warm. I wore this on the way out of my wedding in Boston in March and I felt fine walking through the commons. I will definitely be buying another one! You seriously can’t beat the price!" —sbeeeee

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    19. A FP Movement puffer jacket so you can stay toasty warm all winter long without having to sacrifice your delightful sense of style.

    Model is wearing a black puffer jacker over a white top and black pants
    Free People

    One percent Of Free People activewear purchases benefit their nonprofit organization, Partner Girls Inc. 

    Get it from Free People for $198 (available in sizes XS–L and three colors).

    20. A pleated skirt to add to your "this is what I will wear until the end of time" wardrobe section because it's just so darn cute. It goes with basically any top and the pleated style will have you moving gracefully through the season in ~style~.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing the black pleated skirt

    Promising review: "The skirt is as beautiful as I imagined it would be; it's exactly as pictured. It's very comfortable and, due to the elastic waistband, very forgiving as far as fit. It's perfect for work or a casual day out." —Elayne

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 45 colors).

    21. A speckled delight that adds just a little bit more ~texture~ than a typical plain cream sweater.

    a model in a cream colored sweater with speckles on it
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "I love how soft and cozy this sweater is. It's versatile enough to wear to work and on weekends with your favorite sweats. It washes up nice and even though it says to lay flat to dry, I have accidentally thrown it in the dryer and it didn't shrink! Yay. Only downfall is I wish I bought it in both colors! :)" —Melissa D.

    Get it from Old Navy for $24 (originally $34.99, available in sizes XS–2XL, 2X–4X, regular, tall, and petite and two colors).

    22. A leopard-print skirt for when your outfit needs a little bit of a ~wild~ touch to it. You've probably seen similar (more expensive) versions of this skirt on social media, but this one is perfect for any budget-conscious queen.

    Reviewer is wearing a leopard print skirt, black tank top, and black gladiator sandals

    Promising review: "I am very impressed with this skirt! The material is definitely cheap and you can see the threading in some places, but it looks great on and is so cute!!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    23. A jersey midi dress so simple, you'll wonder why it isn't already in your closet, ready to be layered and styled with adorable accessories.

    Model is wearing light cream colored midi dress with short sleeves

    Get it from Boohoo for $12 (originally $30, available in sizes 12–24 and seven).

    24. A velvety tank top for those days when you want to look extra glamorous but could not be bothered with anything that isn't super comfy.

    Promising review: "Buy more than one! I love this top! You can't beat the price for the quality. Fits as expected, hitting at the hip and loose at the bust. This is a great layering piece under a jacket or sweater and can hold its own when worn alone. I highly recommend it. It will become a staple in your wardrobe." —jillmarieg

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 19 colors).

    25. A Sherpa sweater so soft, you'll feel like you're walking around wearing a fuzzy blanket, and honestly that's exactly how I expect everyone to dress in the fall and winter.

    Reviewer is wearing the light grey sherpa sweater and dark denim jeans

    Promising review: "I love this sweater so much that I purchased the gray and pink colors! I will be purchasing every color in this sweater. They’re amazing and I find any excuse to wear them. The sweater is baggy for the days you’re not feeling 100 or it looks super cute partially tucked into your jeans. 100% comfortable and if comfortable is your style, this is YOUR sweater!" —Alicia

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

    26. Faux-leather pants because it's about time you own one of these timeless pieces.

    Model is wearing black faux leather skinny pants
    Pistola Denim

    BTW, it's vegan leather!

    Get it from Pistola Denim for $148 (available in sizes 25–33).

    27. Or faux-leather leggings so you can get all the style of leather pants without all the uncomfortableness.

    Reviewer is wearing a red high low top and black leather leggings

    Promising review: "Girl, friend, nonbinary peep, bro, these leggings are your holy grail. Everyone at my holiday party wanted to know where I got them. I had to send the link to my work friends and my extended family. These leggings are comfy, you can move well in them, and they're cute af with any oversized sweater. It's like wearing really fierce pajamas." —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and six colors).

    28. A ruffled bodysuit that adds *so* much va-va-voom to your look, and you don't have to worry about the fabric bunching that happens when you tuck in your top.

    Reviewer is wearing the black bodysuit with ruffle sleeves and dark denim jeans

    Promising review: "I love this bodysuit. I love the look of bodysuits but they’re often very uncomfortable for me to wear. I wore this all day at work and found it to be super comfortable. NO FEELING OF A WEDGIE!! I will be purchasing in other colors." —Tammie Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and nine colors).

    29. A tunic top so you can have a staple piece that drapes ever so comfortably, keeping you feeling free *and* cute. A simple front tuck would look adorable!

    Model is wearing a rust colored tunic short sleeve top and pale green pants
    Big Bud Press

    Big Bud Press is a small business based in Los Angeles, California. Plus, everything is *made* in LA!

    Get it from Big Bud Press for $58 (available in sizes 2XS–7XL).

    30. A jumpsuit that adds a splash of sass (hello, exposed shoulder!) to a seemingly basic outfit. I'd definitely style this with some classy pumps and a statement necklace. I'll see *you* at the holiday party.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a black jumpsuit

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this simple romper. I will probably get a few other colors. These will be perfect for lounging or if I’m out and about and want something casual and comfy without being too pajama looking. I will probably hang-dry just to be sure it doesn’t shrink!" —Katherine

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

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    31. A long-sleeve blouse top with lace sleeves so you can wear a more elevated top for work, but still get that much needed breeze to your arms during warmer days in the office.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a black top and denim jeans

    Promising review: "There are so many details on this top! It’s very good quality. I love the black because it looks classy and perfect for a date night! This top is actually COMFORTABLE!!!" —Nicole Petersen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 30 colors).

    32. A bodycon pencil dress because you are amazing and this dress is amazing. It's perfect for a night out and professional enough for a workday. Plus, there are 15 colors so you could wear one every day of the week.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a black geometric patterned dress

    Promising review: "This is one of my absolute favorite work dresses of all time! I feel like Joan from Mad Men every time I wear it. I get compliments every time. This dress looks even better with a skinny belt to define your natural waistline, and the mock-turtleneck collar is a classy detail that pulls it all together. The fabric is stretchy enough to hug your curves, but not cheap looking. It's thin enough to be comfortable, lightweight, and breathable while still being opaque and of good quality. Oh, and it doesn't wrinkle!!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes L–5X and 15 colors).

    33. A wool coat because winter doesn't *always* mean you have to wear a big puffer jacket that hides your fashion sense. Coats can be cute, too!

    Model is wearing a beige coat over a white top and white pants
    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "Bought this coat for my Christmas trip to NYC. It was wonderful! Very comfortable and kept me warm." —Kaci

    Get it from J. Crew Factory for $129.50 (originally $238, available in sizes 00–24, petite sizes 00–12, and six colors).

    34. A maxi dress to make your Starbies and Target trip look like you definitely planned it and you're a productive adult *not* about to buy things you don't need while sipping a shaken espresso. Not me. Not I.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It's super comfy, casual, and I received a ton of compliments." —Lainey

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 45 colors).

    35. A classic pair of "boyfriend" jeans with the teeeniest little rhinestones all throughout that'll look like you're absolutely ✨sparkling✨ with every step you take.

    Model is wearing a pair of light wash denim jeans with tiny rhinestones all throughout
    Lane Bryant

    Get it from Lane Bryant for $49.97 (originally $99.95, available in sizes 12–28).

    36. A skater skirt to make your looks come together so well, everyone who sees you will think you're some famous fashion blogger. Werk it.

    Reviewer photo of a person wearing a black top, red plaid skirt, and tights

    Promising review: "I cannot stress enough how comfortable this skirt truly is! I was concerned about it pinching in at the waist, but it's got a pretty good stretch to it. The skirt has a great flow to it, I love turning circles like an overzealous golden retriever. I've received several compliments on it. It's a fun, flirty little style that can be dressed up or down. I definitely plan on getting at least one more in another color, but again I am committed to wearing only this skirt forever. You will not regret buying this!" —Mai

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes L–5XL and 23 colors).

    37. A spotted blouse you'd absolutely rock tucked into a leather skirt and a pair of booties. I can see it now and it's fa-bu-lous.

    Model is wearing a taupe blouse with black irregular dots all throughout and balloon sleeves
    Confetti Boutique

    Confetti Boutique is a woman-owned small business based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that sells vibrant, bold, and oh so stylish pieces.

    Get it from Confetti Boutique for $36 (available in sizes S–L).

    38. And finally a long-sleeve T-shirt dress that will basically become a yearlong staple in your closet. You can wear it for every season with minimal changes or layers and you're ready to go!

    Reviewer of a person wearing a black long sleeve dress

    Promising review: "I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS! I bought the Dark Green in XL (my usual size) for Christmas pictures and it is PERFECT. The bottom has a lovely flow, the sleeves aren't too tight, the fabric is soft, and it has REAL POCKETS!" —A. Lohrum

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in sizes L–4X and 13 colors).

    You whenever anyone asks why you *had* to get those flowy trousers:


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