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    31 Basic Pieces Of Clothing That Actually Aren't Boring

    These belong in *every* wardrobe.

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

    1. A sweet and workday-ready keyhole top great for layering under jackets and sure to ~unlock~ a whole lotta compliments., Amazon

    Reviewers say it runs small!

    Promising review: "I want every color! Wow!! This shirt is AMAZING. Even better than I thought it would be; looks very professional and even better than a name brand shirt. Highly recommend. I’m about to order more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 14 colors).

    2. A tie-front, waffle-knit top to help you master that effortlessly chic vibe, well, effortlessly. You might start to love it just as much as actual waffles. Okay, almost.,

    It's got over 3,000 positive reviews, and reviewers recommend sizing up to get that cool oversized look.

    Promising review: "I can’t believe I didn’t buy this shirt sooner! It’s everything I hoped it would be and much better than what I expected! I usually wear a medium in tops but listened to the reviews and got this in a large. Perfect fit! I’m definitely getting this shirt in all the colors! A similar shirt from Urban Outfitters is sells for like $45, so this is much better for my wallet!" —Marie Lassley

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 45 colors and prints).

    3. A subtly rainbow button-front cardigan that'll match every dang top and dress you own.

    Model wearing the tan and rainbow marl cardi

    Promising review: "So cute! Easy to style! The colors make it look so pretty over all sorts of tops. My favorite way to style it so far has been a pair of light wash, high-waisted jeans and a bralette. Feels like good quality. Buttons are secure. Doesn’t snag too easily." —ALLIC

    Get it from Maurices for $39.90+ (available in sizes XS-4X).

    4. A comfy striped tee with flirty details, like ruffled sleeves and a tie waist you can adjust to make it work with everything from high-waisted skirts to jeans., Amazon

    Some reviewers say it runs small!

    Promising review: "Love this shirt! It fits perfect! It is not see through, irons well, and can be dressed up or down. Material is a nice quality. I've washed several times (cold and air dry) and no fading or shrinking." —Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-4X and in 15 colors and prints).

    5. Slouchy but polished belted dress shorts that'll make any OOTD look way more put-together than if you'd opted for your usual jean shorts., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these shorts so much! They're really high-waisted and the waist is ruffled, which makes them really unique compared to other shorts of this style. The material is so soft, and not too thin or cheap-feeling. Really nice quality and they're so comfortable to wear! I really like how these have a more dressy feel/look to them. I've worn them with a crop top and a pair of heels for a more dressy look and also dressed them down with just a pair of cute sandals. So they're very versatile and can look great no matter what look I'm going for. There are two side pockets that are very roomy and can even hold my phone, while completely concealing it at the same time. There are also two fake pockets on the back. Overall, really happy with these and highly recommend — definitely worth it!" —maisie

    Get them from Amazon for $49.90 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in three colors).

    6. A faux-shearling, vegan leather moto jacket you can pop over pretty much anything in your wardrobe to infuse it with some badass attitude (not to mention stay warm).

    A model wearing the boxy black jacket with faux shearling details over a floral dress

    Promising review: "This is the most stylish faux leather jacket I have seen in a long time. It's a great material and doesn't look cheap at all. The furry detail gives this jacket an edge up on other jackets and it's very thick for the winter. I did like how roomy it was, so you could put a sweater underneath and not be restricted. This is a must-have jacket for the winter!!" —Jlee8

    Get it from Express for $178 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

    7. An oversized cardigan with classic cable-knit details sure to become your new close-knit BFF.


    Promising review: "Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? Let's just say, if I could choose to wear one item for the rest of my life, it would be this sweater. It's so incredibly cozy and oversized, just how I imagined. And can we talk about the color?!!!! It's so rich and such a perfect shade of mustard yellow. For reference, I'm 5'2" and 125 pounds and purchased a small. I'm seriously contemplating buying more in case anything happens to this one." —EW

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in sizes 4/6-20/22 and in 24 colors).

    8. A super soft leopard panel fleece you'll find yourself pulling over all your outfits from now till April because 1) LEOPARD IS A NEUTRAL, PEOPLE and 2) you won't even be sad to cover up the rest of your outfit with this cutie., Amazon

    Reviewers say it runs small, so size up!

    Promising review: " I love this sweater because it's so cozy and warm, it's like covering up with a blanket — so soft! I love the style and print of the leopard with vibrant colors. Overall a great sweater for fall/winter. It's a half-zip with large front pocket. You can pair it with your favorite leggings or jeans and style it up or just be super comfortable. I totally recommend this sweater to everyone!" —Felicia Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in five colors).

    9. A timeless tie-front blazer, which may get you mistaken for the CEO when you log into the Zoom meeting rocking it.

    A model wearing the black blazer

    Promising review: "This tie-front crepe blazer is beautiful. I like my clothes to fit slightly loose and not cling and this blazer hung very nicely in the back. The front with the tie on the side makes it dressy and different. I recommend this gorgeous blazer." —Mary L.

    Get it from Eloquii for $134.95 (available in sizes 14-28 and in two colors).

    10. Comfy bootcut pants that don't have buttons or zippers (you just pull 'em on), but do have stretch and over 2,000 positive reviews. They also come in tons of cool colors beyond basic black and grey!


    Promising review: "I love Rekucci pants! I have six pairs now and keep adding more. They come in great colors and are a nice price, and I love the pull-on aspect as well. The waist doesn't have much give, so don't expect these to be like yoga or maternity pants. That's nice though, because they don't sag, and unlike dress pants with buttons/zippers, there's no bulging or puckering. I can wear a form-fitting shirt that goes over the waist without having a bump under the shirt. I get compliments on them all the time. I normally wear black dress pants and black shirts or blazers, so having interesting, colorful pants is a nice way for me to add a little spice to my conservative wardrobe without being over the top. I wash and dry them with all my other clothes (warm, normal dry, etc). I don't like work clothes where I need to fuss with extra laundry loads and whatnot. These are great. I have one pair that I've had for almost two years now and they still look new after repeated wear and washing. They do shrink slightly in the wash. These are the best work dress pants I've found and the price is great. I've worn them out socially with a casual top and sneakers, too." —jmp

    Get them from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes 2-18 regular, 2-16 short, and 0-18 tall and in 46 colors and prints).

    11. A comfy T-shirt dress with a pretty asymmetric hemline and over 5,000 5-star reviews that put it in a different league than any other basic dress you've seen.,

    It's basically a blank canvas for a zillion different outfits. You can play with different kinds of shoes, tights, jewelry, belts, scarves, jackets — the possibilities are endless!

    Promising review: "I want to order this is ALL THE COLORS. It's so comfy and soft, and the perfect length. I love how the hem is asymmetric!!!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 40 colors and prints).

    12. A raw-hemmed denim tunic shirtdress ready to serve as a jean-ius blank canvas to your fabulous shoe and accessory collection.

    A model wearing the long-sleeved mini dress with frayed cuffs in light wash denim

    Several reviewers recommend sizing up!

    Promising review: "I love this little dress! I ordered a size up as suggested and all is well. I could have gotten away with a size large, but prefer a looser fit. This fabric is soft and the style is amazing. I will wear this in the fall with my patchwork, over-the-knee denim boots. Now I think I will order the navy! : )" —Dee Tee

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in four colors).

    13. A super cool and sustainable pair of upcycled overalls that are actually made from two pairs of old jeans cut up and sewn together, and the straps are vintage suspenders. Yeah, these rule ~overall~ the plain denim pairs you'd find in stores.


    This awesome upcycled clothing shop is Black-owned! Since these cuties are made to order, you can message the seller your measurements for a custom fit.

    Promising review: "I honestly cannot praise Maria enough. Not only are her clothes super cute, well-made, and sustainably produced, but she is also such a generous and communicative seller and asked lots of questions to make sure everything fit. When the overalls ended up not fitting, she was incredibly patient and understanding and made the needed adjustments. I’ve never had such a great Etsy experience — I can’t wait to buy more from her!!" —Maya

    Get them from Sustainablemaria on Etsy for $165 (available in sizes 0-20).

    14. A glam-but-versatile flared midi skirt with pleats and pockets that over 2,000 reviewers adore.,

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this skirt.

    Promising review: "So cute and such a good value! I especially love that I can pair this with black tights in the winter and fall and wear it all year round! Great purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in nine colors).

    15. A cute pair of bike shorts (aka the loungewear staples you've been living in) in a sweet gingham print everyone in your virtual workout class will be ~check~ing out.

    A model wearing the high-waisted, lower-thigh-length shorts
    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    16. Glam faux-leather leggings that could easily pass for a pricey pair and will make everything — from sweaters to tees to going-out tops — look about a zillion times more posh.,

    Some reviewers recommend sizing up!

    Promising review: "IN LOVE!!! They aren't cheap looking at all!!! I originally bought them for a cosplay, but ended up wearing them for fashion purposes and they're a hit!!!!!! Super comfy and stretchy around the waist!!!" —Rebecca J

    Get them from Amazon for $18.90 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    17. A upgraded LBD with oversized lace-up details sure to ~shift~ everyone's focus to your effortlessly chic ensemble.

    A model wearing the sleeveless dress with oversized sneaker-like lace-up detail at the neck in black

    Promising review: "Casual and hip LBD! The lace front and extra large grommets give this dress a big dose of character. You won’t see anyone else wearing this day-to-day. Comfortable and loose-fitting. Very easy to wear and stylish with flats, sandals, or casual wedges." —Fashionista

    Get it from Amazon for $69 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).

    18. A dramatic waterfall cardi to help you make a regal entrance everywhere you go, queen.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this. I purchased the black and was wearing it everyday to work for almost two weeks. I get compliments on it as well. It is comfortable and roomy, flows well, is soft, and manages to keep me warm. I am planning to buy three more. I need to add the gray, navy, and white to my collection for sure." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.64+ (available in sizes L-5XL and in 28 colors and prints).

    19. A super soft jumpsuit that's trendy, but also so comfy you'll feel like you're getting away with wearing a PJ onesie in public., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is actually my favorite thing I've purchased recently. It's so comfy and easy. It's also so cute to wear out during the daytime. It's so simple, but I always get compliments. The fabric is thick, so I noticed in the summer I was getting a little warm. The sides go low so you might want to wear a bandeau." —Cyndi Lundeberg

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 15 colors).

    20. A pullover sweatshirt with on-trend pink and blue athletic stripe details to give it some extra style. Love this as part of a sweatsuit, of course, but I'd really love to see it paired with jeans and a statement necklace post-quarantine.

    Model wearing the gray sweatshirt with pink, navy, and white stripes along sleeves
    JCrew Factory

    Get it from J. Crew Factory for $49.50 (available in sizes XXS-3X). Get the matching sweatpants here.

    21. A gorgeous lace cocktail number that basically reinvents the LBD and LRD (little red dress). Yes, they're classics for a reason, but the lace and flirty neckline of this beauty makes it next-level.,

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this dress, which has over 2,000 5-star reviews!

    Promising review: "This dress is killer. The fabric is high quality and the lace isn't delicate enough to rip. I can't tell you how amazing I felt in this. It's so beautiful. Underneath the lace, there's a layer of fabric to shield you from any see-through mishaps. There are also rubber straps in the shoulder area so that the dress doesn't slip off, which is so ingenious! I wore it for over 10 hours at a wedding and I had no problems. I just love this dress to death! Buy it!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in seven colors and three sleeve/neckline styles).

    22. A posh blazer with gold buttons guaranteed to become a staple in your closet and help you ~blaze~ new sartorial trails.

    A reviewer styling the black blazer three different ways, with jeans, white jeans, and shorts

    Reviewers say it runs small!

    Promising review: "Looks more expensive than it is. Soft and comfortable but with structure." —Thomas Randolph

    Get it from Amazon for $88 (available in sizes XS-3XL and in three colors).

    23. A comfy polo dress that looks a little more polished than the oversized T-shirt dress you already own, but will be just as cute paired with your favorite sneakers.


    Get it from Nautica for $69.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in two colors).

    24. An A-line skirt with pockets you can tuck all kinds of tops into to give them an instantly luxe feel, thanks to the the gorgeous velvet material.

    Model wearing the knee-length skirt in mustard yellow

    Get it from ModCloth for $54.99 (originally $69; available in sizes 0-24W and in two colors).

    25. A versatile and soft tee with a faux suede pocket that you should definitely colorblock off some time in your sartorial schedule to rock.

    BuzzFeed/Taylor Miller,

    I actually got to try this baby on for a shoot we did at BuzzFeed — check out my coworkers and I modeling how versatile it is here!

    Promising review: "This shirt is made of good quality material and has a cute design. It's comfy like a T-shirt, but cute enough that I feel like I'm wearing a little more than a basic tee, so I can wear to work or on a fun day outing." —Jennifer Troutman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors and prints).

    26. A classic power suit that comes with an equally boss hot pink belt bag to finish off the perfect minimal-chic look. You get major bang for your buck, since you can also rock all three versatile pieces on their own!

    Model wearing the black blazer, slim pants, and belt bag
    Lilly's Kloset

    Lilly's Kloset is a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $118 (available in size S-L).

    27. An oversized denim shirt just as versatile as any chambray topper, but with a precious twist. It's embroidered with your favorite breed of pup, so you'll have a ~ruff~ time finding a cuter shirt than this.

    Amazon, Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Bek O'Connell LOVES her Shar-Pei version (above)!

    Promising review: "Love this shirt. I've been wearing it as a jacket over a tank or T-shirt. The embroidery is high quality. I got lots of compliments from my friends. And of course I'm a Cocker mom, and the shirt just reminds me of how much I love my dogs." —LoveKinderKids

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99 (available in sizes S-3XL and in pretty much every breed you can think of).

    28. Amazingly affordable Levi's wide leg jeans with a retro button fly and cute cropped hem for showing off a great pair of shoes.

    A model wearing the medium wash jeans

    Get them from Levi's for $34.98+ (originally $69.50; available in sizes 24-32 and in three colors).

    29. A lightweight open-front sweater that's not a regular cardigan, it's an embellished cardigan. The boho ruffles, stitching, and trim are a bonus tas-selling point.


    Promising review: "Super unique and super cute. The details on this really make it special. It’s soft and lightweight. Made well. Fits great too. Could maybe size down too if you wanted it a little less roomy. I completely LOVE this so much!" —Leah

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

    30. A BuzzFeed Tasty basic crewneck T-shirt featuring a (technically) basic recipe for a food that could never be boring. If I ever say I'm tired of grilled cheese, call the police — I'm clearly an imposter.

    The black tee with white text reading "butter & bread & cheese & bread & butter" with the Tasty logo
    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $24.99 (available in sizes S-3X and in four colors).

    31. An affordable and classic wrap dress that's just as chic and versatile as the designer alternative.


    Promising review: "I have the DVF wrap dress, which I love, and it cost me four times what this one cost. I love this just as well and it's actually more flattering. I think this would flatter any figure. It is well-made and looks great. Super price — you can't go wrong ordering this one!" —Coco L

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 15 colors and prints).

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