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    34 Basic Pieces Of Clothing That Actually Aren't Boring

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    1. 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.,

    Promising review: "Cute and stylish shirt. It's a perfect length and a great T-shirt material, not cheap and shiny like some I’ve purchased. I like that you can tie the fabric in the front as tight or loose as you want." —Christine Briscoe

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in seven colors).

    2. 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 $10+ (available in sizes S/M-2X/3X and in 24 colors).

    3. 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 2,000 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’m 5’9” and weigh about 150 lbs. 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 $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 26 colors and prints).

    4. Badass leggings with a fishnet underlay you're sure to get caught up in.


    Promising review: "I own two pairs! I have gotten SO many compliments on these. I'm a leggings girl. When I first saw these, I was nervous they would look 'too much' but they fit with so many styles!" —Desireel

    Get them from Torrid for $32.90 (available in sizes 0X-6X).

    5. Comfy bootcut pants that don't have buttons or zippers (you just pull 'em on), but do have stretch and over 1,700 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 it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 2-20 regular, 2-16 short, and 2-6 tall and in 39 colors and prints).

    6. A high-neck lace bralette for anyone looking to up their layering game in the cutest (and least bulky) of ways.


    Promising review: "I love this bralette! I wear it under tank tops or low-cut shirts to give them more color or coverage. It has adjustable straps so I can wear it as high or low as I want. I have this in turquoise and the melon color, and both are beautiful and bright. For reference, I'm 5'5" and 175 pounds and I wear a bra size 36D. I bought an XL." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.56 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 19 styles).

    7. A velvet cami that'll make even a simple jeans outfit look like a million bucks and that's a total step up from just tossing on a basic tank.,

    Promising review: "This is an absolutely incredible value for this super soft cami! The velvet has stretch that's perfect for a looser fit. It's very well-made. I've seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! I'm petite (5'1", 32D) and purchased a large because I want more stretch in the bust area. Although it was a bit too large, I'm going to purchase more colors in a medium." —Ethan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 11 colors and prints).

    8. A cropped cream cable-knit sweater for anyone who's looking to channel their inner Chris Evans.


    Get it from Walmart for $18 (available in sizes XS-3X and in two colors).

    9. A comfy T-shirt dress with a pretty asymmetric hemline and over 6,500 positive 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. I'm 5'2" and weigh about 190lbs and I ordered a medium. It's so comfy and soft, and the perfect length. I love how the hem is asymmetric!!!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $14.77+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 36 colors and prints).

    10. 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 $16.90 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    11. A polished white button-down with rainbow trim that just might make it rain compliments.


    Get it from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes XXS-4X).

    12. A pretty puff sleeve top to pump up the volume (literally) of whatever you pair it with.,

    Promising review: "This top exceeded my expectations. The color is beautiful. It's the perfect shade of kelly green. I love the puff sleeves so much. They're so cute, girly, and dressy. I am 5'4" and I weigh 155 pounds. The size medium is perfect on me. This top is true to size. I love where it hits on the hips; I could tuck it in or leave it untucked. The fabric is thick, but not too thick. It's very good quality and a great top for work. I cannot wait to wear this shirt again with a totally different outfit!" —Miss Vikkers

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XXS-3X and in 13 colors, plus some in a long-sleeved version).

    13. A hooded flannel shirt, aka two of your go-to comfy basics rolled into one. Your weekend wardrobe's dreams have come true.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Super soft and comfortable. This flannel goes with everything. It kind of feels like silk. Definitely recommend to anyone." —Shurooq

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).

    14. A stunning flared midi skirt with pleats and pockets that over 1,900 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in nine colors).

    15. A stretch denim mini skirt that feels approximately a gazillion times fresher than your boxy jean skirt from high school. Jeanius.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $68 (available in sizes 0-12 and in two colors).

    16. A fleecy reversible hoodie in a chic shape befitting anyone who always rocks the buzziest (and fuzziest) *lewks*.


    Promising review: "This jacket is perfect. It's so, so, so cute. You get cold, fuzzy side in. You get hot, fuzzy side out. Beautiful. Wonderful. Incredible. I wear it with pajamas, workout clothes, to class, to the moon. I recommend getting it a little small because its looks great cropped. I know it's expensive, but it's WORTH it. You will not regret it. Reversible clothes forever." —emmei

    Get it from Athleta for $138 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in three colors).

    17. 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. I love wearing it on planes — 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 eight colors).

    18. Striped cropped jeans you can swap in for your basic black jeans with all kinds of outfits to take them to the next level. And don't be afraid to mix prints — these babies with leopard? HECK YES.


    Get them from Shopbop for $168 (available in sizes 23-32).

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


    Promising review: "This is a very cute, super comfortable piece that really makes leggings and a T-shirt look like a complete outfit. I got the gray and it's a very versatile gray, not too dark and not too light. I've worn this to work with leggings and a longer shirt and boots, and I've worn it to the grocery store and around the house. I've even used it as a makeshift bathrobe. The asymmetric drape is really nice. I don't get trapped when I sit down (sometimes with longer cardigans/vests I sit on it and my arms get pulled down). My only minor complaint is that the sleeves felt tight; if I order a different color I will order a size up." —Kate Cunningham

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes L-5X and in 24 colors and prints).

    20. A vegan leather moto jacket with a stylish athletic stripe detail that'll make it even cooler than a classic moto jacket, which I bet you didn't even think was possible.


    I personally swear by Express's vegan leather jackets — they're the best-feeling, best quality pleather options I've found!!!

    Get it from Express for $79.99 (originally $118, available in sizes XXS-XL).

    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 $39.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in seven colors and three sleeve/neckline styles).

    22. 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 absolutely love this colorblocked, cheetah print fleece. I love that it's offered in several colors besides black. I'm amazed with how soft the material is, and I love that the inside is fleece along with the inside of the pocket. There's no lining but it's still very cozy!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in five colors).

    23. 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. For reference I’m a typical medium at 135 lbs and 5’8”. This medium fits nice and flowy and loose. 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 $21.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors).

    24. A timeless tie-front blazer, which may get you mistaken for the CEO when you strut into the office rocking it.


    Get it from Eloquii for $149.95 (available in sizes 14-28).

    25. 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 $14.83+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors and prints).

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


    Get it from Shopbop for $69 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    27. A sleek double-breasted blazer from Nordstrom's collab with influencer Blair Eadie that'll basically make an OOTD photo non-optional.


    Reviewers say it's thick and warm, almost like a peacoat!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $101.40 (originally $169, available in sizes 0-16).

    28. A sexy bodysuit that's way easier to tuck into jeans and skirts than a basic black tee, and way more party-ready, too.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes S-L).

    29. 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.

    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $19.95 (originally $29.99, available in sizes S-3X and in five colors).

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

    Amazon, Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    My coworker 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-3X and in pretty much every breed you can think of).

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

    Taylor Miller/BuzzFeed

    I wore this for a shoot we did at BuzzFeed, and the material feels thick and smooth. No one will guess it cost $15! Check out more ways to style it (as demonstrated by BuzzFeeders) 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 $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 colors and also available in a long-sleeved version).

    32. Paper bag waist jean shorts, because plain old Daisy Dukes have already had their moment in the sun (literally).

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-L).

    33. A relaxed button down sprinkled with sequins and beading, because even on dressed-down days, you're not content unless you stand out.


    Big mood. Such a big mood, in fact, that I actually just bought this the other day! The fit was relaxed and easy and true to size, and the assorted sequins and beads didn't make it itchy or picky. I'm really excited to wear it all sorts of different ways, from French-tucked with blue jeans to knotted over high-waisted pants!

    Get it from Anthropologie for $128 (available in sizes XXS-XL standard, 1X-2X plus, and XXS-XL petite).

    34. A super high-fashion take on a utility jacket by It label Ganni you can toss over A) jeans, B) a floral dress, C) leggings to run errands in style, and D) ALL OF THE ABOVE.


    It's made of durable ripstop fabric and has a drawstring waist so you can get the perfect fit.

    Get it from Shopbop for $495 (available in sizes 32-44).

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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