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    32 Wardrobe Staples That Are Both Practical *And* Attractive

    Don't put a pin in grabbing these wardrobe staples.

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    1. A mock neck sweater that'll help you live all your best Diane Keaton wardrobe dreams *and* stay toasty at the same time. That's some movie magic, people!


    Promising review: "I love everything about this sweater...the color (I got the blush/pink salmon one), the feel of it, the fit of it, everything! It is a shorter length, which is on trend right now, but it's not too short (which I love) so you can wear it tucked or not. I'm going to be ordering more!" —mom2siena

    Get it on sale from Express for $40+ (originally $80; available in seven colors and sizes XXS–XL).

    2. A pair of shockingly soft leggings, because all your holiday attire seemed to be exclusively uncomfortable (turns out sequins aren't soft) and your body is sure to wanna wear (basically) nothing now that that nonsense is over.


    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I never take the time to write reviews – and I purchase half of everything we buy on Amazon. However, as a former LLR obsessed mom of two toddlers, I felt called to make time to review these leggings. If you are reading this and wondering how these compare to LLR leggings, I am here to tell you I am confident LLR is ripping loyal customers off by charging $25-30+. These leggings are just as soft. They fit the same, if not better. They do NOT PILL if you wash cold and hang dry. I truly feel like I’m wearing 'butter leggings' or 'like I’m naked' or whatever other claims LLR makes. The price is obviously better and more fair in my opinion. I really can’t say enough. Stop stop stop buying LLR and buy these." —Jen Wolfe

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 46 colors and two sizes).

    3. A patch-pocket cardigan for adding a lightweight layer to any look. Look out, winter blues, this cute cardigan is coming for you!

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $27.99 (available in two colors and sizes 0X–3X).

    4. An A-line skirt in a spiffy wool blend that's gonna have you lookin' *extra* sophisticated from your head to your toes during your next Zoom call. You could even stand up during it...imagine that.

    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "This fit perfectly, it is exactly what I’ve been looking for for quite a while. It's perfect." —Sarah C.

    Get it on sale from J. Crew Factory for $22 (originally $74.50; available in two colors and sizes 0–22).

    5. A casual loose fitted shirt that'll give you a range of looks from grunge to glamour without ever having to change your top., Amazon

    Promising review: "This shirt is great for absolutely everything! I plan on buying more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 33 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    6. An Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket with a timelessly cool relaxed fit that'll be the daily essential your closet wants...and needs.

    Loose fitting classic denim jacket over plaid shirt and jeans

    Promising review: "I was looking for a jacket a little oversized just to get the vintage look I've seen on top models. The size large of this jacket gives me the perfect oversized fit I was looking for. Definitely order your size (mine would have been a medium) or a smaller size if you like a more tight fit. It’s absolutely amazing!!! I receive a lot of compliments when I wear it. Looking forward to buying another shade!" —martacnn

    Get it from Levi's for $79.50 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    7. A pair of pumps — a lovely pair of dress shoes that'll literally lift you up.


    Promising review: "This is a good deal for a good product! They're perfect with jeans or a simple black dress" —IRLANDES India

    Get them from Amazon for $15+ (available in six colors and sizes 6–10).

    8. A handmade leather belt you're gonna be attached at the hip to, literally, from the moment you try it on.


    Promising review: "I love this belt so much. I just received it and have worn it with black jeans and white jeans and felt so fly. The leather is tight at first so it takes some maneuvering to get the belt through the leather strap after buckling it, but I’m thinking it will loosen with wear. I can wear this with low-rise pants and high rise. I love the look and am hopeful for the endurance based on perceived quality." —Hannah B.

    Get it from Nisolo for $50 (available in five colors and sizes XS–XL).

    9. A timeless pair of straight leg jeans you're gonna be able to wear until fashion falls off the face of the earth.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I am IN LOVE with these. They're a great straight leg, more relaxed jean that still makes your behind look good! They do run a bit smaller and less stretchy than the other types of CRVY jeans, so I would recommend going about a size up. You won’t regret this purchase! They’re so versatile too!" —reschm02

    Get them from Free People for $78 (available in six colors and sizes 24–35).

    10. A pair of work pants you can count on whenever you wanna power-walk your way through the day.


    Get them from Wildfang for $118 (available in four colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    11. A pair of faux leather loafers here to help you step up your work shoe game.


    Promising review: "These shoes are lovely, versatile, and most importantly...comfortable (I have super sensitive feet)! And all that for a very good price!" —Lovelye

    Get them from ModCloth for $59.99 (available in two colors and sizes 6–11).

    12. A 100% pure cashmere sweater that'll add a soft side to even the hardest of days.


    Promising review: "This is the second of these sweaters I have purchased. I absolutely love them both. The quality is great and the cashmere is soft and lovely. I will purchase these again." —Honghua Xu

    Get it from Amazon for $87.13+ (available in 10 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    13. A denim jacket you can throw on top of any outfit, literally any outfit, to add a nifty layer to your look.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this jacket. The fit is very very comfortable, the color and details are nice, and it's not too heavy. It's perfect for spring days!" —#IAmAWHIP

    Get it from Amazon for $25.12+ (available in 16 colors and sizes 12–38).

    14. A fun and flirty floral print dress, because *planting* at least one floral piece in your closet is gonna come in handy more often than you might think.

    Farm Rio

    Get it from Farm Rio for $215 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    15. And a wrap dress in a lush color for times when forest green is calling your name.

    Green midi dress with short sleeves and v-neckline

    Get it from Suunday for $174 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    16. Or a pair of utility pants for using in the garden until your cottage core heart is full to bursting!


    Promising review: "I tried these on and they were a great fit. They’re comfortable and not restrictive. The waistband is flexible and comfortable to sit in." —abcdee

    Get them from Anthropologie for $128 (available in three colors and sizes 30–26W).

    17. A faux leather moto jacket so you can show off your edgy side (even if you plan on pairing it with your best delicates).,

    Promising review: "I have never purchased a piece of clothing from Amazon that I have been this excited about. I bought the black one first and loved it so much I bought the maroon one. It fits perfectly and you would never look at it and guess it was this price. I’m very impressed with the quality and fit of this jacket." —Erie Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $33.88+ (available in five colors and sizes S–XL).

    18. A boatneck T-shirt that'll have you saying, "Ahoy, Matey!" Or maybe just, um, "I really like this striped shirt."

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "This is made of good quality cotton. It's both classic and trendy. This became an immediate favorite. I'm short-waisted, so I like the fact the style is a little cropped because on me it sits just below the waist. If I reach up, my midriff will still be covered." —westsidekitty

    Get it from J. Crew for $49.50 (available in six colors and sizes XXS–3X).

    19. A pashmina sure to be a comfortable transition piece as the seasons change, but mostly worth it to throw the word "pashmina" into casual conversation.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love my scarf! I originally bought it as a gift but the moment I received it, I knew I would have to order more! Not only is this scarf incredibly soft but it's so big and beautiful! I love the colors and size! It is perfect for chilly winter days." —Jessica Wygant

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 21 colors).

    20. A knit sweater for chilly mornings when nothing sounds better than a cup of tea and some Evermore playing on your speakers while you toss on a big sweater. Winter perfection.


    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical about the quality of such an inexpensive sweater from an unfamiliar brand, but decided to try it. I got it in the green tweed and I'm very happy with my purchase. It's a chunky knit, but very warm and soft. Yes, it's oversized, but it's supposed to be. If you're tall and want it longer, you may need to size up. Even though the sweater is short, the sleeves are long. Luckily, sleeves are easy to roll up. I liked it so much I ended up buying two more in different colors. If you like oversized, chunky sweaters I'd definitely recommend this one." —planetqueen

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in five colors and sizes XS–XL).

    21. A pencil skirt that's gonna be THE piece when you're once again able to ~pencil in~ brunch with your buds between board meetings. Look at you, you spunky, professional, rom-com lead!


    Promising review: "I love how this skirt fits. It's made with a good, thick material that isn't see-through. It's good for the office and after-work functions. I will buy this in more colors." —yvonne mcgill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in 26 colors and sizes S–3XL).

    22. A pair of joggers to celebrate the comfort trend as long as humanly possible. Pair these with a bando, some necklaces, and whatever shoes you've got within reach. I don't care what Anna Wintour says...sweatpants are forever.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "These look great and fit really nicely with the adjustable strings! I love them!" —nehu

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in three colors and sizes XS–L).

    23. A wrap dress for anyone who is tied at the hip (truly) to classy-yet-casual outfits.


    Promising review: "This has an amazing fit! It's super comfortable and I love the gorgeous pink color!" —TiaAleseWong

    Get it from Amazon for $25.75+ (available in 23 colors and sizes XS–XL).

    24. A pair of pronoun earrings so you don't have to jump through hoops to let people know how they should address you. Plus, these are so simple and sweet they're sure to go with everything you own!

    Nectar Jewelry Co.

    These handmade *treasures* are available in they/them, she/her, and he/him pronouns.

    Promising review: "Shipping was quicker than expected! These are so cute...I love having my pronouns on display!" —Monroe

    Get them from Nectar Jewelry Co. on Etsy for $8 (available in two colors).

    25. A sunny pair of flats to add a touch of color to your outfit and have you feeling light on your feet.,

    Promising review: "When I first tried these on I would've rated them around a three. They were VERY pointed. But after wearing them for only an hour, they stretched to fit the width of my feet so they look better than the shape they had in the box. And they were tight on my toes at first, but since they've stretched they're very comfortable. I also consider myself to have borderline wide feet but these fit great." —KBP1

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in 14 colors and sizes 6–10).

    26. A waist bag so you can ~buckle up~ and get your show on the road.

    Model wearing faux crocodile bag wrapped around waist

    Promising review: "I am very impressed! I was worried about the magnetic closure not being strong enough but it’s very secure when I put it across my chest. It also fits super well on the waist. This is a great bag!" —Review1

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 10 styles).

    27. A pair of Chucks sure to be your go-to shoes whenever walking is concerned (which is, well, often).

    Classic high top Converse sneakers
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I bought the off-white pair. They're my favorite shoes in the closet right now." —Sammybone

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $85 (available in two colors and sizes 7–13).

    28. A puff sleeve coat you can toss on to stay cozy no matter what the seasons (or AC) throw your way.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $228 (available in two colors and sizes XS–XL).

    29. A pair of clogs for fashion-forward folks who ~wood~ love a statement shoe that's actually comfortable for, you know, walking.,

    Promising review: "I love these clogs. I wore them for 10 hours right out of the box with no issues whatsoever. They are cute, super comfy, and feel really good on your feet. The soles are pretty slip proof and the leather is pretty soft so no breaking in is required. Love them!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in 10 colors and sizes 6–11).

    30. A button-up shirt that'll have you looking cute as a button no matter what you wear it with.


    Promising review: "This shirt is very comfortable. I washed it before I wore it and it didn't shrink shrink, even though I washed it in hot water. I wear it at work where I need clothing that's loose and airy because I am very active. I recommend it." —Deedle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 11 colors and sizes S–XXL).

    31. A classic Carhartt watch cap to keep your head warm without any frills...f'real.,

    Promising review: "I bought this in charcoal and lost it on a trip, so I bought the exact color again because I missed it so much. Now I'm back to buy it in more colors. It is thick (because it's a watch cap) but I wear it year round in Dallas or Chicago. The fit is snug to the point that I can sling it back without it falling off and it fits over my afro or straight hair the same and doesn't lose is stretch after washing. This is my favorite hat." —CE

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 36 colors).

    32. And finally, a pair of black ankle boots that'll be the basic you basically wear every day of your life.,

    Promising review: "I don’t mean to sound wild but I’ve ordered three pairs of these boots! These are perfect! You can dress them up or down, they are super comfortable, and you can wear them all day with no problem." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.03+ (available in two colors and sizes 5–11).

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