Have you ever purchased a stylish new jacket only to realize you don’t have the right layering pieces to pair it with? Or found that just-right dress, but couldn’t wear it until you hunted down the perfect pump? Us too. So, we’ve scoured our favorite fashionable sites to find the basic wardrobe essentials you need in your closet. From the classic white button-up and oh-so-versatile cardigan to our favorite pair of dark denim and the flats you’ll wear every day, these 13 pieces will complete your wardrobe and make getting ready a breeze. Here is how to build your basic wardrobe!
Introducing a few neutral, everyday tops into your wardrobe will make a world of difference when searching for the day’s outfit. A crisp white button-up is key for both work and play, while an easy-to-style tee or turtleneck is ideal for layering up during chillier months. Finish off the look with a breezy cardigan, structured sweater or chic coat, and you’ve officially mastered the art of basic, yet timeless styling.
A classic white button-up is simply a must in your set of basics. This Dillon-Fit Oxford Pocket shirt skims your shape to create a relaxed, yet sophisticated silhouette. Pair it with jeans, trousers or a skirt for timeless class. This, at Banana Republic, is $68. Details here. Image: Banana Republic
Turtlenecks are back, and this simple black one is both flattering and comfortable. This not only keeps you warm during the season, but also looks chic and on-trend. This, by Amour Vert, is $78. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
You can never go wrong with a classic white tee. Banana Republic has their own exclusive tee shop, which features a vast selection of long-sleeve, short-sleeve and sleeveless tees that are perfect for layering. This, at Banana Republic, is $22.50. Details here. Image: Banana Republic
Don’t forget about something cozy! For those more relaxed days, a cardigan is your best accessory. Plus, it is always nice to have something soft and warm to wrap around you while working in a cold office or running errands. This, by Madewell, is $98. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
For chilly months, a nice cashmere sweater is key for everyday attire. This structured shape and neutral color will keep you both warm and stylish. This, by Ace, is $236.98. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
Every outfit looks more polished when a sophisticated coat is added. We are loving this simple three-button style for its flattering shape and classic cut. This, by Ralph Lauren, is available in three neutral shades for $149.90. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
Continue building your basic wardrobe by focusing on high-quality pants and skirts in neutral shades. A good pair of classic black trousers is a must in every woman’s closet as is a comfortable and flattering pair of jeans. Darker denim tends to look more professional and well put-together, making it the perfect foundation for any outfit. Additionally, a structured pencil skirt at just the right length will never go out of style. And stop stressing about what to wear to your formal events! This little black dress will rid you of all of your cocktail attire worries.
Don’t underestimate the styling power of a pair of simple black trousers! These can be worn with literally anything to create a polished and professional look. Plus, they’re extremely comfortable and ultra-flattering. These, by NYDJ, are $114. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
We introduce to you our all-time favorite pair of jeans! These high-waisted, dark-wash skinny jeans fit like a glove, look great with any top and are ideal for work to evening wear. These, by Madewell, are $128. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
A simple black pencil skirt is a key basic wardrobe piece. Yes, this is a necessity for work wear, but a flattering pencil skirt is also great for dressing up a simple top or adding a touch of feminine flair to your evening attire. This, at Banana Republic, is $78. Details here. Image: Banana Republic
Constantly stressing over what to wear to work events, weddings or simply an elegant night out? Enter the little black dress. It’s no secret that this basic piece is a must for every woman, but we are especially loving the understated bow detail on this one. This, at Banana Republic, is $128. Details here. Image: Banana Republic
Round out your basics with a few pairs of versatile shoes. Classic black or nude pumps are essential, especially for the bustling businesswoman, and nothing makes finishing off an outfit easier than a neutral, everyday bootie. Lastly, and right in time for all of the current mule madness, we’ve found the perfect (affordable) pair that you’ll wear every single day.
There is no better shoe than a classic black pump. Not only are these feminine and stylish, they’re also available in a bunch of neutral (and fun!) shades and are ultra-affordable without losing quality. These, by Steve Madden, are $89.95-$99.95. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
During the winter season, and on days where heels are just not your first choice, a pair of simple booties is key. We love this blush shade as an unexpected neutral. These, by Blondo, are $117.99-$129.90. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
And lastly, to be 100% on-trend, snag these $59 Steve Madden loafer mules. These are not just a trend piece, though. They’re also extremely comfortable, easy to wear and style, and help to establish a polished look. These, by Steve Madden, are $59. Details here. Image: Nordstrom
Now, go forth and conquer your closet calamity with these easy, breezy basics!
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