Why Every Closet Should Have These 20 Basic Items

Why Every Closet Should Have These 20 Basic Items

Courtesy of Totême

We’re streamlining our closets with useful clothing basics.

If one thing’s for sure this season, it’s that classic style staples are having a moment–and a major one at that. This recent rise of non-trend trends (as we like to call them) comes courtesy of brands like The Row, The Frankie Shop, Everlane, and more, whose designs transcend the current fashion fads and have everlasting closet appeal. The best basic clothing items deliver maximum style with minimal effort–just think about the million and one ways to wear a white T-shirt, whether that’s simply tucked into a classic jean or dressed up atop a tailored trouser. As we transition our wardrobes from winter to spring, streamlining with useful clothing basics has never been easier, or chicer for that matter. 

When it comes to versatility, nothing is more effortless than a wear-with-everything leather jacket. Even better, a high-quality investment item, like the one below from Mango, doesn’t have to break the bank in order to last forever in your wardrobe. Equally as timeless is a pair of Levi’s 501s, worn elegantly on evenings out with a minimalist heel or with a menswear-inspired loafer. Quickly becoming a closet classic are trouser-esque leggings, and these from Totême are editor-approved. All-in-one outfit dresses are, of course, on our list from the likes of Proenza Schouler and Khaite. And because it’s fashion we’re obsessed with, after all, there are also those irresistible trend-forward pieces like trendy tank tops and leather midi skirts that coexist beautifully alongside a roster of other basic clothing items. Also, who’s to say these pieces won’t soon become wardrobe essentials themselves? 

Here, 20 basic clothing items that will quickly become go-to style staples. 

The Striped Sweater

nautical-inspired striped sweater is not solely limited to the summer months. In fact, we prefer to wear ours atop a sleek leather trouser for an effortlessly cool effect. 

The Sleek Legging

Sometimes going back to the basics is best–and what is more foundational in a wardrobe than a sleek pair of black leggings? Crafted from high-quality stretch jersey, Totême’s trouser-esque pair is a certified cult classic. 

The Button-Up

Similar to a great pair of jeans or a plain white tee, a crisp button-up is another basic clothing item every closet should have. From Rag & Bone, this plain white poplin is a perfect pick. 

The Classic Jeans

No wardrobe is complete without a pair of Levi’s–and 501s, to be exact. With a straight-leg silhouette and baby blue wash, wear it with anything and everything and expect sartorial success at all times. 

The White T-Shirt

Oh, the versatility of a plain but perfect white T-shirt! When it comes to styling the closet classic, anything goes, but if we had to choose, we love to dress ours up alongside a tailored trouser and minimalist heels. 

The Little Black (Knit) Dress

An all-in-one-outfit dress requires minimal effort with maximum reward. From Proenza Schouler, this little black (knit) dress is a style staple to last forever and not just seasons. 

The Menswear-Inspired Loafers

Of all the menswear-inspired closet classics we know and love, none has more appeal than the luxe loafer. Gucci’s no-frills Horsebit 1953 is an iconic item, best worn with anything from a trendy jean midi skirt to a crisp shirt dress. 

The Wear-With-Everything Leather Jacket

When it comes to versatility, nothing is more effortless than a wear-with-everything leather jacket. Even better, a high-quality investment item, like the one below from Mango, doesn’t have to break the bank in order to last forever in your wardrobe.

The Modern Work Pants

For a take on modern workwear, choose a relaxed-fit trouser, like this pleated pair from The Frankie Shop. The dark gray wash is a welcome switch-up to the classic black or khaki. 

The Timeless Trench Coat 

Nothing is more essential in a transitional wardrobe than a timeless trench coat–and A.P.C.’s belted beige trench is as traditional as it gets. When it comes to outstanding outerwear, start here. 

The Leather Midi Skirt

A sleek leather midi skirt is one trend we’ve seen transcend from the runway to the streets in total style. Like a classic wrap skirt, but with a modern twist, Nanushka’s Ama leather midi is a favorite amongst the fashion darlings

The Little White Dress

Like the LBD, a little white dress is an equally fabulous fashion foundation. Khaite’s Octavia off-the-shoulder mini dress is as darling as it is ever so daring. 

The Trendy Tank

Because it’s fashion we’re obsessed with after all, there are those trend-forward pieces, like Loewe’s Anagram tank top, that we find simply irresistible. This is one elevated basic to invest in. 

The Gold Hoops 

In any jewelry collection, a pair of gold hoop earrings is a consistent mainstay. To achieve this, we can always count on Mejuri. 

The Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are back and better than ever, thanks to labels like The Row with their masterfully minimal interpretations. With a subtle Mary Jane strap, this is one sweet style to make your staple. 

The Tailored Blazer

With a slightly oversized silhouette, Everlane’s ’80s blazer is tailored to perfection. Complete the full suit look and style with a sleek black trouser. 

The Everyday Sunglasses

Forget about the latest in eyewear trends and return to the effortlessly cool all-black shade. Saint Laurent’s retro pair flatters any face shape and is the epitome of timeless chic.  

The White Sneakers

Every shoe collection needs an all-white trainer—and these from Loewe are perfectly practical as they are seriously stylish. 

The Carryall Tote

A roomy leather tote, like this one from Cuyana, is the ideal companion for commutes to and from the office or for a quick weekend getaway. 

The Timeless Timepiece

A Cartier wristwatch is the ultimate investment timepiece. And while not necessarily deemed a must-have, consider it as an heirloom intended to be passed down for decades to come. 

This article was originally published on Vogue.com.

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