Back To Basics: The 14 Timeless Pieces You Shouldn’t Live Without

Quick, check your closet! Do you own these wardrobe essentials? 

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  • Your closet has seen trends come and go, but the basics—that perfectly worn-in white tee, your trusty blue jeans, and go-to nude flats—are forever. You can rest assured that these key pieces will never go out of style or lose their street-chic appeal. Simply put: they’re the building blocks to the perfect wardrobe. So whether you’re looking to start over or simply wish to update an old favorite, shop our picks now. 

  • Perfect White Tee

    It doesn’t get any more classic than a white t-shirt. The best styles are super soft and have a relaxed, lived-in fit. A crewneck cut is a no-brainer, but we also like a V-neck style because it’s a little sexier and the perfect canvas for layering necklaces.

    J.Crew Vintage Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($30)

  • Skinny Jeans

    Fit and wash are everything here. Go for a slightly high-rise style to give the illusion of longer, slim legs and stick to a true blue wash that will go with everything. 

    MiH Jeans The Bonn Jeans ($205) in Beckett Wash

  • Crewneck Sweater

    During the more brisk months of fall and spring, a lightweight knit is your best friend. Layer it over a collared blouse during the week, then swap in a pair of boyfriend jeans for the weekend. Our advice? Grab one in every color.

    Equipment Sloane Cashmere Sweater ($270) in Pale Blue

  • Black Pumps

    When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option. At once sophisticated and sexy, they’re perfectly suited for almost any outfit and occasion.

    Aldo Livergnano Heels ($80)

  • Bright Cross-Body Bag

    For all those times when a tote bag is too big and a clutch is too small, the cross-body bag is just right. In an attention-grabbing color, the portable handbag packs a (stylish) punch. 

    Mackage Novaki Small Cross Body Bag ($225) in Coral

  • White Button-Down

    Ask not what you can do for your white button-down, but what your white button-down can do for you. The answer is this: add a crisp polish to both your work and off-duty uniform.

    Joe’s Jeans Button Down Shirt ($139)


  • Pencil Skirt

    The good news about the pencil skirt is that it’s moving out of office-only territory. We love the piece after-hours paired with a slinky silk cami or t-shirt.

    H&M Pencil Skirt ($25)

  • Leather Jacket

    Go ahead and splurge for this outerwear essential: we promise the investment will be worth it. For one, you can wear it year round, and two, leather jackets only get better with age.

    Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($290)

  • Menswear-Inspired Watch

    An oversized, masculine watch adds interest to pared-down pieces at the office and can double as a bracelet when layered with additional jewelry.

    Coach Boyfriend Bracelet Watch ($248)

  • Wrap Dress

    Diane von Furstenberg is celebrating 40 years of her emblematic wrap dress—you can see the “Journey of a Dress” exhibition at LACMA in Los Angeles now—so you can be sure this is a silhouette that will stand the test of time.

    Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne 2 Jersey Wrap Dress ($325)


  • Nude Flats

    When you need a break from your heels, a nude flat serves as the ideal substitute. Straddling the line between dressy and casual, this functional footwear style is just at home with a pair of tailored trousers as it is a floral sundress.

    Chloe Lauren Scalloped-Edge Flats ($435)

  • Sunglasses

    Bright frames are inherently cool and offer a playful touch, no matter the season.

    Madewell Hepcat Shades ($55)

  • Ankle Boots

    The suede ankle boot has been a must-have ever since Isabel Marant released the now infamous Dicker boot. With countless versions available, finding a heel height, cut, and color that suits your style is easy.

    Joie Barlow Booties ($325) in Charcoal


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