Whether you're for resolutions or not, there's no denying that the New Year brings in quite a bit of overthinking in all departments of life. But since this is a fashion site, let's focus on the woe we can help you with—your wardrobe. As editors, we collectively start the year by taking a deeper look at our closets. Do I have enough basics? How have I been approaching style? Have my past purchases been worth it? These are just some thoughts that buzz through our heads when figuring out our sartorial goals for the year.
To combat these thoughts, we put together the ultimate list of foundational items that can help to kick-start 2023 dressing. Some items are ones we can rely on no matter the season, and some are trend-forward pieces we predict will have staying power. Despite these pieces being more simplistic in design, nothing about them is boring. While our main goal of the year is to make fashion feel fun again, there's no doing that without ensuring you have the staples to build the outfit upon. After all, what's a statement top without a pair of sleek denim? Or a bejeweled clutch without a classic LBD?
Ahead, find the WWW-approved edit of wardrobe must-haves to invest in for the year ahead. Whether you're in the mood to save or splurge, we've sourced a piece at every price. Keep scrolling to shop the selection and get ahead.
1. Versatile Knitwear
For staying cozy in the winter or throwing over your shoulders in the spring, a versatile piece of knitwear is a viable staple to have at all times.
Say goodbye to the generational divides of denim—relaxed jeans are for everyone. Agolde is an avid editor favorite. However, brands like H&M and Abercrombie get the job done. Dark and light washes are chic in their own way, but a medium wash will most likely get the best cost per wear.
Whether you work in an office or not, a crisp poplin shirt will always come in handy. For a professional setting, pair it with tailored trousers and leather slingbacks. And lean into the casual side with easy jeans and retro-inspired sneakers.
Just because you're lugging around your laptop doesn't mean the bag can't be practical and stylish. As many of us head back into commuting again, a spacious leather tote should be a prioritized purchase.
Ballet flats are seen as both a trend and a staple to many, but we're going to have to side with the latter. But regardless of your opinion, there's no denying that the shoe style seamlessly pairs will any outfit. Plus, the comfort is an added bonus.
While you may already own a puffer jacket, we promise that the right tailored coat will keep you just as warm with some added flair. Totême and Mango coats have been the preferred brands of choice for our editors.
Maxi hemlines have been top of mind for many of us at Who What Wear, and denim maxis are taking the lead for 2023. In its latest report, Net-a-Porter named the piece as a key item to own, so it's clear that the once-trendy item has now transcended into a wardrobe necessity.
Nineties style is well loved for a reason—the focus on pared-back and simple pieces made for an aesthetic that will never go out of style. Dressed up or down, a slip dress is a no-frills option that works for any occasion on your calendar.
Now that you've got loafers, boots, and flats out of the way, a pair of heels is the item you're missing. Even if you prefer to be closer to the ground, slingback heels are an elevated option that provides just the right amount of added height with comfort in mind.