I Just Did a Ton of Basics Research—These Items Will Work Best for My Wardrobe

Best Basics for Women Black Sweater White T-Shirt



I love a good basic. No, really—I'd take the perfect white tee over a trend-induced purchase any day (or a cashmere pullover, or a pair of classic blue, mid-rise jeans—the list could go on and on). We describe these items as "basic," but in all honesty, they're anything but. More often than not, these pieces are the most versatile items in your closet. They're the clothes you end up wearing over and over, and if they're really special, they'll become the picks that you end up treasuring.

If you've ever followed French-girl style (which, if you're here, I'm pretty sure you have), I think you'd agree that part of their enviable "je ne sais quoi" vibe is their ability to style closet staples. That's because when you have a well-curated arsenal of basics on your side, you take the guesswork out of getting dressed. So, if you're in need of an essentials refresh, keep scrolling. I've rounded up my top 29 picks below.  

You can never have too many white T-shirts.

A pair of neutral, tailored trousers will take you far (aka you'll wear them forever). 

These have such a great wash and silhouette. 

A little lettuce hem is a flirty touch.

A cute pair of leggings is strangely hard to find. These are both stylish and comfortable (and seamless!). 

These are giving me Girl With the Dragon Tattoo vibes, which, obviously, I love. 

Every outfit you throw this over is automatically going to get so much chicer. 

Trust me when I say you will wear these nonstop. 

You're in need of a new casual jacket, you say? Might I present this oversize bomber?

If you love French-girl style, then these are for you.  

A blazer is going to be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. 

The answer to all of your, "I don't know what to wear" days.  

You'll feel like a celeb in these.  

Wear this with jeans to dress it down, or tailored trousers and a blazer to dress it up. 

An LBD is essential when it comes to basics. 

The outfit possibilities with a beige cardigan like this one are endless. 

The collar, the ribbing, the side slits… I love absolutely everything about this dress. 

My all time favorite look is a classic oxford and well-fitting jeans.   

These may be on the trendier side of basics, but I'm into it. 

I think I may have just found the perfect flats. You're welcome. 

I love the way they've styled this satin skirt with a knit sweater here. 

I'm no magic eight ball, but I'd say the outlook is good with this bag on your arm. 

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