I Shop for Basics Regularly—Here's Everything I'm Buying Now

The Best Winter Basics to Buy in 2020


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As I’ve highlighted before, my daily uniform is primarily made up of basics. If I’m not in joggers and a sweatshirt (I work from home a lot), I tend to wear jeans, a black sweater, a moto jacket, and boots. So when I’m shopping on the regular, I tend to primarily search for simple, not-so-flashy quality items that can work within my elevated yet pared-down wardrobe. (That said, when I do venture outside the basics zone a bit, it’s usually for those statement-making bags and shoes that have a good cost per wear.)

Anyway, while I think I have a pretty solid foundation of my go-to basics (those stated above), I’m currently scoping the market for fresh staples that are a bit different for me in order to breathe new life into my wardrobe. To give you a glimpse into what I mean, I’m showcasing the five updated basic trends I’m interested in trying right now. I also shopped out inspired silhouettes for each in case you too want to add these must-have basics into your arsenal.

Camel Coats

I basically live in black outerwear, but I want to add a simple yet luxurious-feeling camel coat into my wardrobe. I think that the ideal silhouette will pop flawlessly against my dark-jeans–and-sweater uniform.

Straight-Leg Jeans

I haven’t really ventured outside of the skinny-jean world in years, but I would like to at least test out one of the slim-straight denim cuts the fashion crowd continues to stand behind. While I personally want to go for a style in a black wash (I love the all-black look), there are so many solid blue jeans out there too worth noting.

Directional Sweaters

You clearly can’t go wrong with a basic crew-neck or turtleneck sweater (I have an entire closet full), but it’s those same styles with just a little something extra (like wider sleeves or an asymmetrical cut) that continue to pique my interest.

Non-Black Ankle Boots

I consistently rely on my basic black ankle boots, but I’m actually shopping for a non-black pair right now to try something different. I specifically want to find a style that has a classic shape but in a luscious tan or in faux-snakeskin.

Fresh Tees

You can never have too many tees, right? I basically wear a black T-shirt from Amazon on the regular, but I want to update my drawer with white and striped tees as well to build my layered winter looks.