6 Things I'd Pick to Be in My Forever Wardrobe and 6 I'd Toss


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In an effort to streamline my closet and shopping habits, I often like to take a moment to focus on my forever wardrobe. In my case (and many others), this capsule collection is often composed of elevated basics that will always look stylish and are guaranteed to get a lot of wear throughout the years. With that in mind, it's no wonder that I often lean heavily into classic pieces when creating the backbone of my closet.

During my wardrobe reset, I further edited my favorites into a cohesive collection of essentials I know I can and will rely on for many years to come. They all make for easy dressing and can be mixed and matched with trendy pieces that will come and go along the way. Think white button-downs, tailored blazers, and more. Keep scrolling to check out six pieces I'd pick for my forever wardrobe with a little visual outfit inspiration on how to wear each.

Store: Black Button-Downs

Swap For: White Button-Downs


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While I do love a great black button-down, there's nothing like a classic white version. It instantly makes any ensemble look more put-together, making getting ready easy.

Store: Raw-Hem Jeans

Swap For: Simple Straight-Leg Jeans


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Don't get me wrong; I'm a fan of so many denim styles, but simple straight-leg jeans will always have my heart. They work for just about any personal style and can easily be dressed up or down.

Store: Super-Trendy Dresses

Swap For: Timeless Black Dresses


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Timeless dresses are part of the backbone of a great closet. The key is to find options that are simple without any super-trendy details. These always look fashionable and the styling possibilities are endless.

Store: Boxy Blazers

Swap For: Tailored Blazers


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Boxy blazers are still a major trend, but there's something so classic and polished about a more tailored fit. The style elevates any look and can be worn a variety of ways.

Store: Chunky Loafers

Swap For: Classic Loafers


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Classic loafers are always a mainstay in my closet since they are comfortable and stylish and help to ground any look. Wear them with everything from jeans to dresses.

Store: Statement Bags

Swap For: Understated Bags


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Bag trends come and go, but you can always rely on understated bags. Whether it's a classic black tote or a simple shoulder bag, these accessories will always have a place in your rotation.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.