The Best Staples to Shop in January, According to Our Fashion Editor

Every year, January becomes the month that I set up my wardrobe for the year ahead. I stock up on staples, replace basics like black skirts and blazers if they’re feeling tired, and splurge on a new work bag. As each new year rolls around, I find I get to January and my everyday bag looks thrashed, so it makes sense to make this big purchase straight up—and even better, you can always find something that’ll last the distance, on sale.

Make January your opportunity to figure out what's missing and what will make all the existing pieces in your wardrobe work harder.

Keep scrolling to see what I’m buying as my closet foundations for 2016.

Updating my lingerie drawer regularly instantly makes me feel like I have this whole #adulting thing under control. 

I have a habit of losing the backs of my earrings, or just losing them altogether. Affordable packs at the beginning of the year makes me feel okay about it.

These are two for $40. I visited General Pants Co. over the weekend and stocked up on more than I care to admit. But they literally go with everything.

I'm guilty of forever buying skirts and pants and forgetting to buy tops to go with. An array of white shirts will make life easy in an early-morning hurry. 

A classic black shift is something I make a point of purchasing at the start of each year. It's obscene how many times it ends up being worn.

These Acne Studios jeans have been wardrobe-changing. A pair of classic-cut straight-leg jeans should have a secure spot in your closet. Go-tos for casual Friday and relaxing weekends. 

These heels strike the perfect balance between modern and edgy. And when I wear them on weekends, I won't feel like I'm in my 'work shoes'.  

It doesn't get more versatile than this. Reversible and with inside pockets, a mini pouch inside and a long strap included, it basically does everything except my job for me.

I can't go past a simple wrap skirt and the addition of caramel is exactly what my wardrobe is missing. 

What will be your first purchases of 2016? Share in the comments.

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