26 Elegant Wardrobe Basics That Are a Step Above the Rest

elegant wardrobe basics


@sylviemus_; Pictured: Mansur Gavriel Elegant Bag ($795)

Wait, wardrobe basics that are actually elegant? I know it sounds like an oxymoron but as the headline suggests, I'm about to highlight 26 such finds that qualify as practical basics but are ultimately so chic they're an item you won't just feel you should buy, but an exciting new purchase you'll want to. And what could be any better than that?

I know you come to Who What Wear for your fill of shopping ideas and the following "elegant basics" are some of the most exciting finds this fashion editor has seen recently. From a reworked white T-shirt that will make any outfit cooler to a pair of sleek ankle boots you can wear on the daily and plenty of beautiful knits, just keep scrolling to see all the wardrobe basics that I think are in a league of their own.

A polished blazer like this is just the key piece my fall wardrobe needs.

It doesn't get any chicer than this neckline, IMO.

I didn't think anyone could reinvent a basic white T-shirt, but sure enough, The Line By K has done the impossible.

The polo neck adds a trendy element to this staple knit dress.

Column skirts are one of those pieces that always looks so chic no matter what you wear it with.

I've had my eye on this aptly named elegant bag for several years now and I plan to make it mine soon.

Now this is an oxford shirt.

Be honest—you knew this one was coming.

In this season's chocolate brown color, a basic turtleneck is made all the better.

I know this might look like another basic Chelsea boot to some, but the tall shaft and minimalistic design really set this boot apart.

The back of this layerable bodysuit will blow you away.

Vince's slip dresses deserve to be in a category all their own.

This of-the-moment mushroom hue lends some polish to a cozy sweatsuit.

Shop the matching Mia Joggers ($168)

It's the elongated square toe for me.

There are hundreds of racer tanks out there, but none of them are this good.

Maybe it's just me, but I always find something especially elegant about tops that showcase your collarbones.

Because basic doesn't have to mean boring.

You'll have a cashmere sweater like this in your closet for years.

The kind of belt that makes everything look that much more elevated, whether you cinch it over a blazer or wear it with jeans and a tee.

These strong shoulders are a total vibe. 

For the next time you want to reach for an easy top to wear with jeans.

Worthy of a date night (even if it's just a night in).

Padded mules > regular mules. I don't make the rules.

Because you can always use more barely-there bodysuits.