I Thought Buying These 18 Basics Was Boring, But I'm So Glad I Did It


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If I had to take a wild guess, I'd say I'm not the only fashion fan among us who would rather purchase a pair of fun statement shoes than another white T-shirt or pair of black pants. But many pairs of statement shoes and white T-shirts later, I've realized that even if I paid an arm and a leg for that special piece that no one else will have, it's the less-than-exciting wardrobe basics that have become my most loved pieces.

Now, that said, I'm not saying by any means that Gucci loafers or Reformation jeans, for example, are boring. But in general, black loafers and jeans are everyday necessities (in my opinion) as opposed to luxuries (e.g., that lavender fur–trimmed coat that I probably won't feel quite as passionate about next season).

So, why am I sharing all of this with you? Over the past several years, I've come across a number of pieces that may not have been my most thrilling purchases, but I don't know how I could have lived without them. I can now say with confidence that you should be very excited to buy them, because you'll probably wear them all the time, too. Keep scrolling to find out why these 18 basics are so very special.

The moral of this story? There's a good chance that your least exciting purchases will end up being your most worn ones, so don't let the boring factor keep you from making smart purchases.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, the rare designer bag that's flying off the shelves.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.