We Live in Basics and Are Adding These 6 Simple Items to Our Closets Right Now

When it comes to the foundational pieces in a wardrobe, basics reign supreme. After all, it's these simple items that more or less act as the anchors in any A+ outfit, with the ability to balance out those more trend-driven pieces. So naturally, we live in a range of these top-notch basics. While we routinely cover the staples we're loving—jeans, classic sweaters, easy outerwear picks, and so on—we thought we'd take the next few moments to showcase some of the fresh basics we're adding to our closets now.

Essentially, it's the pieces in question that will become the sartorial building blocks in our wardrobes in 2021. With all that in mind, keep scrolling to uncover a range of our favorite basics and next-level basics that could pique your interest. You never know, one of the items coming your way could just become one of your new go-to staples.


The best shackets



"The shacket trend makes so much sense for winter 2020, so I couldn't help but jump on the train myself. Comfortable, warm, and chic? Yes, yes, and yes. For some reason, I was a little hesitant to buy a fashion version, though, so I headed straight to the men's department on Amazon and found this winner for $25. It comes in a ton of colors, and it is really warm. I started sweating taking this picture in my dining room. I got a size small, and I think it looks best a bit oversize."—Kat Collings, editor in chief

Ribbed Dresses

The best ribbed dresses



"I'm all about comfy knit dresses right now—a welcome alternative to my sweats. They're easy to wear with a pair of chunky boots or slippers alike. I'm particularly loving stretchy ribbed knit styles. This one from Zara is super soft, comfy, and elevated."—Judith Jones, market editor

Crew-Neck Sweatshirts

The best crewneck sweatshirts



"I am currently obsessed with crew-neck sweatshirts. I find that they are the perfect addition to any pair of jeans, fun printed pants, or my large assortment of sweatpants (which I pretty much live in at the moment). This particular option from Amazon has every color in the book, and yes, my goal is to get them all."—Lauren Eggertsen, senior fashion editor


The best joggers for women



"Baggy sweats are obviously comfortable, but I feel so sloppy in them sometimes. These joggers are a great alternative—just as comfortable but with a much slimmer fit. The waistband doesn't dig in at all and they're so soft."—Allyson Payer, senior editor

Colorful Button-Down Shirts

The best blouses



"When I tell you this top looks and feels so luxurious, I mean it. The satin fabric is beautiful and feels really comfortable to wear. Also, I'm not sure the photo does it justice, but the mossy green color is so good."—Anna LaPlaca, associate editor

Layering Tanks

"I fell in love with Sami Miró's pieces, and this deconstructed tank top has become a new favorite layering piece in my wardrobe."—Kristen Nichols, senior editor