I'm a Serial Wardrobe Repeater—7 Staples I Wear Over and Over

As a fashion editor, I can't help but be swayed by all of the latest trends and the newness on the market, and I constantly have my eye on new pieces to add to my shopping cart. If I have to be honest, though, I'm a serial wardrobe repeater and end up reaching for some of the same staples again and again. Part of it is because they're items that I know I'll always feel good in, and I already have outfit formulas I can rely on. The other part is that they're just key items in my wardrobe that have stood the test of many wears, and I simply can't live without them.

My wardrobe would be lost without pieces like relaxed trousers and crisp button-downs as well as tailored trench coats and oversize blazers. They're pieces I consider to be the backbone of my wardrobe, and I can't imagine getting dressed in the morning without them. I don't think it's a bad thing to repeat what you're wearing. Quite the opposite, I believe in cultivating a wardrobe with items that you really wear and know how to style a thousand ways. Ahead, see the fashion staples I rely on more than any others when I'm getting dressed.

Oversize Blazers

Truth be told, I first ordered an oversize blazer a few years ago and almost added it to my donate pile because the proportions didn't seem right. Fast-forward to the present, I can't imagine not owning one. As it's a staple to wear with everything from denim to hot pants (yes, hot pants), I highly recommend adding an oversize blazer to your closet if you don't already own one.

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Relaxed Trousers

My obsession with relaxed trousers simply can't be tamed. I'll trace it back to last summer when loose-fitting pants started to bubble. Now, the wide-leg-pants trend is getting bigger than ever, and I'm only eyeing more pieces to add to my growing collection of tailored yet roomy trousers.

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Crisp Button-Downs

I grew up wearing collared button-down tops, and coincidentally, they're having a moment, so I have even more reason to wear the tailored basic. Lately, I've been buying mine in a few sizes up for a more oversize fit.

Straight-Leg Jeans

If you know me, you know that I live in jeans. While my closet includes plenty of silhouettes across the board, classic straight-leg cuts are my go-to. They're such a versatile cut and pretty much go with anything.

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Pantsuits

When in doubt, I always go for a matching set. Pantsuits are my default because they instantly just look so tailored and polished, and I've never felt anything but great when wearing one.

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Trench Coats

I bought my first trench coat in high school and still own it to this day—a testament to the staying power of the timeless piece. Whether you opt for a classic twill version or a vegan-leather style, it's a no-brainer to top off your transitional looks.

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Jumpsuits

Weirdly, some of my current wardrobe staples are items that scared me at first. That includes jumpsuits, a piece I never knew how to style that ended up becoming a core staple in my closet recently. 

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