11 Life-Changing Fashion Items Every Busy Person Should Own

Woman wearing a baseball cap on a street in Paris

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I give myself approximately 15 minutes to get ready, so if I'm going somewhere at night, I know the importance of a grab-and-go wardrobe. I tend to regularly shop for things that are neutral and versatile and that work with what's already in my closet. That way, when my get-ready time is ridiculously limited (always), I'll have certain items I can reach for in a pinch that I know will work.

I decided to write this story because we're all busy, and getting dressed is one of the many things we have to do in a day. So I'm highlighting 11 very useful fashion items that busy people who want to look stylish every time they leave the house should consider owning. I wear many of these items on a weekly basis and don't know what I'd do without them. So if you're considering doing some shopping anytime soon and want to know what items would make your busy life a little easier, scroll to shop some of my favorite easy fashion items.

Oversize Button-Down

Why it's life-changing: You can wear it on its own or over any tank or tee in your closet.

Baseball Cap

Why it's life-changing: If I'm tired or not having a great hair day, I put on a baseball cap and all is well.

Full Midi Skirt

Why it's life-changing: It's comfortable and pretty, and it's one of the easiest trends to dress up or down.

Elevated Tote Bag

Why it's life-changing: A throw-it-all-in-and-go bag is essential for busy days.

Stretchy Black Pants

Why it's life-changing: Thanks to High Sport, everyone is making stretchy, cropped black pants again. They look polished and go with every type of shoe.

Vest Top

Why it's life-changing: Vest tops are incredibly flattering and elegant but require very little effort (aside from buttoning some buttons).

"Fancy" Sneakers

Why it's life-changing: Sneakers like Sambas and Loewe Flow Runners are as easy as athletic sneakers, but much chicer.

Oversize Blazer

Why it's life-changing: An oversize blazer can double as a jacket and be worn with everything from minidresses to baggy jeans to shorts.

Straight-Leg Jeans

Why it's life-changing: Forget all of the other denim trends and styles—straight-leg jeans are always appropriate and go with every shirt style.

Kitten-Heel Mules

Why it's life-changing: In short, kitten-heel mules magically make every outfit look chicer.

Special Hoop Earrings

Why it's life-changing: Even if you're just wearing a T-shirt and jeans, a pair of gold or silver hoops will elevate them every single time.

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.