Trust Me: These 8 Items Are the Foundation of a Perfect Wardrobe

Whenever I'm scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram for outfit inspiration, there's a constant that makes me stop on a particular image. Well, a couple of constants, if we like speaking in mathematical terms (which apparently I do). The trick to getting me to save that post or pin? A great, and I mean great, foundation piece. I love a classic look, and if you do too, then the importance of a few pared-down, buildable staples in your closet cannot be stressed enough.

Like a basic, a foundation piece is something you can rely on whenever you're in a pinch. It's an item you can rest assured will elevate any look, and in my opinion, they work even better when paired together. Think an oversize white button-down with some straight-leg jeans and perhaps pumps for Friday night out. (See what I mean?) So without further ado, keep scrolling to find the eight essential foundation pieces every chic closet needs below. 

1. High-Waisted Trousers


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Every fashion person I know has a pair of these in their closet right now. 

2. The Perfect White Button-Down


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A crisp, white button-down (preferably an oversize one) is the perfect, buildable staple. 

3. Straight-Leg Jeans


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Straight-leg jeans are beyond flattering, and they go with everything. 

4. An Oversize Sweater


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An oversize sweater in a neutral hue is the epitome of chic. 

5. A Versatile Blazer


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Pair your everyday blazer with your more "out-there" ensembles to ground your look.

6. Low-Heeled Pumps


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Nothing says "French-girl style" like low-heeled pumps and a pair of classic jeans. 

7. A Standout Dress That Can Go From Day to Night


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A dress like this in your arsenal takes out all the guesswork when you have a dinner thing right after work.

8. A Minimalistic Handbag


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A purse in a classic silhouette never goes out of style. 

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