I Recorded What I Wore for a Month, and Found I Wore These 5 Basics Most

As a fashion editor, you tend to be well aware of all the pieces that live in your closet, but it’s not until you stop and take a moment to document what you wear over a period of time, that you get a true sense of what you end up reaching for the most. I did exactly that over the past month, and it became clear more than ever that basics reign supreme in my wardrobe. It’s no wonder either, as I am a huge proponent of wearing pieces that are not only timeless, but comfortable to boot—as a mom to two little ones, it is key.

My goal when putting together outfits is to be able to keep the ensemble easy without sacrificing style. Enter five of the stylish basics I wore the most over a month. There’s the classic white button-down shirt, which is great worn on it’s own or layered over a look. Then, I found that I didn’t go the whole stretch without wearing black leggings at some point throughout the day. What can I say, I am a creature of habit. Keep scrolling to see the other basics I can’t live without, plus outfit ideas on how to wear each.

1. Straight-Leg Jeans

Marianne Smyth 5 Stylish Everyday Basics Straight-Leg Jeans Birkenstock Clogs



Straight-leg jeans are my gold standard when it comes to denim, especially at an ankle length. The classic style goes with just about anything. 

These jeans have the perfect high-rise and hit right at the ankle.

I would never have guessed that these jeans are under $50.

Light-wash denim is at the top of my must-have list.

These jeans can easily be dressed up or down.

I have a love for hidden button-fly jeans.

2. Striped T-Shirt

Jessica Skye 5 Stylish Everyday Basics Striped T-Shirt Tee Jeans Black Coat



Striped t-shirts are a forever favorite. I wear them year-round with everything from jeans to leggings to trousers.

This affordable striped t-shirt is perfect for stocking up on.

Fashion girls are obsessed with this particular long-sleeved striped tee.

I usually go for black and white stripes, but this olive green option is super chic.

This striped t-shirt is made of 100% organic cotton.

3. Black Leggings

Raeann Langas 5 Stylish Everyday Basics



Over the past three years, I have been addicted to black leggings, so it was no surprise I wore the comfy basic a lot this past month.

One reviewer shared, "Amazing quality, very warm and cozy."

I am always a fan of leggings with convenient side pockets.

This sleek pair of black leggings is under $25.

Ribbed leggings are one of my favorite styles.

4. Gray Hooded Sweatshirt

I love all of my hoodies, but lately I have had an affinity for gray hooded sweatshirts. I wear them both while lounging at home or while out running errands.

Hoodies like this one prove that they can feel elevated and polished.

If luxe pieces are of interest, this gray hoodie is worth splurging on.

A gray hoodie can be worn with leggings, jeans, skirts, and more.

5. White Button-Down Shirt

Angela Fink 5 Stylish Everyday Basics White Button-Down Shirt



A great white button-down shirt cannot be beat. The timeless top style is an easy way to feel more polished, plus the shirt makes for super easy dressing.

A white button-down shirt is a must-have no matter the season.

Oversized white shirts are great for elevated yet comfortable looks.

The styling options are endless when it comes to a white button-down.

White button-down shirts are a layering essential.

No matter your personal style, a classic white shirt can live in your closet with ease.