I'm a Stylist—Here Are 5 Trendy Basics I Tell Every Celeb to Buy

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In my opinion, a great wardrobe starts out with a closet that is centered around great basics. They’re really the building blocks that help you get dressed each day. Curious to find out the opinion of an insider, I chatted with superstylist Dani Michelle to see which items she recommends to her roster of clients, including the impeccably dressed Kendall Jenner.

Dani Michelle is the first to admit that basics are key to any wardrobe. “Basics aren’t basic, they are staples,” she explains, “For me, every woman needs a white dress shirt, loafers, and a good pair of jeans in their closet. It’s back to Cindy Crawford in the airport to the new Celine runways.”

Ahead, five trendy basics from a stylist that deserve a place in your closet. These are pieces that you’ll be able to pull out for the upcoming season, but also for years and years ahead.

White Dress Shirt

Trendy basics from a stylist: white dress shirt


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Take a styling tip from the look above and wear a white button-down open over a T-shirt and slouchy trousers. Order a size up to tap into the oversize look that's everywhere on the street style scene.


Trendy basics from a stylist: loafers


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You simply can't go wrong with a pair of classic loafers. While the chunky platform versions are having a moment right now, opt for a sleek pair of penny loafers for a more timeless style.

Hobo Bag

Trendy basics from a stylist: hobo bag


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Hobo bags are on the rise this season, but they also happen to be a great staple to have in your closet. We're seeing everything from small shoulder bags to tuck under your arm to XXL versions.

Baby Tee

Trendy basics from a stylist: baby tee


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A T-shirt isn't always just a T-shirt, so the shape is something to consider. Throwback baby tees are Dani Michelle's silhouette of choice for a cool '90s-inspired look.


Trendy basics from a stylist: jeans


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Opt for a straight-leg silhouette for jeans that will be in style for a long time. This timeless silhouette looks just as relevant today as they did decades ago.