Back to Basics: The 13 Timeless Pieces You Shouldn't Live Without


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Your closet has seen its fair share of trends come and go. Some trends graduate into wardrobe essentials, but the basics—that perfectly worn-in white tee, your favorite jeans, and go-to black pumps—are forever. You can rest assured these key pieces will never go out of style or lose their street-chic appeal. Simply put, they’re the building blocks of a perfect wardrobe.

Even if you already have a majority of the products listed ahead, chances are a few of them may need a refresh. Because if there’s anything we know about basic wardrobe essentials, it’s that you will wear them on repeat—as you should.

So whether you’re looking to start over or simply wish to update an old favorite, shop our picks below for the basics every wardrobe needs.

Perfect White Tee

A Lightweight Sweater

Skinny Jeans

Black Pumps

Bright Crossbody Bag

White Button-Down

Pencil Skirt

Leather Jacket

Menswear-Inspired Watch

Wrap Dress

Neutral Flats


Ankle Boots

Executive Director, Entertainment

Jessica Baker is Who What Wear’s Executive Director, Entertainment, where she ideates, books, writes, and edits celebrity and entertainment features.