A Definitive List of Every Wardrobe Basic Your Closet Needs in 2022


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We talk a lot about basics on here, so if I'm starting to sound like a broken record, I swear it's for good reason. Sure, they can be boring to shop for and loathsome to spend money on, especially versus something trendier and more exciting, or maybe you just straight up forget to buy them, but skipping out on too many basics leaves holes in your closet that you'll end up filling with random one-off purchases (speaking from experience here).

We've covered the trendier basics on the market that are having a moment currently, but today, I'm sitting down to create one comprehensive list of the standard, classic, and timeless basics you shouldn't skip when shopping. I know that my closet felt scattered until I invested in the right pieces and replaced my older, outdated ones. So consider this your sign to build an A+ foundational wardrobe and see how much easier it becomes to get dressed in the morning.

Ahead, discover (and shop) my definitive list of the best basics you'll need for a strong wardrobe in 2022 and beyond.

Structured Blazer

White T-Shirt

Suiting Trousers


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Button-Down Shirt

Relaxed Straight-Leg Jeans

Black Ankle Boots

Baseball Hat

Wool Coat


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Racer Tank


Trench Coat


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Slip Dress

Shoulder Bag


Knee-High Boots


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Loose Trousers


Leather Jacket

Maxi Dress

Collared Sweater


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White Sneakers




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Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.