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

best basics for women


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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 I know that my closet felt scattered until I invested in the right pieces and replaced my older, outdated ones.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.

White T-Shirt

I bet you were due for a restock.

Suiting Trousers

The pants you'll end up wearing with just about every top.

elevated basics 2022


Button-Down Shirt

If you had to add any basic to your wardrobe this year, make it an oversize button-down.

Relaxed Straight-Leg Jeans
Black Ankle Boots

What "basic ankle boot" means in 2022. And I mean basic in the best way.

Baseball Hat

To make any outfit infinitely cooler.

Wool Coat

An investment for sure but one that will continue to pay off for years to come.

cool basics 2022


Racer Tank

No wardrobe is complete without one.

The perfect vintage fit is hard to come by in shorts.


Chunky loafers may have ruled in seasons past, but now (and always) it's about the classic penny loafer.

best basics 2022


Shoulder Bag

Staud's bags always look like they should cost way more than they do.


On-trend and, most importantly, wearable.

Knee-High Boots

Tuck in skinny jeans or wear with miniskirts.

best basics for women


Loose Trousers

If fashion people aren't wearing jeans, they're wearing loose trousers.


Cardigans you can wear as tops will pull double duty.

Leather Jacket

Big leather jackets may be trending this spring, but they're a forever item.

Maxi Dress
Collared Sweater

The collar makes this pullover feel so right-now.

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White Sneakers

The perfect match to trousers, jeans, and leggings alike.


I own these and can attest that they're peak luxury.

The key to any cool athleisure look.