28 Wardrobe Staples You May Want To Add To Your Closet

28 Wardrobe Staples You May Want To Add To Your Closet
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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite wardrobe staples they wear again and again. Here are the stylish and reliable results, plus a few recommendations of our own:

Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

1.

A chambray shirt you can throw on with a skirt, black jeans, or even just blue jeans (hello, Canadian Tuxedo!) to have a sophisticated outfit with minimal effort.


Madewell

“I wear mine on a weekly basis. I can dress it up, keep it casual, wear it with leggings, buttoned-up, unbuttoned over a top or dress, and so on. I literally wear it all year round because of its versatility!” —samanthar4a383b0f7

Get the one above from Madewell for $75 (available in sizes XXS-XXL) or a similar style from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in nine styles).

2.

A pair of Dr. Martens that are worth the splurge, because these babies will be your go-to for years.


Dr. Martens

“I wear them with almost any outfit at the moment. They’re super durable and go with almost everything. AND I feel supes cool in them” —Jen Tonti

“A pair of black leather boots (I love my Doc Marten’s) will instantly make any outfit look put together. This goes for everything from a floral dress to your go-to jeans and a tee, and no matter how rushed you are to get dressed, it’s always fast.” —katie10925

Get them from Amazon for $149.95 (available in whole sizes 5-11 and in 15 styles) or Dr. Martens for $150 (avaialble in whole sizes 5-11 and in four colors).

3.

A pair of gold hoop earrings — even Gretchen Wieners would approve if you wear these every single day.


Baublebar

“You can never go wrong with a good pair of hoops earrings. They look good on everyone, and with basically every outfit.”—kittenfeathers

Get the pair above from Baublebar for $38 or a similar style from Amazon for $13.95.

4.

High-waisted black jeans so versatile and comfortable you may end up saying, “Leggings? I don’t know them.”


American Eagle

“They can be dressed down for a casual day running errands with a flannel and Birkenstocks or dressed up for a night on the town with a nice blouse and some heels.” —lilag4cbae5508

Get the ones above from American Eagle for $49.95 (available in sizes 00–20, in short, regular, long, and X-long lengths).

5.

A silky scarf you’ll want to have on hand all year round. Scarves are for more than just winter!! You’ll be so thankful you have one with you on that summer night when it starts to get just a tad bit chilly.


Amazon

“Long, square, or rectangular. It looks good to add a sharp color to this outfit. Bonus to place the scarf in front of my neck when I drive to protect my skin from the sun.” —leekuhl

Get these solid-color pashminas from Amazon for $11.99 each (available in 45 colors).

6.

Adidas sneakers you might as well buy two pairs of so you have a backup when the first pair inevitably gets too run-down and dirty from how much you’ll trek around in them.


adidas

“I can make a super casual outfit with jeans and a T-shirt, a sporty outfit with workout leggings and a tank top, or a semi-dressy outfit with a skirt and a nice top! Honestly, these shoes are great with anything, and comfy to walk in, too, especially if you get the ones with memory foam soles!” —shadeofblue

Get the classic Adidas Superstars from Amazon for $55.87 (available in sizes 5-12 and in 29 styles) or Nordstrom for $80 (available in women’s sizes 5–11, men’s sizes 4–10).

7.

A vegan leather jacket that I swear will instantly make you feel about 100 times cooler and more put-together the second you put it on.


Amazon, amazon.com

“It fancies up any outfit I put on. I had mine for about three years.” —carlaw41d0d84b1

Get it from Amazon for $85.22 (available in sizes XS-L and in black, white, and red) or a similar style also from Amazon for $39.01 (available in styles XS-XXL and in 16 styles).

8.

A sheath dress so easy to throw on, you’ll feel put together in a matter of seconds. People will think you tried really hard, when in fact, you just put a dress over your head.


amazon.com

“I bought several when I saw them, and they’re so versatile. You can wear them alone with flip flops, or dress them up with something over it and nicer shoes.” —kellyb4008c2352

Get the sleeveless sheath dress pictured here from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and five styles).

9.

Bike shorts you can wear to work out — or just in your everyday life because they’re super comfortable and match with everything.


Spanx

I’m a huge fan of bike shorts, and these are one of my favorite pairs. They’re super simple, but that’s part of what makes them great. I put them on with whatever top I want, and I have an easy outfit. I’ve also workout in them, and they stay in place no matter what. I would wear these every day if I could.

Get them from Spanx for $58 (available in sizes XS-1X and in two styles) or a similar style from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes XS-3X and in 26 styles).

10.

A flannel button-down you’ll wear for more than just your annual trip to the pumpkin patch each fall.


Amazon

“I love my flannels! I always have one to throw over a T-shirt to keep me warm. The cool thing about them is that they come in so many colors, they go with everything!” —bookpianist

Get the one pictured above from Amazon for $22.98 (available in sizes S-5X and in green or red) or a similar style also from Amazon for $26.39 (available in sizes M-6X and in 25 styles).

11.

A pair of Oxford flats with a vintage look you’ll feel downright proper wearing.


ModCloth

“ModCloth’s oxfords! They are so, so comfortable (and I’m never comfortable, so that’s saying something), go with just about everything, and are adoooooorable. Every time I wear them I get compliments. Plus, they’re the kind of shoes that look as good well-loved as they do right out of the box, so they’re still amazing when the toes cease!” —zvarri

Get them from ModCloth for $45 (available in sizes 5.5–10 and in seven styles).

12.

A pair of William Rast skinny jeans called “The Perfect Skinny Jean” for a reason. And that reason is because they’re stretchy and comfortable and look oh-so cute.


Macy’s

“They are stretchy and comfortable and hit in all the right places (they make the booty look GUD). Not to mention Justin Timberlake is part owner.” —jessicak43ae6c847

Get the ones above from Macy’s for $39.09 (available in sizes 24-31 and in blue and black).

13.

A pair of Lululemon leggings worth the splurge because you’ll find yourself reaching for these babies over and over and over again. (And for more than just yoga!)


Lululemon

“You can never go wrong with them. They hug all the right places and look very flattering. And you can dress them up, dress them down, chill out in them, and work out with them on. They’re just a versatile clothing item.” —mullinrock

Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–14 and in three lengths and 12 styles).

14.

A patterned duster to make your regular look of jeans and a T-shirt anything but ordinary. Plus, you can use it as a cover-up over a swimsuit! We love multi-functional clothes!


Amazon

“I pair them with a black T-shirt, jeans, and black flats, and I’m good to go! They are casual, cute, and perfect for work!” —sydneym43bed1594

Get these ones from Amazon: the left for $18.80 (available in sizes S–5X and 37 styles) and the right for $21.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 17 styles).

15.

Converse All Stars I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift was talking to when she sang, “we never go out of style.” T. Swift and Chuck Taylors will be around forever.


Converse

“In black, white or gray. They look good with basically anything.” —erikat4d83873e2

“I’m always sure to have a pair of white sneakers in my shoe collection. My favorites tend to be either Converse Chuck Taylors, or a classic slip on pair of Vans. They can be super casual with a pair of skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket, or worn with skinny pants and a blazer for a more dressed up vibe.” —joannem4bf1d65ee

“They come in every color of the rainbow and work with EVERYthing. I wear them with dresses, jeans, slacks, I even wore them to my wedding. I don’t care what anyone says, there is nothing else that I ever want on my feet.” —n44786cbf9

Get a pair of classic All Stars from Zappos for $49.99 (available in women’s sizes 5–12, men’s sizes 3–18 and nine styles).

16.

A cardigan you should have with you at all times because the weather can change at a moment’s notice, so you should always be prepared with an extra layer.


Amazon, amazon.com

“A black cardigan goes a long way. You can pretty much throw it over any outfit to chic it up a bit.” —naadhirah

“I have a lot of cardigans. I’ve been told that they’re for ‘old people,’ but if that’s the case, then ‘old people’ are more fashionable than what you give them credit for. They’re comfortable and can be worn in both cold and hot weather and they’re easy to style with all kinds of outfits. I have several different colors and styles, so and they’re very versatile.” —anatwins66

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and in 27 styles).

17.

Nine pairs of pretty pearl studs because they’ll add some class to your outfit, no matter where you wear them.


Forever 21

“No, not real pearls (unless a special occasion arises), but the ones you can get at stores like Forever 21.” —megs5280

Get the ones above from Forever21 for $5.99 or a similar set of pearl earrings from Amazon for $8.99.

18.

A pair of Birkenstocks that prove that being comfortable and cute *is* possible.


Nordstrom

“I live in Florida so I can wear them even in winter and they offer sweet relief of the summer heat.” —zubylee1

“Words cannot describe how comfortable they are (once you break them in!) I can’t go back to regular sandals ever again. They’re not just the old buckle style anymore either – I’ve got my eye on a pair of the Granada style ones for this summer.” —viciousxvenom

Get the ones above from Nordstrom for $134.95 (available in European sizes 36-42 and in four colors).

19.

Aviator sunglasses you can wear pretty much every day (even if the sun is behind the clouds).


Warby Parker

This style of sunglasses is a classic. It looks great on everyone and really does go with everything. You’ll want to keep them in your purse, car, or wherever you can easily find them and grab as you head out the door.

Get them from Warby Parker for $145+ (available in five styles, narrow, medium, or wide frame width).

20.

An denim jacket perfect to throw on when it’s a bit cooler outside but you don’t want to end up overheating after only a minute or two.


ModCloth

“A good, solid, jean jacket. You can dress it up and down. It’ll keep you warm while also being able to soften your look or edge it out. Along with that fact that it’s so good for layering, it can go under an outer coat during the winter or work on it’s own as a single jacket on a brisk summer night.” —heatherm4ac5673c7

“You can absolutely never go wrong with a jean jacket. It’s perfect for when you wanna dress down your outfit and be casual and it’s also a must have for me during the spring time for me but you can always make it work no matter what season it is.” —alinah4519ccf7b

Get it from ModCloth for $79 (available in sizes XS-4X).

21.

Chelsea boots designed so you can walk 500 miles (and 500 more) in them.


Nisolo

“These make it look like you put a lot of thought into your look, with minimal effort.” —strangerthanitseems

Get the pair above from Nisolo for $125 (originally $228; available in sizes 6-10 and in four colors).

22.

A pack of slim-cut crewneck tees because basic is not a bad word, especially when it comes to practical shirts you can wear all the time.


Amazon

“A comfortable, solid color T-shirt that looks good on you and you feel good in. Wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, converse, whatever.” —springgrrl

Get a four-pack of these crew-neck tees from Amazon for $32.99 (available sizes S–4X and nine styles).

23.

Vans Old Skool sneakers you’ll ~flip~ over. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, try throwing these babies and seeing how they land: face up, like the true rockstars they are.


Vans

“Go with everything and are so amazing they’ll be your go-to shoe. I’ve had mine for five years and they are still in mint condition!” —qweenaf

Get them from Zappos for $59.95 (available in women’s sizes 5-14.5, men’s sizes 3.5-16 and in six styles).

24.

A longline blazer designed to make any outfit feel super professional — yes, even just jeans and a T-shirt.


Amazon

“Blazers! For work, obviously, but they can also dress anything up. Need to polish your look? Blazer. Look effortlessly cool? Blazer.” —reezee1018

Get the one above from Amazon for $26.57 (available in sizes 0-10 and in black and navy) or a similar style also from Amazon for $22.21 (available in sizes 12 Plus-16 Plus and in black and blue).

25.

A pair of rubber flats perfect for rainy days when you don’t feel like wearing rain boots. These will keep you dry. Plus, nobody will probably guess that they’re Crocs!


Amazon

“Now don’t knock it til you try it, but my closet staple is black flats…the Crocs kind. Oh my gosh, they are AMAZING. They’re Crocs, so they have holes in them, but other than that and being rubber, they pass for plain black flats. Not only are they comfortable, but you can wear them rain or shine! No wet feet all day long in these babies, just wipe them off with a paper towel! I will recommend these shoes to everyone I know!” —songsingsitself

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in whole sizes 4–11).

26.

A pair of mom jeans that’ll make you wonder why they ever went out of style. They’re comfortable, make your butt look great, and go with everything. What’s not to love?


American Eagle

“Two words. Mom. Jeans. Best style of jeans ever created. Moms are never wrong. They are so comfortable and they do amazing things for your butt. My butt has never looked better than in a good ol’ pair of mom jeans. Need another reason to go get some right now? They are incredibly versatile. Going out? Mom jeans and a crop top. Staying in? Mom jeans and a big sweatshirt. Going on a date? Mom jeans and a cute top. Going to see your mom? Mom jeans and a sweater, and throw in some flowers just because she’s probably amazing.” —marissamariew

“Mom jeans and a belt they make everyone’s butt look good!” —carolines421437045

“Very simple, nothing extravagant. They can be dressed up or down. They can be classy or more casual. Very comfortable for every day without giving the Islept-for-3-hours-last-night vibe. They compliment all bodies and they are super fashionable. I love to wear them with shirts and over-sized t-shirts but everything works with them, really.” —altheod

Get the pair above from American Eagle for $37/46 (available in sizes 000-20 and in short, regular, and long and in 11 styles).

27.

A band tee to show the world what you’re currently streaming on Spotify.


Amazon

“My staple is band tees. I can put them under a suit jacket, dress them up with nice jeans/heels, or go work out.” —anastasian497a9dde1

Get these two from Amazon: the Rolling Stones one for $23.62 (available in sizes S-5X and in three styles) and the Bowie one for $17.84 (available in sizes S-2X).

28.

And a pair of Steve Madden combat boots – no matter how many times you wear them, you’ll probably still get stopped on the street by people asking you where you got them.


Amazon

“I’ve been buying a pair of the Steve Madden Troopa boot every year or so for at least the last seven or eight years. It’s a solid, lightweight combat boot that I can wear from fall through spring, with everything from jeans to work-appropriate dresses — and I do! Seriously, I probably wear these an average of three times a week on any given week from September through May; the combat boot is a classic shoe for a reason. Plus, I love that these have a zipper on the side so you don’t have to deal with lacing ’em up every time you put them on!” —Emmy Favilla

Get them from Amazon for $79.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 18 styles).

My reaction when someone tells me they don’t own everything on this list:


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