No matter how many cute pieces I find for each season, I am always reminded how important it is to have amazing wardrobe basics as the foundation of my closet. They’re the pieces I’m always grabbing if I’m rushing and the foundation of endless outfits every season without fail.
It’s taken me some time to really pinpoint what those pieces are and how to find them, but I’ve finally come to a point where I know which brands and which styles make the basics that really make my wardrobe what it is today.
With that said, I wanted to share my top 4 tips with you today so that you too can have a closet that you love and that best serves your everyday outfit needs!
- Fit above all else: If you’re looking for something that you’ll wear over and over again, you have to make sure that it’s an incredible fit. You want to feel like it’s the most flattering fit for your body type because that way you’ll always feel confident when you’re wearing it. I can’t tell you how many times I bought pieces that just weren’t the right fit and I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was wearing it. That = NOT a wardrobe basic! A few fits that I love for my pear shape body type are a-line skirts, high-waisted jeans, or a fit-and-flare dress.
- High quality & durable fabrics: If I haven’t said it enough, I’ll say it again: don’t pick foundational pieces for your wardrobe that aren’t going to be worn often. Your basics need to be able to endure a bit of wear and tear as you’ll wear them nonstop because you love them so much – right?! Right. Just make sure they’re easily washed or dry cleaned and not easily ruined by the occasional stain! But you also want your fabric choices to last you longer than 6 months or so. I live by my cotton button downs
- Versatile colors: If you might not have noticed, I am a big time lover of neutrals. I don’t know what it is but I’m just not drawn to bright colors or patterns, but worry not (I’ve been watching British period pieces all weekend, can you tell?)! Your wardrobe basics by no means have to be in neutral colors for them to be considered your go-to’s. Just make sure that you shop for pieces in colors that can easily be paired with your favorite pair of jeans one day and a skirt for your work day the next. I always gravitate to white, black, blush pink, and tan or khaki tones (you color lovers might be yawning right now :P)!
- Classic tailoring: My grandpa was a tailor and my mom swears that his attention to detail and obsession with a well-tailored fit is genetic. And she might just be right! I just can’t resist the touch of excellent tailoring and make sure to pick pieces that are well-tailored above all else. Classic tailoring is just as important as the perfect fit. Tailoring will give your basics that versatile silhouette that’ll go with nearly every other piece in your wardrobe. Pieces with attention to tailoring are constructed to last and earn their spot in your closet for seasons and seasons.
I hope that these tips were helpful to you and you’ll keep them in mind next time you’re out shopping for basics to add to your closet! If you’re in need of some inspiration, some of the brands I love most for shopping for basics are: Madewell, Everlane, and Neiman’s Last Call for deals on Vince and Equipment pieces. You can also always check my ESSENTIALS shop page (SHOP > ESSENTIALS) where I link lots of amazing foundational pieces for all seasons – I update weekly if not daily!
What do you look for in your basics? Let me know in the comments!
Afraid you might forget my tips – pin the pic below so you’ll always have it around to reference!