The Not So Basic, Basics Edit

We have all had moments before heading out with friends when we’re throwing jeans on our bed, you’ve tried on a dozen tops, there’s sneakers and heels everywhere and you’re even contemplating if you should go out because there is nothing in your closet for you to wear. Some would think that the solution to this is to just buy more outfits but in reality, you should be buying classic pieces that are not only basic, but can be worn in many different styles! You can also purchase these basic pieces in multiple different colors and styles so they’re easily able to be worn for any season during the year and you won’t have to panic before going out with your friends.

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Trench Coat

There’s eight basic pieces that everybody should always have in their wardrobe, and the first one is a trench coat! The styles, colors, and variety of trench coats that I’ve seen from different stores such as H&M, Express, and Zara are endless. Burberry is famously known for their trench coats but you don’t have to pay that price tag to stay stylish, cozy and classy no matter the occasion. Trench coats also come in different materials such as leather, cotton, twill, and poplin! They are all for different seasons so you can wear it in the Spring when going out for lunch, or the Winter if you’re going to be in the cold and layer up with a scarf.


Switching over to shoes, everyone needs a pair of white or black sneakers! You don’t need to get an expensive pair either because Nike offers their Air Force ones for a more chunky look, and Adidas has their Stan Smith pair which is more for everyday with jeans or leggings for casual wear. The best part is that white sneakers are also very inexpensive and will go with any outfit. If you ever want to make something a bit more casual, throw on a pair of sneakers and you’re good to go. They’re durable for any season too!


Back to clothing, having a great pair of slacks that aren’t jeans are perfect for dressing up and down! I’ve seen so much inspiration for this not only on Pinterest, but also many fashion influencers as well bringing slacks from out of the office, and into a comfy everyday look. I personally love the minimalist, business woman look because it looks so motivating and inspiring to get work done so I would invest in a pair of these pants. Plus, you never know what you may need them for such as a last minute job interview that you had applied for months ago.

Plain T-Shirts

Everyone needs a plain black or white t-shirt as well. These can be long sleeves and short sleeves. The amount of t-shirts that I have in my closet is honestly too much to count but it’s perfect because a lot of them don’t have any patterns or designs and are very basic. They can be worn all year round and once again, can be dressed up or down. If you just want to go on a run, throw on a basic t-shirt. If you want to have some jeans with sneakers, a bag and sunglasses, throw on the t-shirt again. Everything will look good with this and if you are panicking on what to wear for a day out, you don’t even have to put much thought into it because you just grab and go. 

Tote Bag

A tote bag or plain purse no matter where you go is always an essential! If you are going to grab brunch, heading out with friends to shop, need to go to work, or just have to run a couple errands, a tote bag is perfect to fit everything you need. Some affordable places would be H&M, Everlane, Uniqlo, L.L. Bean and Ssense. Even if you’re going to the beach you find great cheap tote bags that are not leather but canvas material as well which is something I’ve been obsessed with for the Spring.

Button Up T-Shirt

Button up shirts are the way to go for any season. I just recently saw a lot of fashion influencers styling Poplin shirts and they make it look so chic and classy, when it’s simply just a button up top! They can also be perfect for the summer and are so versatile not just for wearing with jeans, but as a cover up in the summer over your bathing suit at the beach. 

Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Hoodies and sweatshirts are always a necessity because you never know if you are going to want to keep it extra casual and layer up in the winter, or if you are really looking for extra comfort, they’re great to throw on with leggings, jeans, or shorts. The amount of colors you can find sweatshirts in that are plain with no patterns are endless and inexpensive! You can find them at H&M, Zara and Uniqlo too for affordable prices and pretty good quality to last you.

Gold Hoops

Lastly, is a pair of gold hoops! I was never into hoops and always have loved stud earrings or something that isn’t too flashy, but I’ve realized that accessories are key to any outfit and can really elevate anything you’re wearing into something much more chic. I’ve seen a ton of good dupes on Amazon for gold hoops that don’t tarnish and look just as good as an expensive pair too.

You don’t need to spend a whole check either on looking stylish, chic, and put together. There’s much more out there that you can get to build up your wardrobe with basics, but for now these are perfect to get started and you can get everything all in one shopping trip because they’re very easy to find as well at the mall or even online. Never worry again about what you have to wear when your friends send that text for you to go out with them.

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Author: Pamela Valdez

Content Writer Intern for She's SINGLE Magazine, Social Media Marketing Intern, and PR Editorial Intern for Access by NKC. Pursuing fashion industry and will be an upcoming undergraduate at FIT.