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Back to Basics

by Julie Chiem

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As much as we obsess over the hottest trends, we’re also big on investment pieces. The foundation of an ideal closet starts with a good balance of basics. These are the 12 essential pieces you can wear all year long and count on time and again. From a trusty leather jacket to a tee-and-jeans combo, great style can be made from the classics. Build a long-lasting wardrobe now.

Leather Jacket

The edginess and details of a signature leather jacket instantly up your cool factor. For a chic and elevated day look, throw it on with a striped tee and jeans, or layer it with a little black dress and boots for a night out.


Striped Tee

Every capsule wardrobe should include a striped tee. The classic print adds interest, keeping you looking chic and fresh each time. No matter which color stripes you choose, you’re bound to wear it often.


Tote Bag

A sturdy tote bag makes a great everyday carryall. With so much space, you don’t need to worry about leaving any necessities at home because this bag fits it all.



A pair of fitted and flattering jeans will always be in style. Find a slim-fit in the right medium wash or go with basic black. They’re two denim shades that work for day and night.



If you’re going to have one tailored item, make it a blazer. The structured wear-to-work piece will instantly create a sleek and polished look. As an added bonus, it can be worn as a cute top layer for a casual warm-weather look.


Ankle Boots

Ankle boots work all year long. The simple silhouette makes it easy to style with all your looks. Although, these boots serve more purpose when it’s cold out, it’s also a fun option to slip on during music festival season with shorts and dresses.


Knit Sweater

A warm, cozy sweater in a neutral color goes with anything. Play with proportions by layering it over a skirt with sneakers, or throw it on with your favorite pair of jeans.


Pleated Skirt

On days when you want to dress up, a pleated skirt is a great piece for day and night. For a sporty-chic look, pair it with sneakers. If you’re going out, a blouse and heels will dress it up.



There’s no such thing as too many pairs of shoes, but there are classic styles that stand the test of time. Invest in a pair of iconic sneakers from brands with the best-selling styles.



A trenchcoat is a timeless piece that elevates your entire look. Dress it up with a little black dress for work or dress it down with a tee and jeans. For rain or shine, work and play, you'll be glad you invested in one.


Little Black Dress

When you have nothing to wear, a little black dress can save the day. Have one ready in your closet for a last minute dinner date or a girls night out. The color that’s forgiving and looks good on everyone is so versatile for many occasions. Find one you feel flawless in.


White Shirt

A forever favorite, a classic white shirt is the perfect clean canvas for any look. Go off-duty chic on the weekends with jeans and sneakers, or look more work-ready in a pencil skirt and pumps.