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We all have dressy days, but if we’re being honest, our go-to wardrobe is made up of elevated basics that can be styled for any occasion. A tank top for a quick coffee run, a button-down shirt for office parties, and casual blue jeans, because everyone needs at least one pair. These are the clothes we find ourselves turning to all the time because they take the guesswork out of getting dressed — ensuring we’re comfortable and still somewhat stylish as we navigate our daily social calendar.
Leaning into those closet essentials, you’ll always have something professional to wear for an unexpected Zoom call or semi-dressy enough for a planned reunion with friends. You can get a lot of mileage out of these versatile and durable pieces, so rest assured, the investment will pay off for a long time. The simplicity of a streamlined everyday look can also help make you feel less stressed.
If you’re currently building your assortment of wardrobe essentials, ahead, see some basics we swear by for easy dressing. While some of these include a stylish twist (we like to keep things fun and sometimes unexpected), you’ll get plenty of wear out of them, plus you may even get a compliment or two. From T-shirts and faux-leather pants to oversize blazers, comfortable sneakers, and timeless everyday tote bags, shop our picks for the best wardrobe essentials below!
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— Additional reporting by Laura Lajiness and Shelcy Joseph