These are the seven fashion basics you should have in your closet

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Whether you’re beginning a capsule wardrobe or are just looking for guidance when it comes to establishing your style, there are a few basics everyone should have in their closet.

While some of us may not believe in the capsule wardrobe hype, we can all agree that having solid wardrobe basics is an easy way to avoid being pulled into every new trend that hits Instagram.

If you’re still looking to adopt new trends, then this staple wardrobe will give you a solid closet with reliable basics to start from. When it comes to your wardrobe, these pieces are the foundation of everyday style, allowing you to mix and match to get just the look you want: 

Leather jacket

A leather (or faux leather) jacket is a staple for any wardrobe. Easy to dress up with a midi dress or pair with blue jeans and a simple tee, a leather jacket is the perfect statement piece (bonus: it also keeps you warm).

H&M Faux Leather Biker Jacket

H&M Faux Leather Biker Jacket

SHOP IT: H&M, $60

AllSaints Cargo Leather Biker Jacket

AllSaints Cargo Leather Biker Jacket

SHOP IT: AllSaints, $575


White t-shirt

While a white t-shirt may seem like a no-brainer, it’s often one of the hardest wardrobe basics to shop for. Finding a t-shirt that’s just right can often feel like mission impossible when building your capsule wardrobe. Below are two brands who have nailed the t-shirt challenge. 

H&M Cotton T-shirt

H&M Cotton T-shirt

SHOP IT: H&M, $7

Madewell Northside Vintage Tee

Madewell Northside Vintage Tee

SHOP IT: Madewell, $14


Cozy knit

A cozy knit is a wardrobe staple for good reason – it’s easy to layer. Whether you’re pairing your cozy sweater with a midi skirt or your usual light wash jeans, it’s easy to dress up or down. I’d recommend buying this in a neutral colour so it’s easier to pair with other pieces in your closet. 

TOPSHOP Super-soft Volume Sleeve Sweater

TOPSHOP Super-soft Volume Sleeve Sweater

SHOP IT: TOPSHOP, $65

Everlane The Cashmere Crew

Everlane The Cashmere Crew

SHOP IT: Everlane, $132


Light wash jeans

Light wash denim, perfect for a breezy Saturday brunch or a casual Friday at the office, is a trend that has stood the test of time. With various cuts and styles, once you find a pair that suit you, you’ll feel like you won the lottery.

Old Navy Mid-Rise Boyfriend Straight Jeans for Women

Old Navy Mid-Rise Boyfriend Straight Jeans for Women

SHOP IT: Old Navy, $45

Everlane The Cheeky Straight Jean

Everlane The Cheeky Straight Jean

SHOP IT: Everlane, $103


Midi skirt

The midi skirt, initially a bit of a trend piece, is here to stay. A simple way to dress-up your cozy knit or white t-shirt, a midi skirt is an easy way to inject a bit of personality into a relatively neutral wardrobe. Whether you like animal print or prefer a floral pattern, midi skirts are a wardrobe must-have. 

H&M MAMA Circle Skirt

H&M MAMA Circle Skirt

SHOP IT: H&M, $35

Revolve The Jessica Skirt

Revolve The Jessica Skirt

SHOP IT: Revolve, $380


Loafers 

I think we can all thank Gucci for loafers becoming a wardrobe staple. Say goodbye to the stiletto and pick up a pair of comfortable loafers that can be worn day and night. They look great with jeans and skirts alike, so there will be no problem pairing them with your outfit for a classic look.

Aldo Unyviel Loafer

Aldo Unyviel Loafer

SHOP IT: Aldo, $80

Gucci Jordan Leather Loafer

Gucci Jordan Leather Loafer

SHOP IT: Gucci, $910

 

White sneakers 

Sneakers often get a bad rap, but a classic pair of white trainers can transform any look into a more casual feel. Whether you’re wearing a maxi dress or a midi skirt, white sneakers dress-down the outfit making it more appropriate for gathering with friends or running errands. 

Adidas Stan Smith Shoes

Adidas Stan Smith Shoes

SHOP IT: Adidas, $110

Call It Spring Stewy Shoes

Call It Spring Stewy Shoes

SHOP IT: Call It Spring, $50

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