Here Are 35 Staple Pieces For Your Wardrobe If Shopping Stresses You Out

Here Are 35 Staple Pieces For Your Wardrobe If Shopping Stresses You Out

Don’t stress — these wardrobe staples are here to save the day.

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1. A versatile tank top with a padded bra you can wear when working out but also when lounging around on lazy days. You may just need it in every color.

reviewer wearing the yellow tank top

another reviewer wearing it in black

BuzzFeed Shopping senior writer Emma Lord says:  “TBH, this crossed my radar because of Stephanie Buttermore, a popular YouTuber who shares stories of her gym routines on Instagram — but I’ve had a few friends who do yoga, lifting, and lower-impact activities swear by these both for workouts and for just chilling in.”

Promising review:  “I saw these blow up on social media about being a dupe for the Lululemon Align tanks, so I decided to order one,and I was not disappointed! It’s long enough to wear as a crop top under flannels, but strong and comfortable enough to go work out in as well. It’s a great staple I think you should have in your wardrobe!” —Heather Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 20 colors)

2. A classic and cozy quilted jacket for layering on top of all your favorite basic tees and tanks. It’s lightweight enough to keep you warm on brisk days without becoming too hot.

model wearing jacket in whiskey with blue jeans

Z Supply

Z Supply is a woman-owned small business creating truly the best basics on the planet. 

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this jacket and wear it all the time. It’s the perfect weight to layer with. It’s so soft, so roomy and I’ve received compliments on it every time I’ve worn it. It definitely runs large but that’s what it was designed to be! It’s such a cool look. Everyone should have one of these in their closet! Definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. 🥰” –Angela T.

Get it from Z Supply for $120+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors/styles).

3. pair of overalls so loose and breezy, you’ll probably want to take up permanent residence in them. Pair them with a T-shirt during warmer months and then switch to a long-sleeve number when it gets cooler.

Reviewer wearing the overalls in brick red

another reviewer wearing them in blue

Promising review: “This one piece is so comfortable. I would wear it everyday if I could. I’ve had it for two years now, and it still fits as if I just bought it. Because it’s loose, I can adjust the pant legs easily by folding it to different lengths.” —Tnai Lewis

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S–3X and in 21 colors and patterns).

4. A simple yet elegant ribbed button-front maxi dress that you’ll reach for time and time again. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself putting on an impromptu runway show each time you wear it.

model wearing the fuchsia dress


Promising review: “Love everything about my dress and so comfortable but yet has a sexiness to it. Different ways to wear it! Nice to find good-quality clothes.” —Kimberly P.

Get it from Rebdolls for $64.90 (available in sizes S–5X and two colors).

5. Bike shorts to wear under oversized hoodies when you’re going for a casual vibe. You can even wear these as your secret weapon under dresses and skirts to prevent chafing. They’re also great for, you know, biking!

Model wearing the bike shorts that stop around mid-thigh in black


Promising review: “These are fantastic! Fabric is thick and yet very cool. 🙂 Wore them with an oversized Y-shirt and flip-flops…for a day of shopping. 🙂 Love them!” —Carissa W., Spanx Customer

Get them from Spanx for $40.99 (originally $58; available in sizes XS–3X) or a similar style with more color options from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 17 styles).

6. A vegan leather jacket so you always have a go-to stylish option in your wardrobe. Plus, it has the magical ability to make any outfit extra edgy!

reviewer wearing a black vegan leather jacket while standing next to a black suitcase

reviewer wearing a red leather jacket

Promising review: “I had this on my wishlist, and then it went on sale and my Alexa notified me of this. I immediately bought it, and it has been the perfect staple for the winter in the South. It is comfortable and breathable and hits you in the right places. Gives off a very cool vibe.” —Sarah Alfieri

Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and seven colors) or a similar style also from Amazon for $34.77+ (available in sizes XS–4X and dozens of colors).

7. A linen scarf for adding a bit of comfy warmth and fun fashion to any ensemble in your rotation. Bundling up in cold weather never looked so good!

Model wearing the woodrose colored scarf with white linen top


MagicLinen is a family-owned small business based in Lithuania.

Promising review: “The scarf is lovely. It is the perfect length and a very nice linen. I love the color. I will be back for more!” –Barbara S.

Get it from MagicLinen for $34 (available in eight colors).

8. A pair of undeniably cool aviator sunglasses you’ll never leave home without. Why not block out the sun and give off ~boss vibes~ while doing it?

reviewer wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses while by the pool

reviewer wearing mirrored aviator 
sunglasses while sitting in the car

Promising review: “I love how these definitely keep the sun away without feeling like it’s ‘too dark.’ Super comfortable to wear and everyone needs aviator glasses — they are a staple! Best part is how affordable they are! They look super cute with everything!!” —Kassie R

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 11 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

9. A wool blend peacoat because you shouldn’t have to freeze during the winter months for the sake of looking good. It’s every bit as fashionable as it is functional, *andit’ll work with everything in your wardrobe.

reviewer wearing the khaki coat

another reviewer wearing it in black

Promising review: “I am very impressed with the coat! It feels very well made, the fabric is soft, and I love the fit. I ordered a large so I can layer it. I highly recommend getting this if you are thinking about it. It’s a closet staple!” —Laura Dixon

Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in sizes XS—XXL and 12 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

10. An iconic pair of Dr. Martens combat boots if you want shoes that’ll truly stand the test of time. You’ll keep coming back to these classics for the foreseeable future!

Reviewer wearing the lace-up boots with yellow stitching around the sole

Promising review: “These are the best boots! I love them and they are very durable, I’ve been wearing them for four years and they still look great!” —Hiba A

Get them from Amazon for $164.68+ (available in whole sizes 5–11 and in five colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

11. A pair of high-waisted denim shorts when you need a break from leggings and tight jeans. Let your legs ~breathe~ in these cute shorts that can be paired with your giant selection of basics and crop tops.

a model in the light wash denim jeans

Beginning Boutique

Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned small biz with a huge selection of trendy clothes and accessories!

Promising review: “Perfect high rise, super comfy and love the longer length which looks great rolled up as well!” —Lil

Get it from Beginning Boutique for $84.99 (available in sizes 2–10 and in two colors).

12. A turtleneck bodycon dress that you’ll absolutely slay in regardless of how you wear it. Casual with flats? Slay. Dress it up with heels? Slay.

A reviewer wearing the long sleeve sweater dress in army green

another reviewer wearing it in yellow with black leggings and boots

Promising review: “This dress is surprisingly high quality for the price! It is a classic staple in my wardrobe. Perfect!” —Kristy

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 30 colors and patterns).

13. A sleek V-neck bodysuit so you won’t have to repeatedly shove your basic tee into your waistband, BUT you’ll still achieve the clean tucked-in look you’re going for.

model wearing black v-neck bodysuit with blue jeans

closer view of same model

Lily’s Kloset

Lilly’s Kloset is a Black woman-owned small business based out of Houston, founded by Kemetria Lilly.

Get it from Lilly’s Kloset for $27 (originally $36; available sizes S–L and in pink and taupe).

14. Or a V-neck pocket T-shirt, which basically proves that basics don’t = boring. The rolled sleeves, pocket, and V-neck set this t-shirt apart while still making it a wardrobe staple you can wear frequently.

Reviewer wearing white tee with denim shorts

another reviewer wearing it in red with dark blue jeans

Promising review: “I love this shirt; it fits really well and is a perfect length to do the ‘half tuck.’ The V-neck and rolled sleeves make it cute and not just any old tee while still being totally casual. I bought the green one first (beautiful color!) and have since bought three other colors. This is basically my go-to shirt now. I’m a very happy customer!” —Jenn

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and in 39 colors, patterns, and styles).

15. A classic Levis’ denim jacket for endless possibilities that’ll all seem effortless and tie your outfit together ✨perfectly✨.

a reviewer wearing the jacket in Paris

another reviewer wearing the light wash jacket

Promising review: “This jean jacket is everything. Style possibilities are endless. A classic durable brand for sure. AND It will get even better over time. Umm, did I mention the hidden pockets inside? Yes, please! Gladly paid full price on this, but if you see it go on sale, DON’T THINK — JUST BUY IT!” —Princessaz

Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in sizes XS—4X and 13 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

16. A pair of 18-karat gold hoop earrings guaranteed to take any look to the next level with a hint of glam. Be prepared: These will also lead to many compliments and “Where did you get those?” inquiries. 

model wearing large gold hoops on their ears

Ten Wilde

Ten Wilde is a Black-owned, woman-owned small biz based in Los Angeles that makes all-gold jewelry at affordable price points.

Promising review: “Even though they’re more like statement hoops because of their size and thickness, I wear them daily. I have a lot of hair, and the bright 18-karat gold color shines through. They’re exactly what I wanted!”—Michechia Jones

Get a pair from Ten Wilde for $65.

17. Pull-on pants, aka the picture of comfort and class that may seem too good to be true at first. No zipper or button to make you feel constricted, so you’ll probably want to stock up on a few of these!

A reviewer's photo of them wearing the pants in glen plaid

A reviewer wearing the pants in black

Promising review: “Not gonna lie, these are my favorite pants. I have two pairs (gray and tan), and they fit really well, are stretchy, and have held up really well to regular wear. I’ve had the gray pair for over a year and the tan pair for about four months, and they are still as great as they were when I bought them. I would recommend these for sure!” —Morgan Matteson

Get them from Amazon for $20+ (available in sizes XS–6X in short, regular, and long and 17 colors and patterns).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

18. A high-waisted pleated skirt that’ll continue making the rounds in your lineup for… forever. Wear it with a simple graphic tee and sneakers or dress it up with a blouse and heels.

Reviewer wearing the pleated skirt in black with a t-shirt and denim jacket

another reviewer wearing it in pink

Promising review: This skirt is a perfect wardrobe staple! The waist has a nice stretch to it. The length hits at just the right place below the knee. I get a million compliments on this skirt anytime I wear it. I’ve had it for a year and a half — the color is still nice and black. I wash and dry it like normal, and it’s always looked great!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 39 colors, patterns, and lengths).

19. A pair of fur-lined boots when you wake up in the morning with one thing on your mind: being cozy. Slip into these and your goal will be instantly achieved.

model wearing the chestnut boots with black pants


Promising review: “Fits exactly as expected. Comfy! Warm! I ordered the size I wear and it’s perfect. Can’t notice the diff between this and Uggs honestly. Cheaper and better for the price!” —Chelsey Coles

Get it from Amazon for $50.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 10 colors/styles)

20. A beloved Carhartt beanie for protecting your head and ears from the cold while also bringing an extra bit of style to any outfit.

Reviewer in a gray foldover beanie with the Carhartt logo stitched in front

Reviewer in brown/beige color of hat

Promising reviews: “Best type of this hat I’ve owned. I like this particular hat because it’s long enough that, if it’s really cold, you can pull the hat all the way down and double the fabric over your ears to keep them warmer. Most types of these hats I find are not deep enough to do that. So this is by far my favorite cold-weather hat. Carhartt put some thought into this hat, and it paid off. Superior.” —Dave 76

“This is the warmest, best hat ever. I’ve never really worn hats, living in California, but have had to go to Minnesota and other cold places recently for work, and it keeps my head SO WARM. It’s soft (I hate even the tiniest bit of scratchy feeling) and the purple sage color is muted and elegant and lovely. I don’t think I will ever buy another kind of hat again!” —Lia

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in one size and 34styles).

21. Levi’s pull-on jeans if you want the look of regular jeans but love the comfort of leggings! With these, you get both. And bonus points for REAL pockets.

reviewer wearing the jeans

back view of another reviewer wearing them

Promising review: “These jeans far exceeded my expectations. I love that they don’t have a zipper or button — you just pull them right up. I would say they are true to size. They fit perfectly, and I love the color I got (the dark wash). Will definitely buy more in other colors!” —Brianna Bussey

Get it from Amazon for $27.89 (available in sizes 2–28, three inseams, and 18 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

22. Double-buckle sandals to make your dream of affordable Birkenstock dupes a reality. Once you slide your puppies into these, you’ll never want to take ’em off.

Reviewer wearing the brown sandals

another reviewer wearing the whit esandals

Promising review: “I LOVE these sandals and have bought them in multiple colors. I was reluctant at first because my feet are very narrow, but a size 7 fit me exactly as my other size 7 shoes do. The buckles are also adjustable for those with narrow or wide feet. They are super comfortable and provide a good amount of arch support. I used to get hip pain from walking in flip-flops, but I haven’t had it since I’ve worn these. I really love the variety of colors and how they go with shorts, sundresses, or even jeans. I wear them when I’m gardening, as house slippers, and going out. I would highly recommend these sandals, especially because of how cheap they are compared to many other shoes.” —Kat Platt

Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 42 colors).

23. A pair of ultra-smooth crossover high-waisted pocket leggings you’ll truly never run out of ways to wear. Use them to run errands, hit the gym, or binge your fave Netflix show.

model wearing the olive moss leggings with Converse high top sneakers

another model wearing them in festive olive with hand in side pocket


I’ve been a fan of Aerie’s Real Me leggings for a while now, so when they released the high-waisted crossover WITH pockets, I had to give them a try. They’re perfect for relaxing days at home or running errands around town, but they also offer plenty of support for workouts and casual strolls around the neighborhood. The pocket is perfect for securing my phone and keys when I go for walks, too. These are my go-to leggings when I want to be EXTRA comfy and not feel like I’m being held prisoner by constricting bottoms.

Promising review: “Actually the best leggings I have owned in my existence. Super comfy and form fitting. They aren’t super tight but they also stay up. I’ve owned plenty of leggings in my lifetime and these are the ones I want to marry. 11/10″ —Hannah

Get it from Aerie for $38.46+ (originally $54.95; available in sizes XXS–XXL including long and short sizes, plus six colors).

24. lovely sundress that may cause the urge to twirl, so proceed with caution. It’s made of lightweight fabric, has pockets, and comes in a rainbow of color options.

reviewer wearing the dress in red

another reviewer wearing the blue striped dress

Promising review:  “I LOVE this dress. So comfy and lightweight. Beautiful print. Fits perfectly. The length is perfect, and the pockets are just awesome. I will for sure buy more styles of this dress. My husband also has told me how much he loves this dress on me, so this is definitely a win in the wardrobe category!” —Natasha Dosa

Get it from Amazon for $33.98 (available in sizes S–XXL and 36 colors/patterns).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

25. A 100% cotton flannel shirt for 100% comfort all the time. This one will earn a permanent spot in your rotation, especially during fall and winter.

reviewer wearing navy plaid flannel shirt

another reviewer wearing the red plaid flannel

Promising review:  “This is a beautifully constructed flannel shirt! It’s clearly a staple piece that will last for several winters! The length is great. It has a nice long shirttail but may not be so long that you could wear it with leggings. I’m so pleased with the quality that I will definitely be buying more colors! And you can not beat the price point!” —Bonnie Blanton

Get it from Amazon for $24.94+ (available in XS–2X and 19 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

26. A lightweight plaid blazer if you need that one piece in your wardrobe that will automatically elevate any look to business chic.

reviewer wearing brown and black blazer with boots and a hoodie underneath

Promising review: “I get so many compliments whenever I wear this coat. It always ties my outfits together and makes me feel spruced up. The weight is really versatile too! It was a godsend when I went to a convention in San Diego. I could wear it over my sleeveless dress in the air conditioning or outside walking by the water and feel very comfortable. I wore it over long-sleeved shirts and sweaters with boots in the fall and winter and felt super cute. It’s held up well and I couldn’t be happier!” —Noneya

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven prints).

27. A cute Happiness Runs crop top from FP Movement that’s made to ~move~ with you regardless of what you’re doing. It offers the *perfcombo of comfort and compression. Some reviewers even ditch the bra when wearing it!

model wearing the crop top in oatmilk color

Editor in a green version

Free People, Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed Shopping senior writer Emma Lord says: “That’s me in the green version (Stargazer) on my way to be a big dweeb, as per usual. I also own it in ~Brushed Taupe~ and ~Violet Quartz~. I love it because it’s versatile with all my high-waisted leggings and shorts, but also because the compression is close to a bra without actually feeling like one, so it supports without constricting. The fabric’s also ridiculously soft too.”

Promising review: “I have these in multiple colors. I love love love them; I wear them all the time and also wear them instead of a bra. They are the best, and the material is soft and supportive.“—ktbanderson

Get it from Free People for $30 (available sizes XS–XL and dozens of colors).

28. A pair of hybrid leggings and joggers when you just can’t decide between the two. Why not both? Be productive and tackle your to-do list OR activate homebody mode and spend the day relaxing.

Reviewer in high-waisted black drawstring joggers

another reviewer wearing the red and black gingham leggings

Promising review: “They’re SO soft! OK, seriously, I think these are the softest pants I’ve ever touched! They feel silky to the touch! They’re super comfortable and fit exactly how I was wanting them to! Will be purchasing more in different colors! Can’t beat the price!!!” —Veronica P

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes S–3X and dozens of colors).

29. A slouchy cardigan so you can finally check “adorable loose-fitting sweater” off your closet wishlist. 

model wearing the khaki cardigan

reviewer wearing the white cardigan

Promising review: “Adorable oversized sweater/cardigan. Sweater feels like good quality, is soft and comfortable. The sweater fits true to size for the oversized look…I personally think that the length is perfect to wear with high-waisted jeans/skirts, or even lower rise jeans and a belt. I am so happy I ordered this sweater and would definitely recommend it! I’m hoping to purchase in another color too.” —Jaclyn Marie

Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in sizes S–XL and 20 colors/styles).

30. Or an Amazon Essentials V-neck sweater for a pullover option that future you will be thankful for when those chilly days catch you by surprise.

model wearing the light gray heather sweater

reviewer wearing it in green

Promising review: “I love this sweater. I usually wear a medium in shirts and this one fits just right. It’s lightweight, perfect for layering under jackets and for travel. I will definitely be purchasing others in another color. This is a great basic you can dress up or down.” —emicsp

Get it from Amazon for $22.90+ (available in sizes XS–6X and 34 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

31. A pair of chunky Sam Edelman ankle boots if you’ve been searching for shape-shifting shoes that somehow complement any outfit. They have a padded insole and a 2.25-inch platform heel. You’ll get a bit of extra height *withoutthe pain, so these are basically a no-brainer.

a reviewer posing with the black boots on

a close up of the black boots and the chunky sole

Hint hint: One reviewer pointed out that these boots are awesome dupes for Prada’s Monolith Chelsea boots, which are priced at $1,120! You’re saving over a thousand bucks here. That’s gotta feel great, right?

Promising reviews: “Not only are these boots incredibly comfortable, they are versatile. They look great with skirts, leggings, and dresses. 10/10 as they have the perfect look and are comfy.” —Kat

Get it from Amazon for $51.04+ (available in sizes 5–13 and 11 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

32. High-waisted faux leather leggings you’ll want to have on hand when you’re going for a classy look without sacrificing the comfort factor. The four-way stretch material is so glorious, you may end up wearing them on casual days, too.

reviewer wearing black faux leather leggings with sweater

another reviewer wearing the leggings with a gray t-shirt

Promising review: “I bought these after hearing wonderful things from friends and reading the reviews. JUST WOW! I was not expecting to LOVE these! I did go up one size (medium) from my regular size (small) to make room for my booty after reading they run small in the reviews. But I love the look, fit, feel, and especially appreciate a NO FRONT SEAM! They’re the perfect shade of black and I like the slight shine to them for the faux-leather look! I not only enjoy wearing them for a more dressy look but also find myself wearing them around the house to lounge in because they are THAT comfy! Perfect length to them, which is a tough find for me (being 5’7″), but these hit perfectly right at or just below my ankle depending on how I distribute the fabric. The high-waisted band hits just right; a couple of inches above my belly button.” —Ray

Get it from Amazon for $69.31 (available in sizes XS–4X and four colors).

33. A sleek crossbody bag perfect for simple, casual days but you still want a bag that goes with your attire. It delivers on pocket space (inner and outer zipper pockets!) and has a cute chevron design.

reviewer wearing the purple crossbody bag

reviewer close up of the blue purse

Promising review: “I bought several of these purses in a variety of colors and absolutely love them. They are lightweight, vibrant colors that match everything I wear, and have several zippered and non-zippered pockets inside and outside of the purse. The main pocket is tall and wide so you can fit a larger phone and wallet in it, and the chevron stitching really elevates the look of the purse, making it feel more expensive than it really is. I will definitely be purchasing the rest of the colors of this purse but this teal color is my favorite one.” —Erica

Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in 26 colors).

34. An endlessly popular Hanes hoodie that you’ll have a hard time parting with when laundry day rolls around — it’s just that soft and cozy. Wear it on rainy days, relaxing days, and busy days.

Reviewer in a gray hoodie with a front pocket and drawstrings at the collar

Reviewer in the black version

Promising review: “These are a staple to have on hand for lounge or for layering. Literally so comfy, perfect fit, and the price is truly unbeatable compared to other brands for a plain hoodie. 100% recommend.” —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $14.59+ (available in men’s sizes S–5XL and 23 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

35. And a pair of platform sandals for anyone who wants a bit of extra height but not the wobbly incline that comes with walking in high heels! These are a step up from flip-flops without being overly fancy.

reviewer in white platform sandals while sitting on deck

reviewer in same sandals with a tan shade

Promising review: “I love these shoes so much. I love that they are flat with no incline like a high heel. They are extremely comfortable and do not rub. The rubber soles also make for a quiet walk, which I am a huge advocate for. I highly recommend these for everyday or work wear!” —Tina

Get them from Amazon for $21.22+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in 43 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

Note: Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.