We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite wardrobe staples they wear again and again. Here are the stylish and reliable results, plus a few recommendations of our own:
Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.
1. A chambray shirt that can act as the foundation of any fabulous outfit you have planned for the day. Pair it with a skirt, shorts, or even layer it over a T-shirt.
“I wear mine on a weekly basis. I can dress it up, keep it casual, wear it with leggings, buttoned-up, unbuttoned over a top or dress, and so on. I literally wear it all year round because of its versatility!” —samanthar4a383b0f7
Get the one above from Madewell for $69.50 (available in sizes XX-XXL).
A pair of Dr. Martens anyone who lives in a city would definitely benefit from owning. The thick sole stands up to years and years of stomping around sidewalks, and they look good with practically any outfit.
3. Huarache sandals to deliver a burst of colorful boho flair to your outfit. Go ahead and get one in every color — you’ll love them that much!
Especially during the summer, sandals are an absolute necessity for any wardrobe, and huarache sandals are built to last even if you wear them for three months straight. The intricate leather design on the top will have people asking you where you got them, and the variety of bright colors are perfect for making a sartorial statement. Since this company only make whole sizes, they suggest sizing down if you’re in between as the shoes will stretch and mold to your feet as you wear them.
Macarena Collection is a small business based in Buena Park, California. All of the shoes are handmade by Mexican artisans
High-waisted black jeans that actually maintain their shape after countless wears and washes….which is necessary because you’ll love them so much, you’ll wear them multiple times a week.
A silky scarf to add a pop of color to any outfit. Plus: it’s a good idea to keep one of these handy whenever you get chilly!
Adidas sneakers that have been in style for decades for good reason: they’re comfortable, they look good with activewear or a sundress, and the high-quality materials will last you for years.
A vegan leather jacket to turn any normal outfit into a look worthy of being featured on a street style blog.
A pair of gold hoop earrings guaranteed to glam up your look. There’s also something ~magical~ about putting on a pair of big hoop earrings that immediately makes you feel more confident!
A sheath dress fancy enough to be worn to a wedding or to work, but also casual enough to fit right in with your friends during a casual hangout.
Bike shorts to wear underneath an oversized sweatshirt to achieve that effortless Princess Diana-leaving-the-gym look. You can also wear these under dresses to prevent that awful inner-thigh chafing.
A flannel button-down that can be worked into your outfits no matter the season: wear it layered over a long-sleeved shirt during the colder months, or rock it with your favorite cutoff shorts during the spring and summer.
A striped halter top jumpsuit because it’s essentially an entire outfit in one piece. Perfect for those days you’re running late but still want to look stylish!
A pair of Oxford flats I’m getting some serious private school energy from in the best way possible. You’ll feel like you’re about to go chill on the Met steps with your besties (or frenemies) whenever you’re wearing these ridiculously cute shoes.
A patterned duster to throw on over a classic T-shirt and jeans look or pack in your suitcase during a beach vacation to use as a swimsuit cover-up.
A pair of Lululemon leggings I’m convinced are made from magic, because these things can stretch so well and still keep their shape when you take them off. Whether you’re wearing these to yoga or just to lounge around the house, you’ll be so happy you invested in this splurge-worthy staple.
Converse All Stars you’ll want to get in multiple colors because of how classic they are. There’s a reason your parents wore these back in the day and they’re still in style today!
A cardigan in case the weather turns sour at a moment’s notice and you need to throw something on to keep warm. Store one of these at your desk at work and in one in your car to always be prepared.
A pair of pretty faux pearl studs if you want to feel a little fancier but don’t want to put in too much effort. You’ll love how cute and dainty these look, you might just end up wearing them 24/7.
A pair of Birkenstocks your feet will thank you for — the contoured cork insole will feel heavenly as you walk around. They also come in cute metallic colors so they’ll act as a statement piece for your feet!
A two-toned linen number poised to be a part of your wardrobe for years to come. It’s especially great for the summer months — the longer sleeves will protect you from the sun while the breathable material effortlessly cools you off.
A pair of classic aviator sunglasses with mirrored lenses if you’re looking to channel your inner Top Gun.
A denim jacket, which I’m convinced was what Taylor Swift was thinking about when she wrote the line, “we never go out of style.”
Chelsea boots destined to be your go-to pair of shoes throughout fall and winter. They’re classically chic and can elevate any outfit you wear them with.
A pack of slim-cut crewneck tees if you’ve been wearing the same T-shirts for years and need to upgrade to some that don’t have holes and stains on them.
Vans Old Skool sneakers — they look and feel just as fantastic as they did when you rocked them in middle school.
A longline blazer because if you look good, then you feel good — and you’ll instantly feel like a million bucks as you wear this to work, or with some biker shorts and a crop top while you run errands around town.
A pair of mom jeans that prove the age-old statement, “mother knows best” with certainty. They’re comfortable, the high waist makes you feel secure, and they just look really cool.
A band tee to give the world a glimpse of what your Spotify playlists look like.
A baguette shoulder bag built to be the perfect size to hold the essentials: phone, keys, wallet, and face mask. And that gorgeous pearl embellishment definitely takes it to the next level!
A bralette from Lively perfect for anyone with a D–DDD cup who’s looking for a lightweight bra that still provides support.
A pair of denim shorts for the warmer months when jeans just feel a bit too constricting. These will be your go-to for outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, or a visit to your local brewery.
My reaction when someone tells me they don’t own everything on this list: