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As much as we love treating ourselves to something bright and trendy, there’s something to be said for those investment pieces we reach for year after year. Whether you’re aiming to build a capsule wardrobe or just shopping for wardrobe staples to add to your closet, here are the splurge-worthy neutral basics every closet needs.
There’s nothing like a solid pair of jeans that fits you perfectly. Aim for a timeless silhouette that you can wear with heels, sneakers and boots, and be sure to have them hemmed for that tailored-to-you feel! We love the versatile silhouette of these MOTHER The Rambler High-Rise Straight Ankle Jeans ($278).
2. Leather Boots
Never underestimate the power of a chic pair of everyday boots that are perfectly worn in. We’re big fans of the trendy boots we see every fall/winter, but nothing compares to something timeless and sleek, like the Loeffler Randall Raquel Boot ($395).
3. A Black Blazer
You don’t have to be part of the corporate world to appreciate a well-made black blazer. They go with anything and everything. Our favorite? The Ann Taylor One Button Blazer In Seasonless Stretch ($179).
4. Black Trousers
And just like the blazer above, a polished pair of black trousers will go a long way. The Ann Taylor Belted High Waist Taper Pant ($109) is a perfect example — the length makes it a hit with flats, heels, loafers… you name it.
5. Leather Tote
A durable structured leather tote is great for the office, travel, weekend fun… anything! Pick a timeless neutral, but don’t shy away from the playful details, like the perforation on the Clare V. Le Zip Sac Tote ($465).
6. Everyday Sneakers
Everyone needs a pair of beaters! So reach for something versatile, well-made and comfortable, like the iconic Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker ($84.99). They look fab with everything from midi dresses to denim.
7. Polarized Sunglasses
One of our favorite splurge-worthy neutral basics? A pair of chic polarized sunglasses, of course! These Quay After Hours Polarized Sunglasses ($65) look amazing on every face shape.
8. Rain Boots
One thing you should never skimp on: a pair of rain boots. The HUNTER Original Short Matte Rain Boot ($174.99) is an iconic silhouette for a reason. They’re built to last and they look dang good while doing so.
Another favorite wardrobe staple? Denim jackets! Check out the jean jacket inspo we’ve bookmarked on Instagram.
Allison Wheeler is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan living in Denton, Texas.