27 basic wardrobe elements that ensure stress-free, effortless dressing

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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. ONE tank top for a quick coffee trip, a button-down shirt for office parties, and relaxed blue jeans, because everyone needs at least one pair. It’s the clothing we find ourselves turning to all the time because it takes the guesswork out of getting dressed—ensuring we’re comfortable and still somewhat stylish as we navigate our daily social calendar.

When you lean into the essentials, you 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 in the long run. The simplicity of a streamlined everyday look can also help you feel less stressed.

If you’re currently building your selection of wardrobe essentials, ahead, check out 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 might even get a compliment or two. From T-shirts and trousers in imitation leather to oversized blazers, comfortable sneakersand timeless tote bags for everyday useshop our picks for the best wardrobe essentials below!

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— Additional reporting by Laura Lajiness and Shelcy Joseph

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