A closet without basics is just a nightmare. Unless you have a dress for every day of the year, you need the basics to build outfits from. There are seasonal basics like winter coats and summer dresses, and then basic items you can wear year-round.
For me a black pant and black heels are year-round basics. I wear black more than any color, so I have several pairs of black pants and heels otherwise I’d completely wear mine out.
If you want to go basic on basic, add an oxford shirt like I did here. I have oxfords in white, blue, black, gray, and olive. That way I always have something quick and easy to reach for. I like outfits that I can put on quickly, that look put together, and I can wear them to meetings and events, day and night.
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Smart Oxford Shirt
I love the stripes on the sleeve cuffs when you roll them up!
If you always have to hem your pants or you want them to hit above the ankle, these are the pants for you.
Photos by Laura Metzler
Outfit courtesy of kate spade new york