Trends create a lot of noise, but if you can maintain a wardrobe with all the necessary staples, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be dressed for any occasion that life throws at you. Still, it can be hard to figure out exactly which items you need, especially if you want to spend a little extra to ensure quality. If creating a closet full of staples has left you stumped, MatchesFashion has launched “Wardrobe Foundations” to help.
It’s pretty simple, actually. The retailer tells you exactly what items make a classic wardrobe: a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, a slip dress, a shirt, leggings, a sweatshirt, briefs, a blazer, a knit, a shirtdress, a suit, and a trench coat. And the key with these staples is that they’re built to last. (It’s more sustainable, and we all deserve nice things.) A selection of 60 established and emerging designers make up the shop. While there are pricier brands like The Row, there are still tons of affordable options.
Below, an edit of 12 wardrobe staples in each category.