Basics for Everyone’s Closet

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By Buffalo Exchange Philly

There are a few fashion basics everyone needs to have in their closet. They are the foundation to every great outfit. We listed our top basics you should keep or add to your closet.

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 Men’s Must Haves!
Denim & pants: A light and dark wash pair of denim can help you better coordinate with tops of opposing color schemes.  A traditional khaki can be used to dress up a day look.

Basic sweatshirts & tees: Early in the spring or fall, the sweatshirt (hooded or without) can serve as a great layering piece for the changing temperatures. These can be layered with a basic striped tee, chambray shirt, or your favorite lightweight jacket.

Shoes: A standard brown low-top boot, here Clark’s desert boots, are an essential shoe to every man’s closet. Because of its crepe sole, you can dress them up or down; you can wear them to work at the office, and right out for happy hour later in the evening. The classic Chuck Taylor All Star is a shoe that men and women alike have made a standard for their wardrobe.

Accessories: Man and his accessory have come a long way. Funky socks have become a great way to add color and fun to any outfit. Bandanas have shown to be worn in endless ways; whether it be around the neck, forehead, or tied to a bag. In addition to the bandana, the classic no-fold beanie has also proven to be an easy go-to accessory for any season.

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Jackets, Jackets, Jackets! These 3 staple pieces can be used to dress up or dress down any look.
The leather jacket: A black moto jacket can be thrown over any outfit to add an edgy/rocker touch.

The denim jacket:  This classic Levi’s jacket can be used to dress down a sun dress or be paired with other denim for a casual day look. Get a denim jacket in your favorite wash and personalize it with pins and patches; you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece!

The wool overcoat: A minimal wool overcoat is a jacket that never goes out of style. In a neutral tone, like grey, you can ensure you will wear this for many winters to come. Whether it’s fitted or oversized, a wool overcoat is an essential staple in your wardrobe.

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Women’s Must Haves!
Denim: Long and short, denim is required in a woman’s closet. Light wash denim cutoffs are a summer must; you can even make your own from old jeans! Also pictured are high-waist flares that can be paired with a crop top or a peasant blouse for a full 70s inspired look!

Tees: A basic white tee is a necessity for all; this one diverges from the classic with a colorblocked back and athletic-inspired stripes! A turtlneck is perfect for fall/winter weather;  it can be worn alone or as a layering piece with your favorite sweater or vest.

Day dress: An easy thrown-on day dress is what every woman needs in the summer. This tee dress is a simple A-line shape and has lace-up detail. Paired with a nice jacket and heels, this could easily be turned into a night look.

Button-down blouse: Whether worn for work, brunch, or an interview; a button-down blouse is a staple in a woman’s closet. The blouse here has been modernized with scallopped edges and a pastel blue.

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Night Out on the Town!
The little black dress: Every woman is entitled to her perfect LBD. A black cocktail dress has use for many occasions: date night, weddings, birthdays, GNO, and more. This piece has a bow detail on the chest and a waxed coating to give it some shimmer!

A nude heel: A neutral pump is versatile and can complement an assortment of colors. It can be paired with a LBD like this, or denim and a blouse for a more casual night look.

Accessories:  An embellished handbag is perfect for adding color and fun to your look, while also doubling as a lipstick and phone holder. A statement necklace is a simple way to enhance an outfit and add sparkle!