I love a good basic. No, really—I’d take the perfect white tee over a trend-induced purchase any day (or a cashmere pullover, or a pair of classic blue, mid-rise jeans—the list could go on and on). We describe these items as “basic,” but in all honesty, they’re anything but. More often than not, these pieces are the most versatile items in your closet. They’re the clothes you end up wearing over and over, and if they’re really special, they’ll become the picks that you end up treasuring.
If you’ve ever followed French-girl style (which, if you’re here, I’m pretty sure you have), I think you’d agree that part of their enviable “je ne sais quoi” vibe is their ability to style closet staples. That’s because when you have a well-curated arsenal of basics on your side, you take the guesswork out of getting dressed. So, if you’re in need of an essentials refresh, keep scrolling. I’ve rounded up my top 29 picks below.