While we all have our own definitions of what "basics" are depending on how we define our personal style, the fundamentals of the term are universal—closet staples your wardrobe would be nothing without. Sure, you spring for those trend-driven pieces every season, but without the classics to mix in, you'd essentially look like a trying-too-hard billboard.
So what basics do you need in your closet to build the ultimate wardrobe? To make it easy, we put together a checklist of the absolute necessities in every category.
If you're old-school (nothing wrong with that!), click the box below to open a printable version of the checklist to keep in your bag or tack to your monitor while you're shopping. Or scroll a bit further to reference it on your phone. Then, scope our picks for every price on the list below. Go on, you'll never be caught without the right thing to wear ever again.
Jil Sander Colour-Block Cashmere Sweater ($1030)
Proenza Schouler Small Red Lunchbag Clutch ($790)
Le Specs Runaways Luxe Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($70)
Acne Studios Grained Leather Jensen Chelsea Boots ($550)
Frame Denim Le Skinny Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($119)