I turned 36 in December, and while I have curated my wardrobe staples over the years, I think I've finally settled on a capsule of the below 27 items. Now, well into my 30s, I think it's safe to say I'm happy with these pieces and I would never switch any of them out for anything else. Yes, newer additions come and go, but these are the ones I wear regularly. I've not included items like skirts or wedding guest dresses because as I've mentioned, this is about getting dressed daily, rather than for those special events.
This list isn't about items that are nice to have. This list isn't about trends, either. This list is all about pieces that will last in your wardrobe, and whenever you wear them, they will make you feel good. Everything I've featured below are items I own (and where that isn't possible, I've found something very similar) and are my fail-safe options when it comes to getting dressed quickly and chicly. They enable me to get ready without having to think about it—a life hack that can never be underestimated.
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Of course, that's not to say that anyone not in their 30s can't have all these items in their wardrobe and rely on them as much as I do, but I've definitely reached a point where having classic outfits I can reach for every morning is my preferred way to function. So then, keep scrolling to see the items I've selected. Even if you just had these to wear over and over again, you'd be very happy. Trust me on this.
I've never met a plain white T-shirt I didn't like. My personal preference is a loose-fit soft tee that doesn't feel too stiff. It needs to feel like you've worn it forever, and it's like your second skin. I found the perfect white tee from Monki about six years ago, and I still wear it today.
Another colour I swear by is the black T-shirt. While I don't usually like V-neck tees, I make an exception when it's black. I like that you can tuck it into a pair of high-waisted jeans, throw on some gold jewellery and a blazer, and you've got yourself a perfect outfit for going out, work or even a date.
You know when you just want to feel warm but don't want to look totally slobby? This is the jumper you need. I can personally vouch for Weekday's knitwear as being great for the high street, but if your budget can stretch, take a look at brands such as &Daughter.
I can't survive without cardigans. Despite the fact that they've seen soaring popularity over the past few years, this item has been a constant in my wardrobe. I love this L'Agence thin-knit cardi, but thicker ones also get my vote.
I can't stress enough how important finding the right blue jeans is. I discovered a great pair from Uniqlo last year, and they're easily one of the best I've ever worn. Smart, reliable and chic when paired with any of the above tops.
While puffers haven't always been cool among the fashion crowd, there's no denying they're the best for keeping us warm. This past year has proven that everyone needs a decent version of this coat in their wardrobe.
Perhaps the most "outrageous" item on this list, the floral dress just makes the cut as being a wardrobe basic. Pull it out for weddings, summer events or wearing over the top of a roll-neck and boots in the winter.
It doesn't have to be an LBD to make the cut. But a black dress that you truly love is such a great thing to have in your wardrobe. It will save you on so many occasions when you just don't know what to wear.