16 Wardrobe Staples Every Closet Needs

Stocking up on these styling heroes will make getting dressed a breeze.

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Christy Turlington wearing a white tank top and blue jeans
Photograph by Michael Thompson; Styled by Sara Moonves.
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Everyone defines a classic differently. But there are certain items of clothing that will always add value to your closet, no matter how you define your sense of personal style. A perfect white T-shirt or tank top can be the essential ingredient in a perfectly preppy ensemble or a laid-back bohemian look, and a well-made leather belt will elevate any outfit, whether it’s a polished office look or a casual weekend ensemble. Classic white sneakers, timeless gold hoop earrings, a flawlessly pointed pair of black boots—they’re always a good call. When it comes to defining a wardrobe staple, think of items that work no matter the season, your mood or the shifting trends of the moment. Here, some of our favorite pieces to reach for again and again.

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