11 Fashion Staples Every 20-Something Needs In Their Wardrobe

You won't regret these purchases.

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While a statement-making stiletto or a lace cocktail dress will always have a place in our closets (and hearts), there are certain pieces that we reach for time and time again. They’ve outlasted the fads, continue to nail the cost-per-calculation and make day-to-day dressing infinitely easier. Yep, we’re talking about those tried-and-true wardrobe staples that’ll last beyond one season.

And as you reassess your wardrobe for the cooler months, there’s no time like the present to stock up on these essentials. From a tailored blazer to a sleek, ankle-grazing trouser, these are the styles you’ll want to buy and hold onto for years ahead.

1. A Denim Jacket

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A classic blue denim jacket is a daytime staple that won’t date and can be worn year-round.

We love:

Paige Rowan Denim Jacket

Uniqlo Denim Jacket

2. A White Tee

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No matter which silhouette you choose, a white tee will go with everything from cropped trousers to midi skirts.

We love:

Converse Essentials Sportswear T-Shirt

Vince Scoop V-Neck Tee

3. A Blazer

A sharp, tailored blazer that flatters your figure is a closet must-have, even if you don’t work in a formal office environment.

We love: 

Camilla And Marc Claudel Blazer

Helmut Lang Smoking Tux Blazer

4. A Lightweight Knit

During autumn and spring, a lightweight knit is your BFF as it can be worn solo or layered.

We love:

Viktoria & Woods Stockholm V Knit

Witchery Milano Crew Neck Knit

5. A Cross Body Bag

Sometimes, a tote bag can be too big, and a clutch too small. That’s why we love a cross body style.

We love:

Chloé Faye

Oroton Maison Mini Satchel

6. A Button-Down Shirt

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A button-down shirt is perfect for days when you want to look put-together with minimal effort.

We love:

Equipment Signature Silk Shirt

Watson x Watson Classic Shirt

7. A Pair Of Jeans

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You really can’t go wrong with a great pair of jeans. Just stick to a wash and style that flatters your figure.

We love:

Rag & Bone Distressed Skinny Jeans

Frame Le Crop Jeans

8. A Black Skirt

A black skirt, whether long, midi or short, will stand the test of time.

We love:

Seed Heritage Rib Skirt

Scanlan Theodore Crepe Knit Pleat Front Skirt

9. A Pair Of Smart Sneakers

When it comes to shoes, sneakers are a no brainer. They’re comfortable, stylish and versatile.

We love:

Saint Laurent Court Classic Appliquéd Leather Sneakers

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Colour Low Top Black

10. An Ankle-Grazing Trouser

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Cropped trousers are a chic alternative to jeans and they’ll easily transition from the office to your favourite bar.

We love:

Country Road Double Cloth Pant

3.1 Phillip Lim Pointelle-Trimmed Canvas Pants

11. A Drop Earring

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You always need a statement earring that’s classic yet stylish to take a minimal outfit to the next level.

We Love:

F+H Jewellery The ‘Debbie’ Femme Earring

Dinosaur Designs Small Mineral Hoop Earrings