12 Basic Clothing Items That Could Help You Ditch Your “What Should I Wear” Problem

Having a vast number of choices in your wardrobe every single day can be frustrating. It’s not a coincidence that some of the most successful people in the world choose to wear the same outfit every day. When it comes to his clothing, even famous fashion designer Michael Kors likes to stick to a “uniform,” as he said once in an interview.

Bright Side has gathered some easy-to-wear, minimal, yet, fashionable items to add to your wardrobe that will solve your everyday what-to-wear problem. Leaving home will be a delight from now on.

1. Skinny jeans

Skinny jeans have become a classic fashion piece. They are flattering, comfortable if chosen correctly, and they can be found in a wide range of prices and colors. You can easily combine them with any T-shirt and sneakers and keep it casual or add a blazer and heels and automatically create a chic and stylish look for a night out.

Skinny jeans will always boost our confidence by making us look awesome! Choose to wear your shirt tucked in jeans to be more stylish.

2. Little black dress

This timeless piece can be worn literally anytime, anyplace, with sandals or high heels. You can find it in many different materials, from cotton to silk, and even leather, with lacey details in an A-line or just a bodycon style to highlight your body type, like Kate Hudson and America Ferrera.

Whether it’s a morning coffee or a girls night out, a little black dress was, is, and will always be the number one easy-peasy choice to put on when leaving the house.

3. White shirt

Simple as that, a white shirt is your savior in any what-to-wear situation. You can combine it with jeans, trousers, or a skirt, any shoe type, and jewelry. Wear it under a sweater with trousers to create a more sophisticated look or with high heels and shorts for an evening look like Alexa Chung did.

Minimal white shirts can be found in any clothing store and every woman can afford to have at least one in her wardrobe. Choose a simple material like cotton to fit in any fashion scenario. A silk skirt, a white shirt, and high heels, like Jennifer Lawrence is wearing, create the perfect look.

4. Denim jacket

When it comes to jackets, a denim jacket will always be your loyal friend for a casual style. Choose a classic jean color and mix it with any shade you want. Wear it any time of the day, during the spring or autumn, with leggings or trousers, a shirt, or a turtleneck.

Combine it with a hoodie to create the ultimate street look, just like Rihanna rocked it in her own style. You can always try a simple total denim look with jeans and a button-down shirt like Katie Holmes did.

5. Black leather jacket

If you want to give your style a more intense look, here’s your hero: the black leather jacket. It’s an all-time classic fashion item and it suits everyone. Donning a pair of jeans, a white shirt, and a black leather jacket puts you in the perfect outfit to rock the evening in.

A more affordable option is faux leather and it has the same effect. Stylish supermodel Hailey Baldwin wore hers with pinstriped pants and a simple black blouse, and Kelly Brook, with a simple button-front dress.

6. Black high-heels

Even if you are not “the high heels” type, owning a pair of black pumps can save any formal situation. For example, you can always wear your comfy shoes at the office and have a pair of black pumps in your drawer for an emergency meeting with a client. Any outfit, even a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, can be upgraded to a classy look with black pumps.

Plus, you’ll feel your confidence go through the roof. There are many affordable choices out there, just try one and add it to your collection. Look at how Jennifer Garner improved her minimal black trousers and black blouse look with a pair of black heels.

7. White sneakers

There are so many reasons why a pair of sneakers is needed in our your closet, but the most important one is comfort. White sneakers, especially, are the perfect choice to get comfy and stylish; easily complete your casual outfit any time of the day. From all-star Converse to Adidas to Nike, there are several options and you’ll definitely find whatever suits you best.

When it comes to shoes, comfort is the first factor to be considered. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, knows this fact well.

8. Oversized blazer

A blazer can make any outfit chic. Over the years, the classic blazer has never faded from fashion popularity. Every celebrity has her fave oversized blazer to complete her look. Just look at Kate Beckinsale going shopping. You can wear it over a t-shirt and jeans or trousers and a shirt and create a effortlessly stylish look.

Blazers are your friends! Even with a graphic T-shirt underneath, a blazer will make you look office-ready. Choosing a blazer in a super bright color, like Scarlett Moffatt did at the National Television Awards, could even lighten up your look.

9. Black booties

Black boots are the ultimate choice when it comes to comfort and style. You can wear them with jeans, a dress, or a skirt, for a coffee break with friends or at a music concert. If you choose the right booties, you could feel the comfort of sneakers in every step.

You can either choose to wear the regular military-style rock boots, the minimal low-ankle leather booties, like Tine Andrea, or get a studded pair of booties like Heidi Montag.

10. Comfy monochromatic T-shirts

There is nothing like monochromatic T-shirts. White, black, grey, or blue, a T-shirt can be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, and shorts and always be fashionable. If you want to give your style a boost, match it with a silver or gold necklace like Rihanna did with her white t-shirt.

A white T-shirt, a skirt, and a chic handbag, following Reese Whitherspoon’s example, will give you an easy to wear semi-casual look. Plus, monochromatic T-shirts can be bought in almost any store at low prices.

11. Black trousers

Just like the necessary pair of jeans, a pair of black trousers shouldn’t be missing from any wardrobe. Simple as they are, this item is a real treasure cause it can be mixed and matched with literally any top you like; blouses in any color, shirts, tops, blazers, denim jackets... anything can be a balanced and chic combination, just look at Amy Poehler and Jennifer Aniston above.

You can choose a high-waisted pair or a cropped and slim-fitting shape. In any case, you can reassure yourself that you’ll always look classy. By the way, black trousers are probably the perfect choice for your next job interview.

12. Black leggings

We can all agree that there is nothing comfier than leggings. Imagine being able to go everywhere in your yoga pants. Well, leggings offer more or less the same comfort. A pair (or maybe 2) of classic black leggings aren’t just a gym or a morning walk option. Wear them with an oversized sweater and combat boots or booties like Hilary Duff did, or a shirt and a blazer.

Leggings are a very affordable option, can be found in any clothing store, and fit every body type. Play with the material to add sparkle and create an evening look like Elle Macpherson did.

Now you are ready to perfect your style without worrying about what matches with what, because now you know the basics. What’s your favorite fashion “uniform”? Share photos of your style choices in the comments.

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Illustrated by Leonid Khan for Bright Side
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