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    24 Basics That Are Totally Worth It

    Tees, socks, pants, and more stuff that goes with pretty much everything.

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    1. A simple T-shirt dress just begging for some accessories. Consider this dress a blank canvas waiting for you to paint it with a bold necklace.,

    Promising review: "This is a great dress! It is long enough that you wouldn't need to wear leggings with it if you didn't want too. The fabric is thick enough, so not too see-through, which is great! If it is any indication on how well I liked it, I bought another one in a different color after receiving this one! It washed up perfectly too! Looks like a new go-to dress with flip-flops, etc. One more note — the neck line and sleeves are nice too. The neck fits a little closer so it isn't too wide, nice dress!" —TLSmile

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 24 colors).

    2. A jean jacket because duh, everyone needs one.


    Promising review (Wrangler jacket): "I got this jacket this morning, and it's a nice stretchy material. I tried it on and it fitted perfectly. I then washed it (I always wash my clothes I soon as I get them), and it did not shrink." —fairoose

    Get it from Amazon: the Wrangler jacket for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and two washes) and the Woman Within jacket for $27.76+ (available in sizes 12–38 and six colors).

    3. A classic Carhartt beanie you can count on to keep your noggin warm all fall and winter long.

    With over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, you can't go wrong.

    Promising review: "I bought this in charcoal and lost it on a trip, so I bought the exact color again because I missed it so much. Now I'm back to buy it in more colors. It's thick (because it's a watch cap) but I wear it year round in Dallas or Chicago. It's my favorite hat. The fit is snug to the point that I can sling it back without it falling off and it fits over my afro or straight hair the same and doesn't lose is stretch after washing." —CE.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 24 colors).

    4. And a matching Carhartt pocket tee to complete the cool, rugged look.


    I have this shirt and love the thick material. It is a boxy fit, but looks great tucked in or tied.

    Promising review (for men's sizing): "Once again, not disappointed with the Carhartt shirts I purchased to be embroidered for our construction business. Great quality and I know from past purchases that they hold up with heavy use and heavy washing." —Annie H.

    Get it from Amazon: the men's sizing for $16.66+ (available in sizes S–5XL and 25 colors) and the women's sizing for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 14 colors).

    5. A Harper Wilde Base bra with absolutely no right being so comfortable.

    Harper Wilde

    These things are buttery soft, fit true to size, and look good even under tight T-shirts. I have one and am wondering if I should invest in like, 10 more. (Yes.)

    Get it from Harper Wilde for $40 (available in sizes 32A–42F and five colors).

    6. A maxi dress that I'm receiving word has pockets! Folks, you heard it here first: the perfect transitional dress is on Amazon.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! I love the pockets and how it gathers under the breast. I'm a plus size, but do not have big breasts for my size (DD), so the top fits me great with room to spare. Material is light but I love that I can wear a slip, tights, and a cardigan in the fall or winter to make this dress last year round. Great buy!!!" —FOUR UR Review

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes 14W–26W and 28 colors).

    7. Fishnet tights to wear with a dress or under some ripped jeans. I know you weren't fishing for compliments, but you'd look great in these!,

    Promising review: "I just needed some white fishnets for a costume and four pairs for the price was definitely fair, so I had to buy them! They fit very well! I am a tall and thicker woman with extra length in the legs specifically, and the tights were able to easily stretch to the length I needed! They are also high waisted as promised!" —Chaeliana

    Get four pairs from Amazon for $10.49 (available in six styles).

    8. A pair of grippy-bottomed yoga socks that also work for walking around your treacherous wood floors.

    Promising review: "Love! Due to various medical issues, I tend to lose my balance, plus I have hyper-sensitive nerves in my feet. The standard no slip socks, the ones with the huge round dots or super thick lines, are so painful. I feel like I'm walking one sharp stones. These socks are amazing! They are very soft, not too tight, have great grip and are adorable. I ordered another set." —spork

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.99 or two for $14.99.

    9. A circle skirt that's pretty much down for anything, whether it's meeting up with a tee for a casual day or collabing with some high heels for a formal event.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this skirt! The quality is great, the skirt is thick, and I think you should go with the size you usually wear in things." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 38 colors).

    10. A linen jumpsuit for those days you just wanna throw something on, but not a dress.


    Promising review: "Very true to size and attractive. Love the fit and the pockets. This can be dressed up or down." —peggy

    Get it from ModCloth for $27.97 (originally $79; available in sizes XXS–4X).

    11. A pair of simple, no-nonsense leggings that come in a ton of different colors. Who said leggings can't be pants? Because THEY CAN! I will die on this very comfortable hill.


    Promising review: "I was scared to purchase these at first, especially in white! But I’m so glad I did because they are super soft and not see-through. I loved them some much I ordered more in gray and mauve. I use them for everything: a cute outfit, around the house, and even working out. Can't wait to get every color!" —Roxanne

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in straight and plus size, plus 22 colors).

    12. A pair of Everlane's legendary Day Heels offering both comfort and incredible style. Your feet called me and asked me to tell you to buy these.


    Promising review: "I didn't think this shoe would live up to all the hype, to be honest. But as a person who spends 60% of their year traveling internationally for work, this was the best purchase I have made! They are comfy, super versatile, and I get compliments like crazy!" —vancouvergal202

    Get them from Everlane for $145 (available in sizes 5–11 and 11 colors).

    13. An American Apparel hoodie with wonderfully soft fleece and slim sleeves that hug your arms.


    Size up if you want a loose fit!

    Promising review: "I'm thrilled!! A perfect fit, love it. The sleeves are long enough to pull over my hands if I want, but it doesn't look at all unnatural to wear it at wrist length. :) The hood is snug on the crown of the head but nice and wide on either side of the neck — perfect hood in my opinion. For the price, I can't find a better sweater." —Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and 47 colors).

    14. A buttoned cardigan ready to go apple-picking with you. Just say the word!

    @mybeautypharm / Via,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this Sweater. It is made from a heavyweight jersey knit (like a thick T-shirt) with ribbed cuff and waist band. The sleeves were nice and tight and it hits mid hip for a very flattering look over a camisole and sweater." —Meg SD

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 12 colors).

    15. And a circle scarf to complete the early fall ensemble!

    Promising review: "I love this scarf. I love the purple color. It is warm and looks like a friend knit it. You can wear this infinity scarf many ways. It really does help to keep you warm." —Katie Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 40 colors).

    16. A lacy, supportive bra that over a thousand big-breasted people swear by.


    Read our whole write-up on this fan-favorite bra.

    Promising review: "This is a review that I have been wanting to write since I found this bra — BUT I wanted to make sure it fit and that it washed well. As you can see from all the colors I have bought — this bra fits almost perfectly and I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT! It is so hard for me to find a bra. It is a nightmare really! AND I never order a minimizer, because when they minimize, your breast tissue has to go SOMEWHERE, and where it goes on me is under my armpits! This bra reminds me of a less expensive Wacaol bra. The look is the same. VERY pretty." —LMS

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49 (available in sizes 34B–44H and 13 colors).

    17. A pair of ultra-comfy Adidas Stan Smiths so you can stop admiring everyone else's and finally get your own.

    Urban Outfitters

    I own like 100 pairs of sneakers, but after I got these, the rest have been sitting forgotten in the closet. They're super comfortable and go with pretty much anything, so why own a single other pair of shoes?

    Get them from Amazon for $56.05+ (available in sizes 4–21 and five colors) or Urban Outfitters for $80 (available in sizes 6–9).

    18. A spaghetti-strap tank that could have been a Hot Girl Summer staple, but in true hot girl form, showed up late. That's OK because it's a great layering piece too.


    Promising review: "I love this cami, I have bought it so many times over the years in all sorts of colors and patterns. My only wish is that the lighter colors were a little more solid so my bra wouldn't show through. But great length, love the stretch, and would highly recommend." —MIMI417

    Get it from Torrid for $13.90 (available in sizes 10–30).

    19. A pair of Outdoor Voices sweatpants or sweatshorts for extreme comfort while you're running, biking, relaxing, whatever.

    Outdoor Voices

    My boyfriend has both the shorts and pants, and he loves them. Admittedly, he spends more time legit sleeping in them than working out, but with clothes that comfy, who could blame him? Sometimes I'll wear the pants myself and I love how they taper at the bottom. They feel super slinky, like hugs for your ankles.

    Get them from Outdoor Voices: the shorts for $55 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors) and the pants for $85 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    20. A pair of classic black skinny jeans angling to be your new BFF.

    Urban Outfitters

    These are hands-down my favorite black skinny jeans. They fit nicely and don't stretch out. A lot of black jeans I've tried in the past have a lot of residue that ends up staining my purses or getting under my nails (gross???) but these don't, and I feel comfortable throwing them in the wash with other clothes immediately. My favorite part is that they're true skinny jeans. I have a problem with some skinny jeans looking like bell bottoms when on, so I'm glad these are truly ankle-clinging.

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes 24–34).

    21. Or a pair of bell bottom jeans to help you embrace the fact that jeans are beginning their slow flare outwards again.

    Good American

    These pants are made with super stretchy material that keeps their shape even after lots of wears. What I like about Good American is that they show you what the pants look like in every size. Click through to see all the models in all the sizes.

    Get them from Good American for $159 (available in sizes 00–24 and five washes).

    22. A set of slouchy socks in plenty of autumnal colors to help you get into the newly crisp weather.


    Promising review: "Love the color palette, real cool knit pattern. Also long enough to get that scrunched-up look when paired with shoes!" —Olivia T.

    Get a pack of nine pairs from Amazon for $17.99.

    23. A crossback sports bra that's got your back no matter how hard you go at the gym.

    Under Armor

    Promising review: "I run a lot and also take some pretty intense classes at the gym. I'm smaller in the chest and don't need a lot of support for that. This bra is awesome! It holds everything in place, but there is enough give in the material so I didn't have to struggle to get it on and off. I really like that, because I have struggled with sweaty sports bras before. It also looks cute; I kind of want to buy some of the other colors now. I'm glad I spent the extra money instead of my go-to cheaper options. One tip (not sure if it's this way for everyone), I wear a medium in most UA shirts, but did size up to a large in the bra after reading reviews. I'm glad I got the large, because I'm not sure my shoulders would have fit into the medium." —agirlhasnoname

    Get it from Under Armor for $35 (available in sizes XS–L and six colors).

    24. And a simple tee with a deliciously broken-in feel you don't have to get by washing a million times. Instant gratification is soooo nice.

    JCrew Factory

    Promising review: "The perfect tee. The shirt is so soft, yet thick enough to not be see through at all. It’s long enough to do a front half tuck, but not too long to wear it at the normal length. Not a tight fit, but has some form to it. I’m also very busty and my normal size fits great with no pull." —TheLittleSeamstress

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $7.50+ (available in sizes XXS–3X and three colors).

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