I Shop Amazon for a Living, and These Are the 10 Wardrobe Basics That I Wear All the Time
With the arrival of the new year, it's officially purging season, and if you're reevaluating your wardrobe, you may want to consider creating a capsule wardrobe.
This versatile, pared down curation of clothing is full of basics that can be mixed and matched. And while it may look a little different for every person and their lifestyle, it remains a simple, easy way to organize your clothing and assemble outfits, saving you time and effort.
I recently rebuilt my own capsule wardrobe after I began working mostly from home, ensuring it was filled with functional pieces for this season of life and that it would be full of well-fitting pieces that made me feel fantastic. The result: a mix of smart, stylish pieces and athleisure essentials that I can wear when meeting friends, hitting the gym, and working remotely.
Editor-Loved Capsule Wardrobe Finds
- Werforu Women's Skinny Belt Set, $19
- The Drop Women's Remi Hoodie Sweatshirt, $40
- Puma Women's Carina Sneakers, $50 (was $60)
- Ant Expedition Small Quilted Crossbody Bag, $36
- The Drop Women's Blake Long Blazer, $70
- Pavoi Lightweight Gold Hoop Earrings, $14
- CRZ Yoga Women's High-Waist Leggings, $28
- Anrabess Women's Oversized Turtleneck, $37 (was $56)
- Made for You T-Shirt, $25
- BTFBM Women's Wrap Midi Dress, $31
- Goodthreads Women's Relaxed Teddy Coat, $72
- Circus by Sam Edelman Women's Giovanny Boot, $73
- The Drop Women's Simone High-Waist Flare Jeans, $50
- Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Poplin Shirt, $25
When I began to curate my closet, I didn't have to start from scratch. I already had some basics, like a warm winter coat, durable workout leggings, and a basic white button-down shirt. I held onto my classic poplin style top knowing I could wear it on its own, or I could layer it under a blazer or sweater. It's not form-fitting, but I still opted to size up for a looser, oversized look that I could pair with jeans, skirts, and even leggings. It's proven to be a year-round workhorse.
Another staple piece that will prove to be practical: a high-quality white T-shirt, and again, I already had one that was perfect. In fact, it was tailor-made for my body. When Amazon offered me the chance to test its new Made for You design service, I opted in and created a custom shirt that was tailored to my measurements. Now I have a classic tee that's not too tight and not too loose. It's another staple that I reach for several times a week.
A versatile dress that can be styled with both sneakers and heels is another handy piece to have on hand, which is why I added this printed wrap dress to my closet. The long-sleeved piece comes in 26 colors featuring various prints and fabrics that all can be worn casually with nice white sneakers (like my go-to kicks) or dressed up with heels. It's the perfect weight for fall and spring, and during the winter, I layer it with tights, boots, and a cardigan.
There are tons of affordable Amazon finds to fill out your capsule wardrobe. Case in point: the hundreds of customer-loved items that fellow shoppers are gravitating towards. These editor-loved options below, which are all under-$75, are a great place to start though.