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The Basics to Buy Right Now

by Jill Manoff

Every year, one of our New Year’s resolutions is to take our style to the next level. This year? No exception. So, we’re hitting January running—with the building blocks of a wardrobe that’s ready for anything. These are the seven pieces we want to be wearing non-stop.

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1. A Neutral Cardigan
Found: just the thing for when our jeans-and-a-tee can use a warm “something extra.”  We throw on this classic, shawl-collar cardigan before flights, on chilly nights and when the heat just won’t cooperate.

2. A Plain White Tee
This fuss-free tee is one we loved at first fit, so decided to buy in multiples. No regrets so far. We wear it with jeans on the weekends, under blazers for work, over and over—and it’s perfect every time.

3. A Little Black Dress
Our secret weapon for breezing from our desk to dinner? A classic, sleek LBD. We trade our pumps for stilettos and our tote for a clutch, punch up our lipstick and go!

4. Dark Jeans
We wear jeans whenever we can get away with it, which is most of the time. On days when “polished” seems the preferred dress code? We pick dark jeans. True wardrobe workhorses, they work on Casual Friday, holidays, date night, you name it.

5. Black Leggings
Somewhere between tights and actual pants falls a style we reach for as often as possible: easy-chic leggings. They provide all the comfort of a pair of sweats, but wear here and everywhere—that is, when styled to a T. (A top that covers the tush is essential!)

6. Simple-Sexy Lingerie
When we start a look with lingerie we love, we always want to finish it off with a just-as-fab outfit. Lately, feminine bras and matching panties are the push we need to spend more time in our closet.

7. Classic Riding Boots
They’ll never go out of style, they get better with age and they take looks from casual to put-together? There’s a reason we’ve deemed tried-and-true riding boots “musts” and why we plan to wear them for seasons-upon-seasons.