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The 15 Foundational Pieces Every Wardrobe Should Have

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Building an excellent wardrobe takes time and patience. Looking at what you have – and what you might be missing – is a good place to start (refer to Vogue’s step-by-step wardrobe detox guide for tips).

However, there are certain timeless staples that the Vogue editors swear by. Let’s start with the basics: white T-shirts are team Vogue’s MVP. Find a style that fits just right, focusing on the hemline and sleeve lengths. Excellent shirting, too, is a necessity. Pair with trousers, a blazer and loafers – other clothing essentials – for smart occasions, or jeans and trainers for more casual moments.

Outerwear-wise, you can’t go wrong with a trench coat. Twists on the classic silhouette from Kassl Editions and Another Tomorrow are worth the investment. As for bags? Opt for a sturdy tote that’s roomy enough to hold all of your personals.

Here, Vogue’s guide to the clothing essentials that will serve you all year round.

The white T-shirt

“I’m forever looking for the perfect white T-shirt because I pretty much wear one every day,” remarks British Vogue’s global content lead and European deputy editor Sarah Harris. Follow her lead with our pick of the best styles.

Hard-working jeans

Finding the perfect jeans is no mean feat, but great ones will last you a lifetime.

An oversized blazer

When done right, louche tailoring can be exquisitely chic. Our tip? Ensure the oversized fit doesn’t swamp you.

The trench coat

There’s a reason why trench coats have stood the test of time. Easy to throw on, they instantly pull a look together.

Hoop earrings

No jewelry box is complete without a great pair of hoops.

The do-it-all tote bag

Tote bags are an accessory that you can trust. These roomy styles will fit anything and everything.

Smart loafers

Facing a footwear conundrum? Loafers are your answer.

The roll-neck

Roll-necks are the ultimate layering piece. Pair with a thermal for extra warmth on chilly days.

The maxi skirt

Mini skirts were a key trend for SS22, but maxi skirts will always be in style. Pair with boots and a coat for winter, and sandals with a tucked-in T-shirt or tank top for summer.

The slip dress

An effortless option for an evening soirée, slip dresses can be made work-appropriate with a snug knit.

Tailored trousers

Tailored trousers are a failsafe office essential. If off-the-rail styles don’t fit quite right, visit a tailor to make tweakments.

Trendy trainers

Almost any outfit can be dressed down with a pair of trainers. New Balance 990s are the ultimate “Dad” trainer among the It-girls, while coveted Nike Dunks and Jordans will add pizazz.

The white shirt

Never underestimate the quiet power of a white shirt. Be it clean and crisp poplin or breezy linen, there’s one for every situation.

Wide-leg trousers

Breeze your way through 2022 in a flowing pair of wide-leg trousers. If a hemline is too long, get it altered (or alter it yourself).

Black leggings

No longer reserved for gym outings, let black leggings be your style companion in 2022.

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