Some basic wardrobe pieces never go out of style. These wardrobe staples have proven themselves to be must-have items of a stylish and versatile wardrobe, and a great combatant to the “I have nothing to wear” argument. True wardrobe essentials will vary from person to person, but investing in these clothing basics will elevate your style and take the guesswork out of the getting-ready process.

Striped Shirt

A classic striped top looks just as good with denim as it does with a pencil skirt. Mix it with solids and florals for a more interesting play on patterns, layer it under a blazer or jean jacket, or tuck it casually into a pair of jeans. Worried horizontal stripes won’t flatter you? Opt for a thinner stripe.

Jean Jacket

A jean jacket is a timeless, comfortable layering piece that can be worn in almost any season. Dark or light wash, distressed, acid-washed or untouched, throw this versatile piece over anything — a sundress or t-shirt and jeans in spring and summer, or a turtleneck and leggings in fall — for an instant “cool” touch.

Pumps

Stylish, chic and sexy — a classic pair of pumps never fails to elevate any outfit. They’re the perfect shoe option to wear for your 9-to-5, happy hour, or paired with jeans for a weekend date night. A confidence-boosting pair of heels are a solid footwear staple to keep in your rotation.

Button-Up Shirt

The button-up shirt always strikes a balance between looking casual and classy. Wear it with jeans, a pencil skirt or trousers, depending on where you need to be and the overall vibe you’re going for. There are endless options for how to wear it: opt for classic white, play with patterns or go bold with stripes and colors. A button-up is the quickest way to incorporate a formal touch to any look.

Dark Wash Jeans

Nothing beats a flattering, versatile pair of jeans. Perfect for dressing up or down, dark wash skinny jeans are the ultimate fashion chameleon. Not only do they work for nearly every occasion, they also don’t stain as easily. Not into skinny jeans? For a similarly chic and multi-purpose wardrobe staple, choose any dark wash style that works best for you.

Flats

A simple flat is a jack-of-all-trades shoe. From work meetings to grocery runs, flats add a bit of sophistication to an outfit and make any look feel more “put together.” Comfortable to wear all day long and available in more colors, styles and patterns than you can think of, there’s a pair perfect for any outfit combination in your wardrobe.