Let’s face it, sometimes you don’t have that much time to get ready in the morning! Having these 10 basic pieces in your closet will allow you to throw any 2-3 pieces together and bam a cute outfit! One of my friends who’s in University asked if I could do a blog post on basic pieces, and where to get them when you’re on a student’s budget!

So, most of the items I have in this post are super affordable, from places like H&M, Forever 21, Brandy Melville, Zara and Gap. Being a clothing buyer, I’m constantly thinking about what basic pieces girls need in their closet, so I thought its time for me to share them with you, along with different ways to style the items.

1. Striped Shirt

This is my obsession with Parisienne fashion coming out.. But every female needs at least one striped shirt. It goes great with anything, and its a classic piece.
Pair it with: jeans, white/red/black pants, boyfriend jeans, skirt, under overalls.


Where to get it: H&M – my fave place to get my striped shirts! They’re super comfy and fit me well (in-store selection is better than online), Forever 21GapOld Navy, Urban Outfitters and Zara.

2. Sweater

I love chunky knit sweaters! Oversized turtlenecks.. cashmere sweaters, slouchy cardigans.. I love them all! Whether you’re sick and need a sweater to bundle up in, or you are studying in the library – you can never go wrong with a comfy sweater.
What to pair with a sweater: leggings are my personal fave😜, jeans look cute, leather pants, over a dress is cute if its a warmer day, or a skirt.
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Where to get cute, affordable sweaters: Lulu’sH&MForever 21Style For Less, UniqloPacsun or Brandy Melville.

3. White Button-Up Shirt

This is a shirt you can wear with anything! You can dress it up with a statement necklace, leather pants and heels.. or dress it down with jeans and sneakers. You could wear this for any occasion!
What to wear it with: Leggings, leather pants, blue jeans, black pants, skirt, khaki pants, or shorts.


Where to get the perfect white button-up: ZaraForever 21 #1Forever 21 #2H&M, or Gap.

4. Black Pants

What to wear them with: literally anything…


Where to get the perfect pair of black pants/leggings: Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, AE, UniqloZara or H&M

5. Black Heels

What to wear them with: everything.
And if you’re like me, and don’t wear black heels all that often, pick up a pair of black booties instead. Or brown.. Or both. I find booties much more comfortable and you can wear them with dresses in the summer (or with tights in the fall), with jeans/black pants, or skirts.


Where to get affordable black heels: Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, H&M, or Wish.

6. Leather Jacket

What to wear it with: literally anything, once again. I love it over dresses, all black outfits, with a white shirt & jeans, with coloured pants, with cute cut-off shorts and a striped shirt.. the combinations are endless!


Where to get an inexpensive but chic-looking faux-leather jacket: Forever 21, Zara, H&M or Topshop.

7. Jeans

It’s hard to find a pair of jeans that fits your body perfectly, but when you do.. its magical. I love Topshop because they have petite jeans (and tall) so they fit me really well.


Where to get perfect jeans: Topshop, AE, Forever 21, Zulily or Garage.

8. Denim Shirt

Denim shirts have been popular for a few years now, and they’re still an item I recommend every girl has in their closet. I love throwing a chunky knit sweater over my chambray shirt and rolling up the sleeves. You can put a cute dainty necklace on as well to tie the look together perfectly. If I’m feeling like I want to be comfy, I’ll wear leggings and throw an oversized sweater over the denim shirt. If I’m going for lunch or shopping, I’ll wear leather pants or black/blue jeans!
What to wear with a denim/chambray shirt: you can pair it with a skirt, coloured pants, white pants, leather pants, jeans (hello double denim!).. the possibilities are endless for this one!


Where to get the perfect chambray/denim shirt: AE, Forever 21, H&M, or A&F.

9. Basic Tee

Whether its black, grey, or white, every girl needs a basic tee.
What to wear with it: anything & everything.


Where to get the perfect basic tee: H&MForever 21, Brandy Melville, Uniqlo, or Urban Outfitters.

10. Sneakers

I love my sneakers! I wear them everywhere, grocery shopping, running errands, and sometimes even to Andy’s hockey games when I’m feeling comfy.


Where to get super cute sneakers: Nike, Footlocker, Eastbay, Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdale’s, or Pacsun.



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