As a 20-something mom in the beginning stage of adulthood, I’m still stockpiling the basics in my life — kitchen tools, household appliances, furniture, etc. And one area I’ve been especially focused on is my wardrobe.
I love a good trend as much as the next girl, but I still needed the very basic wardrobe staples to mix-and-match in a cohesive, organized, well-edited closet. Out went the well-worn rejects, the college stragglers, the clothes that defined a person I used to be. And then instead of buying more of the same (striped shirts and polka-dotted dresses, in my case), I made a list of everything I was lacking. If I came across an item on that list, I’d buy it. If not, I waited it out.
And I had one very specific rule: It had to be something that I could mix into at least three different looks.
So in that spirit, I put together a guide of versatile Fall basics that can serve as the basis of an entire wardrobe. Although it’s generally believed that fashion basics should be of the best quality you can afford — they’re supposed to last! — I know $175 on jeans and $200 on a dress isn’t exactly reasonable for a lot us (myself included). That’s why everything on this list is under $100, with most being under $50.
Take a look at the Fall wardrobe basics that you should have in your closet: