45 Wardrobe Essentials and Staples That Should Be in Your Closet in 2022

The start of a new season, especially when embarking on winter, is often synonymous with change, whether it’s to improve personal routines, setting and manifesting goals, or even a sartorial shift—a fresh idea about how you’d like to dress for the remainder of year and the new year ahead. Maybe you’re rethinking how to approach your style, cleaning out your closet of unworn items of your past, or looking to update and elevate your collection of wardrobe essentials altogether.

To help, The Get has gathered a robust list of our favorite, most versatile pieces we consider to be foundational for any closet. Pared-back but never boring, these are the wardrobe essentials our editors find themselves turning to season after season, those mainstay items we look forward to wearing with everything for what’s left of 2022 and beyond. And while we’ll still welcome irresistible seasonal and trend-forward pieces like suit vests and sleek leather midi skirts—it’s fashion we’re obsessed with, after all!—we know those need to live alongside a capsule of staple items because every wardrobe needs a yin-yang balance. That shiny new statement item will dazzle even more when paired with, say, the perfect go-to denim.

Ahead is a well-curated edit that has helped craft the foundation of our wardrobes. It’s safe to say we’re wearing at least one, if not more, of the highlighted pieces below daily. We’ve covered the classics: white t-shirts, crewneck sweaters, trench coats, tailored trousers, chic sneakers. And also those items that have more recently earned their spot as a wardrobe essential: ballet flats, knit dresses, menswear-inspired loafers, and sleeveless sweaters. These pieces have transcended their stance as a fleeting trend, becoming notable additions to the list.

So here’s to raising the bar on stylish essentials this winter season and investing in the timeless, long-lasting pieces you’ll love for years to come. Below, shop a collection of closet must-haves from your friends at The Get.

Few things are better than a luxurious cashmere crewneck when it comes to knitwear. Pop this navy one from Cos over a maxi dress this season, wear alone with your jeans to the office, and layer it into your winter outfits. This neutral navy pullover from The Row is truly a year-round staple.

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The Row Sibem wool and cashmere-blend sweater

No wardrobe is complete without a pair of Levi’s. Whether you shop them new or vintage, a high-waisted straight-leg pair in an easy blue wash is certainly the wear-everywhere denim you’ll never get sick of. Re/Done’s ’90s high-waist jeans are another heavy hitter–wear with a pair of heels to dress the style up.

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Levi’s ribcage straight-ankle jeans

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Re/Done ‘90s high waist loose jeans

One of the many menswear-inspired staples that make up a solid wardrobe foundation, a white button-up shirt is a total must-have that’s sure to come in handy no matter one’s individual style. These from J.Crew and Rag & Bone belong in your wardrobe rotation.

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J.Crew relaxed-fit Thomas Mason for J.Crew shirt

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Rag & Bone Maxine cotton button-front shirt

For the ideal middle ground between workout attire and formal workwear, you’ll want a pair of black leggings that aren’t for working out. With zips, slits, flares, or stirrups, leggings with elevated details have improved the wearability of stretchy black pants. We’d argue they could even compete with a pair of trousers! Let these from Totême and Wardrobe.NYC—two brands synonymous with wardrobe essentials—be the foundation for your favorite white t-shirts, blazers, trench coats, and more.

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Totême cork stretch-jersey leggings

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Wardrobe.NYC Release 05 high-rise leggings

As if dresses weren’t effortless enough, The Row and Staud’s ribbed knit styles are the key to maximum style with minimal effort. We’re happy to report that knit dresses are certified forever classics; we’re pairing ours with heeled boots, jewelry, and the like.

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Staud Shoko rib-knit stripe sweaterdress

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The Row Pesenti knit maxi dress

Every shoe collection needs a pair of lifestyle trainers, and Nike’s retro Daybreak sneakers check all of the boxes from practicality, comfort, and a vintage aesthetic. And this season, it’s about all things Adidas. These Gazelles are a timeless style to go with any outfit in mind.

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Nike Daybreak women’s shoes

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An 1858 regulation introduced the striped tee (or marinière) to the official wardrobe of quartermasters and sailors in the French Navy. In the 160-some years since, it’s become a symbol of timeless French fashion and a very important element in many Vogue editor’s closets—seafaring experience not required. Kule and Rag & Bone have you covered.

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Rag & Bone striped stretch-jersey T-shirt

This piece of Western fashion has become a mainstay in our closets as of late. From Petar Petrov and Alex Mill, these denim shirts are perfect for that in-between weather. Double-the-denim and pair with a matching pair of jeans. 

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Petar Petrov Maxine oversized denim shirt jacket

Alex Mill Westin denim shirt jacket

A relaxed fit trouser makes almost any outfit look effortless, and Cos’ pleated grey pair goes with absolutely everything. For that tailored-to-perfection look, find Co’s pleated straight-leg black pants.

Cos wide-leg tailored wool pants

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Co pleated cotton-blend straight-leg pants

Eyeing an investment piece? The upcoming fall season is the time to take the plunge. A high-quality leather jacket can last decades, improves with age, and makes any outfit look effortlessly cool. You can always count on Acne Studios for luxurious leather and for an equally chic choice, Mango’s biker jacket is slightly oversized to fit perfectly over your fall knitwear.

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Acne Studios leather biker jacket

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Mango leather biker jacket

The L.L. Bean canvas tote is a cherished classic among editors at Vogue—owning one is almost like a right of passage. This durable carryall is one of those items that finds itself perfectly balanced between practical and chic. Meanwhile, Everlane’s black leather hobo bag is our ideal companion for both office days and the commutes in between or weekend getaways upstate.

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L.L. Bean Boat and Tote open-top bag

Everlane The Cactus hobo bag

Ballet flats don’t have to be boring. In fact, small details go a long way when it comes to the flat shoe. Take The Row’s black Mary Janes, for example–the sweet shoe style was a top trending item this New York Fashion Week. Porte & Paire’s scrunched ballet flats are similar to the classic silhouette, but with a welcome twist.

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The Row Ava Mary Jane ballerina flats

Porte & Paire leather ballet flats

A longline tailored coat is an effortless and eternally chic way to pull together a look, even with casual clothes underneath. You’ll never get tired of this wool-blend wrap coat from Ganni or Mango’s wool coat in ivory. Not to mention, the all-white wardrobe is seasonless in our opinion.

Ganni flare sleeve wool blend wrap coat

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Mango fitted handmade wool coat

If you’re going to buy just one item from the many must-haves on this guide, make it the perfect plain white t-shirt from Vince or Wardrobe.NYC’s padded version. No further explanation necessary.

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Vince essential crewneck top

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Wardrobe.NYC shoulder pad T-shirt

The search for the chunky but not too chunky hoop is over. Mejuri’s understated gold hoops and Sophie Buhai’s small gold hoops are low-key enough for everyday wear but equally appropriate for, well, everything else.

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Sophie Buhai gold small everyday hoops

As stealthy as they are stylish, a pair of all-black sunglasses are the epitome of timeless chic. Celine Eyewear’s retro black sunnies flatter any face shape, while Ray-Ban Wayfarers’ are a tried and true classic often seen at the Vogue office.

Celine Eyewear cat-eye acetate sunglasses

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Ray-Ban folding Wayfarer sunglasses

Turtlenecks are the foundational heroes of a cold-weather wardrobe; they’re warm, sophisticated, and stylish when worn on their own or layered. Thanks to its fair price, Everlane’s version (with a fine rib feel) makes stocking up easy; because we’re sure you’ll want more than just one. A black turtleneck like this one from Wolford can be just as dressed up as it can be dressed down.

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Everlane Pima micro-rib turtleneck

Wolford Aurora modal-blend jersey turtleneck top

According to the street style scene at this season’s NYFW, leather midi skirts are the top trending item for fall. From Lafayette 148 New York, this figure-hugging leather midi will flatter any silhouette. Pair with one of the season’s best bomber jackets. For the environmentally friendly, Nanushka’s vegan leather wrap skirt is just as chic.

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Lafayette 148 New York exposed-dart leather midi-skirt

Nanushka Amas wrap-effect vegan leather midi skirt

Feminine and masculine all at once, Ganni’s rounded-shouldered, pinstripe blazer is the definition of bonafide cool. Also a winner, Wardrobe.NYC x Hailey Bieber’s double-breasted blazer. 

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Ganni pinstriped recycled-twill blazer

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Wardrobe.NYC x Hailey Bieber double-breasted blazer

Like the aforementioned structured blazer, a luxurious leather blazer offers up a similar twist on the classics. From The Frankie Shop and Mango, style these staples with a sleek trouser or even over a fabulous daytime dress. 

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The Frankie Shop Olympia faux leather blazer

Mango leather-effect oversized blazer

Quilted shell  jackets have gained major popularity as of late courtesy of brands like Everlane and Totême. For those lucky enough to live in warmer climates, wear a quilted liner all on its own over a crisp button-up or lightweight sweater. And for those dressing for the wintry weather in mind, see your new quilted shell as a layering piece and style it underneath one of your roomier, oversized coats.

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Totême quilted recycled shell jacket

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Everlane The ReNew quilted mid-length liner

Speaking of coats, may we present an updated trench for your consideration? The Frankie Shop’s take on the timeless beige outerwear instantly elevates any outfit with its ever so slightly oversized silhouette. When draped in Raey’s cotton trench, it’s the easiest way to keep your in-between-seasons wardrobe looking fresh.

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The Frankie Shop Eugene oversized cotton double-breasted trench coat

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Raey Batwing-sleeve organic-cotton trench coat

On the Fall 2022 runways, it was about all things tubular–clavicle baring, body-hugging tube tops, and tube dresses. Try the trend out for yourself courtesy of Khaite’s ‘Lucie’ top and Totême’s silk gathered strapless top.

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Totême Moulage strapless gathered silk-satin top

Wear it in your hair, around your neck, as a belt, as a top, as a bag charm. Silk scarves like these from Gucci and Sir can play many roles in the wardrobe, which is all the more reason to make sure you’ve got one.

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Gucci GG Supreme-jacquard horsebit-print silk scarf

Sir Julien printed silk scarf

Perhaps the most underrated wardrobe staple of all is the classic knit vest—like this cashmere one from Everlane or Frame’s turtleneck version. From the High Street to the ultra-luxe, designers are also leaning into the sleeveless style. Throw on over your favorite white T-shirt or sleek button-up, this is a garment that has fully completed its happy transformation from geek to chic.

Frame cable-knit merino wool turtleneck vest

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Everlane The ReCashmere Vest

This cold weather season, we’re nominating the suit vest as one of many wardrobe staples to invest in. Once a classic menswear garment, the best suit vests for women are reimagined in chic, flattering silhouettes that add a depth of formality to any outfit. These from Anine Bing and The Frankie are at the top of our shopping list. 

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The Frankie Shop Gelso tailored waistcoat

Quality accessories don’t have to cost an entire paycheck, and Nili Lotan’s black leather belt is proof. Its sleek leather and elegant gold buckle are both understated and stylish whether you loop it through trousers, jeans, or over blazers for a quick cinch. A fashion favorite, The Row’s leather belt is a timeless accessory staple to return to over and over again.

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Nili Lotan Louise slim leather belt

The Row oval leather belt, 3.5cm

Before getting distracted by each season’s most stylish footwear trends, you’ll want to make sure you first have a great pair of all-year-round, goes-with-everything boots. One with a manageable height heel, black leather constructions, round or even pointed toe, and slim mid-calf silhouette is likely going to fit within your wardrobe no matter your sartorial preference. Wear Khaite’s luxury ‘Admiral’ ankle boots or Staud’s black ‘Wally’ boots under midi dresses or jeans and even trousers.

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Khaite Admiral leather ankle boots

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Staud Wally leather ankle boots

Every woman needs a sophisticated day bag that fits not only her essentials but her style. Gucci’s horsebit black leather and gold hardware shoulder bag feels both modern and vintage, simultaneously ensuring it as a timeless investment. To lean into the late autumnal aesthetic, A.P.C’s brown crossbody is a minimalist’s dream.

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag

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A.P.C Dina leather cross-body bag

The horsebit loafer has been synonymous with the house of Gucci for decades. Despite the many inventive iterations of the style, the flat, no-frills black leather loafer is as iconic as it is classic. For a bit of contrast, choose Weejun’s black and white leather loafers.

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Gucci 1953 horsebit loafers in leather

The nautical-inspired striped sweater is a favorite among a handful of our very own editors; perhaps it’s because La Ligne’s striped knits have been perfected by two former Vogue editors. Alex Mill’s oversized striped cardigan is another cozy choice.

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Alex Mill Nico chunky cardigan

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La Ligne AAA Lean Lines striped cashmere sweater

Elevated versions of basic items like tank tops and t-shirts have the power to transform your outfits and transform your wardrobe. These ribbed tanks from Ninety Percent and Re/Done will channel the simplicity of the ’90s. For added polish with minimal effort, layer it under a blazer.

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Ninety Percent Ava cotton tank

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Re/Done The Ribbed Cotton Tank

We dare you to think of a single occasion for which a slip dress isn’t appropriate—seriously, we’ll wait. Wear these ’90s-inspired staples from Vince and L’Agence with a plain white tee or a cozy sweater, or dress it up for one of the many weddings you’ll be attending this season.

Vince satin midi slipdress

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L’Agence Jodie silk slip dress

Despite its sporty origins, the puffer has quickly become one of the most important outerwear pieces; designers are taking their spin on the trend to tried and true classics like these from The North Face and Moncler. It’s time to add one to your fall and winter wardrobe if you haven’t already.

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Moncler Chambon hooded down puffer jacket

The North Face 1996 retro Nuptse jacket

Statement tops always have something unique to offer, and this fall, we’re eyeing tops with added texture. Khaite’s ribbed cashmere sweater will add an edge to any outfit and Prada’s polo shirt with an integrated bra was a hit on the runway and now it can be all yours.

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Prada cashmere polo shirt w/ integrated bra

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Khaite Esmeralda ribbed cashmere sweater

A charming pendant necklace is unexpectedly flattering and feels substantive without overwhelming your neckline. Choose one with inherent meaning or opt for whatever happens to catch your eye—such as these dainty gold name-plate necklaces from Oscar De La Renta or Alighieri.

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Oscar De La Renta letter gold-plated crystal necklace

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Alighieri gold alphabet necklace

You never know when you’ll need a party dress, so why not keep one like Nanushka’s statement red mini on hand? Metallics are also in this winter–and in a big way. The Vampire’s Wife’s sparkly black mini dress will secure your spot on the best dressed list.

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Nanushka Emila draped satin mini dress

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The Vampire’s Wife The Mini Night Tremors sequinned-satin mini dress

Speaking of eveningwear, a clutch, pouch, or mini bag is still an essential in our eyes. You can’t go wrong with Neous’ crystal-embellished moon bag option, be it for a date night, wedding ceremony, or a black-tie event. Paco Rabanne’s ‘Nano’ sparkle bag is forever festive.

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Neous Neptune mini crystal-embellished satin tote

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Paco Rabanne Nano sparkle shoulder bag

With the holiday season fast approaching, a statement evening shoe deserves to be in your rotation. It also doesn’t hurt that these from Saint Laurent and Mango come adorned with sparkling details. Continue the festivities and style with a matching party two-piece set. 

Saint Laurent Blade chain croc-effect leather slingback pumps

Mango pointed toe rhinestone shoes

Sweatsuits have long been accepted as more than just clothes for going to and from the gym. That being said, loungewear should be presentable for both indoor and outdoor wear; you won’t mind bumping into someone you know in Les Tien’s well-curated color palette of stylish matching sweats.

Les Tien cotton-jersey hoodie

Les Tien cotton-jersey track pants

Give your sweats a night off and get dressed up for bed with this striped and piped set of pajamas. Lake’s polished yet ultra-comfortable sets are a favorite among a handful of Vogue editors. Tekla’s pink pair is another cute set to wear at a sleepover.

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Lake poplin piped pants set in navy stripe

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Tekla pajama shirt and pants

We’ll admit, Skim’s undergarments have become an instant hit amongst our editors. They’re genuinely comfortable, lay perfectly flat, and are offered in a wide range of sizes and colors. Three for the price of one, Commando’s thong set is the best way to maximize foundational wardrobe pieces.

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Skims free-cut cheeky hipster

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Commando stretch thongs, set of three

Like a bralette but with more support, Cuup’s plunge bra is made of sheer power mesh that’s so comfortable you might forget you’re wearing anything at all. Meanwhile, Arak’s lace ‘Tamara’ bralette is perfect for those peek-a-boo moments.

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We love Johnstons of Elgin for the brand’s attention to detail and expert craftsmanship. We also look to them for chic, super-soft socks that feel totally luxe without sacrificing function. Trust us when we say you’ll want to show these off. Worn with any of your lug sole boots this fall, Raey’s gray ribbed cashmere socks are as cozy as they come.

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Johnstons of Elgin cable-knit cashmere socks

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Raey ribbed cashmere-blend socks

Eres’ retro-inspired strapless swimsuit isn’t your average black one-piece. It has coverage just where you’ll want it, yet its U-ring detailing offers an elegant reveal of just the right amount of skin. Jade Swim’s scoop-neck swimsuit is a must-have on any upcoming vacation.

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Eres Les Essentiels Cassiopée bandeau swimsuit

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Jade Swim contour scoop-neck swimsuit