8 “Boring” Basics You’ll Want to Hold on to Forever

April 24, 2020 at 05:10AM

While boring style tends to get a bad rap, when it comes to basics, I actually feel that boring is better. Not only do simple pieces tend to pair well with more things and have the ability to work harder for your wardrobe, but they’re also inherently classic and thus better long-term investments. So while you might not want to dress boring, shopping as such can actually be a good idea.


Keeping this little lesson in mind, today I decided to round up the “boring” basics you’ll want to hold on to forever. In other words, if you’re cleaning out your closet (as we’ve been doing a lot of recently), unless there’s irreparable damage to these items or they don’t fit, you probably don’t want to add them to your toss pile. To see, read about, and (of course) shop all eight of the categories that made the cut, just keep scrolling. 

Not only is the button-down a timeless staple, but it’s also one you can use in every season. Wear one alone, layered under something, or open as a light jacket. Either way, you’ll want to use (and hold on to) them forever.

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As the recent resurgence of all things suiting has shown us, a good pair of trousers will always have a place in your wardrobe. 

Basic leather slides are a spring and summer staple that, design-wise, don’t change often. Odds are that if you invest in a simple pair, you’ll want to wear them year after year.

Whether you style it with classic pieces or put a trendy twist on your trench à la Elsa Hosk, it’s a piece you’ll wear and should keep for decades. 

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Think watches, chain necklaces, and simple rings in gold and silver. You may take breaks from them over time, but they’ll always come back.

A classic blazer is one of the best fashion investments you can make. It adds polish to any outfit and is the perfect contrast to casual or delicate pieces.

If you take good care of your sweaters and cardigans, they should last for years in your wardrobe without needing to be replaced. They’re also sneakily the heroes of countless outfits. 


Loafers have definitely made a comeback in recent months, but that doesn’t mean the basic styles have changed. That’s why, if you have a good pair, you should hold on to it.

Next: everything I’d buy from Zara for spring.

Author Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour | Whowhatwear
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