Creating a timeless, classic wardrobe is always my goal when shopping for clothes. In fact, I don’t buy trendy pieces often. And if I do, I also try not to spend a significant amount of money on them since they are, as noted, trendy, and trends change. So when I shop, I look for items that are versatile and can be worn with other things in my closet, are high quality and will last for years. And also colors that are flattering on me.
While you will likely need more than just give tops in your closet, these five basics help create a timeless wardrobe that will make it a bit easier to get dressed every day. So if you’re catching up on the Build a Better Wardrobe series, check out these posts too!
- Must-have jeans
- Must-have dresses
- Must-have shoes
- Must-have undergarments
- Spring wardrobe must-haves
- Winter wardrobe must-haves
- Pregnancy wardrobe must-haves
Okay, let’s talk about tops, shall we?
5 Must-Have Tops for a Timeless Wardrobe
1. White button or blouse
No closet is complete without a classic white button-down or blouse. Not only is this a work wardrobe essential, but it can also be worn with jeans, skirts, shorts, and slacks. A white button-down has been a classic for decades. And also works for every age range. So, invest in a high-quality top that you love. It’ll be worth it. For instance, my favorite button-down for summer is a linen top from Boden. It’s a relaxed fit, so I can wear it with jeans and feel more casual. Then for the fall and winter months, I tend to go for silkier fabrics, like this.
But if you aren’t the button-down type, opt for a classic white blouse. In fact, I like a pop-over style.
My white blouse picks
2. Flattering everyday tee
My all-time favorite tees are the J. Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt. They’re so easy to throw on, comfortable, come in every color of the rainbow. And they also wash and dry easily. I also wear them with jeans, shorts, denim shorts, and long pants. They’re always on sale too! V-neck is always my favorite neckline, but choose whatever you feel best in, whether that’s a scoop neck, crew neck or a v like me!
My everyday tee picks
3. A lightweight sweater
Every classic closet has a lightweight sweater that’s so easy to pair with lots of bottoms. I also have more than one of these. But I get good use out of all of them. I love this Michael Stars sweater. In fact, I wore it all spring because it’s so lightweight.
My Summer Sweater Picks
4. A fun top for date night
A fun top is another closet essential for a timeless wardrobe. Moreover, I prefer a colorful print. It’s so perfect for a night out. But can also be dressed down with a simple pant. The printed top in the photos below is almost sold out, but you can check to see if it gets restocked here.
Fun Date Night Top Picks
5. A popover top
A classic popover blouse is one of the easiest things to throw on with jeans or shorts. In fact, I got a red one years ago that I continue to wear all the time. I also love my chambray shirts. The printed top below has also become one of my most worn shirts. The print is shockingly so easy to pair with all of the jeans in my closet!
My popover top picks
Having these 5 tops in your closet will help you create many timeless outfits. What are your classic top must-haves?
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