Real talk: rebuilding your wardrobe from scratch is never easy. Whether you’re reinventing your style or just trying to incorporate some easy-to-wear basics, the best place to start is with timeless neutrals. And while it can be tempting to shop for unique, fun pieces like a white button-down with a ruffled collar, or subtly distressed jeans, if you’re looking specifically for items that will age well no matter the trend cycle, it’s best to stick to the basics.
One rule of thumb to consider when shopping for versatile everyday pieces is that each item should fit easily into at least three different outfits. That means that before you purchase a relaxed-fit black blazer, you should be able to picture three ways you’d wear it with your current wardrobe. The same goes for any shoes, tops, dresses—you get the picture.
Ahead, find 15 timeless neutral pieces to rebuild your wardrobe from the shoes up—including the perfect white tee, a throw-and-go slip dress, and a pair of jeans you’ll have for years to come.
This might just be the perfect black blazer: slightly boxy, not too cropped, and double-breasted.
When it comes to timeless neutrals you can take anywhere, some wide-leg pants in a color like navy, cream, or black are a must. Wear them with a button-down for work, then go casual with a tank and heels on the weekend.
A good pair of blue denim is versatile, but the perfect black jeans are fail-safe when it comes to infinite potential outfits. This ‘90s-inspired pair from Agolde is timeless enough to wear for years to come.
Sure, a crewneck tee that’s slightly cropped is perfect for lounging when paired with your favorite athleisure pieces—but it also makes for a polished top half of a jeans-tee-heels outfit.
A relaxed fit makes this white button-down feel modern rather than stuffy, resulting in the perfect timeless neutral to take you from the office to your weekend errands.
A traditional khaki trench—like this boxy style with oversized lapels—is a must-have, and the medium weight makes it great for transitioning between seasons.
A simple waffle-weave sweater in oatmeal or camel pairs well with jeans, wide-leg trousers, or even over a slip dress.
Midi Slip Dress
Speaking of slip dresses, Silk Laundry’s iteration features a subtle bias cut that lends an hourglass shape—a timeless neutral look that's ready to shine, day or night.
Like this oversized style from Toteme, a simple off-white denim jacket is the perfect addition to any minimalist uniform.
There’s almost no shoe as versatile as an easy pair of slides. The cutouts and flat soles of this pair make for timeless neutral footwear with just the right amount of personality.
A pair of tailored shorts is a must-have—not only do they pair well with a blazer for the office, but they’re easy to throw on with a tee or tank for a casual, everyday vibe.
There’s a time and a place for a statement shoe, but a simple sandal in an off-white hue is always a good choice.
A simple cropped sweatshirt is a great stand-in for a sweater for more relaxed days. Don't be afraid to test the versatility of this timeless neutral as you style it in different ways for shopping outings and lounging at home.
Deadwood’s recycled leather jacket is one of the most versatile out there: It’s cut to hit just above the hip and already feels like it’s been broken in for you. A real win-win.
The perfect shoulder bag is a must-have for carrying everything you tote around all day, and Cuyana’s modern double-loop design is both timeless and chic.