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

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The start of a new year 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 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 in 2022. And while we’ll still welcome irresistible seasonal and trend-forward pieces–—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. And also those items that have more recently earned their spot as a wardrobe essential: puffer coats, matching sweats, and mini dresses. 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 in 2022 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 one over your shoulders come spring, wear alone come fall, and layer it into your winter outfits. This neutral navy pullover from Cos is truly a year-round staple.

Cos oversized cashmere 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.

Levi’s ribcage straight-ankle 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.

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

Since comfort-forward fashion has taken the industry by storm, 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!

Totême cork stretch-jersey leggings

No list of pandemic-era essentials would be complete without a face mask (or two, or three). They are certainly the one item on this list we’ll be needing every single day for the foreseeable future.

Evolvetogether Alberta 30 burgundy face masks

As if dresses weren’t effortless enough, Proenza Schouler’s ribbed knit style is the key to maximum style with minimal effort. We’re happy to report that knit dresses will outlast the pandemic; we’re already pairing ours with heeled boots, jewelry, and the like.

Proenza Schouler ribbed-knit midi-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.

Nike Daybreak women’s shoes

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.

A relaxed fit trouser makes almost any outfit look effortless, and The Frankie Shop’s pleated camel-colored pair goes with absolutely everything.

The Frankie Shop Bea pleated fresco trousers

Eyeing an investment piece? 2022 is the year to take the plunge. A high-quality leather jacket can last decades, improves with age, and makes any outfit look effortlessly cool. It’s worth mentioning a similar biker jacket from Prada graced the pages of our January issue on Emily Ratajkowski in Vogue’s very first installment of Just One Look.

Prada 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. It’s our ideal companion for both days on set and weekends at the beach.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote open-top 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 Maison Margiela’s black leather Tabi, for example; it blends expected details like little ties with modern accents like a square-toe silhouette.

Maison Margiela black Tabi ballerina 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 pocketed and lapeled single-buttoned style from Low Classic, not to mention its oversized fit makes for easier layering atop any and all of fall’s chunkiest knits.

Low Classic curve sleeve coat in dark brown

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. No further explanation necessary.

Leset Margo cotton-jersey T-shirt

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

As stealthy as they are stylish, a pair of all-black sunglasses are the epitome of timeless chic. Make Ahlem’s Champ de Mars shades your 2022 signature.

Ahlem Champ de Mars Sun 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.

Everlane Pima micro-rib turtleneck

There’s no denying that a classic black Prada skirt is an investment piece, but once you’ve made the leap, we guarantee it will never leave your wardrobe. A version of it pops up nearly every season, and for a good reason: it’s never going out of style.

Prada buckled-detailed plissé twill midi skirt

Feminine and masculine all at once, Khaite’s sharp lapeled, waist-defining, double-breasted blazer is the definition of bonafide cool. It’s time to suit up!

Khaite Delphine double-breasted wool blazer jacket

Speaking of coats, may we present an updated trench for your consideration? Rejina Pyo’s take on the timeless beige outerwear instantly elevates any outfit with its ever so slightly voluminous sleeves and oversized collar. It’s the easiest way to keep your in-between-seasons wardrobe looking fresh.

Rejina Pyo Romy cotton-blend twill trench coat

Wear it in your hair, around your neck, as a belt, as a top, as a bag charm. The silk scarf can play many roles in the wardrobe, which is all the more reason to make sure you’ve got one.

LeScarf No.24 monogram-print silk scarf

Perhaps the most underrated wardrobe staple of all is the classic knit vest. Fans of brands like The Row and minimalist enthusiasts have been in support of the layerable item, not to mention the silhouette has appeared on many a runway shows of late. This is a garment that has fully completed its happy transformation from geek to chic.

& Other Stories oversized knit vest

Quality accessories don’t have to cost an entire paycheck, and Anderson’s made-in-Italy black leather belt is proof. Its textured leather and elegant gold square buckle are both understated and stylish whether you loop it through trousers, jeans, or over blazers for a quick cinch.

Anderson’s textured-leather belt

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, square-ish yet narrow toe, and slim mid-calf silhouette is likely going to fit within your wardrobe no matter your sartorial preference. Wear Aeyede’s perfectly tall boots under midi dresses or jeans and trousers like an ankle boot.

Aeyde Lori black calf boots

Every woman needs a sophisticated day bag that fits not only her essentials but her style. Saint Laurent’s Le Maillon black leather and gold hardware satchel feel both modern and vintage, simultaneously ensuring it as a timeless investment.

Saint Laurent Le Maillon leather shoulder bag

The horsebit loafer has been synonymous with the house of Gucci for decades; in fact, the shoe has just recently celebrated its 60th birthday. Despite the many inventive iterations of the style, the flat, no-frills black leather loafer is as iconic as it is classic.

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.

La Ligne Marin striped wool and cashmere-blend sweater

Elevated versions of basic items like tank tops and t-shirts have the power to transform your outfits and transform your wardrobe. This ribbed racerback tank from Re/Done will channel the simplicity of the ’90s, and its fine-tuned details make tucking it into a cozy pair of sweats. For added polish with minimal effort, layer it under a blazer.

Re/Done ribbed cotton cami top

We dare you to think of a single occasion for which a slip dress isn’t appropriate—seriously, we’ll wait. Wear this ’90s-inspired staple with a plain white tee or a cozy sweater, or dress it up for one of the 15 rescheduled weddings you’ll be attending this year.

Refine Carolyn slip dress

Despite its sporty origins, the puffer (just like the sweatsuit) has quickly become one of the most important outerwear pieces. It’s time to add one to your fall and winter wardrobe if you haven’t already.

Tory Burch ylon contrast hooded down puffer

A relatively new addition to our list, the textured top has become a staple thanks to the Zoom-world we live in. The spring 2022 runways made a case for clothing that should be touched, and the easiest way to adopt something of texture into your wardrobe is by way of a neutrally colored top from none other than Dries Van Noten.

Dries Van Noten Janice textured zigzag cardigan

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 this puzzle piece chain from Concept 26.

Concept26 mini puzzle charm

With the unpredictable world we live in, you never know when you’ll need a party dress. So why not keep one like Stella McCartney’s swishy mini on hand? Micro-length dresses and skirts have been a frequent silhouette on recent runways despite parties currently being on hold, so we suggest perusing around for one until the time is right.

Stella Mccartney lace-trimmed crystal-embellished silk minidress

Speaking of eveningwear, a clutch, pouch, or mini bag is still an essential in our eyes. You can’t go wrong with Neous’ black and gold option, be it for a date night, wedding ceremony, or a black-tie event.

Neous Ursa chain-handle suede bag

After a few years of living through the pandemic, fashion has finally accepted sweatsuits 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.

Lake poplin piped pants set in navy stripe

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. After all, the best way to maximize foundational wardrobe pieces is a good foundation!

Skims free-cut cheeky hipster

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.

We love Comme Si for the brand’s attention to detail, expert craftsmanship, and sustainable manufacturing practices. 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.

Jade’s one-shoulder swimsuit isn’t your average black one-piece. It has coverage just where you’ll want it, yet its asymmetric silhouette offers an elegant reveal of just the right amount of skin.

Jade Swim Evolve one-shoulder swimsuit

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