We all have those days when we can’t put together a decent outfit to save our lives. Having a collection of versatile basic items can be the key to cutting down your time to get ready. Look for simple garments that can be dressed up or down, and that pair well with most of the stuff in your closet already. You can always play things up with accessories to create totally different looks with these basic pieces (plus, a lot of these are work-friendly too!).
Consider these 15 clothing items below as every lazy girl’s must-haves in their closet. These staples will be there to save the day.
1. Neutral basic tops
The ultimate lazy girl staple is a good, comfy neutral basic top. These are perfect for layering (meaning you can do so much with them!). You can dress them up with a cute jacket, jeans, and a pair of boots, or rock them with your favourite pair of chunky sweatpants. They’re perfect for any occasion!
2. Black Ribbed Dress
Everyone needs a good black dress. These black ribbed dresses are flattering, form-fitting, and super comfy, making them the perfect closet essential. The key to being able to wear these dresses all year long is all in the styling. For a casual summer day, rock the dress with sneakers and a cute pair of sunglasses. For a night out, throw on a leather jacket and black heeled boots and you’re good to go!
3. Boxy blazer
Oversized boxy blazers are a great way to spruce up an outfit. Feeling casual? Throw it over a graphic tee with your favourite jeans. If you’re feeling fancy, pair it with a slip dress and chunky heels.
4. White sneakers
There’s nothing like a fresh pair of white sneakers. These eternally stylish shoes can be paired with just about everything, from summer dresses to your trusty jeans or sweats. Casual lunch? Sure. Date night? Check. Road trip? Definitely. A good pair of comfy white sneakers is a must-have staple for anyone’s closet.
5. Tailored pants
Tailored pants can turn your outfit from casual to polished in a pinch. These are great for workwear as they look professional and sleek. Opt for soft fabrics so that you can look good and stay comfy all day. Plus, these pants look good with everything from sneakers to strappy sandals!
6. White t-shirt
Investing in a flattering t-shirt means you’ll never be without an outfit again. A simple white tee can be worn on its own or layered underneath other staples (or statement pieces) such as slouchy cardigans, leather jackets, or blazers.
7. Gold hoops
Dainty gold jewellery has a way of completing an outfit. A classic pair of gold hoops is the perfect way to add a little bit of bling to bring an outfit to life!
8. Crossbody bag
A neutral crossbody bag is the definition of a must-have. Find one that’s big enough to carry all the essentials: keys, cash, phone and a sanitiser, and you’re good to go!
9. Nude sandals
Having a classic pair of neutral summer sandals will always come in handy. You can rock these with a summer dress, flowy pants or even jeans and a blouse. These, paired with a matching little crossbody bag, are a simple way to pull an outfit together.
10. Slouchy cardigan
Slouchy cardigans are amazing for when the weather starts to cool down. They are a comfy and cozy way to keep warm in autumn (and on those cool summer evenings) and can be thrown over just about any outfit. They look cute with a t-shirt and jeans, or even with sweatpants and a crop top. Comfy + cute = lazy girl closet essential.
11. Winter Coat
No matter what you’re wearing underneath, a long coat will always be a classic topper. Get yourself one of these sleek, classic coats in a neutral colour that pairs well with the colours you wear most. If you prefer warm tones, grab yourself a beige or tan coat. An all-black kind of girl? Get yourself a stunning black coat for winter. These coats are a go-to to elevate your winter look.
12. Classic jeans
No closet is complete without a classic pair of jeans. And let’s be real, we all probably have a few good pairs of jeans. Available in countless styles and colours, high-quality denim jeans can tie together any outfit. Whether you love a skinny high-rise fit, or the looser mom jean, a classic (and comfy) pair of jeans is an absolute must-have.
13. A crewneck sweater
These slouchy crewneck sweaters are a comfy staple that every lazy girl needs in her closet. They’re warm and cozy for winter months and are a great staple item when you’re not sure what to wear. Pair them with matching sweatpants and chunky gold jewellery for an elevated loungewear vibe, or rock them with jeans and combat boots for a more edgy look. Honestly, they just go with everything and you need one right now.
14. Black boots
Black boots are super versatile. Trading in your white sneakers and switching them out for a pair of boots can easily transition your outfit from day to night. Your boxy-blazer-and-jeans outfit from the day can be elevated by switching out your shoes for boots instead. Plus, there is a plethora of different designs and styles to pick from, from chunky combat boots to sleek heeled ones. Find one that matches your style and you’ll never look back!
15. Chunky sweatpants
With the global pandemic hitting the world, fashion has moved more and more towards comfort. Sweatpants have made their worldwide comeback. Not only are they super comfortable, but they’re really versatile too. Rock these pants with a crop top and a slouchy flannel shirt, or with a matching crewneck and a cute headband. Chunky sweatpants are a must-have staple for all lazy girls (and apparently the rest of the world now, too!).