I love investing in fun jackets and coats, but I really can't be bothered to switch up the pieces I wear underneath them. I've accumulated a core basics collection that has proven time and time again to work with every single thing in my closet. If it ain't broke, why fix it? I keep my tees, sweaters, and jeans very simple and instead spend my money on quality outerwear.
Below, I've rounded up the four basics that I swear by for fall and winter. I wear them with everything from shearling jackets in Sweden, satin blazers in L.A., and double-breasted coats in Italy. (Yes, I had to use photos from different cities because it's still sweltering out in L.A. in early November). Scroll down to see and shop my favorite basics to wear under jackets and coats.
1. Black Mock-Neck Sweater
My black mock-neck sweater gets a ton of wear this time of year. I prefer it to a full-on turtleneck because it's less stuffy to wear while inside with the heat on. I also think it's quite professional-looking for the office.
What I'm Wearing: Topshop jacket and mock-neck sweater; Frame jeans
Velvet Kailani Coat ($300)
H&M Ribbed Sweater ($25)
Madewell Evercrest Turtleneck Sweater ($75)
Reformation Cropped Cashmere Turtle ($148)
Treasure & Bond Mock Neck Sweater ($79)
2. Band Tee
My top drawer is reserved exclusively for my special band tees, many of which I've picked up at concerts for Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and more. Besides the real-deal concert merch, my favorite brand for band tees is Madeworn. They're pricey, but they have this amazing broken-in feeling I love.
What I'm Wearing: House of Harlow 1960 jacket; Madeworn T-shirt
Topshop Cropped Satin Utility Jacket ($95)
Madeworn The Rolling Stones Tee ($160)
Urban Outfitters Nirvana Serve The Servants Long Sleeve Tee ($49)
Day Guns n' Roses Boyfriend Tee ($39)
3. White Crewneck T-Shirt or Sweater
On my recent trip to Italy, I packed my new favorite Veronica Beard coat along with my fail-safe wardrobe basic: X Karla's crewneck T-shirt. For colder climates, a white sweater is one of my all-time favorite pieces.
Veronica Beard Senna Coat ($795)
Hanes x Karla The Crew Tee ($30)
Everlane The ReCashmere Vintage Crew ($95)
Caslon Shoulder Button Sweater ($59)
H&M Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater ($60)
4. Colorful Striped Sweater
Now it's time to have a little more fun. In addition to the aforementioned basics, I also love a striped sweater to wear under jackets and coats and I always stock up on new ones every year.
What I'm Wearing: Ganni jacket; Stine Goya sweater; J.Crew jeans; Warby Parker sunglasses; Gimaguas bag
Ganni Suiting Blazer ($360)
Madewell Evercrest Stripe Mock Neck Sweater ($80)
Muthe Henrik Oversized Striped Knitted Sweater ($260)
La Ligne AAA Candy Striped Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater ($195)
Alex Mill Striped Cotton-Blend Sweater ($95)
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