I Always Buy Classic Pieces—Here Are 25 Wardrobe Builders I'm Shopping For RN

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In case you're new here and we haven't met, let me introduce myself: My name is Nayiri. I'm a sucker for classic wardrobe builders. Throw a bodysuit and a pair of slim-straight jeans at me, and I can put together approximately three full outfits and tell you where to wear them. What can I say? I'm a natural.

But I wasn't always this way. I've gone through my fair share of experimenting with trends simply because they were trends, only to discover that I actually just wasted all of my money because they weren't pieces I personally loved. Over time, I've narrowed down the pieces I shop for into two categories: classic wardrobe builders and fun investment pieces I will wear forever. Right now, I'm looking for the former, and I'm turning to my go-to destination, Express, to find them. Between the luxe-feeling staples from the brand's Body Contour category to its selection of comfortable high-waisted jeans, I legit have zero reasons to shop anywhere else for these classics. See all of my picks below.

Bold Basics

Express Body Contour Cropped Halter Sweater Tank ($48)

Note the color: This chartreuse tone isn't going anywhere, so you can wear it now with a miniskirt or this fall layered under your coat of choice.

Express Body Contour High Compression One Shoulder Tank ($21)

This yummy chocolate brown is super elevated in my book, and I know I'll wear this top from brunch to drinks.

Express Body Contour Scoop Neck Thong Bodysuit ($36)

A classic bodysuit you absolutely need in your wardrobe if you don't have one by now.

Express Body Contour Double Layer Halter Neck Tank ($33)

Halters: so Y2K of us.

Express Body Contour Double Layer High Neck Thong Bodysuit ($26)

Another classic that deserves a space in your wardrobe, especially in this powder-pink color.

Express Body Contour Double Layer Scoop Neck Thong Bodysuit ($33)

Not your regular tee. This one is a high-compression crew-neck that acts as shapewear, too.


Express Super High Waisted Ripped 90s Wide Leg Jeans ($66)

The baggier, the better.

Express Super High Waisted Black Ripped Slim Jeans ($66)

Don't let anyone tell you how to live your life. Buy the distressed skinnies.

Express Super High Waisted Ripped Raw Hem Modern Straight Jeans ($66)

I love the raw hem on these wide-leg jeans.

Express High Waisted Black Ripped 90s Bootcut Jeans ($66)

I'm reserving this pair to style with the chocolate-brown one-shoulder top above.

Express High Waisted Ripped Raw Released Hem Cropped Flare Jeans ($66)

Who doesn't love a cropped flare?

Express High Waisted 4-Way Hyper Stretch Black Slim Jeans ($66)

The 4-Way stretch technology on these jeans makes them the comfiest high waist you will ever wear.


Express Satin Wrap Front Maxi Slip Dress ($108)

A slip dress is the ultimate classic to have in your wardrobe, especially in a fun color.

Express Puff Sleeve Tiered Trapeze Dress ($74)

We're big fans of a tiered puff-sleeve dress here at Who What Wear. You can't go wrong with this style.

Smart Separates

Express Metallic Ribbed Off The Shoulder Cropped Sweater ($58)

Off-the-shoulder is a major trend right now, but what keeps this top a classic is the neutral tone.

Express High Waisted Metallic Ribbed Ruffle Midi Sweater Skirt ($80)

Bonus points if you get this matching skirt into your wardrobe rotation.

Express Solid Wrap Front Top ($58)

A pretty top to style with unexpected bottoms, like a pair of Bermuda shorts.

Express Cropped Tie Back Puff Sleeve Top ($60)

A transitional color if I've ever seen one.

Express High Waisted Side Tie Buckle Midi Skirt ($80)

If you have any events on your calendar, this skirt will do the trick.

Express High Waisted Fleece Jogger Pant ($30)

I will never let go of my love for sweats. Don't @ me.

Express Super High Waisted Body Contour High Compression Leggings ($36)

There are leggings, and then there are compression leggings that really hold everything together.

Key Accessories

Express Ruched Double Band Heeled Sandals ($68)

A fashion-editor staple: band heeled sandals.

Express Set Of 2 Tortoise Claw Clips ($20)

I never thought I'd wear a clip out again, but here we are.

Express Angular Frame Sunglasses ($44)

For those who aren't ready to try Y2K inspired mirror sunglasses, these classic shades are for you.

Express 3 Row Bead And Chain Anklet ($28)

Anklets are no longer a trend; they're a must-have in every wardrobe.

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