15 Versatile Staples To Buy At The Mall Right Now

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January can be a supremely awkward month for shopping. The majority of us spent too much money spoiling our friends and family over the holidays, so making a major purchase for ourselves feels out-of-reach. Not to mention, finicky winter weather throws curveballs as we get dressed every morning (will today be 50 degrees and sunny, or -10 degrees and sleeting?). If you’re looking for a way to liven up your rotation, seek out moderately priced pieces that will last beyond the current season. Trust us: This logic will make your closet and your wallet happy. Here, 15 pieces you’ll find at some of your favorite mall retailers, from Forever 21 to J.Crew—and beyond.

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A silk scarf tied at the neck protects delicate skin and is the perfect accompaniment to a Euro-chic ensemble.

Loft Fleur Square Silk Scarf, $35

If you're tired of your leggings and jeans, try a wide-leg trouser silhouette styled with knee-high boots and a chunky sweater.

J.Crew Wide-Leg Cropped Chino Pant, $90

A modest midi-skirt is perfect for the office all year long. Wear it now with thermal tights underneath—then over bare legs come spring.

J.Crew Collection Nautical Wrap Skirt, $298

These aren't your average leggings—a zip-front hem puts an athleisure-chic spin on the look. These look very of-the-moment when paired with a classic white button-down or your favorite gym separates.

H&M Twill Treggings, $35

A classic tuxedo dress never goes out of style. Experiment with the piece over tights or pants, and rock it with a slicked-back bun and red lip for added elegance.

H&M Coat Dress, $70

Fact: You can never have too many cozy sweaters. This striped turtleneck goes with everything.

Gap Stripe Turtleneck Sweater, $70

This patchwork denim jacket offers a fun update on a trusty standby. Layer under an oversized coat for that fashion-editor effect.

Gap Iconic Patchwork Denim Jacket, $98

A flirty blouse is essential for date nights. This off-the-shoulder top with voluminous sleeves will continue to be a hit during warmer weather.

Forever 21 Off-The-Shoulder Striped Top, $23

A velvet slip dress is arguably more of a trend item than a classic piece, but this version can be styled multiple ways to give it more legs. (Plus, don't we all need the occasional "fun" buy to spice things up?) Try it with a turtleneck bodysuit underneath and over-the-knee boots for a winter-friendly look.

Forever 21 Brushed Velvet Slip Dress, $35

Flirty shoulder ruffles add a fun flourish to this simple sweater dress.

Club Monaco Evern Sweater Dress, $249

A punchy Pepto shade breathes new life into a prim shirtdress.

Banana Republic Pleat-Skirt Shirtdress, $118

Try this sleek tweed jacket with a pair of ivory trousers for an elegant winter-white look.

Ann Taylor Belted Fringe Tweed Jacket, $169

Beanies are essential anytime there's a chill in the air. This vibrant red hue and adorable pom-pom detail will inject a little life into a ho-hum outfit.

Ann Taylor Ribbed Pom Pom Hat, $50

Switch up your tried-and-true denim with an unconventional silhouette. Tomboy jeans exude model-off-duty cool when styled with pumps or heeled booties.

Abercrombie Wide Leg Jeans, $78

A midi-length ribbed dress is the perfect foundation to mix in with layers, as it pairs well with all manner of boots and sleek outerwear.

Abercrombie Lurex Midi Sweater Dress, $39