While splurging out on brightly colored statement coats and glittery, sky high heels is undeniably fun, smart shoppers know that building out a well-rounded wardrobe is all about balance. After all, keeping a solid rotation of basics on hand makes it much easier to style those eye-catching investment pieces (so you actually wind up wearing them more than once). And that’s exactly where this shopping guide comes in: ahead, you’ll find 31
polished staple pieces under $35 you’ll continue to go back to again and again, because they’re timeless, elegant, and go with everything.
Aside from the fact that the picks on this list are all sophisticated and stylish, there are a few other things that make them so great. First, they all cost $35 or less — which means you can pick out quite a few new pieces without totally messing with your monthly budget. Also, they’re almost all available on Amazon Prime, which means they can be delivered to your door in a matter of two days. Some of them are even eligible for Prime Wardrobe — a cool feature that allows you to try on pieces for a week-long period before committing to buying them. Returns are free, and you only get charged for what you keep.
To build out a smarter wardrobe, scroll on on for 31
timeless pieces on Amazon you’ll wear forever.
A Sporty-Chic Dress Made Of Silky Soft Jersey
sporty-chic dress is bound to become your new favorite. Comfortable, stylish, and polished in an effortless way, it can be dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with jewelry and heels. It can be worn during any season, too, and comes in four neutral colors. Available sizes: XS — 3XL
A Classic Cowl Neck Blouse In Black Or White
A gorgeous staple that'll never go out of style,
this cowl-neck blouse is bound to get plenty of wear. It's perfect for date night and evenings out with friends, but you could easily wear it to the office, too. Choose from black or white (or just admit you're going to need both).
A Sleek, Comfortable Maxi Skirt With A Slit Up The Side
Sporty, chic, and sleek at the same time,
this comfy knit skirt can be rocked all year round. Pair it with an oversized sweater when it's cold out, then style it with all your favorite tanks and tees during summer. It's also a great work piece — choose among three colors. Available sizes: XS — 3XL
A Bodysuit You'll Wear During Every Season
If you love a neat, tucked-in look, it's all about bodysuits.
This one is stretchy and comfy thanks to the spandex in the fabric, but it looks like a gorgeous, fitted blouse. Aside from black, it's sold in six other colors.
A Cute Mini Sweater Dress With A Tie Waist Design
sweater dress gets a fashion-forward update with a front tie detail. It's cozy and versatile; throw on a pair of tights, and you can even wear it during winter — though it's the perfect piece for cool summer nights and vacations, too. A number-one best-seller with a 4.6-star overall Amazon rating, it's sold in nine colors. Available sizes: XS — XXL
A Tiny Pair Of Sparkling Cuff Earrings
These dainty earrings are basically tiny cuffs, so they hug your ears tightly for an understated look with just the right amount of sparkle. Over 1,000 reviewers gave them a perfect five-star rating. They also come in white gold and rose gold, if that's more of your thing.
A Classic Scoop Neck Top Made Of Super Soft Jersey
A Stylish Wrap Dress You Can Dress Up Or Down
Easy to dress up or down and suitable for any season or occasion, at just $30,
this dress is a versatile must-have. You can wear it to work, to cocktail parties, or even out to lunch — just pair it with sneakers to keep it casual. Elastane gives it a nice bit of stretch, while the tie at the waist adds structure. Choose from navy or black. Available sizes: XS — 3XL
A Classic Crewneck Sweater Sold In Over 35 Colors & Prints
Sold in over 35 colors and prints (ranging from argyle to hearts to so many different stripes), you'll probably want to stock up on more than one of these
classic crewneck sweaters. With a 4.5-star overall rating, it's a clear Amazon-favorite; reviewers report that it's lightweight but warm, not scratchy, and very good quality. Available sizes: XS — XXL
An All-Seasons Dress You'll Always Wind Up Wearing
Not only is this basic-in-a-good-way
dress super versatile, but it's comfortable, too. Made of silky jersey knit, you might even be tempted to sleep in it. That said, it can easily be dressed up or layered, making it the perfect staple piece to stock up on. Pair it with white sneakers and a denim jacket to keep it casual, cinch it at the waist with a belt to give it some shape, or style it with layers of jewelry and heels to dress it up a bit. Available sizes: XS — XXL
A Classic Pair Of Loafers At A Great Price
Every closet needs a pair (or two) of
loafers — they're polished, timeless, and go with everything. This pair costs just $20, but boasts rave reviews from Amazon customers. In addition to the gold (pictured), they're also sold in tan, black, and leopard.
A Tencel Shirtdress With A Tailored Tie Waist
For a one-and-done outfit, it doesn't get any more fuss-free (yet stylish) than
this tencel shirtdress. Dress it down with white sneakers, or dress it up with strappy sandals and earrings.
A Cozy Cowlneck Sweater With Classic Cable Knit Stitching
A cold-weather staple,
this classic cable knit sweater will keep you looking polished and feeling warm. It's sold in three colors: light gray, black, and a gorgeous, heathered light blue
A Super Soft Pair Of Ponte Knit Leggings That Look Like Real Pants
Made of impossibly soft ponte knit that feels stretchy and lived-in,
these leggings can easily pass off as "real" pants. The twill and herringbone prints are perfect for the office, but be sure to pick up a few of the solid colors, too. They come in a wide range of sizes, which makes it easy to find your perfect fit. Available sizes: XS — XXL (short, regular, long, extra long)
A Dainty Initial Necklace For Just $10
A cute, classic
initial necklace makes for a timeless accessory that'll go with everything. This one costs just $10, and it's made of hypoallergenic, lead-free, nickel-free stainless steel, so it won't go green or irritate sensitive skin. It's also a great gift for just about anyone.
A Retro-Chic Skirt That Looks So Much More Expensive Than It Is
It's hard to believe
this gorgeous skirt costs just $20. It has a slightly retro feel, though it's totally timeless, while you can easily dress it up or down depending on how you style it. Get it in two plaid prints.
A Classic Pair Of Combat Boots At A Great Price
A classic pair of
combat boots are a wardrobe essential; they're versatile, stylish, comfortable, and just the right amount of edgy. Keep things casual by pairing them with leggings and skinny jeans, or juxtapose them with a long, feminine dress. This pair, from Amazon Essentials, is high-quality, but comes at a great price: choose from black or brown.
A Timeless Wrap Dress You'll Always Find An Occasion For
Conservative enough for the office but formal enough for weddings,
this classic wrap dress is sure to get plenty of wear. Constructed with elastane, which gives it a slinky, stretchy feel, it's just as comfortable as it is stylish. Choose from navy, black, or a gorgeous, vivid pink.
A Funnel-Neck Top That Feels Silky & Lived-In
Made of Daily Ritual's signature jersey material,
this soft and comfy top is timeless and versatile. It looks great on its own, but it's also the perfect layering piece for when the weather's cold. Get it in gray, navy, or black. Available sizes: XS — XXL
An Elegant Swing Dress That'll Take You From Work To Parties
Perfect for cocktail parties and formal occasions but suitable for the office, too, you can't go wrong with
this swingy midi dress. It comes in 16 colors and prints, ranging from geometric designs to florals.
A Classic Oxford Shirt Sold In Tons Of Colors & Prints
Polished, timeless, and versatile, a classic
Oxford shirt belongs in every person's wardrobe. Wear it on its own, tucked in or out, or layer it under a sweater for a preppy-chic look. This one comes in 16 colors and prints, including stripes, plaid, and even a fun pineapple pattern. Available sizes: XS — XXL
A Little Black Dress That's As Comfortable As It Is Cute
This wardrobe staple is one of those essentials you'll reach for all year round. Wear it in its own during spring and summer, then use it as a layering piece once the weather gets cold. Made of soft, stretchy jersey, it's so comfy, you might be tempted to wear it around the house.
A Thick, Cozy Sweater With A Cool Asymmetric Neck
Classic and cozy,
this wrap-style sweater gets a unique update with its cool, asymmetric neckline. It's made of a waffle-like material and comes in 15 colors; reviewers can't stop raving about its look, quality, and fit.
A Basic V-Neck Tee Made Of Silky, Stretchy Jersey
You can never have too many basic, everyday knits, like this
classic V-neck tee from Daily Ritual. Made of super soft jersey that's just the right amount of stretchy, courtesy of 10% spandex, it comes in three colors: black, navy, and gray. Being so versatile, it's probably worth stocking up on all three. Available sizes: XS — XXL
A Versatile Pair Of Pants That Are Perfect For Work
Simultaneously classic and on-trend,
these wide leg pants will become your new go-tos. They can be easily dressed up for work or dressed down for more casual outings, while 4% elastane gives them just the right amount of stretch. Available sizes: 0-2 — 18
An Extra Long Cardigan That's Perfect For Cold Offices
Perfect for traveling, layering over leggings, and keeping at your desk if you work in a chilly office, this
extra-long cardigan is a versatile, must-have piece. Made of soft, stretchy viscose with a hint of spandex, it comes in tons of different colors and prints, including leopard, camouflage, and a sheer black.
A Super Soft, Slouchy T-Shirt With A Boxy Fit
Nothing screams 'staple' quite like a
classic T-shirt. But this one's a tad more stylish than most, thanks to its relaxed, boxy cut. It's also super comfortable; rayon and spandex collide for a smooth, almost silky fabric that feels lived-in and soft. Get it in a variety of solid colors and classic striped prints. Available sizes: XS — XXL
An Elegant Long-Sleeve Dress With Two Spacious Pockets
Perfect for any season,
this classic dress is sure to come in handy for countless occasions. Made of a soft, stretchy blend of spandex and cotton, it has over 700 perfect five-star reviews on Amazon. The best part is, it even has pockets. Choose from eight colors.
A Pair Of Comfortable Pumps That Go With Everything
This retro-chic pair of
strappy heels has a thick, block heel that makes them just as comfortable as they are cute. Pair them with everything from mini dresses and skirts to all different types of bottoms: dress pants, denim cutoffs, jeans. They also come in sparkly gold, beige, and floral, in addition to solid classics like red and black.
A Silky Wrap Dress That'll Never Go Out Of Style — & It Comes In Tons Of Colors & Prints
classic wrap dress will never go out of style, and it's perfect for just about any occasion (work, job interviews, cocktail parties, and even more formal events). Thanks to elastane in the fabric, this one feels silky and stretchy. Get it in over 25 colors and prints.
A Swingy Skirt You Can Wear All Year Round
The beauty of
this skirt — aside its gorgeous, flowy fit — is how versatile it is. You can wear it all year round: with a turtleneck in the winter, or with a tank top in the summer. Choose from six colors in two prints: polka dot and floral. Available sizes: 2-4 — 16-18 The Zoe Report may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently of The Zoe Report's editorial and sales departments.