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10 Wardrobe Essentials You Can Get Away With Wearing Over and Over

Mix and match these basics!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Stradivarius, (RIGHT) H&M

Remember that scene in The Lizzie McGuire Movie when Lizzie's arch nemesis Kate Sanders shames her for being—gasp—an outfit repeater? Well, truth be told, we're all outfit repeaters. You certainly can't just throw out a new piece of clothing once you wear it. But thankfully, we're not all doomed to be called out by our worst enemies for re-wearing our old clothes. You can easily get away with it by choosing versatile pieces that will go with several other items in your closet, especially if they're simple enough to be transformed each time you pair them with different ensembles.

Here are 10 uncomplicated, minimalist pieces you can wear again and again:

  1. Pull&Bear Basic Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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    By now, you know that the classic plain white tee is a closet staple, so we won't judge if you kept 10 (or more!) in your wardrobe. To keep it versatile, stay away from T-shirts with any defining characteristics like pockets or puffy sleeves and go for something more basic like this Pull & Bear top instead. You can tuck it in, fold up the sleeves, or roll up the bottom to make it a crop top. It'll look like a different shirt each time!

    Pull & Bear Basic Short Sleeve T-Shirt, P445, SM Megamall

  2. Renegade Folk Feeling Good Sandals in All Black

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    These simple, all-black sandals from Renegade Folk can be worn with pretty much any outfit and go with any nail color. The simple strap designs and monochromatic color would pair well with any outfit, whether casual or formal.

    Renegade Folk Feeling Good Sandals in All Black, P1,890, Renegade Folk

  3. MUJI Walk Support Water Repellent Sneakers

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    We don't need to tell you about the convenience of having a pair of white sneakers that go with every look. Opt for a pair like these kicks from MUJI, which feature a simple silhouette in a single cream color from toe to heel. Shoes with distinctive details like colored accents or bulky exteriors will have more limitations when it comes to matching them with outfits, so this no-frills pair would be the perfect go-to. Plus, the water-repellent material can be worn when it's rainy out!

    MUJI Walk Support Water Repellent Sneakers, P1,650, Greenbelt 5

  4. Gap High Rise Cigarette Jeans with Secret Smoothing Pockets

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    If you're going for a pair you can wear again and again, avoid any distinguishing details like rips, studs, or intricate wash patterns. Go for a mid-toned wash like these jeans from Gap. They'll flatter all skin tones and body types, pair well with pretty much all your tops and kicks, and even fade nicely as the months go by. We recommend a straight cut like this, which is not only comfy but also timelessly stylish, and less likely to sag and loosen over time. 

    Gap High Rise Cigarette Jeans with Secret Smoothing Pockets, P3,450, Bonifacio High Street

  5. Uniqlo Soft Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt

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    This white button-down from Uniqlo can be dressed up for big meetings or dressed down for laid-back weekend hangouts. Either way, you'll always be reaching for it. You can pair it with some cute shorts and casual slides on Friday night and still be able to rock it with trousers and heels on Monday—no one will notice it's the same top!

    Uniqlo Soft Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt, P990, Glorietta 5

  6. Memo Knit Cardigan

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    Minimalist, go-with-everything pieces are most useful when you're choosing outfits in a hurry. Keep this black cardigan from Memo in your closet for any time you suddenly need a quick cover-up. It can be worn over anything from your work attire to your flowy Sunday dress, or even your beach ensemble.

    Memo Knit Cardigan, P799, SM Megamall

  7. Bershka Ribbed Sweater

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    A comfy sweater is a must-have for the cooler months of the year. Though pullovers can be easy to distinguish because they usually have a defining texture and knit style, you can cheat people's eyes by picking a black sweater like this piece from Bershka. Trust us, they won't notice you wore it thrice in the last two weeks. Wear it with leggings and comfy kicks when you're feeling lazy or tuck it into a pencil skirt if you want to get all dressed up while still feeling cozy.

    Bershka Ribbed Sweater, P1,495, SM Megamall

  8. Stradivarius Paperbag Trousers

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    Here's a simple, life-saving tip: if something fits well, buy it in every color. These versatile trousers from Stradivarius come in practical hues like black and white as well as more standout shades like electric blue and red. We're currently eyeing this beige pair, which can be worn for both work and play, but we won't side-eye you if you copped the flattering trousers in every color. It comes with a cool belt, which you can leave on or take off—it'll look like two completely different pairs of pants!

    Stradivarius Paperbag Trousers, P2,295, Glorietta

  9. H&M Shopper Bag

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    Make sure you have at least one handbag in your collection that you can reach for daily without a second thought. We recommend choosing a simple purse without any metallic details, so it can match all your jewelry and shoes. This black shopper bag from H&M is one you can count on. The generous size will hold all your essentials from makeup to gadgets and will go with both casual and work-ready OOTDs. 

    H&M Shopper Bag, P990, SM Megamall

  10. Mango Pleated Midi Dress

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    An LBD is a closet staple for any girl whether you need to be dressed for a formal event on short notice, or you simply aren't in the mood to wear both a top and bottoms today. This midi dress from Mango is a good option to keep in your wardrobe thanks to the versatility of the length. It can be dressed up or down depending on your shoes and accessories. Pair it with a denim jacket and sneakers for casual hangouts or pop a blazer on top for formal occasions—the dress will immediately transform!

    Mango Pleated Midi Dress, P2,995, Glorietta