25 Not-So-Boring Basics That Will Spice Up Your Winter Wardrobe

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling mighty bored of my plain old white T-shirt and basic black leggings. Even though they happen to be the type of items I pull out of my dresser almost everyday, I feel like they could have a little more pizazz to them. Like an unexpected cutout, a cute line of buttons or even just some discrete leopard print (yeah, I said it). So, in an attempt to spice up all of our winter wardrobes, here are 25 not-so-boring basics that will hopefully make getting dressed a little more fun.

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madewell mocknec sweater

It’s the side buttons and mockneck for us. Seriously, your go-to pullover has nothing on this number.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

free people thermal top

2. free People Santa Clara Thermal Top

This waffle-knit top can be worn as a V-neck or as an off-the-shoulder top—depending on your mood.

Available in sizes XS to L.

the range turtleneck

3. the Range Prime Cotton Knit Slashed Turtleneck Sweater

That distressed arm detail guarantees that this turtleneck sweater will stand out from the rest in your knitwear collection.

Available in sizes XS to L.

universal standard stirrup leggings
Universal Standard

4. universal Standard Ronda Stirrup Legging

Wear them with flats or tuck the stirrup over a pair of heeled leather booties. Who knew a few extra inches of legging fabric could change a look so drastically?

Available in sizes 00 to 40.

rag bone cutout dress
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5. rag & Bone Eden Cutout Stretch-knit Midi Dress

This LBD amps up the sex appeal, thanks to the strategically placed cut-outs that cross the bodice and make their way onto the back. Va-va-voom, indeed.

Available in sizes XXS to M.

525 asymmetrical top

6. 525 Asymmetrical Pullover Top

Just as easy to wear as your fave white T-shirt, but the asymmetrical neckline makes it feel slightly dressier.

Available in sizes XS to L.

nbd split seam legging

7. nbd Celine Pant

Why not make your everyday leggings a million times more flattering with a split seam at the ankle and ultra-high waist?

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

h m wool coat

8. h&m Oversized Wool Coat

Cut like a trench coat but made like a winter coat, this is one easy-to-wear piece of outerwear that will add a polished touch to any outfit (even if it is sweats and sneakers).

Available in sizes XS to L.

line by k knit dress

9. the Line By K Malcolm Belted Cutout Ribbed-knit Turtleneck Midi Dress

Between the trendy keyhole detail, the ribbed material and the flattering waist tie, this midi dress definitely pushes the limits of what a basic is.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

sylven lake ankle boots

10. sylven Lake Black Suede Boot

A timeless bootie with a little bling that’s like jewelry for your ankle. What’s not to love about that?

twenty montreal sweatshirt

11. twenty Montreal Felt Connect Hoodie

Bored by basic hoodies? This hybrid cable knit sweater/classic sweatshirt should snap you out of that funk. (And yes, there are joggers to match).

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Available in sizes XS to L.

solid striped bandier leggings

12. bandier X Solid & Striped Soleil Zip Front Legging

Contrast details—like a zipper fly and flattering side stripes—turns boring black leggings into a statement piece. Wear these with a chunky turtleneck and you’ve got a cool new WFH uniform.

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Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

h m off the shoulder sweater

13. h&m + Off-the-shoulder Sweater

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t get a little flirty with your cozy knitwear.

Available in sizes L to 4XL.

madewell leopard jacquard skirt

14. madewell Drawstring Midi Slip Skirt In Leopard Jacquard

Look, we’ve all accepted that leopard print is a neutral. But this jacquard skirt (with a drawstring, no less) is the best proof we’ve seen thus far.

Available in sizes 00 to 16.

madewell leather chore jacket

15. madewell Washed Leather Chore Jacket

Here's a little reminder that not all leather jackets have to be in the moto style.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

frankie shop padded shoulder tank

16. frankie Shop Eva Cotton-jersey Tank

The addition of padded shoulders makes a basic tank into a statement piece—one that’s super trendy, to boot.

Available in sizes XS to L.

senso flats gold chain

17. senso Aubree Ii Ballet Flats

Swap the expected round-toe and delicate bow for a pair with pointed-toes and an edgy gold ankle chain.

11 honore skirt
11 Honoré

18. 11 Honoré Jada Skirt

A little ruching goes a long way. Okay, and a dramatic side slit helps, too.

Available in sizes 12 to 26.

enzo costa lurex turtleneck

19. enzo Costa Lurex Jersey Long Sleeve Twist Top

Swap your camel knit top for this twisted Enzo Costa number that’s woven with lurex.

Available in sizes XS to L.

stand studio puffer coat

20. stand Studio Farrah Coat

A simple tilt of the quilting on this super warm winter coat takes it from boring to unexpected. The sleek, glossy finish helps, too.

Available in sizes FR32 to FR40.

agolde criss cross jeans

21. agolde Criss Cross Upsized Jeans

A wide-leg style is far more comfy than skinny jeans, but that criss-cross waist detail makes these feel a bit more special than any other denim currently in your rotation.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

asos curve leather joggers

22. asos Design Curve Jersey Leather-look Jogger

Looks like leather pants but feels like a pair of sweats. Now that’s the kind of piece we consider to be a closet MVP.

Available in sizes 12 to 24.

everlane square neck tee

23. everlane Square Neck Top

Scoop necks are so 2020. Prepare for a new year ahead with a cool, fresh square neckline. Your necklaces will thank you.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

nanushka wide leg faux leather pants3
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24. nanushka Chimo Vegan Leather Straight-leg Pants

Black leather pants are expected; you’ll get just as much wear out of these toffee-colored babies, while feeling ten times more fashion-forward.

Available in sizes XS to L.

merlette smocked top
Saks Fifth Avenue

25. merlette Majorelle Hand-smocked Cotton Blouse

Replace your white button-downs with this smocked number and even your jeans will be appreciative.

Available in sizes XS to L.

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