How Switching Up The Fits Of Staple Clothing You Buy Can Lead To Great Outfit Combos

Picking out an outfit isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you've stood in the corner of your room looking at the massive pile of clothes on your bed and thought, "I have nothing to wear," you're not alone. Often, it feels like no matter how many clothes we buy, we still end up in the same place. We'll wear what we bought twice and never think about it again. But what if we took a step back and looked at the clothes we own? Would you find that some pieces look the same? Or do you have staples in a wide range of styles you can combine into multiple outfits?

Sometimes when we're shopping, we tend to stick with styles we know we like and buy them in different colors. Even though it's nice to have favorites, it can keep us from exploring other styles or trends. Creative director of luxury brand Tibi, Amy Smilovic told Who What Wear, "I don't repeat styles in my closet. A range of fits allows [you] to really play with proportions." If you feel like you're wearing the same outfit, you probably are but in a different color. The idea is to buy different styles to change the overall look, even if it's in the same color. Here are different shirt styles you might not have in your closet yet.

Oversized tees

Oversized tees have become a staple for everyone. They're perfect for wearing over your gym clothes or swimsuit, and you also can style them with multiple outfits, such as shorts, jeans, and skirts. For those who feel oversized tees make you look boxy or don't give you a shape, it's all about knowing how to style them. For example, if you want to wear an oversized t-shirt with shorts, tuck in some of the front and let the back hang to show off your waistline. Instead of tucking it, you can also tie a knot on one side.

A scoop neck tee

Basic tees, like a scoop neck, are great to throw on when running errands or cleaning the house. They're on the looser side, similar to an oversized tee, but shorter and more fitted. So, you can tuck them in or leave them untucked without worrying about your shirt falling to your knees. In addition, scoop necks are the perfect middle between a high-neck and a deep V-neck top. You can show off those collarbones without revealing too much while accessorizing with jewelry.

High-neck ribbed tank

Tank tops are another ideal basic top to have in your closet, especially high-neck ribbed tank tops. They're simple yet chic and can be worn with everything, from skirts to shorts to jeans. Pair a high-neck tank with denim shorts and sneakers for a casual picnic outfit. You can also layer it with a corduroy shacket for cooler weather. They're available in different lengths, so if you're not a fan of a cropped look, you can opt for a full-length tank that will still show off your curves.

A V-neck blouse

For the nights you go out to dinner with friends, a V-neck blouse can elevate any pair of jeans. Find one with balloon-style sleeves and satin fabric for a stylish look. V-neck tops are fun because you decide how deep of a plunge you want when shopping for one. In addition, you can wear long layered necklaces or earrings to spruce up the outfit. Long sleeve V-necks work great with jeans to give you a balanced look if the top is looser. On the other hand, tighter-fit V-necks are perfect to pair with denim shorts for warmer weather.

One shoulder top

Try a one-shoulder top if you want to mix it up a bit. If you aren't used to the style, it can initially feel awkward, but with the right bra, this style can elevate any outfit and give a stunning asymmetrical appearance. For example, this black one-shoulder top with the mint trousers is a superb combo and the perfect brunch outfit. It's effortless and complementary with the dark and bright colors used together. For a neutral look, switch the mint trousers for a beige pair and keep the black top — you can wear it to a dinner party or drink with friends.

Tube tops

Another essential piece is a tube top; you can wear it with multiple items, such as skirts, jeans, and trousers. You can also wear them as a layering piece by wearing a cardigan or buttoned-up shirt over them to enhance any outfit. Tube tops snatch your waist giving you more of an hourglass figure when you wear them with baggy jeans or flowy skirts. They're also daring and bold, allowing you to show off some cleavage if you wish.

Basic cropped tee

Similar to the oversized tee, you can combine a basic cropped tee with any outfit for any occasion. If you're feeling like a day of lounging is what you need, wear your favorite sweat set with a white cropped t-shirt to hang out at home or go for a walk around the block. Or, switch up the outfit with a black satin maxi skirt and Dr. Martens boots for an edgy look you can wear on a night out. Wear your favorite gold accessories for a pop of color.

A bodysuit

Bodysuits were a hot trending piece in 2022, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon. While they make great shapewear pieces, they're also so comfortable and versatile that you can wear them with your favorite denim jeans. In addition, bodysuits will cinch your waist, highlighting every curve you have. They're available in every style, such as short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and tank versions, so that you can wear them for every season. For a fun festival outfit, style a bodysuit with a mini denim skirt and platform boots.

Button-up shirts

Button-up shirts are the one staple piece everyone should have in their closet. You can wear them buttoned up and tucked into jeans or as a layering piece over a tank top and shorts. Wearing them buttoned-up can cover your shape, so tucking in at least one corner gives your silhouette shape and prevents the shirt from overwhelming your body. This style of shirt is classy and timeless, so if you've thought about buying one for a while, now's your chance.