Five Basic Pieces

The first day of fall is September 22, 2022. Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing color of the leaves, and the cozy clothing items I wear on repeat.

The few weeks leading up to the official start of fall can include some pleasant weather days in the northeast.

I’ve created a list of five basic pieces men and women can wear from the end of summer into the fall. These pieces can be worn alone with other styles or combined.

One: White Tank Top

A white tank top is a classic piece worn on its own or worn as a basic outfit layer.

From the New York Times, Reinventing the Humble Tank Top. “Tank tops were first popularized in modern Western fashion during the early 20th century as a part of bathing suits for both genders, which, at the time, covered the torso with a sleeveless, low-cut top (the name is thought to derive from “tank suits,” as swimming pools were commonly referred to as tanks in England). Later they evolved into a stand-alone garment; according to Jamie Wallis, director of global communications at Hanes, sleeveless shirts were introduced in 1928 alongside the company’s woven shirts for practical means: to help preserve the longevity of formal, collared shirts.


A simple cotton white tank is typically inexpensive and a great piece to use as a primary layer. For women, there are dressier versions of the white tank available.

The White Tank is the Must-Have Piece for Fall 2022

THE RIBBED TANK $70, Banana Republic
Meladyan Women’s Solid Cotton Padded Shoulder Sleeveless Tee Vest Crew Neck Loose Tank Tops, $22.99
BLENCOT Women Lace Trim Tank Tops V Neck Fashion Casual Sleeveless Blouse Vest Shirts, $19.95

From Who What Wear, Kate Middleton Just Made Us Want to Buy This Boring Basic—28 of Our Favorites

Shop at Nordstrom –


The Best Tank Tops for Men Are a Bicep-Positive Wardrobe Boost;the best tank tops for men go by many names: A-shirts, muscle tees, sleeveless tees, singlets. But we’re just calling them tank tops. Thanks to menswear’s obsession with camp collar shirts and everyone re-watching The Sopranos, the style’s exploded in popularity. They’ve even gone so far as to warrant their own renaissance with boat loads of designers twisting the tank in new and exciting ways.

Hanes Men’s 6-Pack Tagless Cotton Tank Undershirt. $18.98 on Amazon

Two: Button-down long sleeve shirt


Jennifer Lopez’s Latest Low-Key Look Is the Perfect Example of Between-Season Dressing, “The ways to wear a white button-up shirt are endless: During warmer weather, pair it with biker shorts à la J.Lo or throw it on over your swimsuit for beach trips. Once the temperatures dip, opt for leggings, jeans, or wide-leg trousers underneath. Oversized fits are trendy, comfortable, and breathable, so you can commute to the office without overheating while summer winds down.

Relaxed Poplin Button-Up Shirt OPEN EDIT, $49 Nordstrom

From Bustle: The 10 Best Oversized White Button-Downs

From The Zoe Report, “You can never have too many Oxford shirts — especially when you find one that costs $21. Amazon reviewers say they are “in love” and that this shirt “immediately” became their favorite. For an on-trend look, style it with wide-leg trousers or half-tucked into your favorite denim bottoms. This is another top you can rock all year long thanks to its loose fit and the fact that it will never go out of style.

Amazon Essentials Men’s Regular-Fit Long-Sleeve Pocket Oxford Shirt, $20.70 on Amazon



UO Marc Oversized Oxford Shirt, $59 Urban Outfitters
Linen Dark Navy Non-Iron Casual Shirt, $65 Tie Bar

These shirts are made of breathable, 100% linen and pair perfectly with anything from jeans to a suit.” From THE 8 BEST LIGHTWEIGHT MEN’S SHIRTS YOU’LL WANT TO ROCK ALL SUMMER — ESPECIALLY IF YOU RUN HOT 

Three: Blazer

The blazer or suit jacket isn’t just for wearing in the office. It is a great layering piece that you can dress up or down.


These 22 Blazers Will Instantly Elevate Any Outfit, “Once considered a menswear staple, blazers are now championed by all genders for how they instantly add some polish and style to your outfit. They can make everything from a strapless dress to jeans and a tee office worthy while celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa have made the case for wearing blazers while running errands or hitting the town for a night out.

Cicy Bell Womens Casual Blazers Open Front Long Sleeve Work Office Jackets Blazer, $49.99 on Amazon
Athleta Avenue Blazer $198.00


From GQ: The Best Summer Blazers for Men Are Heavy on Vibes but Light Everywhere Else

Garment-dyed cotton-linen chino suit jacket, $124.50 at J.Crew

Shop at Macy’s: Blazers and Sports Coats

Men’s UltraFlex Gray Plaid Sport Coat, $79.19

Four: Black Pants (or Jeans)

Shop at Macy’s: Black Pants

Men’s Modern-Fit TH Flex Stretch Comfort Solid Performance Pants, Tommy Hilfiger $59.99

From Banana Republic, Best Selling Traveler: Soft & Comfortable traveler pants. The slim luxe traveler is dressy black denim: “Incredibly soft and smooth, our lightweight LUXE Traveler Denim has an extra-fine weave and is engineered with added stretch for extra mobility and a brushed interior for the ultimate in first-class comfort.


10 Pairs Of Black Work Pants To Invest In For Your Return To The Office

THE SLIM JEAN $100.00 from Banana Republic
SKINNY SLOAN PANT, $90 Banana Republic
Columnist High Waisted Knit Trouser Pant, $70 Express

Five: Sneakers

Sneakers are no longer limited to exercise outfits. You can wear sneakers with dresses, jeans, suits, shorts, and to the gym.


The 20 Most Comfortable Sneakers Money Can Buy, No Matter Your Budget,If we’re going to sport sneakers just about everywhere we go, why not invest in the most comfortable sneakers money can buy? After all, we wear them to runto the gym, to travel, to walk around town, heck some even wear them on their wedding day.”

Rothy’s machine washable slip-on, $125
Best Everyday Sneakers, According to Kate Middleton, Superga Cotu $65.00 at Nordstrom

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are Both Obsessed with These Sneaker Brands

ON, Cloudflyer $159.99


ON Cloudflyer, $159.99
Rothy’s The RS01 Sneaker $175

The Best Slip-On Sneakers for Men Make All Other Shoes Feel Like a Nuisance

Vans Classic Slip-On™ Core Classics $59.95 at Zappos

For men and women:

Gigi Hadid Can’t Stop Wearing the Classic Sneaker Brand Mila Kunis and Hilary Duff Are Fans of Too

Chuck Taylor All Star Classic $60.00

The waterproof sneaker brand I discovered this year: Vessi

Everyday Classic $135

Put together a stylish outfit with several of these pieces:

GETTY (3 Tips for Guys to Wear a Suit With Sneakers)

How To Wear A Blazer with Jeans

4 responses to “Five Basic Pieces”

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