Even the most adventurous dresser can benefit from a closet adequately stocked with outfit basics. These slightly less flashy (but ever-so-helpful) pieces include staples like T-shirts, tanks, jeans, and the like and come in handy far more than any trend item you’ve got your eyes on. Take, for example, Carrie Bradshaw (yes, we’re still talking about her because Sex and the City is still free to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now). The style icon mixed and matched her basics with bold items ranging from floral tube tops to tulle skirts, always proving that a classic can be made more interesting depending on how you wear it.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up all the times Bradshaw proved the versatility and necessity of investing in basics and included a shopping pick for each in the event you’re in need of a refresh. Enjoy the fashion flashback and don’t forget to buy your basics.