If we had to sartorially summarize 2023, we would describe it as the year when elevated essentials reigned supreme. Tailored coats, flowy trousers and buttery bags all whispered quiet luxury, taking runways and closets by storm. And according to our 2024 Stitch Fix Style Forecast, our annual style report that uncovers what our clients are most excited to wear in the coming year, chic staples aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The turn of a new year presents the perfect opportunity to take stock of what’s in your closet (if it doesn’t bring you joy, you know what to do). It’s a chance to make sure you’re set up for style success in the seasons to come. To kickstart your 2024 wardrobe, we’re going back to basics and sharing our 4 favorite wardrobe builders. From enduring denim to timeless tailoring, these foundational items are chosen to last you not just a season, but years to come.
1. Classic Knits
We asked, and you answered—knits are it when it comes to building a well-rounded wardrobe this year. Whether your new year goals involve establishing a cozier closet, or just a more versatile one, a solid sweater lineup is just what you need.
Classic crewnecks, cropped cardigans and timeless turtlenecks are sure bets for 2024. Details like chunky ribbing, puff sleeves and oversized fits give these perennial-favorite silhouettes a fresh feel. When it comes to choosing colors and textures, have some fun with your sweater game! Wake up your look with bold hues like matcha green (spoiler: it’s our color of the year), or channel vintage vibes with a nostalgic fair isle print. If minimalism is your 2024 mood, a collection of pared-down neutrals will serve you well this year—and way beyond.
These snuggle-worthy styles aren’t just sweater-weather exclusive. Even the coziest knits transform into transitional layers with just a few strategic style swaps. Take a cool cardigan from winter (paired with a coat, denim and boots), to spring (styled vwith a floral midi dress and simple white sneaks).
2. Basic Tops
If you’re evaluating your wardrobe for the new year, you’ll want to start from the top(s). While trendy looks like romantic blouses, peasant sleeves and strappy halters have a place in the style world, a core collection of staple tops is what you’ll reach for 24/7.
So which styles are at the top of the 2024 checklist? Every closet needs a perfect white tee, a crisp poplin button-down, a slim-fitting turtleneck and a few basic tanks. You’ll get major style mileage from any of these wear-with-everything silhouettes, whether you style them as a low-key layer or as the star of your outfit. A humble white button-up will become your new date-night uniform with high rise denim and heeled booties. For work, layer a crisp white shirt with a crewneck sweater, then add trousers and flats, and you’re chic from 9 to 5. A body-skimming turtleneck is another layer that’ll inspire endless outfits. Wear it under a cool shift dress or a silky tank for extra warmth, or beneath a cozy teddy coat to streamline your winter layering. And while “the” perfect white tee can feel like finding a sartorial unicorn, your Stylist can help you pin down the perfect fit—it’s a piece you’ll get at least one million and one outfits from in the new year.
3. Polished Blazers
Looking for a little structure in 2024? An ultra-polished blazer will keep you looking (and feeling) put-together. Whether you’re working it at the office or just around the cit, this iconic workwear staple is going to be big this year.
As for the specific looks to add to your closet this year, there’s a blazer well-suited for every style. Put some prep in your step with a tailored plaid take (and ace the rising collegiate-cool trend while you’re at it), or edge up your look with a slick leather rendition. And you can never go wrong with a tuxedo-inspired black blazer, especially when event season rolls around.
Whichever blazer you try, the ways to wear this day-to-night powerhouse are limitless. Think of it as the perfect lightweight layer, made to mix and match with everything in your closet. Keep an oversized blazer casual with a tee, denim and sneaks, or dress it up with a sheath dress and pumps.
4. Essential Denim
There are styles made to love for a hot minute (scrunchie tops, anyone?), and there are tried-and-true classics you’ll tap every season. Great-fitting women’s denim is the latter, which is why every wardrobe needs a few foundational pairs.
For 2024, straight-leg fits, cargo pockets and trouser-inspired wide legs are the styles to get on your radar and in your closet. Rises will range from low (you read that right, Y2K is back in a big way) to sky-high, so you’ll find a perfect pair of jeans no matter what your preference.
When it comes to styling your latest jean additions, they can act as a blank canvas or the main event. Pair them with understated essentials, like button-downs and trench coats, or make a statement by donning head-to-toe denim. However you debut your new blues, 2024 is the year of wearing whatever makes you feel great (according to us, anyway!), so make the style adventure all your own.
Get styled by Stitch Fix for 2024
Let our Stylists help update your closet for the new year with the latest wardrobe basics. Take your style quiz, schedule a Fix and get ready to receive an array of essential styles that fit your unique taste. Try on your new outfits in the comfort of your own home. Pay for what you love, and send back the rest. Shipping and returns are always free, and there’s no subscription required. You focus on setting those new year’s intentions, and we’ll make sure you achieve them in style.