15 Versatile Staples To Buy At The Mall Right Now
January can be a supremely awkward month for shopping. The majority of us spent too much money spoiling our friends and family over the holidays, so making a major purchase for ourselves feels out-of-reach. Not to mention, finicky winter weather throws curveballs as we get dressed every morning (will today be 50 degrees and sunny, or -10 degrees and sleeting?). If you’re looking for a way to liven up your rotation, seek out moderately priced pieces that will last beyond the current season. Trust us: This logic will make your closet and your wallet happy. Here, 15 pieces you’ll find at some of your favorite mall retailers, from Forever 21 to J.Crew—and beyond.
These aren't your average leggings—a zip-front hem puts an athleisure-chic spin on the look. These look very of-the-moment when paired with a classic white button-down or your favorite gym separates.
A velvet slip dress is arguably more of a trend item than a classic piece, but this version can be styled multiple ways to give it more legs. (Plus, don't we all need the occasional "fun" buy to spice things up?) Try it with a turtleneck bodysuit underneath and over-the-knee boots for a winter-friendly look.