Of Course, All the Best Wardrobe Staples Are Hiding at Target (and Start at Just $5!)

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By Caitlin Clark
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Curating your closet is a true art form. And though we love to lay eyes on an over-the-top wardrobe—one that requires Cher Horowitz-level tech just to navigate it—the most skilled shoppers likely have a much more edited sartorial situation. There’s a fun, trendy piece here and there or a sentimental accessory that brings pure joy, but those accomplished in the art of dressing place heavy emphasis on one thing: the wardrobe staples. Fortunately, Target, our go-to when it comes to any kind of lifestyle refresh, has a hidden selection of essentials that could anchor any closet.

Whether it’s the perfect white tee, a go-to shift dress, or faithful footwear, building up a collection of wardrobe essentials may be the one true antidote to the chronic dilemma of what to wear. To help keep you focused on your Target shopping mission (should you choose to accept it), we rounded up some of the retailer’s best wardrobe staples for a closet well-curated—starting at just $5!

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Shop the Perfect White Tee

When you find a great tee, you cherish it—and then you buy it in every color. Fortunately, Target has plenty to choose from.

Shop the Forgiving, Feminine Top 

Utterly effortless but still feminine and flattering? This lightweight Target-sourced gem has it all.

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Shop the Little Day-to-Night Black Dress

This super-soft, slimming dress comes in a variety of colors and transitions from casual to fancy with the swap of a single accessory.

Shop the Universal Jean

These on-trend jeans come with a vintage flair and a Fair Trade certified status for extra feel-good vibes.

Shop the Breezy Slip Dress

Whether you belt it or simply let it flow, an easy slip dress is forever a wardrobe must-have.

Shop the Timeless Sneaker

Clean, simple kicks with just a touch of well-placed color.

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Shop the Classic Crewneck 

The eternally classic crewneck gets a cozy, textured makeover thanks to A New Day (a Target brand favorite).

Shop the Perfect Black Legging

Of course, Target has a collection of super comfy loungewear, too. And every expert recliner knows: a good pair of black leggings is worth its weight in gold.

Shop the Everday Accessory

An everyday trio so delicate, you’ll never have to take off—nor would you want to.

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Shop the Easy A-Line

A piece that looks as chic with sneakers as it would with a pair of stilettos—we challenge you to find a skirt more versatile than this Target treasure.


The Boyfriend Button Down

An oversized take on the everyday staple you’ll want to wear again and again—trust us on this one.

Shop the Sleek-But-Simple Legging

A collab between Target and shapewear pioneer Spanx has gifted the world with a perfect (affordable) pair of liquidy, versatile leggings.

Shop the Effortless Summer Dress

Breezy and effortless, this lightweight Target find offers an elevated take on the everyday warm-weather dress.

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Shop the Curated Ear

Style your lobes with a variety of delicate hoops—the perfect everyday accent.

Shop the Go-To Slides

Whoever claims cow print isn’t a neutral clearly hasn’t discovered it in chic mule form.

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Shop the Comfy Jumpsuit

The relaxed overall jumpsuit is a beautiful blend of cool and comfortable. Layer it with your favorite jean jacket or simply sport it with sneakers.

Shop the Hard Working Puffer

A deeply utilitarian piece (it’s water repellant and reversible), this puffer will put in the work when it inevitably becomes your winter go-to.