12 Fashion ‘Staples’ You Don’t Actually Need

When it comes to style basics, there are a few fashion staples that are helpful to have on hand to make a wardrobe both versatile and complete. A little black dress for those dressy occasions, a pair of pumps, a blazer, jeans — all of these are considered by many to be sartorial musts.

But, what of those fashion “staples” that you really don’t need? Here, we look at 12 supposedly mandatory items that you can easily cross off your must-have list.

1. Turtleneck

Woman in a black turtleneck

How often do you really intend to wear a turtleneck? | Timur Emek/Getty Images for IMG

It’s often said a turtleneck is a necessity for a fall and winter wardrobe. But, this so-called style staple is actually not the best form of a versatile sweater. And, it is actually not universally flattering as you are covering up the décolletage and shortening the neckline significantly. Those with shorter necks or larger chests should absolutely steer clear. Stay warm instead with a quality lightweight knit or cashmere sweater that has a moderate V-neck. It’s great for layering, too.