Classic Wardrobe Essentials For Women
Every woman needs classic wardrobe essentials! You know…the staple pieces that last from season to season. The basic items that form the crux of every good wardrobe. Of course, you can tailor these items to your personal needs and body type ;). You can also pair them with trendy pieces to give your wardrobe some pizazz! Nonetheless, these timeless wardrobe basics are the foundation of your day-to-day style…they are the true investment pieces that will keep you looking your best all year round!
If you’re longing to make getting dressed each morning a hassle-free experience, but still have a desire to look “put together” when it is all said and done, the following essentials should be your next investment!
Wardrobe Essentials: Classic White T-Shirt
No closet is complete without a plain white tee. Whether pairing it with a fancy skirt, trousers or jeans, the classic white t-shirt is the gift that keeps on giving. You can find them in various fits and styles. Find one, two or maybe three that work for you. After all, it will get a lot of wear throughout the year!
Wardrobe Essentials: A Classic Blazer
A classic blazer will see you through every season. It is truly a wardrobe must-have. A great outerwear option when it is not quite cold enough for a coat. Throw it on with a white tee, separates or dresses. You can also pair it with leggings and heels or with jeans. It serves infinite possibilities! To get the most out of this essential, start with a black blazer and ensure it properly fits your arms, shoulders and waist. If buying off the rack, it may require some tailoring. Nonetheless, over time, add navy blue, khaki and white to your blazer repertoire. Your outfit options just went to another level! 😉
Wardrobe Essentials: Dark-Wash Denim
A good fitting pair of jeans is relative to every body type and goes a long way! They are truly an essential. Skinny or straight leg jeans are the most versatile investments. They don’t have to be dark-wash, but the most important factor is fit. Dark-wash is suggested because they don’t stain as easily. Nevertheless, find a pair that are comfortable and flattering so you can dress them up or down for years to come.
Wardrobe Essentials: Classic White Button-Down Shirt
Invest in a crisp, white button-down shirt that skims and flatters your figure. It is the number one stunner in your wardrobe! The fit is crucial! It obviously looks fabulous when layered under a blazer and paired with jeans. It can also accompany a simple skirt or trousers for a classic look. Lastly, consider layering it under a sweater or dress to give an ensemble some added dimension. The possibilities are endless!
Wardrobe Essentials: Black Leggings
A good high quality pair of black leggings will endlessly serve your wardrobe! Look for fabrics that are structured and offer stretch and support…they will be more figure flattering. Stick with solid black fabrics with a blend and keep them classic. Avoid 100% cotton leggings … over time they will begin to fade from repeated washing. Pair them with a white button-down shirt, white tee, classic blazer or chunky knit sweat…to name a few. Sport them with trainers for a casual look or team them with ankle boots or classic black heels for a versatile look.
Wardrobe Essentials: Black Slacks
Whether wearing to work, out to lunch or dinner, a solid pair of black slacks with a flattering fit will serve a multitude of purposes! They are truly a Monday through Sunday staple. Coordinate them with a classic blazer, classic white button down shirt or whatever trendy top or jacket you like. Over time, add navy blue, khaki and white to your slacks repertoire for even more wardrobe versatility!
Wardrobe Essentials: A Little Black Dress
This is one essential that will always serve as a go-to or last minute emergency for any event! Whether attending a wedding, party, a special event or going on vacation, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. It sits at the top of the list alongside the classic white button down shirt. This staple piece serves as a blank slate for styling and accessorizing, yet perfectly fine all on its own. Be sure to find a style that best suits your body type. It is a wardrobe must!
Wardrobe Essentials: Neutral Flat Shoes
Every woman can appreciate a good pair of flats! For me, they are a wardrobe “crucial”…especially after a long day or if you just want to be comfortable throughout the day! When it comes to wear-anywhere flats, black, navy, nude and metallics are all great investment shades. After which, you can expand your options with bright solid colors and prints. Whether your preference is a loafer, mule or ballet flat, look for styles that are not just fashionable, but offer comfort and versatility.
Wardrobe Essentials: Black Pumps
A pair of classic comfortable black heels will become your best friend in your wardrobe. They are that go-to footwear staple that can be worn with unlimited ensembles! They are as crucial as a pair of flats. Pair them with black leggings and a blazer or with a pair of figure flattering skinny jeans and a blouse. Dress them up with a cocktail dress or coordinate them with a blazer and slacks. The possibilities are endless! If you only own one pair of pumps, ensure that they are fashionable, black and most importantly comfortable!
Wardrobe Essentials: White Slip-On Sneakers
Classic white slides or sneakers have solidified their place onto the essentials list over the years. Especially for those who travel or whose jobs require them to walk a few blocks to the office. Today’s slides have been amped up a notch with the addition of studs, rhinestones, jewels and texture. Creating numerous options on this classic essential. A good slip-on sneaker should be sleeker than a traditional running shoe, provide enough comfort to walk for miles and give any outfit an extra dose of fabulousness!
Wardrobe Essentials: Ankle Boots
Like that of the classic white slides, ankle boots have made their way onto the essentials list over the years. They have become a wardrobe must! I would venture to say more than the traditional knee-high boot. Investing in a mid-height heel is suggested so that they can be dressed up or down. They look great with dresses, jeans or leggings. Classic black will always be a staple shade, however, red, metallics or leopard print are timeless ways to add some sass to otherwise simple ensembles.
Wardrobe Essentials: A Leather Jacket
Leather biker jackets have been a wardrobe essential for many years because they offer major versatility. They obviously work well with jeans or leggings. However, throwing it on over a party dress or pairing it with a maxi skirt takes it to another level! Designers are creating biker jackets in an array of beautiful solid colors, however, classic black is a staple color. Nonetheless, a soft leather biker jacket is a timeless piece that can be worn for many years.
Wardrobe Essentials: A Leather Handbag
A good quality leather handbag adds that finishing touch to any outfit. It doesn’t have to be a designer bag to possess quality. There are countless quality real leather handbag options out there that will give you longevity equivalent to that of a designer bag. Let the truth be told, all designer bags are not genuine leather. A lot of designers are creating leather-like vegan bags, that can compete with some designer labels out there. Look for a bag that suits your style and storage needs. Opting for a design with detachable cross body straps will score two bag designs in one!
Wardrobe Essentials: A Simple Black Skirt
A flattering, well-fitted black skirt will save the day, especially when you are in a crunch or clueless as to what to wear. It can be coordinated in multiple ways! It works great with a classic blazer, or white shirt for a timeless look. You can also pair it with a trendy top and either a simple pump or ankle boot. Whether, maxi, mini, flared or pencil you can’t go wrong. Just remember to choose styles that complement your body type.
Wardrobe Essentials: A Mid-Length Dress
Whether, structured, flowly or a simple slip design, a mid-length dress or “midi” is a definite essential. In fact, I would suggest investing in a few that offer different silhouettes. If you ask my opinion, you can never own too many dresses! That’s because I am a dress lover :). You can pair it with a blazer, ankle boots or classic pumps. Whatever works for you. Nonetheless, find a style(s) that suits you!
Wardrobe Essentials: Classic Trench Coat
A classic trench coat or jacket is just the thing when the weather is cool, but doesn’t quite warrant a heavy coat. Designers offer various optional designs to this classic essential. Nonetheless, it provides a clean, timeless look to any ensemble. Choose classic khaki or consider winter white or black. Either option is a win!
Wardrobe Essentials: Riding Boots
No winter wardrobe is complete without a pair of good quality classic leather riding boots. They are a wardrobe absolute! This investment definitely won’t be a waste. In the winter months…they will get much wear. They serve as the finishing touch to any fall or winter ensemble and contingent upon the style, can provide some serious visual interest! Pair them with a blazer and leggings or with a mini, midi or maxi skirt…the choice is yours! Your classic neutrals…black, brown, tan and winter white are a given. Later venture out to colors and prints!
That’s it for now…my fellow fashionistas! Until next time…Stay Fabulous!! 🙂