20 Wardrobe Essentials

There are some clothing items that you must have ready in your closet. They make up the basis of your wardrobe, no matter what your style.  To make the list, an article of clothing has to have several important elements:

  • It has to be of good quality. A wardrobe essential makes a statement, and anyone should be able to tell that it is of great quality. High quality also means that it fits and wears well. This is very important for clothing you depend on again and again.
  • It must be versatile. One major key in versatility is color. A wardrobe essentials have to go with lots of other clothes, evidently it should be neutral in color. They also must work with different outfits. A good example is a button-down white collard shirt that you can pair with a skirt, pants, or a pair of jeans.
  • It should be in a classic style. You don’t want your wardrobe essentials to ever really go out of style.

A lot of wardrobe essential pieces are black. Black apparels offer many benefits: The color is flattering on every person and every body type. With a black basic, you can be free to add color in other areas of your outfit and enjoy prints or great accessories. No one knows how often you wear them and stains are difficult, and at times, impossible to see.

A Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is a magnificent must- have piece that every girl should acquire in their wardrobe. It flatters every single body type! Choose a black one, or one with beautiful colors, prints and patterns. Either way, you will still look fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Pencil Skirt

A black pencil skirt flatters all types of body types. It is a great basic and  works great with almost every top or occasion. There are 2 different types of pencil skirts, one that tapers at the hem and one that falls straight from the hips. To determine which one to go with, would be based on your body type. Also remember, that length is very important for all body types and you should keep it close to the knee or over the knee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black blazer

The black blazer is a key essential piece in your wardrobe. The fact that it’s black, it goes with virtually everything. You can change the look just by changing the accessories.

Although it does not need to be very expensive or high-end, the blazer DOES need to fit you perfectly and work with your body type. If you want to look taller, choose a blazer that’s longer. If you want to accentuate your fabulous waistline, make sure it’s fitted in the waist area. You can wear a single-breasted blazer comfortably and fashionably either open or closed, and you have the option of wearing it over dresses, skirts, cargo pants as well as jeans. A black blazer doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a basic that you can build different outfits with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little black dress (LBD)

Ah, the little black dress. It should be well-made and fit you like a glove. It should be sexy, yet sophisticated. It should hide your flaws and accentuate your assets. It can go from day (wear it to the office with a blazer and pumps) to night (take off the blazer and add some makeup, jewelry, and heels). The LBD is both universal and individual at the same time. Look for one that makes you feel fabulous and worth the investment because this is one piece that will really give you your money’s worth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit Cardigan Sweaters

Cardigan sweaters are great for layering and for optimizing your wardrobe. They are perfect for all seasons. You can find a nice thick and warm one for the fall/winter, as well as a very light and airy one for the spring/summer. You can wear it or tie it around your neck. They come in a variety of lengths and styles: short ones that cuts under the breast, regular length ones that falls under the waistline, and long ones that will cover your tush. They also come in short sleeve, quarter-length and long sleeves. You can find them in cotton or cashmere. A good-quality cardigan sweater should last a very long time.

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Crisp, white button-down shirt

The white button-down shirt should fit you well. A man’s white shirt is straight and shapeless but yours is made and cut specifically for a woman. It should be flattering and accentuate your best features. You can wear a white shirt by itself, tucked in or out, under a sweater, under a jacket, or as part of a suit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leather Jackets

At least one leather jacket is a great staple in any wardrobe. They come in a variety of styles and colors. They can be thick for weathering a cold storm, or light and thin to simply be fashionable. If there’s anything you need to remember about them, it is to make sure they are not bulky and over-sized. This will cause you to look dated. Make sure the cut and length fits well on you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves

Scarves are a spectacular way to jazz up an outfit! Find a dark thick one for the cold months and light and airy one for the not so cold months. A stylish scarf can transform a simple tank top and pair of jeans into a fabulous new outfit.  And it’s a great way to satisfy a shopping craving without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black trousers

A pair of high-quality, flat front, black trousers are a necessity in every woman’s wardrobe. Stay away from pleats because they only accentuate an area that we all do not need accentuating! When choosing a pair of trousers, select a length that matches the heel height you most commonly wear. Also, choose a lightweight wool that will work in both the summer or winter. If you can buy another pair, ivory is great to have. Winter white is a refreshing change, and it shows that you have style and are not afraid to show it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tweed

Every girl should own a tweed article of clothing. I love a great tweed clothing piece! A tweed jacket, skirt, dress or pants is a great choice for a fall wardrobe. They are a fabulous neutral. They go well with pretty much anything and any color for the fall season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leather Bag

A black/brown leather bag is a perfect everyday and everywhere bag. A bag you can wear to work, to lunch, to dinner, and even shopping on the weekends. It goes with everything you could possibly wear. You will feel comfortable using it with whatever colors or prints you may be wearing. It should also be medium-sized: large enough for whatever you need during the day but small enough that it won’t look ridiculous for an impromptu dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality Blue Jeans

Everyone should have a pair of their favorite jeans. The kind of jeans that make you feel sexy, pulled together, and comfortable. These jeans should be current, and the cut should be one that compliments your best attributes. Keeping your body type in mind, pick the cut of your jeans accordingly. Some suggestions:

  • If you want to draw attention to your fabulous waistline, pick a pair of high-waisted pair of jeans.
  • If you want to show off your great legs, you may want a pair of skinny jeans.
  • If you want to deflect attention away from your waist area, choose flared jeans.

Also, keep in mind the color. A dark wash jean will look more slimming and can be more versatile. You can wear them casual during the day, or dress them up at night.

Do not overlook the trouser jeans. They are more flattering and fancier than the regular five-pocket jeans. They can also pass the test at the office.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pair of Black Pumps

Black pumps go with everything and they can go from day to night. Remember to go with a dressier pair; because shoes are generally easier to dress down than to dress up. Make sure they’re comfortable! Don’t expect them to “break in.” Pricier shoes are of better quality which means comfort and longevity.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal print Accessories

Animal print accessories make for a bold fashion statement! This statement can be made in pumps, stilettos, flats, belts, scarves, jewelry, bags or clutches. They are considered a neutral because they match everything. Just don’t over do it and wear all those pieces at once. Choose one as an accent to an outfit. They can make a rather average outfits stand out in a very fashionable way.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metallic Flats

They can spice up all your basics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit Leggings

Knit leggings are not the staples you remember from the 80′s. Think of them as tights, you can put them under a skirt, an over-sized shirt, or a tunic. And remember ladies, knit leggings and tights are NOT to be worn exposed! Make sure you wear something with that covers your tush!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Boots/ Shoe Boots

Low boots can be versatile. Specifically the color brown, can look better the more you wear them. Shoe boots are a great current staple. They can be worn with tights and a skirt or a dress. Looking fashionably chic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set of pearls

Pearls are not just for grandma! A set of pearls can be a beautiful accent to any outfit. They’re perfect for the office and for a formal affair. Obviously, real pearls are expensive, but you can buy fake ones. You can either get the classic one string necklace or you can have fun with some long strands that can also be found with a mix of gold or silver chains. Just play around with them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Studs or Cubics!

You definitely don’t want to leave your ears bare, and diamond studs or cubic zirconias go perfectly with everything.  Whether you are heading to work in a suit or out at night in jeans and a blouse, studs are the perfect complement. It’s my favorite choice of earrings and they look great with a short hairstyle. They are classy, and you can throw them on without worrying whether they go with what you’re wearing because diamonds go with everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwear

Wearing the right underwear can make your clothes fit better. Remember ladies, NO panty lines or sagging breasts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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