Fashion can take many forms. Not only is fashion a way to protect you against the elements, but it also serves as a means to express yourself. The best quality of fashion is that it is both a language and an art form. Just a few simple additions to your outfit can have a tremendous effect, oftentimes boosting your confidence through the roof.
The idea of having closet essentials is both exciting and intimidating. How are you supposed to find items that play such a substantial role in your wardrobe? We are here to help streamline your wardrobe so that picking the perfect outfit is painless and easy. While no two styles are identical, there are a handful of wardrobe staples that every woman should have in their closets regardless of your daily “look.” Here are the six items every woman needs in her wardrobe:
Little Black Dress
The timeless Little Black Dress, or ‘LBD’, is an absolute must-have for your wardrobe. The term “little black dress” was first used in 1926, in an American Vogue illustration of Coco Chanel’s first black ‘Ford.’ It has since emerged as a staple suitable for a wide array of social events.
An LBD, while simple, is a versatile piece that has survived the tumultuous ongoings of the ever-growing fashion industry. An LBD can easily be dressed up or down and looks great on anybody (note: the color black does wonders). Plus, they are easy and comfortable whether you’re headed to a pedicure or to an important business meeting. Throw on a moto jacket and booties or some classic pearl earrings to serve some seriously righteous looks.
Like the LBD, white sneaks have emerged as another basic staple that should find a home in every woman’s closet. Household brand names like Adidas, Reebok, and K-Swiss and high-end, luxury names like Gucci and Balenciaga have catapulted these delightfully simple staple pieces to the forefront of the fashion industry.
White sneakers were initially introduced to the market in the 80s and 90s. Today, white sneakers are a part of the retro fashion revival that has completely taken over contemporary street fashion. This wardrobe must-have makes the day a breeze by allowing an easy transition from work, to the gym, and out on the town. Pair your white kicks with an LBD and a denim jacket for an effortlessly casual look.
Regardless of how many necklaces you own, delicate gold chains are the types of accessories that you’ll most likely be wearing on the day-to-day. They can be easily paired with other items in your closet and they’ll never go out of style. One of the best aspects of fine jewelry is that these items are easy to layer with other necklaces that you have in your closet. Similar to clothing, layering jewelry adds dimension and can be the defining factor to tie your look together.
An “everyday” bag
Having an “everyday” bag that is ideally unbranded and neutral-colored is another essential piece that every woman should have in her closet. As women, we are already well aware of our limited pocket space, and so it’s important to purchase a bag that has enough space to hold all of your belongings. This bag should also be sturdy enough to handle everyday wear and tear.
Plain White Tee
Plain white tees are another basic must-have that you can dress up or dress down. It’s one of the most versatile pieces that you will ever get your hands on, so it’s important to have a few in your closet. A white tee is also a great addition to a comfortable travel outfit.
Pair your white tee with a pair of boyfriend-cut jeans, a trendy brown belt and cute wedge for something comfortable and casual. Or, spruce it up a big with a skirt and some simple accessories—the choice is yours. All you need to know is that with a plain white tee, any look is perfectly achievable.
A Collared Shirt
Collared shirts are the types of items that look good with almost anything you pair it with. Whether you’re headed to a night out on the town or to your weekly business meeting, a collared shirt is both comfortable and versatile. This shirt has been reinvented in many different colors, shapes, and forms from your classic striped button down, to a modern deconstructed, off-the-shoulder blouse.
Wear it with solid color jeans or mix it up with a printed skirt for something more fun and daring (striped shirts look amazing with bright colors and animal prints.) Tuck it into a denim skirt for some feminine flair, layer it with a sweater, or try throwing it over a crop top. Keep a few of these shirts in different colors and patterns and they’ll surely get good use.
While plenty of these items seem basic, it’s important to remember that these are the items that make up the majority of your looks. They’re meant to help build a wardrobe that you’ll be able to pull ensembles out of every single day. These kinds of closets are enduring, and allow you to eliminate the stress when you’re trying to put an outfit together. Whether you’re going for an easy, breezy casual look to take a trip to the supermarket or full-on star-studded glam look, these wardrobe essentials will be able to fully prepare you, no matter the occasion.