Creating a great and useful wardrobe is actually much more difficult than it sounds. I know I’m not the only 20-something that has a few too many inexpensive, trendy pieces and not enough of the essentials hanging in my closet. One of my 2013 goals is to invest in quality pieces that will take me from the office to dinner and drinks. If you’re with me, here are 10 wardrobe essentials that every woman should own. Now, let’s get shopping!
1. Black Blazer
This classic piece will go everywhere with you. Whether you’re still a college student or a young professional, this is an item you should take time to find and invest in. You can pair it with jeans and little dresses for the weekend, and, of course, your trousers and skirts during the work week. Find a tailored piece for a classic, feminine look that will compliment all body types. It’s important to find one that fits you well and accentuates your waist, otherwise it might look like it’s swallowing you.
2. Printed Scarf
Two ladies can wear the same basic outfit, jeans and t-shirt and one will look pulled together while the other just looks boring. What’s the difference? It’s in the accessories. A printed scarf, whether it’s leopard or another bright design makes a basic ensemble into an outfit. An adorable printed scarf will be your go-to accessory to quickly slip on and finish off a basic outfit.
3. Red Flats
We already know you have a pair of black flats, but have you considered picking up a pair in bright red? Red flats provide a pop of color and will work in every season.
4. Striped Shirt
The striped shirt is a timeless classic that’s currently making a serious comeback. If you’re not sure how to wear it, start by switching out any plain solid top with your striped one, basically using it as a neutral piece. It pairs well with brights, prints, and peeking out from underneath a blazer.
5. Statement Necklace
When you build your closet on the basic necessities, you need to find ways to add more color and personality. Play with your accessories. A statement necklace is a perfect piece to make a simple outfit look both strong and feminine.
6. Little Black Dress
This one is of utmost importance in every woman’s closet. Invest in one that’s special and flatters your figure perfectly. You want it to be a piece that makes you feel unique and flawless every time you wear it. Even with unique details, a little black dress can be dressed up or down, and adapted for any occasion with the right accessories.
7. Black Opaque Tights
A great pair of black tights will make your legs look a mile long when paired with black heels or booties. Plus, they’re instantly slimming for those days you’re feeling a little blah. Double them up for a more opaque look-and to keep you warm in the winter. You can also pair them with dresses that are just a little too short to wear alone and make your closet that much more useful. My personal favorite are the DKNY brand.
8. Oversize Watch
A watch isn’t just a timepiece, it’s a classic accessory. For a current look, go with an oversized design and wear it loose like a bracelet. It will dress up any outfit and make it instantly luxe.
9. Classic Trench
This is another investment piece. You’ll wear a classic trench for years, even when your size fluctuates. Find a classic A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist and wear it over everything in your closet, from suits to jeans.
10. Flared Jeans
It’s not just about skinny jeans, ladies. A quality pair of flared jeans flatters basically all body types. And you can inconspicuously pair them with platforms or wedges for extra height while maintaining comfort and a casual look.