There are a few key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe which can be used to build every other outfit you’ll ever wear. The correct wardrobe essentials give you limitless possibilities, setting them off with the accessories, colours and textures which come into fashion throughout the year.
When it comes to your basic clothing you should always invest in quality pieces, as they can be worn season on season and you’ll want them to last; neutral tones are also a must for these ten wardrobe basics.
1. Blue jeans
Blue jeans are the ultimate wardrobe must have. Know your body type, and choose the right jeans in a sturdy and comfortable fabric. If you have hips go for a flare to balance your figure, or for the slender ladies, try a skinny jean. Most importantly, invest in a pair which are a uniform colour (no fading, rips or distress) and wear them with everything.
2. The striped tee
A striped tee and jeans are a match made in heaven, but that isn’t the limit of where the striped tee can go. Stripes are almost universally flattering and pair with just about everything, from corporate to weekend casual, a striped tee is a go-to essential.
3. The dark blazer
Endlessly versatile and always in style, the dark blazer can be thrown on over a cocktail dress, can pull together your corporate look or pair with jeans and a tee for an evening out with the girls.
4. Pencil skirt
The pencil skirt isn’t just for the office, but is both a corporate and casual wardrobe essential. A good pencil skirt slims you down, shows off your waist and enhances your curves. Team up with an oversized tee and ankle boots for the weekend or a pair of heels and button down shirt for the work week.
5. White button down
Basic clothing doesn’t have to be boring clothing and the right white shirt is anything but boring, offering you a blank canvas for an endless combination of statement jewellery, beautiful shoes and patterned skirts and pants.
6. A flattering dress
Every girl needs a dress she always feels good in. Choose a basic black or navy dress which suits your body, such as a wrap dress, which looks good on almost every woman. Make this dress your go to for those days when you need to slip into something that looks great and go.
7. Ankle boots
From work to the weekend, a good pair of ankle boots will keep your feet warm through autumn and winter and will pair well with dresses, jeans and tights. The shorter you are, the taller you’ll want the heel be. Choose a pair in leather to get as much wear out of them as possible.
8. Structured coat
Your number one cool weather wardrobe essential, a structured coat in a natural and long-lasting fabric is an absolute must have to take you from autumn to winter and from year to year.
9. Black or nude heels
The importance of a basic pair of heels cannot be understated. Choose a simple pair in either nude or black (or both!) and you’ll never have to think about what shoes to wear with that new dress again.
10. A long sleeved top
This basic item of clothing will take you through the year, layered in winter or worn without a jumper in summer. The long sleeved top (in either full or three quarter length) is easy to style and an essential for every woman’s wardrobe.
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