I was looking at my closets the other day (yes I have 2 large ones all to myself) realizing that, while they are overflowing, I always seem to struggle with what to wear. I decided it was time for a major purge, inventory check and a back to basics shopping trip.
I surprised myself with the number of items I have been holding onto since high school thinking someday, I’d wear them again. But more surprising was the fact that I was seriously lacking on some basic essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe to make “outfitting” easier. So I made a list, checked it twice, (made sure there were items both naughty and nice), and hit the mall.
To save you the trouble, I have prepared this list of “wardrobe essentials” every woman should have be sure to hang (or fold) in her closet.
The Structured Jacket
A great structured jacket pulls together any outfit and is a key essential for your wardrobe. Wear it with a matching pant or pencil skirt to create a power suit, over a basic tee with a scarf, jeans and flats for a casual look or with a flowing silk blouse, jeans and a pair of stilettos for a few evening cocktails with the girls.
Every woman needs at least one pair of form fitting, dark jeans that make you feel fabulous. A flattering pair lifts your bottom if you need it or accentuates it if you don`t. They are slim through the leg while still allowing you to sit down comfortably. They hit the waist at the right spot. This means no muffin top. Not even a little. And for some of us, this will require high rise jeans. I know, I know… low rise is all the hype. But when it comes to jeans, how they fit YOU matters most. And some of us are just not built for low rise jeans.
A good pair of basic, black pumps are a versatile staple that can be paired with your power suit or killer jeans.
The Little Black Dress
A simple, elegant and classic black dress is a great “go to” for more formal functions, especially if they are last minute social opportunities. The right dress will make you feel fabulous and sexy every time you put it on.
The Pencil Skirt
A simple, pencil skirt is another chic essential perfect for professional as well as social situations. Pair it with your silk blouse or tee
A silk blouse in your favourite and complementary colour is a great, versatile staple that can be paired with your power suit or killer jeans for a very stylish look. Team it with tailored shorts or a pencil skirt and you`ve got a year round go to for any occasion.
The Tailored Pant
Crisp and tailored black pants are absolutely essential for professional situations. But they’re not just a key ingredient for a power suit (along with your structured jacket). Pair them with a simple tee and statement jewelry, a colourful silk blouse, a structured dress shirt or a cute cardigan for a variety of chic and professional looks.
The Basic Tee
The perfect basic tee should feel soft against your skin and hug your body without being skin tight or so loose it borders on frumpy. The style and fabric should look luxurious enough to be worn at work with statement jewelry or dressed down with your jeans for a leisurely Saturday stroll. When you find the perfect one, don`t be afraid to buy it in several colours. White, black, grey and in stripes are eternally elegant.
Yoga Pants and Hoodie
A good pair of yoga pants and a hoodie or zip are essential for casual days, walking your dog, hitting the grocery store, or even just lounging around the house.
Black Mid-Calf Boots
A pair of basic black, mid-calf boots is a great staple and the best way to “sexy up” an outfit. Whether you throw them over a pair of skinny jeans, leggings or pair them with a mini skirt and sheer stockings, they do nothing but wonderful things for your legs.
What are the essentials in your closet that you can`t live without?