12 Staples of a Great Wardrobe

Whether you’re just starting to build a timeless wardrobe, or planning a closet purge, keep on reading for the 12 staples of a great wardrobe to keep your looks stylish and functional at all times.

  1. Classic Dresses

classic striped dress with fringed bag

classic white dress with military jacket

Dresses are the best because they don’t need much to look good. You could easily build a look entirely of dresses, but when building a wardrobe of essentials, consider at least a little black dress, a casual bodycon dress, and a white summer dress that will work for many different situations and will transition well between work, night, and play.

  1. Chic Blazer

sailor blazer with miniskirt structured blazer with fisherman sweater and leather trousers

A structured blazer is a great way to easily dress up a look. Just go for the sleeve length and cut that works for your body type. Though it can be your most polished office-piece, blazers can make your urban style more sophisticated. If your life requires more of a tailored approach, consider getting a suit with a great blazer you can wear separately.

  1. Denim Jeans

jeans with oversized red coat and printed top white tee with jeans and loafers

With jeans, a dark wash is preferred as a closet staple. Choose whatever cut flatters you most whether it’s skinny, boot, or flared. However, skinny jeans are universally flattering since it can balance your oversized coats, as well as make your basic tee effortlessly cool.

  1. Classic Skirts

chic blouse with white skirt classic full skirt with chic bandeau top

Though pencil skirts are great to make your office looks classy, full skirts in neutral shades are also great to dress up your preppy bandeau tops and feminine blouse that looks more feminine than a pencil skirt. Just go for pastel or lighter hues to make a romantic style out from it.

  1. Black Pants

black pants with graphic tee black pants with sweater and leather jacket

Every closet needs at least one pair of black trousers. Whether it’s a pair of harem pants, straight-leg pants, joggers, or skinny jeans, black pants will dress up your slouchy outfits, making them look sleeker and more polished effortlessly.

  1. Classic Tops

classic button down shirt with fur mules classic top with wrap leather skirt and sneakers

Layering different tops is the easiest way to change up a look. However, a classic top can be enough to make your work outfits look classy while transitioning for after-work hours easier just by teaming your classic top with a leather skirt.

  1. Coat

gray wool coat with all white outfit trench coat with all black outfit

This piece is a great way to add color and stay warm. However, consider neutral grays, camels, whites, and blacks that can be versatile enough to wear with any of your outfits, regardless of the season. Wool coats are perfect for colder months, while trench coats can make your outfit look classy on warmer months.

  1. Classic Pumps

black pumps with high low dress and jeans white pumps with astel blue high low dress

If you’re a fan of the stiletto and can wear them anytime, then great. But if you’re not and still need a lift, invest in classic pumps that can go with varying styles and feel good to wear. Apart from being a must-have office shoes, neutral-colored pumps can dress up your party dresses, as well as your casual jeans.

  1. Comfy Flats

lace up flats with urban outfit metallic gold flats with casual outfit

Opt for flats when you want to take the heels off. You may pick up a fun pair and match them with different looks, or keep them in the metallic shades of gold or silver to glam up your most basic outfits while keeping your feet comfortable.

  1. Chic Sandals

ankle strap sandals with urban outfit nude sandals with urban outfit

Sandals are a great alternative to flip-flops. Blocked heels are more staple over stiletto ones, perfect for walking. Consider neutral colors that will work interchangeably with skirts, jeans or dresses. Wedges provide height without the risk and comfortable that will go great with jeans, and can be dressed up for night.

  1. Edgy Boots

ankle boots with boho chic outfit suede boots with fall outfit

More utilitarian but still necessary, make sure you invest in a pair of boots that will withstand harsh weather. Ankle boots are more versatile as you can wear them in warmer weather, as well as colder months with tights. Just go for a color that blends well with any of your outfit to maximize their use.

  1. Structured Handbags

structured bag with dress chambray shirtdress with structured red bag

You need to keep your stuff somewhere, so investing in a great handbag is the first step. Go for a structured style that can add some polish to you casual shirtdresses and jeans. Feel free to go bold with jewel-toned handbags that can be stylish and functional enough to dress up your outfits. Indeed, having a great wardrobe is the foundation of having a great style so think of your basic pieces first.

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