10 Clothing Pieces Every Girl Should Have in Her Closet
Wondering how to maximize your existing wardrobe and get the most of the clothing pieces in your closet? The first step, in my opinion, is to make sure you have the top foundational pieces. I recommend that each woman start with these 10 universally flattering and extremely versatile pieces, and then build their closet around these basics.
Do you only have a couple of these items? No problem – start with what you have, but begin to build a list of the other essential items you still need. Research which items you should purchase based on your body shape, age and style type (need help with this? I can help!). And keep this in mind when you shop. The goal is to build your wardrobe with functional, versatile, foundational pieces, so you no longer stare at a closet full of clothes, and think “I have nothing to wear!”
For each of these items in the “closet staples” list, please keep in mind the following:
* Quality over quantity — always. Splurge on these ten wardrobe staples so you have a foundation in your wardrobe that lasts for years and years. Plus, you’ll feel amazing and look polished & pulled together. It’s worth a little extra money, I promise.
* Color is important. Stick to your tried-and-true neutral palette that you are passionate about and that look best on you (need help figuring this out? I can help!)
* Material is key. Choose quality materials that will last forever…. You won’t regret it.
* Time and effort. Sometimes it does take some time in the stores to try on different brands, styles and cuts before you find something that works for you. When you find that item or brand that fits you (like. a. glove.) — write it down and buy in multiples when you can. And keep an eye out when those items go on sale!
* Visit the department store or tried-and-true retailers to find these items. Don’t go to Kohl’s to find your go-to blazer. While you may find a great deal there, it’s just not where you should go to buy your quality, foundational clothing pieces.
Here’s my top ten list of clothing pieces that look great on all women, no matter style type, age, body shape, personality, etc….
1.) The Silk Blouse
Beautiful and feminine, the silk button up will take you from day to night in a breeze. You can wear it to work, on a date or with jeans. Take your time finding this item and don’t be afraid to splurge a little. This top will stay with you for years. And pick a color that you looks great on you – don’t just buy a neutral top because you think it’s more “versatile.” A colorful piece can be just as versatile… Buy a color you’re passionate about.
2.) The Skinny Jean
A no brainer. Every gal should have a pair of black, white and classic blue jeans in her closet. I suggest a skinny or boot cut for most women, even the curvier gals. You really want to feel confident and look fabulous in these go-to pants, so don’t be afraid to take your time and try on a bunch of styles. A note about cheaper jeans: Hey, I have jeans from Old Navy and American Eagle. Do I think you can find some great jeans at these discount retailers? You betcha. But I don’t think we gals should rely on them. You are a woman. A grown woman. And you want to feel like a woman, right? So splurge already. It’s about quality, not quantity. So please treat yourself to at least 2 pairs of great fitting, quality jeans.
3.) The Pencil Skirt
If you work in a corporate or conservative environment environment, you will need a few pencil skirts. But if you have a job that lets you dress more casually, you may only need the two. I recommend one pencil skirt in a neutral, basic color (navy, black, grey, khaki) and one in a fun color, pattern or texture. PS: Not a pencil skirt kind of gal? An A-line or “fit and flare” skirt are both incredibly classic and fit into this category as well.4.) The Chambray Denim Shirt
Surprisingly versatile and more recently coming back into the mainstream, I think the chambray button up blouse is a must-have closet piece. I wear mine over a tank and with Converse to a concert, and then I can button it up and tuck it into a skirt (you know the one… the classic skirt we talked about in #3).
5.) The Slouchy Tee
Another no brainer. I always recommend having at least six: three in neutral colors (white, black, grey and navy are more obvious choices) and three tees that are brighter, and/or have fun colors or patterns. Any additional tees are welcome, of course, but six is a great starting point. Look for soft, higher quality cotton materials and choose a classic, flattering neckline, such as a V-neck, deep scoop or U-shape neck line. Just please leave the crew neck tee at the store, it’s not flattering on most people, unless you have very slim shoulders and a small bust.
6.) The Trouser
Depending on the material, this pant can be very versatile. I like a more breathable, lighter material that can be worn with a boot for cold months and with a wedge for warm months. And the color is up to you, but it’s a good starting point to begin with a trouser in your go-to palette, so you have a foundation for the rest of your outfit.
7.) The Dress
Diane von Furstenburg said it best: “Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.” I agree completely. Wearing a dress is feminine and makes us feel powerful and sexy. I truly believe we all should have at least two classic dresses in our closet: the sheath and the wrap dress. DVF made the wrap dress famous, and the sheath has been popular for decades. They are timeless, beautiful and always flattering. Have fun with the color, print, and materials – this is where you can really show off your personality. But also know your body shape and your coloring when picking out this timeless dress (need help with this? Contact me!)
8.) The Blazer
You need at least one blazer in your closet, let’s be honest. Even if you’re the most casual of Cali girls (like me… most days), you still need a blazer to swing over your tan shoulders to spruce up your boyfriend jeans. Choose a color that will complement most pieces in your existing wardrobe. And if you work in an office, you should really have at least three blazers. These will go with you everywhere and be appropriate with any outfit and for any occasion. The blazer is a true wardrobe hero.
9.) The Sweater
What’s better than slipping on a soft, cozy sweater? Again, choose a sweater with high quality materials, such as top notch cotton, rayon, cashmere and/or wool. Having 2-3 classic sweaters will is a terrific starting point, in a color palette that works best for you and shows your personality (not sure about this? Ask me for more info!).
10.) The Jacket
A fabulous jacket is honestly the best-kept secret to stylish women everywhere. Think of a fabulous, chic, well-dressed woman… A gal strolling the cobblestone streets of Paris, Milan or London. She is probably wearing a jacket. Why do you think the Burberry Trench is such a cult fave? It instantly transforms any look, adding personality, color and/or texture to your ensemble. And hello, it serves another, very necessary, purpose – it keep you warm! Whether it’s the peacoat, the utility jacket, the draped front jacket, the collarless jacket – find one that works for your body shape, first and foremost, and then choose color. Be wise with texture, though, as not all people can wear the same materials (not sure what I mean by this? Contact me!). Invest in a beautiful jacket and you will wear it for life.