There are certain pieces every woman should have in her closet. Classic, staple pieces are must haves that you can reach for time after time and always look great. These pieces are the ones that fit you well and are good quality (definitely something you want to consider splurging on). Then you build the rest of your wardrobe around these pieces.
There are 10 staple pieces that I think everyone needs.They can be mixed and matched and worn a million different ways. Of course, this list is subject to modification, but these are my personal opinions of staples.
My absolute #1 wardrobe staple must have no matter what your lifestyle, your profession or anything else is a great white t-shirt. A white tshirt can work in just about any situation. I don’t think you should spend a lot on tshirts, especially white ones, since they get dingy. In my opinion the best tshirts come from Everlane, and they don’t cost a fortune!
A little black dress is absolutely a must have. The perfect little black dress will be one that can transition from professional to evening and is made out of a material that would work for any season (so not wool or linen). And since you are picking out the perfect little black dress for you, make sure it fits you well and you feel really good in it!
A blazer is a piece that can do so much for you! Pair it with a pencil skirt for a day at the office, throw it on over a dress, dress up a pair of jeans … there are so many possibilities with a well fitting blazer! Although I personally feel that the more blazers the better, if you are just getting one, I would opt for a neutral one in either black or navy.
A chambray shirt may seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. You can layer over or layer under. You can dress it up or down. It works for any season. It never goes out of style. You can’t go wrong with chambray shirt in your closet.
Pencil skirts may seem a little boring, but you can actually do more than you think with them. They are perfect for the office (maybe pair it with a blazer), but you can also make it more playful with a graphic tee or dress it up with a sequinned top for a night out.
Good jeans make a difference. I’m not a jeans kind of girl, but I realize most people wear jeans a decent amount (if you are like me, change out jeans with jean skirt). I am not saying you should spend a ton on your jeans, but you do need to get a pair of jeans that fit you well and is super flattering, and for your staple pair, it shouldn’t be something that is super trendy. Your staple jeans are going to be ones that you can wear on a casual Friday or out for a date night. I don’t consider super distressed jeans or super low rise jeans (which are, unfortunately coming back) to be your staple. Whether they are skinny jeans, boot cut, straight cut, higher waist… well that depends on what makes you feel best.
A good pair of pumps in a neutral color (black or nude) is an absolute must. Whether it is for the office, an event or an evening out, a neutral pair of pumps can work in just about any situation (except the gym). The heel height doesn’t matter- whatever you are most comfortable in.
A nice handbag (or bags) is an essential for any closet. And it is one of the items I highly recommend you splurge on. A neutral color in your favorite style is best, but if you really love a certain color (like pink or red) and you think you’ll wear it all the time, then there is no reason not to go with your favorite color!
A pair of fun shoes may not be a typical staple, but you have to have a little fun! Whether they are flats or heels, you can wear them with your LBD, a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt… A fun pair of shoes can really change up an outfit!
The last staple is a statement necklace. I love a good statement necklace. It is another one that may not seem like a typical pick for a staple item, but you can make it work with any of the above items. Take a simple LBD and add a statement necklace, and you’ve got an outfit fit for a night out on the town. Pair a statement necklace with a chambray shirt and it dresses up the look.
Staples are so important for any closet. So for the next 10 months, I am going to be tackling a staple a month for styling tips, favorites and more!
What do you consider your staple pieces in your closet?