The 10 basic wardrobe essentials every woman should have in her closet

There’s nothing better than having a few great pieces that you can break out for any occasion. Though we all have those “nothing to wear” moments, they can be avoided by adding a few multi-functional essentials to your wardrobe. If you want to make day-to-day dressing easier, then focus on building a streamlined selection of clothes that are both fashionable and functional.

By investing in clothes that you can easily flip between the professional the personal moments of your life — you’ll create looks you love and looks that work. It’s not just about pockets, ladies. You need the kind of functionality that only a blazer, some sleek slip-ons and a slim-cut pair of black trousers can provide. Check out the 10 essentials that ever woman should have in her closet. Your style will thank you.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

1. A Dignified Blazer

Fact: you feel nice in a nice blazer. If you need to pull together an office look then invest in a great blazer. A great blazer doesn’t just have to exist in the office. It can be used as a great fall outerwear substitute when it’s not quite cold enough for a heavy coat. Blazer’s can also transition into great date-wear by throwing them over a nice cocktail dress.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

2. Cute ballet flats.

Ballet flats are a classic piece of women’s fashion history. They’ve been worn by everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung — and there’s a reason why. These shoes are both fashionable and comfortable (an occasional rarity in women’s fashion trends) and can be dressed up or dressed down with slacks, dresses and jeans. Transitioning seamlessly between jeans and cocktail attire, ballet flats truly are the shoe for everyone.

3. The plain white t-shirt.

I shouldn’t have to explain this one. Everyone woman should own a plain white t-shirt. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing ever invented an goes with practically anything. Want to wear boho-grunge-casual? The white t-shirt has you covered. Feel like dressing like a 90’s Calvin Klein model? There is no other answer but the white t-shirt.

White t-shirts can be dressed with everything from skirts to jeans to slacks. They truly are one of the most functional wardrobe editions — just don’t go eating ribs.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

4. Casual sneakers.

If you live in a city or have a job or position that requires a lot of walking, casual sneakers should be a staple of your wardrobe. Casual sneakers (especially the slip-on variety) are incredibly comfortable but also more sleek than traditional athletic shoes or running shoes. They add a dose of urban cool to any outfit, but also look modern and upscale as well.

5. Black trousers.

The black trend will never die. Black trousers should be a foundation of every woman’s wardrobe. You can wear them to work. You can wear them to brunch. If you pick the right pair you might even be able to get away with them on a night out. A solid pair of well-made black trousers are a great base to an array of classic and modern looks.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

6. Chic pumps.

Nothing will boost your confidence like a pair of heels. Pumps are a solid footwear staple that you should always keep in your rotation. It doesn’t matter if you only break them out for those power-meetings and business luncheons, or if wear them for a once monthly night out with the girls. Add a chic pair of pumps to your wardrobe and experiment crossing them over with different outfits and styles.

7. Striped shirts.

The slouchy striped shirts and jeans trends is probably one of the best things to happen in recent years. But, those striped shirts can also be combined with pencil skirts to create cute day or night appropriate looks. Mix them with solids, florals, plaids or other striped separates — don’t be afraid to experiment.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

8. Modern dark wash denim.

Go for a pair of dark-washed denim the next time you’re shopping. They work for a wide range of looks and can be dressed up or down. Dark-wash jeans can be worn in an office setting or even for a hot date night. The looks are endless and the best part of it all? They don’t stain as easily. Yay!

9. The LBD.

It’s not a cliche — every woman should own a little black dress. There is no item in any wardrobe that is more of a blank slate than the LBD. On their own, they’re stunning, but all dolled up? A little black dress has the power to make you look like a real knockout. A touchstone of any wardrobe, the little black dress is something that should be hanging in every closet.

The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

10. A white button up shirt.

The white button up shirt is any wardrobe’s pinch hitter. There are endless options to wearing this shirt. You can pair it with jeans for a cute casual look, or you can add it to a simple skirt or trousers for a classic, office appropriate look. If you want to try something new, pair it with a sweater or a dress to give dimension to an outfit.

Putting it all together…

Add multi-functional essentials to your wardrobe to streamline it and made daily dressing easier. Blazers are a great way to dress up for the office or a night out. Ballet flats too are a great transitional item that works in both formal and casual settings. If you want to go for classic looks in the office or hanging out with friends, invest in white-button ups and plain white t-shirts, as well as striped shirts in fitted and slouchy cuts. Casual sneakers, pumps and black trousers, too, are modern and chic items that transition well for those with fast-paced urban lives. Need something with a little more oomph? Invest in a little black dress that accentuates all your best assets. However you decide to dress it — up or down — love your wardrobe…and yourself!

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