If you want a great wardrobe with everyday ease, one of the best choices you can make is to buy high-quality wardrobe staples that will stand the test of time. This can upgrade both the quality and style of your wardrobe while making getting dressed easier than ever. Let’s look at some essential clothing items you need to make your style timeless.
T-shirts are so comfy that we sometimes overlook their importance. Make sure to have at least one white T-shirt that makes you feel great. When you find a brand and size that work for you, it’s a great idea to buy a “back-up” white T-shirt in case of stains. In addition to white, treat yourself to a few of your favorite neutrals and a couple of bright colors, too.
A women’s white blouse that fits your style and flatters your frame is essential. Whether you choose a fitted number with darts and curves or a classic menswear button-down shirt, don’t forget to have this wardrobe workhorse hanging in your closet ready to go. You can wear it every month out of the year, pair it with pants or a skirt, or layer it over a women’s tank top, or layer it under a sweater or blazer.
A white-collar also naturally brings light to your face. The next time you are watching the news, check to see how many of the anchors take advantage of this.
Is there anything more versatile than a women’s cardigan? You can wear one as insulation against a chill, take an outfit from casual to business casual with a cardigan, and look great while being as cozy as possible. It is tempting to think of cardigans as winter wear but with changing temperatures and dress codes; they are great year-round.
If you only have one cardigan, stick with a neutral color like black or white. If you have two or more, make sure to add at least one beautiful color that will make you look and feel great. Have you ever pulled on a pastel or bright cardigan on a gray, rainy day? It’s an instant pick-me-up.
Is there anything better than just the right women’s jeans? They can instantly take you from “meh” to “marvelous” with their comfy cut and sophisticated styling. If you only have one pair of jeans in your closet, a straight-cut dark wash is a good choice. You can dress them up or down (and wear them with that great white blouse you have). If you have more than one pair of jeans, consider one dark wash and one medium wash. This will give you variety and versatility.
As much as we love our jeans, you will probably have occasions when dress pants are required. Make sure to have one pair of dark, neutral-colored dress pants that are simple (e.g., can be dressed up or down and work for a conservative occasion). Black is always a good choice, but if you have more than one pair, consider navy or gray (especially for warmer weather).
When you buy a pair of dress pants, make sure to plan what shoes you will wear with them. Many women will keep two pairs of black dress pants in their closets—one hemmed to wear with flats and one hemmed to wear with heels. You’ll want to make getting dressed and looking great as easy as possible.
Even if you are more of a yoga pants and T-shirt kind of gal (yay, you!), you’ll want to have one dress in your closet that you know you can count on to make you feel comfy and look stylish. That way if you have an occasion that requires a dress, you won’t be scrambling at the last minute (and probably paying more for less quality and style). For some of us, this might be an LBD; for others, a fit-and-flare dress you can wear year-round, or maybe that favorite T-shirt dress you can dress up, dress down, or wear with a cardigan.
Whatever you choose, make sure the cut and color are flattering to you and make you feel great in your own skin. Fit-and-flare dresses are almost universally flattering because of the A-line skirt. T-shirt dresses are wonderfully comfy. An LBD can take you to almost any event with an upscale dress code. Dresses also have an advantage that we often overlook—they are simple! Just add a pair of shoes and perhaps some classic jewelry, and you are done. No figuring out what separates go together is required.
Essential clothing items that are well made in flattering colors will give you timeless style and everyday ease!