As much fun as shopping can be, it can also get a little stressful. There is just so much great (and not so great!) fashion out there, it's hard to sort through the racks to find pieces that are trendy, flattering, and affordable.
That's why I like to start each season by stocking up my wardrobe with an updated collection of classic pieces that I know will never fail me. While fads like Ugg boots and crop tops have made their way in and out of my closet, these are the kind of pieces that will always stick around.
So what are you waiting for? Break out the checklist and open those closet doors for my ten must-have wardrobe essentials!
A good portion of my outfits include some version of a white t-shirt. Although it's not exciting, a basic t-shirt is super versatile and can be worked in to almost any outfit. I wear mine for every occasion- from running errands in sweats to more formal events tucked in with a cute skirt or with some fun accessories.
2. Dark Skinny Jeans
No matter your size or shape, I've found that dark skinnies are universally flattering. A dark blue or black color is great for slimming out your legs and the fit doesn't add any loose bulky fabric onto your frame. I tend to stay away from any sort of whiskering or distressing on my denim just because I feel like it can be unflattering and look a little cheesy.
3. Black Blazer
Whenever I feel like my look needs a little something extra to pull it together and look a bit more polished, the first piece I grab is my black blazer. I love pairing my blazer with a button down shirt or a t-shirt and a statement necklace. I feel like it just makes any outfit look really classy and elegant.
4. Riding Boots
A great pair of tall boots in a classic silhouette are perfect for fall and winter. I like to have a pair in brown and black so that I have a lot of styling options. Plus, they are perfect to pair with your dark skinny jeans!
I used to only wear puffy down jackets because I felt like they would keep me warmer in the harsh Mid-West winters. Then one day, I decided to try on a gorgeous belted wool peacoat and it was just love at first sight. Not only are peacoats incredibly flattering, but they also look tons better than your average winter jacket. I will literally throw mine on over sweats and still feel like the most stylish and put together person ever just because my coat is that awesome.
6. Cute Scarf
This one may be debatable for some people, but I absolutely cannot live without my scarves. I wear a lot of neutral colors, so I often find myself using bright patterned scarves to give my look some much needed color.
7. Little Black Dress
I just couldn't do a wardrobe essentials list without mentioning the LBD. Whether it's for a formal event or just a night out with your girlfriends, this classic piece looks great for every occasion. I tend to gravitate towards a basic tank dress and then add on fun accessories like a colorful belt or a bold statement necklace.
8. Chunky Knit Cardigan
This is another one that may not be essential for everyone, but it definitely is for me. I have a whole collection of oversized cardigans that I can throw on over a basic top and jeans. Just like blazers, a cute cardigan can really pull together an outfit (and keep you nice and warm!).
9. Button Down Blouse
Button downs can take you anywhere from a job interview to a date to class in the morning. I like to have some available not only in black and white, but also in bright colors and cute prints like polka dots. These guys are seriously a wardrobe classic- you know they will always look good and they'll never go out of style!
10. Comfy Flats
I have to confess, I almost never wear heels. To me, the blisters and constant discomfort are just not worth the cuteness. And with so many cute flats out there, who needs them anyways? I generally stick with either boho moccasins or really girly ballet flats. Lately I've been getting into boat shoes as well, they are incredibly comfy and versatile!
I'd love to hear what your wardrobe essentials are in the comments down below! ♥
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