Every time we look around for one of these lists we notice a lot of times they're full of things that everyday people don't really need.
It's easier than you think to put together some timeless pieces you can turn to over and over again. We tend to get super caught up in trends, but the truth is that you don't have follow trend to trend aimlessly.
If you're willing to invest your hard earned money into classic pieces that will withstand the test of time (aka you can keep wearing over and over!) vs flushing it away chasing trend after trend... you'll end up with a wardrobe that is full of building blocks for a no muss no fuss getting ready lifestyle.
The more "basic" the items you acquire, the easier it is to mix and match.
So we’re heading back to the basics for this list. Fashion trends come and go, but these 10 wardrobe essentials have stood the test of time and are here to stay. Denim, classic tees, the LBD, and blazers all have made it into our list of classics.
We need our closets to be filled with pieces that we absolutely love wearing and that truly bring us joy. Simple, timeless pieces are endlessly versatile and help make the “getting ready in the morning thing” a whole lot easier.
10 Pieces Every Woman Should Have In Her Wardrobe:
1. Denim Jeans
Denim jeans a true classic. You need a few well-loved pairs of high-quality and comfortable jeans. They can be dressed up, dressed down, and they’re just a necessity! Try to include a wide variety of washes in your jean wardrobe including a light, medium, dark, and a black wash jean.
The more you can vary the washes, the easier it's going to be to mix up and add variety to your look.
And don't forget about denim shorts, girl! We tend to get caught up thinking full length jeans when we talk denim, but for warmer weather options it doesn't get much more versatile than denim shorts.
Varying looks here is a good idea too. Try different lengths, different washes, varying levels of distress to keep your styling options wide open.
2. Basic Tees
You need classic tees in your arsenal. Throw on a white tee and you can dress it up with your favorite skirt, jacket, or denim jeans.
Basic tees in colors like white, black, gray, navy, and olive green are perfect for pairing with any outfit.
Graphic tees are something we can hardly keep in stock.
They're a really great way to add a splash to your look. They give you a chance to really show some of your personality as well.
They look great on their on in warmer weather, and work well as an underneath layer in warmer weather.
In terms of tees, you almost can't go wrong. A handful of reliable options are a an absolute must have in your wardrobe essentials.
A pair of black or neutral-colored, cute trendy leggings are great—not only for hanging out at home, doing yoga, and working out at the gym but also for dressing them up when you go out!
Everyone needs a go-to pair of leggings that just make you FEEL BETTER when you put them on.
The reason that we're including them here is that they're just so versatile! It's so easy to make them look good whether you are going for the comfy, cozy vibe all the way to dressed up and fancy.
It's best (generally.. feel free to go with YOUR style choice!) to stick to darker solid colors. And you want to make sure they fit properly so you can feel your best in them.
4. Button-Up Shirt
Button-up blouses are great for looking professional while still being casual and approachable.
They really are a “good for any occasion” type of piece.
Look professional and sleek by tucking in and pairing with a cute pair of slacks and a statement belt.
Look perfect for a casual brunch by layering over a cami tying up and pairing with your go to weekend jeans and sandals.
You will love the way you look and feel in this timeless easy breezy piece.
5. Denim Jacket
Yep. Denim strikes again. You just can’t go wrong with a denim jacket!
Denim has a way of adding some extra character to any look you choose for the day.
There are so many cute options for denim jackets, (distressed, different washes, camo, prints, stitched) you can go for a classic look or pick the perfect one to reflect your personality.
Whether it’s with black jeans, a printed dress, or your favorite skirt, a denim jacket will fit the bill.
They never go out of style. Browse our collection of jackets here.
6. Ankle Booties
Ankle booties have a way of giving a “ I'm a Bada#$ fashionista” vibe to almost any look.
"Instant elevation piece" is what we like to call that.
Another huge plus is they work in every season.
Skinny jeans and a cute sweater, flowing printed dress, belted shorts and a graphic tee, these looks can all be elevated with a pair of ankle boots.
Ankle booties make it so easy to step up your fashion game!
7. Printed Dress
Classic printed dresses are an essential piece for any woman’s wardrobe.
You will feel confident and be perfectly dressed for any type of occasion if you have at least one printed dress in your wardrobe.
It can be made casual with a denim jacket, flirty with some ankle booties and cute necklace or a bit more formal with a cardigan or blazer and some sandals or flats.
Whether you go for stripes, polka dots, floral, leopard, or retro, a printed dress is sure to come in handy.
8. Knit Sweater or Cardigan
Throw a cardigan over your favorite graphic tee with some jeans and ankle boots and you’ve got an amazing outfit.
We always associate sweaters and cardigans with fall and winter but really cardigans are an absolute essential piece for the whole year.
I can not tell you how many times I have been out by the dock on a cool august night or out to lunch when the A/C was BLASTING and was super happy I packed a cardigan.
First of all, a lightweight cardi takes up hardly any room in a purse or pack and secondly, it kinda elevated my look ( there's nothing like being chic and practical).
Whether it is a chilly autumn afternoon and you choose a cute and cozy layered look or a night down by the dock when you throw on the lightweight cardi you packed “just in case”, cardis and sweaters are an essential piece for every closet.
9. Classic Blazer
A classic navy blue, tan, or black blazer is a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
We have all had one of those days in business nothing seems to be going right... well, with a blazer in your closet at least you will not have to worry about what to wear to your next meeting with potential client, business lunch or to the office.
Dress up any simple tees or your button-ups or even a cool graphic tee (if the occasion calls for it) with a classic blazer to show off your sophisticated and professional "office chic" side.
10. Little Black Dress
Ah yes… The little black dress.
Choosing the right one of these will lead to you turning heads wherever you go.
Any simple black dress that makes you feel beautiful is an amazing asset to every woman’s wardrobe.
The most important thing when choosing the right black dress to add to your wardrobe is fit.
If you have a dress that hugs your curves perfectly you will exude confidence wherever you go thus invoking the magic of the little black dress.
Dress it down with your denim jacket or dress it up with a blazer and pumps! Whatever you choose, we promise you’ll be glad to have one.
What other wardrobe essentials could you never live without? Tag us on social media and let us know!