There are wardrobe basics that no woman can ever say no to, because these essentials are the foundation of their wardrobe, anchoring whatever crazy, amazing pieces they find along the way.
In other words, once you tailor this list to your own needs, getting dressed at any time of the day should be easier.
A Plain White Tee
Is there anything more versatile? Whether you layer this perfect T-shirt under a sweater or over a tank top, tuck it into a skirt or let it hang free with a pair of denim cutoffs, one thing is for sure: Nothing is more essential to your closet than this trusty staple.
There’s a reason everyone loves a good pair of ballet flats: They’re equal parts chic and comfortable! Use them to dress up your jeans and button-down combination, and then seamlessly transition that same pair to a cocktail dress for night. Your outfits (and feet!) will thank you
An Elegant Blazer
Need an extra something to pull together an office look? A blazer! A great outerwear substitute when it’s not quite cold enough for a heavy coat or sweater? A blazer! The can’t-go-wrong jacket to throw on, over your cocktail dress? A blazer!
A Pair of Sneakers
The slip-on sneaker hit critical mass this season, solidifying its place on the wardrobe-essentials list. Comfortable enough to walk miles in but way cuter than traditional running shoes, these sneakers give any outfit an extra dose of cool.
Classic Black Pants
Every girl needs one pair of black pants that will always make her feel good—the cut (high-waist or low rise, cropped or wide-leg) is up to you. Wear them with a silk blouse and pumps for work or a T-shirt on a chill Saturday.
A Pair of Classic Pumps
Flats may have had a major revival this year, but there’s no escaping that heels are still a strong must-have. One pair in a neutral hue like black or gray will take you from the boardroom to the bar with ease.
If you own one pair of denim, make it a dark-wash. Not only are they super slimming (no matter the silhouette), they also work for a wider range of events than other washes.
A Little Black Dress
No item is more of a blank slate for accessorizing and styling yet completely chic on its own. Bravo, LBD! You’ve gotten us through some tough times and we don’t know what we would do without you.