You may have the trendiest items of the season, but what about the basics? A smart fashionista has a closet equipped with wardrobe staples that serve as the canvas on which she paints the trends -- essentially saving money each season while still looking super-stylish.
What to look for
Essentials should be neutral in color (think white, black, brown, gray, navy and denim) and designed to mix and match with everything else that you buy. They should have staying power, too -- so take your time shopping, and concentrate on quality and fit.
1. A fabulous go-to dress
A gal must always be prepared for an unexpected party invite or an "uh oh, I forgot about that" date. That means having her superhero dress on hand. This could come in the form of the standby LBD (little black dress), but it doesn't have to. All you need is a versatile, all-occasion dress that is equal parts feminine, classy and sexy, and that you can accessorize in multiple ways so that it feels fresh with each wear.
2. Fresh new Tees and a bra to go with them
OK, so this is really two items, but we couldn't resist the opportunity to remind you how important the right brassiere really is! Your closet should always be well stocked with simple tees in black, white and a color of choice. Elect the neckline (V, scoop, boat) that you prefer, but shy away from a body style that is too boxy to avoid a sloppy look. And don't forget to wear a properly fitting (lifting, enhancing and concealing) tee-shirt bra underneath!
3. A killer pair of dark blue, straight-legged/bootcut jeans
Dark blue (distress-less) jeans go with absolutely everything, and a straight cut is classic and can take you easily from day to night. For a day look, wear them with a fitted tee, cardi and ballet flats; at night, dress them up with a silky cami, a blazer, layered necklaces and heels.
4. An oversized leather bag
A big, structured, top-handled tote or a softer, moldable bag is not only practical for carrying women's endless supply of must-haves, but it's also the right jumbo arm candy that can make even the most thoughtless of outfits look incredibly chic.
5. A classic trench coat
Wear it with jeans and a turtleneck, slacks and a button-down, or a dress. No matter what's underneath it, the trench gives any outfit an instantly polished look. Offering both seasonal versatility and a bit of mystery -- not to mention, a great shape (due to its belted waist) -- this is the must-have coat for any closet.
6. Accessories: Earrings and sunglasses
Your jewelry box needs only two pairs of earrings, both guaranteed to go with every ensemble you wear: gold hoops and diamond studs. Both can dress up or dress down an outfit and come in a variety of sizes and prices (depending if you go real or faux). To protect your peepers, opt for high-quality shades that fit your face well instead of the trendy shape of the moment.
Timeless pieces that mix and match effortlessly... What more could a girl ask of her closet?
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