last week, i shared a few opens in a new windowtips and tricks on how to purge your closet. now that your wardrobe has been pared down, you might be scratching your head wondering what the next step is. today, we’re going to talk about wardrobe essentials and staples that will carry you from season to season and make getting ready in the morning a breeze.
what are the core pieces needed to build your wardrobe’s foundation? well, the basics aren’t glamorous. they don’t grab your attention when you step into your favorite store. there are no ruffles, bows, or sequins attached. but i promise, if you want to be well dressed or look effortlessly chic you have to build your wardrobe with the basics. and you can never have too many wardrobe staples. these are the pieces that easily transition from outfit to outfit and span the seasons. the more basics you have on hand, the more outfit options available. remember, this is only a guideline as there are different styles and fits to choose with any wardrobe essential.
when you take the time to invest in the basics, you are laying a foundation for a functional wardrobe that will prepare you for anything. and who doesn’t want that? off to work on Monday morning? headed to a charity luncheon? how about date night? or a quick weekend getaway? if you have the basics on hand, there will be no more struggles to put together a fabulous outfit for any occasion. today, we’re going to talk tops that can easily pair with anything ranging from a statement skirt with a bold print. those tops are neutrals: nude, black, grey, white. (and for winter olive, navy and burgundy are great alternatives.)
are you ready to learn how to build your wardrobe foundation?
wardrobe essentials and staples: the basic tee
there’s a variety of styles when it comes to tees. here are my favorites: opens in a new window henley, opens in a new windowcrew, opens in a new windowv-neck, opens in a new windowscoop, opens in a new windowlong sleeve. the opens in a new windowv-neck and opens in a new windowscoop are the most flattering tees for any figure. yes, i consider stripes a neutral. (and so does Jenna Lyons.)
basic tanks and cami
opens in a new windowtanks have wide straps, and a opens in a new window cami has thin strips. i suggest having both on hand, as these are the essential pieces that can layer underneath tops that might bare too much… information. like a wrap dress or shirt. they also allow you to rotate your favorite jackets, blazers, and cardigans with ease. a opens in a new windownude cami is a perfect solution for sheer blouses. a opens in a new windowsilk cami is an elegant layer.
button ups and blouses
opens in a new windowbutton up shirts and opens in a new window blouses are that one item in your closet that easily transitions with ease from the office to date night or weekend casual. add a opens in a new windowsleeveless and opens in a new windowshort sleeve for summer. long sleeves work any time of year. there are a variety of styles available: wrap blouse, pussy bow, trim, peplum all work.
denim or opens in a new windowchambray has attitude but is typically considered a laid-back. it’s perfect for a day of errands, but don’t be afraid to dress it up for a night out. there’s all kinds of washes: opens in a new windowdark wash, opens in a new windowmedium wash, opens in a new windowlight wash. lots of choices!
opens in a new windowcrew necks, opens in a new windowv necks, and opens in a new windowcardigans are all hard working staples. choose cashmere for winter. cotton for summer. who doesn’t love year-round options? think outside the box with cardis: opens in a new windowchunky knits, opens in a new windowwaterfall, opens in a new window open, opens in a new windowgrandpa, and opens in a new windowdusters.
next week we will take a look at basic bottoms: skirts, pants, and of course denim. maybe a few extras. see you then!