We all dream of having the perfect wardrobe, don’t we? A closet full of joy-sparking items makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Building a perfectly effortless wardrobe can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Your wardrobe should be a clear reflection of your style and who you are. Whether or not you’ve figured out those details yet, always start with the staple pieces that are the building blocks for the rest of your closet. These staples are classic items that never go out of style and can be the anchor pieces for so many outfits. Here’s a list of the staple pieces every wardrobe needs:
A White Tee
Sure, there are tons of white t-shirts out there, but a good quality white tee that fits just right is the perfect starting point for any wardrobe. Decide whether v-necks or scoop necks work better for you, and then look for a t-shirt that’s thick enough so that it’s not see-through. This classic white t-shirt can be worn casually with your favorite jeans and leggings, or be dressed up under a blazer with slacks. The options are endless.
Our Pick: Re/Done Heritage Cotton Classic Tee in Vintage White (click here)
A Denim Jacket
A denim jacket may just turn out to be the most reached-for layering piece you have on hand—if you find the right one. Stick to a non-distressed style for more of a timeless look that can be worn season after season. A denim jacket always looks chic with a casual outfit and can be thrown on over a dress to balance out an overly feminine ensemble. The weight of the denim should be lightweight enough to be worn in the summer but warm enough to wear on a chilly evening.
Our Pick: Levi’s Original Trucker Jacket in Out of Step (click here)
Booties will never go out of style, and we all know that black goes with everything. Whether you rock your black booties with jeans or dress them up with a midi skirt, these shoes are definitely a staple worth splurging on.
Our Pick: Circus by Sam Edelman Women’s Pascha Block-Heel Dress Booties (click here)
A Classic Handbag
A handbag is another item I’d suggest investing in, as this is something you wear everyday and needs to be strong enough to hold your belongings through the years. Choose the style that suits your lifestyle best, whether that’s a crossbody bag, satchel, tote bag, or a hobo style.
Our Pick: Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote (click here)
You know those jeans that you put on and they fit every inch of you just right? Yeah, they exist. The key to finding the perfect pair of jeans is to try different styles like skinny, straight, bootcut, wide leg, or even kick flare. Try different fabric compositions like 100% cotton for rigidity or jeans with elastane for some stretch. Once you find the perfect jeans, buy them in a dark wash that can be dressed up for work or be worn casually for lunch with friends.
Our Pick: Madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans in Larkspur Wash: Tencel Edition (click here)
A Black Dress
Whether it’s a little black dress that you know you’ll get a ton of wear out of or a soft knit maxi dress that suits your casual lifestyle, a black dress is a timeless addition that every wardrobe needs. Sheath dresses can be dressed up for work with a blazer or be paired with big jewelry for a fun night out (when it’s safe). For more of a casual look, a black dress looks great with sneakers, sandals, or heels, depending on the occasion.
Our Pick: Calvin Klein Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress in Black (click here)
What are the staple items you can’t live without in your wardrobe?