... Guide to Building a Ready-for-Anything Closet!
Wardrobe essentials are the building blocks to a solid and functional style.
Examples of wardrobe staples are
the basic v-neck tee, little black dress and dark wash jeans. They're simple, versatile and can be worn with almost anything, at any time of the year!
Here's what you'll discover below:
Take me straight to the closet essentials!
This page will give you a detailed checklist of the wardrobe basics any chic fashionista should own - giving you an overview of what clothes and accessories you need to solidify your closet.
"So how do you know if your wardrobe is lacking the essentials?"
It may not be that obvious to you, but a sign could be that you spend more money on buying new clothes rather than wearing them.
Here are the common tell-tale signs:
If you found one or more of those points familiar, then your wardrobe really needs a reality check with some trend-proofing!
What Exactly is a "Wardrobe Essential"?Most of the staples are basic and versatile - and some pieces are essential for the various inevitable occasions such as job interviews and your conservative auntie's 60th birthday bash.
They are also:
Get Plenty of Each
You can never have too many wardrobe staples. Securing several of each is convenient for warding off laundry days!
How Does Wardrobe Essentials Work?
They're not as exciting as the current fashion trends but wardrobe essentials ups the flexibility of your style and wardrobe - which takes away a lot of the frustration we're often faced when putting together clothes.
Think of your wardrobe staples as blank canvas which you can build your outfits on.
For example, if you're wearing a plain simple black dress, you can put the "frosting" on there with statement jewelry and a pair of trendy shoes.
"The difference between style and fashion is quality."
The closet essentials are also your outfit fixers. You can use them to tone down a too trendy or flashy outfit! Like say, if you wore a ruffled striped shirt and would like to make it less frilly, just add a plain cardigan or V-neck sweater.
You can never go wrong with plain staple pieces. They're classics that never get outdated and go with absolutely everything.
New & Updated Wardrobe ListI realized that many of the wardrobe essentials I had listed on this site prior to November 2010 were a bit limited and I've come to understand that not everyone likes black. If you've reviewed the Guide to Seasonal Color Analysis you may already know that most Springs and Summers don't suit it either!
That's why I decided to update this section with more alternative, ideas and explanations. Keep in mind that this list was again updated on January, 2012.
Now before you start updating your closet with the indispensables, here are some tips on how to make the process go smoothly:
Guidelines for Buying Wardrobe Essentials
Black is considered a staple for classy fashionistas, but it can look horrible on you if you're a Summer or Spring (Clear Spring and Cool Winters are an exception). But the trick is to wear it with a color from your palette, or away from the face if possible.
Learn more about wearing your best colors in theSeasonal Color Analysis FAQ's »
The Wardrobe Essential-ChecklistWhether you're new to fashion or have a passion for fashion, see what chic fashionistas see as the ultimate wardrobe and drawer essentials! Revised on January 2012
Now keep in mind that the wardrobe essentials-checklist is just a minimum. Depending on your taste, style and location, add as many as you like!
Also, there are hundreds of different styles on "the Little Black dress". Choose the ones that appeal to you and most importantly, choose the ones that you feel most comfortable in. Nothing beats style with confidence ;)
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