20 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Must Have

Last updated on : January 17 2019

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Closet essentials are a lot like food and water to the body - necessary for fashion and diva survival. We believe that every kewl girl – regardless of age, body shape, or style must own a healthy collection of wardrobe basics. 

So we’ve compiled a detailed list to help you expand your wardrobe and give your style a foundation that is always in season. 

Whether you are revamping your wardrobe, starting from scratch, or just organizing your clothes for the New Year, it is essential to understand which closet staples are useful and which don't make the cut.

Must-Have Tops and Blazers

Black Top

When it comes to simple t-shirts and tops a black one is undoubtedly a wardrobe staple. 

A black top doubles as an undershirt and works well for layering. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans, skirt, or pants suit, at any time of year. There are many reasons why wearing black is an excellent choice year around. 

One of the best things about wearing black is that it is easily reused and can look different depending on what you pair it with including everything from your accessories to shoes.

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Tailored Blazer

Stylist Nicole Chavez is someone who has worked with many celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Bell, and Rachel Bilson.

According to Chavez, a tailored blazer is a wardrobe staple that every woman needs. 

She explains, "A tailored blazer is classic, feminine and looks great on all body types. Pair it with anything: jeans, little dresses, trousers, skirts. Make sure to find one that fits you well and accentuates your waist-you don't want it to look like it's swallowing you!”

A tailored blazer boasts a fitted silhouette that is feminine, chic, and sophisticated. 

Easily pair one with your favorite pair of jeans or a cocktail dress for a polished look that takes minimal planning. Opting for a neutral colored blazer such as black and navy is a safe bet. Textured designs are also ideal such as tweed or linen. 

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Solid-Colored Cardigan

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple because they are versatile and practical.

Not only does a good cardigan keep you warm on chilly days it also makes for a great layering piece. A classic black or white cardigan easily pairs well with snug pants or a pencil skirt. 

On the other hand, a cardigan makes for good informal wear when worn atop jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

black cardigan on model

Coat and Jacket

A good quality coat or jacket is a must-have for every woman. 

It's an anchor piece worthy of investment because the quality is of prime importance. A quality coat gives you unique and stylish details that are always trendy, like buttons, seams, darts, and belts. 

Coats also wear exceptionally well and define your figure and feminine form without tiptoeing into being too formal or stiff. 

They can set the tone for your wardrobe so shopping around and owning more than one in contrasting colors is a wardrobe must. 

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Go To Bottoms and Jeans

Well-Fitting Denim

Whether you favor straight or skinny legs (or sexy flares), a good pair of jeans has no substitute. 

Jeans are versatile wardrobe staples that compliment and work well with most things in your closet. Find a pair that fits well and never run out of something to wear.

They dress up effortlessly with stilettos or down with sandals. Expand your jeans to include jean skirts that add texture and depth to your wardrobe. 

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Tailored Skirts or Pants

A tailored skirt or a pair of pants is a must-have closet staple. 

From attending interviews to dinner parties, a tailored skirt or pair of pants paired with a blouse and a blazer is all you need to look sophisticated, classy, and well dressed. 

Tailored pants work professionally and are also chic and stylish.  

tailored pants on model

Quality Leggings

A good pair of quality leggings serves various purposes in your wardrobe. 

Put your leggings under your favorite bandage dress or skirt in cold weather or wear them alone. 

If your leggings are quality, they pair well with oversized sweaters and knee-high boots while giving you a bit of support for a well-defined toosh and flatter tummy.

Versatile Dresses and Skirts


Chanel and Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s made the LBD or little black dress famous in the late 1960s. It's timeless, classic, and flattering. 

The minimal design and nature of the LBD are what makes it so easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. For a night out, add statement jewelry, a simple clutch, and pumps. 

For a day at the office, pair your LBD with a tailored blazer and accessorize with a neck scarf.

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Day Dress

A chic day dress is a wardrobe staple. It gives you femininity when you need it, especially when you don't have too much time for a softer look. 

Empire waisted styles give you the appearance of a slimmer figure and are exceptionally more comfortable than other forms. 

A free-flowing A-line dress is comfy and breezy while also pairing well with an array of shoes, hairstyles, and accessories. 

If you're looking for a bandage dress to wear during the day, we often recommend flared as they are a good day time fit. 

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Bandage Dress

Naturally, we believe a bandage dress is a wardrobe staple because they give you style, sex appeal, and support in a straightforward step. 

Quality bandage dresses are designed and constructed to flatter and define your feminine form while also giving you a sweet and subtle touch of sex appeal. 

Often you won't need to hunt down your shapewear and instead put that extra styling time towards selecting an appropriate hairstyle.

Bandage dresses are available in a variety of colors and styles that range for hot nightclub sexy to professional chic for the office so adding more than one to your wardrobe is a wise choice. 

white bandage dress on model

Undergarments To Count On

Supportive and Comfortable Bra

When it comes to your comfort - a good fit is paramount. 

You may like the way a bra looks, but if it doesn’t fit you well it ends up not doing your outfit justice. 

A properly fitting bra not only provides support but also can give you an additional size. Invest in a quality fitting bra for the help, lift, and shape you desire and give your overall style a polished and celebrity inspired look.

It is essential not just to guess your size but get measured to find the right fit. Many local women’s lingerie and bra shops offer complimentary bra fittings

Once you have estab.ished your size by a bra consultant begin to identify the styles and types of bras you prefer. Choose ones to wear every day as well some more specialized styles and designs for your more sexy dresses. 

If you find one you love - grab it in more than one color. 

Various Panties

Having a healthy selection of panties in different styles is imperative for any closet. 

Panties today are available in a variety of colors, fabrics, and designs. From seamless to cotton your panty drawer must be well versed. 

We recommend seamless panties for lightweight materials or form-fitting dresses. When wearing jeans or heavier fabrics, put on some of your favorite boy short styles.

Having a variety of panties at your disposal is not just fashionably sensible but one of the many perks of being a woman.

Sensible Yet Stylish Shoes

Along with wardrobe staples, your shoes and accessories play an important role in completing your closet. 

While you are free to hoard as many shoes as your heart desires there are few pairs you must have. 

Here are a few that you cannot do without and are known closet staples for celebrities and stylists everywhere.

Black Heels

Whether you intend to wear them to work or a party, a good pair of black heels is your biggest ally. They are versatile enough to go with every ensemble and quickly add polish to most looks. 

Grab a pair in a leather patent to add a bit of edge to your style or stick with straps and open toes for effortless elegance. 

Your heel preference is wide open. Keep in mind that fuller heels are more comfortable to walk in and wear for extended periods. Stiletto styles are a tad more challenging. 

Owning a pair of both broad and stiletto heels keeps your wardrobe agile and universal.

Flat Shoes

Heels are either your best friend or the enemy you whip out only on special occasions. 

When heels are not an option, a simple pair of ballet shoes or flats serves the purpose equally well. 

The best thing about flats is that they are comfortable as well as trendy and come in a variety of styles at even more price points. 

Grab fabulous and comfy flats from high-end designers featured in Nordstrom stores or shop Walmart for a style that is trendy and wearable to any event.

Running Shoes

For hours at the gyms, while hiking, or just for days when you know you have a lot of ground to cover, running shoes are your savior. 

Invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes that are comfortable, stylish, and offers good support. 

Sexy Statement Accessories

Accessories make or break your outfits. 

Pairing the right statement accessories with your wardrobe staples is the easiest way to dress up any look and give your wardrobe the appearance of being well put together, trendy, and unique. 

There are a few accessories that make it to our must-have list to ensure your wardrobe is balanced, fresh, and up to date. 


Most of us have more than one (or five) bags. However, when it comes to handbags, not all of them are created equal. 

If you are looking for a handbag to become your closet staple, invest in a quality leather one. Not only does a leather handbag endure many years of wear it is also versatile and ideal for carrying everything you need day or night. 


For a night out with friends, a work-related event, or even a hot date with the one you love a leather handbag might be too much to carry. 

A clutch, on the other hand, is just the right size. 

It is dainty and offers just enough space to carry your must-haves such as your cell phone, lipstick, or compact. 

Furthermore, clutches are no longer essentials for formal events only but work for casual occasions as well. Carry a sensible clutch to a theme park, picnic, or breakfast brunch in Vegas. 

Elegant jewelry

Splurge on trendy and chunky jewelry now and then but maintain a hearty collection of staple go to pieces as well. 

Your essential jewelry must be versatile and straightforward such as pearls, silver, and gold. 


There is something to be said about watches. 

They complete your look and easily layer well between bangles and bracelets. 

A watch reminds you to be punctual while giving you an efficient look in the boardroom, during client meetings, or at the office. 


A classy pair of sunglasses is a must-have for every woman because sometimes we need to conceal our eyes. It is the easiest way to feel and look like fabulous while also being able to skip makeup. 


Your wardrobe essentials should be versatile in color and form, be made with above-average quality, and display your unique style. 

Compared to other articles of clothing they may need you to invest a little more time and money in finding the perfect pieces. But remember the right choices are always in style and transcend seasons.

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