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20 Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Must Have

Last updated on : January 11 2016

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Closet staples 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. We’ve compiled a quick list of these basics 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 important to understand which closet staples are useful and which you can do without.

Must Have Tops and Blazers

Black top

When it comes to simple t-shirts and tops a black one is certainly a wardrobe staple. A black top doubles as an undershirt and works well for layering. It is easily worn with your favorite pair of jeans, skirt, or pants suit. Additionally, there are many reasons why wearing black is a good choice year around. One of the best things about wearing a black top is that it is easily reused and has the ability to look different depending on what you pair it with including everything from your accessories to shoes.

Tailored blazer

Stylist Nicole Chavez is someone who has worked with a number of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Bell, and Rachel Bilson. According to Chavez, a tailored blazer is a wardrobe staple that every woman needs to have. 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 your blazer 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. 

Solid-colored cardigan

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple because they are versatile and utilitarian. 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, it makes for good informal wear when worn atop jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Coat and jacket. A good quality coat or jacket is a must-have for every woman. It is an anchor piece worthy of investment because quality is of prime importance. A quality coat gives you unique and stylish details that never go out of style such as buttons, seams, darts, and belts. It also wears exceptionally well and defines your figure and feminine form without tip toeing into being too formal or stiff. Coats often have the ability to set the tone for your wardrobe so shopping around and owning more than one in contrasting colors is a wardrobe must. 

Go To Bottoms and Jeans

Well-fitting denim

Whether you favor a straight or a skinny legs, 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 as they dress up effortlessly with stilettos or down simply with sandals. Expand your jeans to also include skirts to add texture and depth to your wardrobe as well. 

Tailored skirts or pants

A tailored skirt or a pair of pants is a closet staple that you must have. From 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 in a pinch. Tailored pants are not only professionally but also chic and stylish.  

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 simply 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 is timeless, classic, and flattering. The minimal design and nature of the LBD is what makes it so easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion you are donning it for. For a night out, add statement jewelry, a simple clutch, and pumps. For a day at office, pair your LBD with a tailored blazer and accessorize with a neck scarf.

Day Dress

A chic dress is a wardrobe staple because it gives you femininity when you need it but prefer not to put too much time into achieving the softer looks. Empire waisted styles give you the appearance of a slimmer figure and are exceptionally more comfortable than other styles. 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 blue ones as they are a good day time fit. 

Bandage Dress

Naturally we believe a bandage dress is a wardrobe staple because they give you style, sex appeal, and support in one simple 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 depending on the style (today I am loving our white midi dresses). Often you won't need to hunt down your shape wear 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 wardrobe choice. 

Undergarments To Count On

Supportive and comfortable bra

When it comes to your girls - a good fit is paramount. You may really like the way a bra looks but if it doesn’t fit you well it ends up not doing your outfit justice as your girls may sag and appear unsupported. A properly fitting bra not only provides support but also has the ability to give you an additional size. Invest in a quality fitting bra for the support, lift, and shape you desire and give your overall style a polished and celebrity inspired look.

It is important to not just guess your size but actually get measured to find the right fit. Many local women’s lingerie and bra shops offer complimentary bra fittings. Once you have been properly sized by a bra consultant begin to identify the styles and types of bras you prefer to wear everyday 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 simply cotton your panty drawer must be well versed. For lightweight materials or form fitting dresses seamless panties or thongs are recommended. For jeans and heavier materials 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 simply must have. Here are a few that you just cannot do without and are known closet staples for celebrities and stylists everywhere.

Black Heels

Whether you intend to wear them to work or to 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 leather patent to add a bit of edge to your style or simply stick with straps and open toes for effortless elegance. Your heel preference is wide open. Keep in mind that wider heels are easier to walk in and wear for longer periods and stiletto styles are a tad more challenging. Owning a pair of both wide 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 serve 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 offering 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 in order to ensure your wardrobe is balanced, fresh, and up to date. 


Most of us have more than one (or five) handbags. 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 handbag. Not only does a leather handbag endure many years of carry and wear it is also versatile and ideal for carrying everything you need anytime 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, they are no longer regulated to just formal events but work for casual events just as well. Carry a sensible clutch to a theme park, picnic, or breakfast brunch in Vegas. 

Elegant jewelry

Splurge on trendy and chunky jewelry every now and then but maintain a hearty collection of staple go to pieces as well. Your essential jewelry must be simple and versatile such as pearls, silver, and gold. 


There is something to be said about watches. They simply complete your look and easily layer well between bangles and bracelets. It reminds you to be punctual while giving you a very practical 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 simply 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 share a few important qualities. They should be versatile in color and form, be made with above-average quality, and display your unique style. As compared to other articles of clothing, your wardrobe staples may require you to invest a little more time and money in finding the perfect pieces but remember that they are always in style and transcend seasons. 

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