Hello, My Friends!
As I was getting ready this morning, I thought about wearing something chic but easy to put together. I wanted the look to feel elegant but also be effortless. I stared at my closet for a minute and then grabbed a white tee, jeans, black blazer, and pumps. Each item separately is not necessarily chic, but together they create a flawless outfit. And that is the power of wardrobe staples. The must-have closet essentials that are often overlooked make the most fantastic combinations when styled together.
What Are Wardrobe Staples?
Wardrobe staples are essential clothes that are timeless, classic, and, most importantly, elegantly simple. The closet must-haves complement each other and elevate an overall look.
I will share with you my list of wardrobe staples. My list is not in any way exhausted. Feel free to use my list as a base and then add or remove items that fit your lifestyle. This list can also be a great starting point if you are thinking about building a capsule wardrobe.
I think I do not need to say much about a white tee. You probably know that a white tee is the perfect essential item to have in any wardrobe, whether you live in a hot climate or need to put on multiple layers to go outside.
A white tee is like a white canvas that offers a crisp and clean base to work with. It is easy to pair a tee with jeans and sneakers or a pencil skirt and pumps. Throw on a blazer or cardigan for a multi-dimensional look.
Styling Tip: An easy way to dress up a white tee is to pair it with a chunky necklace.
Similar to a white tee, a white shirt is an essential wardrobe item. You could wear a shirt casually with a cardigan or sweater and your favorite jeans. Or you could pair it with classic black pants and kitten heels for a formal event.
And do not make the mistake of thinking that a white shirt is only for formal events. A crisp white shirt can do miracles paired with a simple tank top, jeans, and white sneakers - suddenly, your simple everyday look transforms into a polished, sophisticated one.
Styling Tip: Next time you are wearing a shirt, consider rolling up the sleeves for extra style.
Take a look at any style icon, and you can see them wearing jeans on most casual days. The jeans are synonymous with American fashion. Jeans were born here and have become an irreplaceable classic for every generation ever since. So it is no surprise that no matter your age, jeans are worn by every generation, in every style, and on most occasions.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans could be tricky but do not give up. There is a perfect pair just for you, and once you find it, you will never go back to leggings or yoga pants.
I feel like a trench coat is a must-have in any season, weather, or time zone. It is the fundamental chic piece that you can throw over jeans and tee, skirt and blouse, sweater and pants, etc. There are endless options and possibilities. The trench coat is powerful; it brings confidence, strength, character. It is a piece that is worth your money, time, and attention.
Like a white tee and shirt, a white sneaker is a chic classic representing timeless fashion. They can be worn casually with relaxed jeans and tee or dressed up paired with a shirt and blazer.
Keep in mind that a white sneaker must stay white. Yes, it is a lot of work, and you need to invest time into cleaning them. But the payoff is worth it!
Styling Tip: I clean my white sneakers with an old toothbrush and a little bit of toothpaste.
Some folks might not agree with me, but a simple turtleneck is a must in my closet. I love to pair it with jeans and skirts. Turtlenecks are stylish and comfortable. Whenever I put it on, I think of Diane Keaton, and I immediately feel strong, inspired, and motivated.
Fall's and winter's favorite vibe is a soft cashmere cardigan. It is just perfectly cozy, comfortable, and chic. Cardigans are the perfect layering pieces paired with t-shirts, shirts, blouses, or tops. And there are endless colors and patterns to look perfect this fall season.
Styling Tip: If you are looking for a timeless pattern, go for a black & white or navy & white stripes.
I love pumps, and in my closet, they are the must-haves. Any outfit, no matter what it is, is transformed once I put on heels.
You do not need to have pumps if you do not like to wear them. But you do need to have a pair of stylish classics like round-toe flats, loafers, or kitten heels.
A sleeveless tank top is my all-time favorite layering piece. I love it for being highly versatile and practical, for going smoothly under sweaters, blazers, or cardigans. The tank is ideal for layering under heavier garments when you are unsure what the weather is like or where the day will take you.
Styling Tip: To get the most use out of the layering pieces, consider buying items in neutral colors like white, brown, black, or navy for easy pairing with the rest of the wardrobe.
And last but not least, a classic blazer is a must. Think of any outfit and throw on a blazer. The look will instantly transform into a chic runway-ready outfit. The blazer adds structure, power, and confidence - it is a superhero armor that makes you stronger.
Styling Tip: For added style, wear your blazer over your shoulders or add a belt to accentuate a waistline.
I hope you enjoyed my list of wardrobe staples/closet essentials:
I strongly believe in these fantastic must-haves because they are functional, versatile, and timeless. Fashion trends come and go, but classics stay with us for decades.
Please share your wardrobe staples in the comments section below. I would love to learn what you wear and what you cannot live without.