It’s always an exciting moment when you find the perfect blouse, flattering jeans, and that dependable LBD that you can pull out of your closet for any occasion. In these moments, you never have to worry about not having anything to wear. This is essentially why the idea of a “wardrobe staple” is so incredibly enduring — it makes dressing so much easier. A closet that consists of a streamlined selection of items like a simple white tee or a black blazer will make putting together outfits less of a task. Whether you’re getting ready for your big presentation, going out for brunch, or running errands; staple clothing items can help you create effortless styles for all of these occasions and then some. If you’re unsure of where to begin, the following list will serve as a good starting point for you.
Whether you’re rocking Levi’s, True Religion, or Rag & Bone, a good pair or pairs of denim are a must-have for everyone’s closet. Jeans can be dressed up or dressed down for virtually any occasion. We recommend having a variety of washes in your collection to fit any outfit. In addition, owning different styles such as skinny, cropped, distressed, or boyfriend can help you achieve different looks depending on the occasion. As time goes by, your denim will age and fade and only become all the more perfect. Quality denim is definitely a splurge we can justify!
From white to black and every color in between — a basic tee in multiple colors is a need! A basic tee is versatile, cool, and a piece that can be styled all year-round. Tees can be worn by themselves, paired with a legging, jean, or skirt. Put your basic tees to work as they anchor statement pieces like printed skirts or shorts and colored denim. They also work as a great base piece for an outfit if you’re thinking about color blocking or layering.
An LBD or a little black dress needs little to no justification. This staple piece can be worn day or night and is a closet item that has maximum versatility. The first step to finding your perfect little black dress is knowing your body shape then choosing the most flattering silhouette. Once you’ve got a hold of the basics, play with textures, dress lengths, cuts, and accessories. Since this is such a simple, yet quintessential piece, it can fall on either side of the scale from dressy to casual when paired with the right accessories and complementary pieces.
Whether it’s borrowed from the boys or perfectly fitted, the classic button-up shirt always strikes a balance between casual and polished. Play with prints, patterns, and colors to accommodate the season, occasion, and your accessories. You can always choose to take your button-up a notch by opting for different materials like silk, cotton, or viscose. Dress it up with pumps or heeled booties and a skirt or go for a more laid-back look with sneakers and your favorite distressed denim.
Oversized or tailored, a black blazer looks good on everyone and is a must-have for your closet. Structured outerwear is one thing you can always count on. The key to getting the most out of your black blazer is knowing what pieces to layer it with, whether it’s a rock tee or a blouse. With this specific piece it’s all about versatility, and investing in quality, do-it-all pieces. Add a bit of edge to your look with an oversized blazer or go for a boss-babe look with a fitted blazer perfect for a day at the office. Starting off with the basics is the first step of many when building up your wardrobe. We hope this list of must-haves gave you a helpful starting point for your style journey. Combine these pieces together or choose to add more
out-of-the-box items to pair with them. As always, don’t forget to have fun with it!