15 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Have in Their Closet


If you were able to take a sneak a peak into my closet and then compare it to your own, chances are that you’d find that our tastes are as unique as we are, however, there would of course be a number of crossover items which we have in common.  Clothes…..shoes…. handbags - naturally - but let's get down to the nitty gritty of things.  Do you have the 15 basic items you can turn to when trends begin to fade? After coming across this topic a lot with my personal clients and reading fashion books by experts, these basic, “go-to”  items always come in handy, even when it comes to celebrities. So, I decided to create a list of the 15 wardrobe essentials that every woman should have in her closet - whether you are a fashion enthusiast (like myself) or just take pride in looking your best, this list should work for every woman.

  1. Plain white tee:

    Often simplicity is key and, the simple white T-Shirt is the most versatile item on this list - it goes with sweaters, cardigans and blazers, tucked or untucked - it adds effortless style!  One thing is for sure, nothing is more essential to your closet than this trusty staple and, to make this easy go-to item easy on your pocket too, My recommended brand is Hanes, its flattering and reasonably priced for three-pack of white tees.

    Where can I find it?

    Target, J. Crew, GAP, Walmart, Express, Macy's, Nordstorms, Neiman Marcus

  2. Ballet Flats:

    Describe this shoe in three words…...If you were thinking; Chic, timeless, and comfortable, we are on the same page.  Although the ballet flat doesn’t transform our legs like the high heel does, it has still earned its fashion credentials. If you want to dress up your jeans or transition the look of your favorite cocktail dress; a great pair of ballet flats (pointy or round toe) will add cute style to your outfit - and your feet will def thank you later!

    Where can I find it?

    DSW Shoes, Target, Macy's , Aldos, Steven Madden, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Neiman Marcus, Zappos

  3. The Blazer:

    A look stolen from menswear but worn better and with more flair. The beauty of a blazer is that it dances between the lines of masculinity and femininity, formal and informal, the business woman and the fashionista. A well tailored blazer can transform your look to trendy but smart, making it equally at home in the office or in the wine bar. 

    Where can I find it?

    Zara, Vintage Stores, JC Penny, Bloomingdales, FarFetch.com, TopShop, Dsquared2, Forever 21, H & M

  4. Black Pants:

    Often the simple black pants is the go-to choice for the girl who wants to kick it up a notch from her ordinary look of jeans.  A stylish, well-fitting pair of black pants will make you feel and look great!  This versatile staple can be dressed up or down and can be worn in style of:  high-waist, low rise, cropped leg or wide leg. As essential as a good pair of jeans, the black pants can be worn with pretty much anything, to anything.

    Where can I find it?

    J. Crew, Banana Republic, EXPRESS, Target, Macy's , The Limited, Joseph-Fashion.com, MissSelfridge.com, Saks Fifth Ave

  5. High Heels (the startup colors):

    A woman’s entire sex appeal can be understood best by the heels she puts on. This shoe helps to define the curvature of a woman’s leg, height and sass. Wearing the right shoe will complete your look and polish your outfit but, worrying about the trend every season can be frustrating to many. Although considered by some to be their startup color selection: black, taupe/nude, and red, go with everything making them a timeless investment and essential addition to your wardrobe. If you are a bit on the bold side, you can replace the red shoes with leopard print high heels.

    Where can I find it?

    Zappos.com, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter.com, Savannahs.com, Selfridges.com, Steve Madden, Aldo's , Call it Spring

  6. Button Down Shirt:

    Best when stolen out of his closet or his section in the department store, because anything out of his wardrobe never goes out of style for a woman - so lets sport it for a very long time. With this shirt trending in 2017, there are endless options for how to wear it - off-shoulders or the classic way, you’ll still look fabulous.

    Where can I find it?

    FarFetch.com, Macy's , Neiman Marcus, Target, Thrift Store, Club Monaco, Banana Republic

  7. LBD:

    When you think about classic elegance, one garment immediately springs to mind - the Little Black Dress.  There’s no other item on this list more like a canvas to accessorize or style boldly than The Little Black dress. Where would any woman be without this magical piece which can be worn multiple times but accessorized in a hundred different ways - which is a huge life saver beyond its years.

    Where can I find it?

    Tobi.com, Macys, Zara, MatchesFashion.com, TJ Max, EXPRESS, Barneys, Bergdorf goodman, Gilt, 1stdibs.com

  8. Sneakers:

    After spending many days entertaining others with shoes, we all need to give our feet a break from glamour (but not from chic-ness). Investing in a fashion-forward sneaker that will still complement an outfit, can be a relief for you and your feet. 

    Where can I find it?

    GUCCI, Nike, DSW Shoes, Selfridges.com, TopShop, Italist.com

  9. Trench Coat:

    A true classic coat that looks both sophisticated and fabulous, whether its dressed up for a night out or worn with jeans. When you have this great trench coat on, the outfit underneath barely matters; it always brings an urbane sensibility to an all white look or all black look. This coat serves as your alternative go-to coat from your everyday coats.

    Where can I find it?

    Harrods, FarFetch.com, Macy's, Nordstorms, LastCall.com, Club Monaco, Michael Kors

  10. Perfect Jeans:

    Probably the most obvious item on this list - JEANS ! Its so easy to dress them up with heels or dress them down with sneakers, jeans are just so neutral you can never go wrong with this wardrobe essential. Finding the perfect fit may take a great tailor or shopping around for different brands but the effort will be worthwhile. When finding your perfect jeans, remember to be you and the jean will, too!

    Where can I find it?

    Only.com, Top Shop, GAP, Old Navy, Levi, Macy's, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, EXPRESS, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Lucky Brand

  11. Tote:

    We all have our busy days when the elegant slim handbag just won’t cut it, so that means we all need this one particular bag for those days when we carry our lives on our shoulders - the Tote bag.  This is the perfect essential bag to hold a ton of things from day to night without it looking over too full !

    Where can I find it?

    Target, Net-a-porter.com, JohnLewis.com, 1stdibs.com, Forever21, Macy's, Neiman Marcus

  12. Statement necklace:

    Be Bold….Go LARGE, its what a statement necklace is there for! The beauty of having a collection of statement jewelry (real or fake) is that it lets your LBD shine - this will push your appearance further into fashionista mode for the extra Wow Factor. Your look will never get tired when coupled with the right statement necklace. 

    Where can I find it?

    Gilt.com, Target, Forever 21, Vintage Store, 1stdibs.com , Halsbrook.com, Last Call, Lulus.com

  13. Everyday studs:

    These little beauties are perfect for everyday use. They can transition with your look from day to night without looking too over-the-top. Ahh the simplicity of Studs. 

    Where can I find it?

    Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Very.co.uk, Belk, 1stdibs.com, Kate Spade, Luisa Via Roma.

  14. Clutch bag:

    A girl’s best friend for a night on the town!  This bag is small and compact yet stylish and doesn't get in the way of anything for the night. The clutch stays under your arm lightly, leaving you to be fabulous for the rest of the night. Wouldn’t you keep this as your companion in your closet? I know I would have a few of them.  

    Where can I find it?

    Lane Crawford, Saks off 5th, TJ Maxx, Bergdorf Goodman, Belk, Gilt.com, NastyGal.com, SSense.com

  15. Undergarment:

    A great set of sexy underwear can make you feel amazing but, put on the wrong underwear and lumpy seams or visible panty line can mess up your whole look. What you put on underneath matters a lot - that's where the fashion game begins, your undergarment sets the tone under your garments while shaping your body . 

    Where can I find it?

    Neiman Marcus, Jades24.com, la perla, Nordstroms, Victoria Secrets, Nubian Skin (for woman of color), HerRoom.com

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