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10 of the Most Classic Wardrobe Essentials for Women

Be honest now, do you know the contents of your own closet?

If you’re as fashion addicted as I am, odds are that there are a few things in there that you’ve completely forgotten about over time. Trends and one off pieces that have since passed their use by date. They'll come back eventually though, right?

You might not know everything that’s in there but the one thing you should definitely be able to point to are your wardrobe essentials.

New pieces may come and go but your essentials are your sartorial BFFs. They stay with you through thick and thin and are always there to bail you out when you have no freakin’ clue what to wear.

They’re timeless pieces that you can wear day-to-day and endlessly mix and match for years to come. 

So, if you’ve somehow managed to get by in life without properly curating yours, make sure you have these 10 classic wardrobe essentials for women now.

Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

dark wash skinny jeans

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Denim never dies. Especially dark wash denim. Stitch Fix says no matter your shape nor the season, skinny jeans in a dark rinse are perfect for dressing up or down. Don’t get caught without them!

Versatile Layer

sweetheart neckline bodysuit

Everyone has that one t-shirt they love but according to Glamour, a tank top or bodysuit is one of the most versatile basic wardrobe essentials you can own.

Today, you can choose from asymmetrical necklines and ultrathin straps that beg to be shown off in spring and summer. Pair yours with some high waisted skinny jeans, under a slip dress⸺ whatever you need to make your look feel complete.

Statement Blazer

A great blazer might just be the hero piece out of all your essentials. Whenever you need that extra something to pull your look together, it’s always on call.

Whether you’re headed to the office, a smart casual event or you just need zhuzh things up a little, a blazer is your saving grace.

Black Leggings

black leggings

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If a blazer is the hero piece then black leggings are the, erm, everyman? The point is that you can’t live without them.

From home to the gym, to the grocery store and everywhere else in between, you should always have a trusty pair of black leggings to fall back on.

A Little Leather

faux leather skirt

Whether it’s a spring dress or a jacket, adding a little texture to your essentials will elevate your other basics. They’re just as easy to style but they add much more depth to your look.

Animal Print

Despite how reliable they are, sometimes your basics just don’t inspire a whole lot of enthusiasm. But an animal print can always help you step outside the front door with a new ‘tude.

Leopard print is practically neutral these days, which makes it extremely versatile.

Day-to-Night Midi Dress

midi dress

Is there a dress that’s more versatile than a midi? It’s the perfect length for both indoors and outdoors and there are plenty of classic prints and silhouettes to choose from.

Combat Boots

Chunky lace-up boots are the ultimate mix of chic and practical⸺add some edge to your jeans and blazer combo during the day and then pair them with a warm weather dress for a fiercely feminie ensemble.

Midi Skirt

midi skirt

It’s nearly impossible to be all things to all people, but not for a midi skirt. This baby can seamlessly transition between a casual to a formal or work appropriate setting.

Denim Jacket

denim jacket

A denim jacket is one of the most timeless layering pieces you can own because it can be worn any time of year and it goes with literally everything.


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