Every woman is different, but I do believe there's a standard set of 16 pieces that make it easy for an active, practical woman to look effortlessly chic and modern.
The key regarding each of the pieces on this list is that they all can be worn in multiple ways in multiple situations. This is very important in streamlining your wardrobe.
Another element is classic, good design. Invest in pieces that will last regardless of your age or trends.
You won't likely want to wear a backless, see-through sequined mini dress 10 years from now, but you will always want to wear a beautifully tailored blazer, whether you are 15 or 50.
Without further ado, the list:
1. A classic black blazer
Wear it over a tee and a mini to a coffee date. Wear it over a blouse and slacks or a pencil skirt to a business meeting. Wear it over a cocktail dress to an evening function. The black blazer is a wonderful staple. Invest in one with great, lean tailored fit and a classic look (no studs, sequins or flashy detail) so that it can transition throughout the seasons.
2. The white t -shirt
3. A black leather jacket
4. A pair of jeans in a classic wash
I don't believe in investing in jeans that have cuts, rips, or weird dyes unless you already own at least a few classic pairs like the one pictured, because overly-trendy jeans look passé after just a season.
Get two great pairs of classic wash, minimalist jeans and call it a day. Skinny is still the cut du jour after several years but straight cut jeans are also flattering on many.
5. A trench coat
6 & 7. A pair of ankle boots, one pair in black, one in brown.
Brown or camel works well with softer, flirtier dresses in spring or with plaid shirts, gray blazers, or any pieces you may have that carry a preppy vibe.
8. A little black dress
9 & 10. Two pairs of black tights, one sheer, one opaque.
11. A nude, strapless bra
12. A great pair of sunglasses
13. A statement necklace
Throw it on over a simple dress to add interest or wear it to dress up a t-shirt and jeans.
14. A structured, classic bag for every day
Select a bag large enough to carry your daily essentials, but with a structured shape so you can carry your things in style.
15. A small bag or evening clutch
16. A pair of black pumps
There it is! My list of 16 staples for the modern woman's closet.More questions on Fashion and Style:
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