13 Must-Haves That Should Be In Your Closet NOW

Build Your Wardrobe Cardigan Classic white shirt Day dress Denim jacket Dress pants Fitted blazer LBD Little black dress Pencil skirt Perfect jeans Perfect white t-shirt PoorLittleRichGirl Shapewear Shift dress Trench coat Versatile skirt Vintage Wardrobe basics Wardrobe Must-haves Wardrobe staple Wrap dress

Happy Saturday Fashion Lovers! Today we are going to talk about how to build your wardrobe! Where to start?!?! We've got your go-to guide right here:

1. A Day Dress

Our day dress is from Theory, Size 0, $158.99 Our day dress is from Theory, Size 0, $158.99
We love dresses!  As we’ve become a more casual society jeans seem to have taken over the world, but a great day dress is a wardrobe essential!  Finding one that works with your body is not as hard as it seems (and definitely not as hard as finding the right pair of jeans!).  Wrap dresses tend to be universally flattering, but find the style that works the best with your body.  Shift dresses (like the one pictured here) are another excellent choice.  You can pair your dress with a fitted jacket as an alternative to a suit.  You can also wear your dress with low-key jewelry, a pair of riding boots, and a blazer for a classic casual look.

2. The Classic White Shirt

Our classic white button-down is from Calvin Klein, Size M, $21.99
Our classic white button-down is from Calvin Klein, Size M, $21.99
You can wear this with anything!  Choose a classic white shirt that highlights your best attributes.  You can’t go wrong with a polished, white button down that has a slimming cut.  Pair it with other classics in your wardrobe (like your favorite pencil skirt) for a professional look or with your jeans for a stylish casual look.

3. Dress Pants

Our black pants are from Ann Taylor, size 8, $26.99

Our black pants are from Ann Taylor, size 8, $26.99

These are a staple for any wardrobe because they can create both a day and an evening look. They’re another invaluable day-to-evening piece. Black goes with everything and can be very slimming which makes them ideal for all shapes and sizes; however don’t discount charcoal, camel, or navy as a wardrobe staple.

4. The Perfect Jeans

Our perfect jeans happen to be 7 for All Mankind, size 27, $55.99 (retail $198)

Our perfect jeans happen to be 7 for All Mankind, size 27, $55.99 (retail $198)

Yes, you already have a pair of jeans, but do you have a pair that you love and make you feel confident and sexy? A pair of dark rinse jeans that can do this for you is a worthwhile investment.  It can be a frustrating search to find the right ones, but you’ll be extremely happy when you do.  If you tend to have lots of feminine curves, go with a curvy-fit boot-cut pair of jeans. If you tend to be more narrow or athletic, go with a straighter cut jean.  They look great with heels or flats and can be dressed up or down.

5. The Fitted Blazer

We went with a black fitted blazer from Chaps, Size 10, $27.99

We went with a black fitted blazer from Chaps, Size 10, $27.99

Everyone needs the “right jacket” and for most people that is going to be a fitted blazer.  It should flatter your waistline and flair out a bit at the hips for a curvy, feminine look.  Your first jacket should be black, but after that experiment with brighter colors such as red or cobalt blue!  The right jacket can dress up any look.  Pair it with jeans, a skirt, or your classic dress pants and you have an instant upgrade.

6. The Perfect White T-Shirt

The v-neck classic is from LL Bean. Simple but chic.

The v-neck classic is from LL Bean. Simple but chic.

Look for a white t-shirt that is mostly cotton but contains a little bit of stretch.  It should be slightly fitted, but not tight!  V-necks work best for curvy or petite figures while crew-necks look best on a tall, athletic frame.  Paired with jeans, your fitted blazer, and a great necklace you’ll be the epitome of casual chic.

7. A Cardigan

Our cardi is by Cable and Gauge, Size S, $14.99

Our cardi is by Cable and Gauge, Size S, $14.99

A classic cardigan can be like a best friend.  It will never you let down, it’s warm and comfy, and is always there for you when you need it!  Cashmere is ideal, but they tend to be pricey.  If you’re budget is not at the point where you can invest in a good cashmere sweater, then look at alternatives such as merino wool or a high quality silk-wool blend.  It will look great under a jacket during the day and paired with a skirt or your dress pants.  It will also work just as well with a pair of jeans and your white classic shirt for a chic dressed-down look.

8. A Versatile Skirt

We went with a pencil skirt by Elie Tehari, Size 10, $89.99

Our versatile skirt is of the pencil variety by Elie Tahari, Size 10, $89.99

The right skirt will help you create a feminine and fashionable look.  There is a wide selection available which makes it easy to choose one for work or play.  You want to choose a skirt that you can dress up with a tailored shirt and jacket or dress down with a T-shirt and denim jacket.  Choose a skirt that looks best on your body and offers multiple options in your wardrobe.  A great A-line or pencil skirt would be the best place to start.

9. The Little Black Dress (LBD)

Our LBD has some fun ruffles! JCrew, Size 10, $92.99

Our LBD has some fun ruffles! J. Crew, Size 10, $92.99

If you can only afford to splurge on one-item in your wardrobe, then this is the one!  A little black dress is something every woman needs in her wardrobe.  It’s a workhorse.  Need a day-to-evening look?  Choose your LBD.  Wear it with a great statement necklace and a fabulous pair of pumps for work (and then happy hour).  Try it with pearls and a faux fur for a timeless, more sophisticated look.  Put on stilettos and chandelier earrings and you’re ready for a night out on the town.  Pair with a leather jacket and boots for an edgy look. The options are endless.

10. A Denim Jacket

This JCrew jacket (with the tags still on!) is a cotton blend with a bit of stretch so it's "breathable". Size small, it fits like a small/medium. If you are a size small you could definitely do layers underneath. Retails for $128. We are selling it for $65.99

This J. Crew jacket (with the tags still on!) is a cotton blend with a bit of stretch so it's "breathable". Size small, it fits like a small/medium. If you are a size small you could definitely do layers underneath. Retails for $128. We are selling it for $65.99

This is one of the most versatile wardrobe essentials that you can own and you will reach for it time and time again! It goes with almost everything – a sundress, khakis, a pencil skirt, a chunky sweater, an A-line dress, shorts, etc.  If you can only afford one, go with a mid-to-dark rinse as it will be more slimming and polished.  A denim jacket is classic Americana and never goes out of style! Hint: To see some examples of actual outfits that incorporate this staple, check out our post from Wednesday! 

11. The Trench Coat

This is a Hallhuber Classic Trench Coat

This is a Hallhuber Classic Trench Coat

Not only is the trench coat a classic style item, it is also one of the hottest and easiest makeover fashion items.  It’s ideal for almost every season and flatters all shapes and sizes.  You don’t have to stick to the traditional khaki – navy or red would be a stylish choice too.

12. Shapewear

We love shapewear!! This little number is made by Spanx We love shapewear!! This little number is made by Spanx.
Ever wonder how celebrities look sleek and amazing on the red carpet?  The answer is shape wear my friends!  Models, actresses, and celebrities depend on shapewear to keep them looking picture perfect from every angle. Maybe you haven’t considered it before but shapewear can be comfortable, provide a natural-looking shape, and is available in all sizes. Think of it as your little secret weapon.  It’s not something that you will need every day but when you’re wearing a sweater dress or something silky, shapers will give you a smooth and beautiful silhouette.

13. Vintage

Here are three good examples of vintage pieces to mix and match with your more modern stuff. Here are three good examples of vintage pieces to mix and
match with your more modern stuff.
Everyone needs a little vintage in their wardrobe. It could be a brooch, a sparkly handbag, a coat, a beaded sweater, or whatever you like!  Vintage  items not only tell great stories, but are well made which is why they’ve been around so long.  They’re also unique!  You’re pretty much guaranteed to be the only person at the party carrying that beautiful beaded clutch.  No one wants to look like they’re playing dress-up so always mix your vintage items with modern ones to look stylish.

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