Everybody has their own ideas when it comes to wardrobe staples every woman should own.
These are the select amount of pieces that we wear repeatedly and form the basis of most of our looks. It doesn’t even matter whether they’ve only been purchased recently or been hanging in our wardrobes for the last however many years, these fashion essentials are likely to sustain the test of time due to their high quality and versatility.
If I could pick just 5 wardrobe staples every woman should own to create my personal capsule collection, here are the pieces that would make the shopping list.
1. 100% Cotton Classic White T-Shirt
Project Social T Tiny Crew Neck Tee (similar)
Wardrobe staples every woman should own 101: say hello to the classic white t-shirt, THE wardrobe staple of wardrobe staples.
Me? I prefer to invest in the 100% cotton variety. It might be a little more expensive than a cheap fabric equivalent, but it’s worth the investment considering how many wears you can get out of it. It will inevitably last you many washes without losing its vibrancy, shape, fit, or colour.
To style your white t-shirt, pair it with a pretty printed high-waisted floral skirt during summer and your favourite flats. Alternatively, layer it up during winter with jeans, sneakers and an oversized bomber jacket. Tres chic!
2. Levi’s Skinny Jeans
Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans (similar)
Pretty much the king of the denim world with jeans as their best offering, Levi’s have always been my go-to for a good pair of jeans that fit like a dream.
Producing superior-quality, long-lasting denim in a wide range of colours, washes, cuts and styles, Levi’s is loved by both sexes across the globe for its ability to keep on delivering amazing products, season after season.
My evergreen staple is a pair of high-waisted Levi’s skinny jeans that flatter my pear-shaped body. I team them with a camisole vest and oversized sunglasses during the day and then swap the cami for a structured blouse and sky-high heels when I’m taking my skinny jeans out for the night. It’s a win, win situation.
3. Black Leather Backpack
Michael Kors Rhea Backpack (similar)
Sometimes, there are wardrobe staples every woman should own that might not even live in the wardrobe. Enter: the trusty leather backpack.
Being an avid traveller, this is the key accessory that sees me through. It needs to hold all my important travel documents and essentials, which is why I choose to invest in a reputed brand. Moreover, with high-quality leather craftsmanship, you don’t have to worry about accidentally overloading it because it’s built to last.
FYI, I always opt for classic black with accessories as it’s a colour that goes with everything! In terms of detailing, keep it minimal and elegant with neutral or metallic hues and you’re bound to stand out for all the right reasons.
4. Converse Sneakers
Converse Animal Hi Tops (similar)
Also ideal for travelling, I don’t think I’d survive in life without a great pair of trainers as one of the wardrobe staples every woman should own. Why? Well, sometimes I can spend the entire day venturing around a new city, which means that comfortable shoes are a must-have.
My absolute favourites are Converse trainers – I wish I could buy every style on the shelves! Not only do they fit well and are very kind to the tootsies, but they come in a range of extremely eye-catching prints and colours.
Mine are actually monochrome animal print as I can’t resist a visually-intriguing print. Plus, monochrome compliments any colour way, no matter what I’m wearing on my top and bottom half. Sometimes I throw them on with my classic white tee and Levi’s jeans for a casual, yet fashionable look, and sometimes I dress them up for a dinner out with friends with a skater-style dress. It just depends what kind of a mood I’m in.
5. Short-Sleeved Plain Shift Dress
Boohoo Harriet High Neck Shift Dress (similar)
My final wardrobe staple is a plain shift dress that’s cut just above the knee in length. I prefer short sleeves as they’re more flattering on my curvier arms, and you can wear the style over a pair of leggings or tights during the colder months (like a tunic). It also can be layered with a jacket for spring.
In terms of the colour palette, it’s best to choose a hue that suits your skin tone. I usually go for something out of the ordinary like wine red or royal blue because it helps to add a bit of vibrancy to my pale complexion. And then there are always classic shades like nudes, greys, blacks for those who’d rather not stray too far from their comfort zone.
I like to dress my plain shift dress up with a black blazer, black tights and statement necklace for the office or smart casual occasion. Then, for everyday casual cool, I’ll throw on a denim jacket, a long bohemian-style necklace and boots or sandals depending on the season.
Building Up Your Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Should Own
Whether you’re all set with your wardrobe staples or you’re currently in the process of building them up, make sure you take your time to invest in good-quality pieces that suit your personal style and body shape. This way, they’re sure to last a lifetime.
Which are your favourite wardrobe staples every woman should own? Let me know in the comments below!
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