It goes without saying that our wardrobes are ever-evolving. With the change of seasons and shifting trends, we’re constantly rotating the pieces we have in our closets to fit the weather as well as reflect our personal style. But there are certain items that simply stay put — you know, the kind that can transition seamlessly from season to season and never, ever go out of style.
Having these basics in your wardrobe can be a godsend. On days when you honestly can’t be bothered with carefully curating a chic outfit, you can reach for these dependable pieces to make you look instantly put together. Here are some classic items every woman should have in her closet for easy, effortless looks.
The little black dress is basically a no-brainer. It’s universally flattering, season-less and can be dressed up or down with the right footwear and accessories. In other words, it’s surprisingly versatile. While most people think of the LBD for cocktail parties and the like, it can easily be worn for more casual occasions with a pair of ankle booties. Throw a denim jacket or cardigan on over an LBD and it looks super low-key. On the other hand, if you want to strike an elegant note for date night or a swanky soiree, pair your LBD with sky-high heels and statement jewelry. There are so many versions of LBDs to choose from, all with varying lengths, sleeves, necklines and details. While versions with cut-outs and other trendy features are certainly fun to play with, opt for a classic LBD that hits near the knee or above — one that’s simple, well made and fits your figure flawlessly.
- Luxe lingerie set
In building your perfect wardrobe, it’s easy to forget about your underthings. But the fact is, your unmentionables serve as the foundation for every single outfit. So, it’s definitely worth investing in designer lingerie to wear under all your fabulous ensembles. Naturally, the lingerie you choose will depend on your own comfort level and unique sense of style. Even something as simple as a matching bra and panty set in a luxe fabric like allover lace can do the trick. Or if you’re eager to dial up the heat, try out a sultry bodysuit. Don’t shy away from accessories, either: A suspender belt, for example, can instantly kick the seduction up a notch.
Having some luxury lingerie will obviously come in handy on special occasions, but these pieces shouldn’t just be about impressing or pleasing someone else. Slipping on some stunning unmentionables while you’re relaxing at home solo can feel like an indulgent act of self-love. And what’s more timeless than feeling sexy?
- Nude heels
Some women wear heels on a daily basis while others choose only to slip them on for special occasions. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, it’s definitely worth having a pair of nude pumps in your closet. Why? Well, simply put, they go with everything. You can rock them with dark jeans, a blouse and a blazer when you’re grabbing cocktails with your girlfriends. You can also wear them to the office with your classic suits. Plus, you can sport them with a cocktail dress to a wedding. And it doesn’t matter what colors or patterns your outfit includes, as nude won’t clash with anything. Obviously, there are many styles of nude heels to choose from — the height of the heel, shape of the toe, wedge versus stack. It all comes down to your personal preferences. However, keep in mind that an almond shape or rounded toe with a 3- to 4-inch heel is the most versatile.
- Modern longline blazer
Have you heard? Blazers are not just for the boardroom anymore. In fact, they’ve become a wardrobe staple, and with good reason. They can dress up any casual ensemble while adding a bit of structure and sophistication. There are so many different cuts and styles to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with a modern longline blazer. With a cut that elongates the figure, it’s flattering on every body type. Toss it on with a silk blouse and pencil skirt for an important meeting. Or pair it with distressed jeans and a concert tee for an edgy chic look that’s also undeniably laid-back. While longline blazers come in a wide range of colors and prints, remember that a classic solid black blazer will be the most functional. Without a doubt, this is one layering piece that can totally transform any outfit.
- Figure-flattering pair of jeans
It goes without saying that the right pair of jeans can give you some serious confidence — and that honestly never goes out of style. Finding the perfect style for your body might take some time, but it’s well worth it. A form-flattering pair of jeans can come in handy while you’re running errands, grabbing Sunday brunch with friends or hitting up that new tapas spot for date night. Basically, a well-fitting pair of jeans is a foolproof outfit base for many different occasions. Pair them with a button-down and pointy flats for a look that’s polished yet understated. Dress them up with a one-shouldered top and platform pumps. Make a sultry statement by wearing them with a plunge-neck bodysuit and over-the-knee boots. Basically, the style possibilities are endless when you have a timeless pair of jeans in your closet. Note that a dark wash is ideal, as it can most easily be dressed up or down and is always in style.
- Chic sneakers
One thing’s for sure: You’ll be eternally grateful to have a stylish pair of sneakers in your closet. Gone are the days when sneakers were just for running or working out. Nowadays, it’s easy to find footwear that’s both comfy and chic. Slip-on sneakers have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they appear to be here to stay. In high-quality leather and suede with subtle details like perforations and metal studs, they can definitely make a statement outside the gym. Plus, they’re perfect for slipping on when you’re running errands or have a casual lunch date and want to look put-together yet utterly nonchalant.
Itching to up your style game this year? Putting together eye-catching, effortless ensembles is easier than ever when you have these staples in your closet.