You are a stylish woman. You have class, your smart, and you know how to handle almost any situation. But when it comes to getting dressed quickly and easily in the morning? Ha! All hell breaks loose as clothes fly off hangers while you furiously try to find an outfit to wear. All your clean laundry is suddenly in piles all over your bed and the clock’s ticking. You’re running out of time before you need to leave the house. At this point, forget even trying a new look! You end up throwing on the same old clothing items that match and are acceptable before rushing out the door.
But, girl, I’m telling you. It DOESN’T have to be like that!
The best way to always have fresh new outfits to wear is by keeping your closet stocked full of the classics. Classic pieces are clothing items that are timeless. They never go out of style, and the sky’s the limit with how you can wear them! These 30 key pieces are what every woman needs in her closet to always have a great outfit, and skip the early-morning frustration (and messy bedroom!).
30 Classic Clothing Items for Your Closet
1. Neutral Long-Sleeves
A variety of neutral-colored long-sleeved shirts gives you the freedom to mix and match all your pieces. They can be worn alone or layered under ponchos, blazers, and cardigans. The outfit opportunities are endless if you have neutral long-sleeved shirts as they go with anything and everything.
Try to build a collection of your neutral long-sleeves overtime, but start with the basics and get yourself a black shirt, a white shirt, and a navy shirt. Choose thinner lightweight shirts for an easy layering piece in any of your outfits.
These shirts will be great for adding to your fall and winter wardrobe!
2. A Blazer
There’s just something about a crisp white blazer that makes you think, wow. This girl really has her s*** together!
Having a chic blazer is so important, especially for the working woman. This clothing item gives you a fresh, clean look and is a fashion superstar for important business events, work days, or any formal occasion where you need to appear professional.
Keep a white or black blazer in your closet for the days you need them most. Find a longer-lengthed blazer for an extra touch of pizazz.
3. A Denim Jacket
If you don’t already own a denim jacket, it’s time to invest. This versatile piece is the perfect jacket for both spring and fall. Drape it over a dress for casual elegance or roll up the sleeves and rock a hoodie underneath for a more edgy look.
Find a classic blue denim jacket or go for a brighter look with a white denim jacket. Although, I firmly believe every woman should have at least one of each to get optimal outfit potential.
A gorgeous denim jacket will definitely help you make a statement.
4. A White Button-Down
A simple white button-down is another classic clothing item that may be worn during the work day, running errands, dressed up for a fancy occasion, or dressed down for a casual night out. It gives you a clean, crisp appearance and if you leave a few buttons open, it will give off a sexy, yet classy vibe.
This is a great piece for layering with other items and can be worn with different pant styles, so it’s a necessity for every woman’s wardrobe.
Listen up, lady! Your gorgeous self deserves a fancy little black dress to show off watcha’ got. This classic clothing item can be worn in endless ways and styled differently every time you go out. It’s great to wear to a party or layered with a cardigan or jacket for a more formal event.
Add a pop of color to your LBD with a bright pair of red pumps or purse to give life to your outfit. Or keep it simple and elegant with a small necklace and earrings.
It doesn’t matter what style you choose, own that s***.
6. Skinny Jeans
Having at least one pair of skinny jeans is important to make sure you never run out of great outfits. They can be worn casually or dressed up.
They’re a great alternative to leggings in most situations when you don’t know what else to wear and they go with heels or boots (love me some pumps and skinnies!). They can also be worn year round which is important with your classic pieces. You want to get the most use out of each item as possible.
Do yourself a favor and find a cute pair of white skinny jeans along with blue jeans. Cause let’s be real. You ain’t wearing see-through white leggings with any of your cute tops unless that butt’s covered.
Tuck them into your favorite knee-highs or show off your cutest ankle boots in style. These versatile jeans are guaranteed to look great with most of your shoes and clothing items.
7. Boyfriend Jeans
If you want to look bangin’ yet laid back, kick up your wardrobe with a cute pair of boyfriend jeans. They’re a great option for weekend outings or parties and are super comfortable.
Pair them with sneakers or your favorite high-tops, heels, or flats, and rock them with a variety of tops.
Because boyfriend jeans are a bit baggier than normal jeans, keep in mind what top you want to wear. Your top and bottoms should create a balanced look throughout your outfit. Try out different pieces with your boyfriend jeans to see what styles you like best.
Trousers come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and the outfit opportunities are endless. You can make a graphic t-shirt look so chic with a great pair of trousers.
Find trousers with a length and texture that you’re okay with and that suits your body type, and keep a few pairs in your closet.
You could always go with patterned trousers, but sticking to the basics like black, white, and neutrals give you even more outfit opportunities.
Keep in mind stripes are everything when it comes to a great pair of trousers!
9. Trench Coat
The trench coat is a classic clothing item that comes in 3 different lengths. A shorter coat looks best on petite girls, a medium-size fits most body types and is considered the classic version. And then there are long trench coats that suit taller women.
A trench coat may be used as a transitional outerwear piece from summer to fall.
Try wearing a trench coat with a casual outfit like boyfriend jeans and sneakers or pair it with your favorite pumps and skinny jeans for a sexier look.
10. Basic T-Shirts
T-shirts are life so it’s best to have a collection of them to really give your wardrobe endless outfit opportunities. At the very least, have a white shirt, and a black shirt. Other neutral- toned shirts along with black and white can be worn alone with a statement necklace and skinny jeans, or used as a base layer for the outfit you have in mind.
11. Striped Shirt
Stripes are considered neutral in most cases since they go with just about everything. Whether you choose a blouse, t-shirt, boatneck, or long-sleeves, it’s good to have at least one basic black and white striped shirt among your other classic pieces. Vertical or horizontal stripes is up to you. My thoughts? Rock a fancy striped button-down as well to really up your game.
12. Black Ankle Boots
Black ankle boots are great shoes to own for many different styles. You can give off an edgy, casual, or chic vibe depending on how you style them.
They’re a great statement-maker when going monochrome for the day and look chic yet casual when paired with a warm oversized sweater and skinny jeans.
To find your perfect pair, try a variety of styles that come up to different spots on your ankles to see which length flatters your figure the most.
Play around with different colors and textures to see what works best for your wardrobe!
13. White Sneakers
White sneakers are the go-to shoe when you can’t decide what to wear with your outfit. They can be matched with any color and provide ultimate comfort during the day. These basic sneakers are great for casual outings when you’ll be walking a lot or doing lots of standing.
Pair them with your jeans or give your favorite dress a more fun, playful look by rocking a pair of white sneakers.
14. A Black Bag
A black bag is a perfect option for almost any outfit, and it’s an accessory you can grab confidently when you’re in a hurry or just can’t seem to decide on a purse to use.
You can really go for any style you like, but a medium-sized bag is the best option to make sure you look great no matter what. You’ll be able to store more items with a bigger bag which is great if you need to get out the door and didn’t have time to finish your makeup or put on accessories. Just throw what you need in the bag and go.
15. Nude Pumps
If you’re going to own any type of heel, let them be a pair of nude pumps.
Nude pumps pair well with most outfits and don’t have to completely match your clothes. As long as they go with the overall style you’re going for, they’ll work great. Choose a shade within a few shades of your skin tone to elongate your legs and BAM! Instant elegance. Work them legs lady.
You can wear nude pumps for a night on the town or head to the workplace in style.
16. Neutral Ballet Flats
Owning a pair of neutral ballet flats is just as important as a pair of nude pumps. You want to have a neutral shade so you can wear them with most of your clothing items.
Ballet flats are perfect for running errands or wearing to work. Style them with jeans, a white t-shirt, and a sleek watch to take on the day. Or match them with your favorite skinny jeans and a cute bomber jacket to really make a statement.
17. A Pencil Skirt
A pencil skirt is the ultimate feminine piece that looks great on most body types. It gives you a nice slim appearance and may be worn in multiple ways for many different occasions.
Tuck a t-shirt into your pencil skirt and bring along a clutch bag for a night out, or dress it up with a blouse for the workday.
The options are endless!
18. A Leather Moto Jacket
No matter your style, you should totally own a leather moto jacket. Choose whatever color your little heart desires, but keep in mind how many pieces of clothing you’ll be able to wear with the color you choose.
Black is a great versatile option to give a little edge to any outfit.
Rock a plaid shirt underneath and skinny jeans during the fall months or pair it with your best boyfriend jeans and heels for a more chic look. Don’t forget your statement necklace!
19. A Great Coat
Outerwear is so important during the freezing months of the year since you’ll be spending a lot of time wearing it. Choose a winter coat that will match most of your outfits and make a statement when you leave the house.
Find a coat that’s longer in length to keep your legs warm while outdoors.
No wardrobe would be complete without a few great scarves. You should have at least one silk scarf and one knit scarf. Your silk scarf can be used as an accessory for your outfits during the spring or as an added touch when tied around your handbag handles during the fall.
A gorgeous knit scarf during the winter time is great for keeping you cozy and warm while staying stylish during the cold months.
Go bold with patterns or keep it simple and more versatile with basic colors like black, white, or beige.
21. A Midi-Skirt
If you’re looking for a feminine outfit to wear, nothing says chic quite like a midi-skirt. There’s just something about this clothing item that gives almost a conservative yet inspiring and artistic vibe.
A woman who wears a midi-skirt sparks your curiosity. She’s the type of girl who probably has lots of ideas and stories to tell that you want to learn from.
You can style a midi-skirt in endless ways which is why it’s one of the important clothing items you need.
My favorite is a white midi-skirt which can go with many different pieces and gives you a fresh and clean look.
Add a leather jacket and style them with ankle booties for an edgy, yet flirtatious look.
22. A Set of Pajamas
Because you spend so much time snoozing, you might as well do it in style. A matching set of pajamas is a much-needed outfit for around the house. It’s a simple way to stay cozy yet stylish while lounging around the house.
Have a nice warm set with long sleeves and long pant legs during the fall and wintertime, and a cute set with short sleeves and short bottoms for the rest of the year.
Go for a silk pair to make everything feel softer when you sit down, or a fuzzier blend to keep you warm while getting some shut-eye.
23. Different Types of Socks
Owning an arsenal of different types of socks gives a fresh spin to any outfit and keeps you warm at the same time. Having the right pairs also allows you to wear heels without looking goofy.
Low-cut nylon socks are a great option for your heels and ballet flats to avoid your sock showing and keeps the focus on your legs and heels.
Slouch socks make your combat boots look great with a pair of shorts during the summertime or may be worn over your leggings during the fall and winter.
Knee-high knit socks can peep out of taller boots or may be worn alone at home for a touch of style to your cozy jammies.
A pair of trouser socks adds a touch of elegance to a work outfit or may be worn with casual shoes.
Above all, you should definitely own athletic socks for your sneakers, or to wear around the house.
24. An Oversized Sweater
Every girl should own at least one oversized sweater. For real. This is like the go-to piece during the winter time! I’d be lost without mine. It’s a great piece to throw on over leggings and wear around the house with knit socks or fuzzy slippers. They look great with thigh-high heel boots and are a nice base layer for pieces like scarves, denim jackets, and your winter coat.
For an extra touch of chicness, scrunch up your sleeves a bit and reveal a gorgeous watch or bracelet. Throw on a cute beanie to complete this look.
25. Cross-Body Bag
Cross-body bags are a must for any busy woman. It’s an easy way to stay hands-free while carrying all your essential items. They’re great for traveling and taking tours and for moms who always have their hands full. They’re also the perfect bag for a night at the bar when you need to keep things like credit cards and your ID close to you.
They go great with many different styles, you just need to color-coordinate to look your best.
Go with a simple black or white bag or make a statement with a bold color like red.
Leggings are one of those clothing items you just can’t live without. Whether it’s lounging around the house or staying warm in the winter, leggings will never let you down. That is, as long as you pick pairs that aren’t see through!
Have a few pairs that are black, white, and gray so you get lots of use out of them. Stock up on basic leggings as well as knit versions in the wintertime to keep your legs warm.
27. Black Boots
Black boots are versatile shoes that go with most outfits. They add an edge to a black monochrome outfit when paired with a moto jacket, or they can complement your skinny jeans and bomber jacket. You can choose to have a pair that reaches just below the knee or go thigh-high with a dress or sweater.
Start with a basic pair of black or leather suede flat boots since you may be doing lots of walking in them. You could always add a pair of boot heels to your collection later.
When in doubt, wear your black boots!
28. Rain Boots
Rain boots are so important to wear when you’re outside on rainy days. You don’t want to ruin your favorite pair of sneakers or slip in your heels on the way into work.
Find a cute pair of rain boots that are black, neutral, or lighter in color to match most outfits.
29. Nude Underwear
Having a selection of nude underwear is vital for your wardrobe. You don’t want to be exposed under any clothing that’s see-through and lighter in color. It’s also a good idea to have nude under pieces to avoid looking clashy with your outfit. If your bra is slightly exposed or you’re wearing a bright cami, it may not complement your overall outfit.
30. House Slippers
This may just be the most important item of all (well, for me anyway!). When you’re home for the night or on the weekends, you want to be as comfortable as possible! Have a great pair of house slippers to keep you warm and keep anything from the floor off your socks.
House slippers give your outfit the extra touch of style it’s missing. Wear a fuzzy knit pair that reaches just below the knees for extreme comfort and style or rock a simple pair of moccasins to relax in.
Having all these clothing items in your closet will ensure you always have a great outfit to wear and never run out of new outfit ideas.
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