Vamp Up Your Wardrobe With These Ten Essential Items

The Style Sessions
by The Style Sessions

A good wardrobe is comprised of clothing items that suit you and that you can make work with various outfits. You want to be able to reuse the same item to create different looks. In this tutorial, I will walk you through the ten items I believe are absolute essentials for any wardrobe, and how to find the items that work best for you!

Wardrobe essentials

One of my absolute favorite wardrobe essentials is the blazer. I personally have about six or seven in my closet, all in different styles. You can get them cropped, double-breasted, single-breasted, there are so many options. My personal favorite style, though, is the tuxedo blazer. I love to wear it with baggy jeans, casual sneakers, and a linen t-shirt. It also works amazingly for evening wear, though, along with a pair of skinny pants and heels. 

Women’s wardrobe essentials

Everyone needs a good, classic pair of jeans in their wardrobe. The style of jeans I like is both skinny jeans, and boyfriend pants. Jeans can be worn casually during the day or dressed up in the evening. It can be hard to find that perfect pair, I know, but don’t give up. Keep searching until you find that pair that you can’t live without. 

Minimalist wardrobe essentials
Black ankle boots

I absolutely love black ankle boots, and I do believe every wardrobe should have a pair. I highly recommend choosing boots made out of leather, though, so that they’ll last you a long time and through all seasons. Leather boots also get more comfortable each time you wear them. They can cost a bit more, but I’ve had mine for about seven years now, so it’s definitely an investment. 

Classic wardrobe essentials
Trench coat

Trench coats are such a great addition to your wardrobe! Obviously, the classic is the Burberry one, and if you can afford it, I say go for it! They’re beautiful and will last for years, so definitely a worthy investment if your funds allow it. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, though, check out the ones that The High Street makes. It looks great with jeans and a white shirt, really giving you that classic look. 

Essential wardrobe pieces
Leather jacket

Another essential part of my wardrobe is the leather jacket. I have about five or six of them, and each one has a different purpose, allowing me to wear a leather jacket all year round. Three of my jackets are from AllSaints because I think they do a great job of leather jackets. I love to wear my leather jackets with jeans and a loose t-shirt, but in the summer I think they go amazingly well with midi dresses or skirts. For evening wear, I choose a leather jacket that’s fitted and more elegant. 

White sneakers on stairs
White sneakers

White sneakers are absolutely essential to have in your wardrobe! They work so well throughout all different seasons. I live in a canvas pair over the summer and switch to leather white sneakers for winter. I have a pair of platform white sneakers that I am obsessed with, and can really wear with most things.

How to wear a sweater

Sweaters are something that everyone owns. My personal preference is to wear cashmere sweaters because I find everything else to be itchy on my skin, but I also try to only get ones that are machine washable because who wants to dry clean?! Sweaters can be dressed up or dressed down according to need. For a super cute casual look, you can have a linen shirt hanging down under your sweater and over your jeans, or you can also have just the collar of a shirt sticking out from the top of the sweater. Either way, I love a good sweater.

How to style a white shirt
White shirt

There is no way I could make a list of essential wardrobe items without including the white shirt! I am completely obsessed with white shirts; I must have about 20 in my closet! Some of them are neat and classic, while others are baggy or fitted, casual or elegant. There are so many different styles, and I love them all. I prefer my white shirts to be 100% cotton, and for them to have a nice, neat collar, which makes it more versatile. 

Style a leather handbag
Leather handbag

A leather handbag is simply a must! You don’t have to buy one that’s a designer brand, but if you want one, you can also get one second-hand! I actually believe that the older the designer leather handbag, the better it is. They just look more stylish when they’re vintage. They work so well with most outfits, so I do think that a nice, quality leather handbag is worth the investment for your wardrobe.

Wardrobe must-haves
Black dress

Last, but definitely not least, is the black dress. There are so many different variations of this: you have smocks, wraps, midis. It just comes down to finding the right style for your body type. I personally love a black smock dress, because then all I have to do is throw on a brightly colored blazer to make it work for the evening or a pair of white sneakers during the day. 

Different wardrobe essentials

That’s it, you guys! Those are the ten items that are absolute must-haves in my wardrobe. I honestly don’t think I could live without these items, and I highly recommend them for any and all styles. What are your wardrobe essentials that you can’t imagine living without? Let me know in the comments! 

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  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 11, 2021

    Great ideas for any age of women! Classic!

    Id add a long denim skirt and a black top!

  • Hope Hope on Jan 11, 2021

    The Hat!!!

    I love the beach pic of you wearing a looks really great!! Maybe you could do a post on how to choose/wear hats..? I love wearing a hat but, am totally 'stylistically challenged'...(think ball cap...I know...sigh) LOL I could sure use some pointers. : )