Whether you are just getting into fashion and have no clue where to start, or you’ve been trendy since your toddler years, sometimes it is important to get back to the basics. Your closet does not have to be overflowing with clothing for you to be able to look put together or stylish, however there are some pieces I find myself reaching for all too often. These are some items that I believe EVERY girl should have in her wardrobe:
. A black, white, and nude colored tank top
These pieces are so important for layering, particularly in the Fall in Winter. If I decide to wear a sweater, there is a really good chance that I will grab a tank top to put on underneath, especially if it is freezing outside. If you live somewhere warmer, this may not be essential, however, tank tops can be worn under many outfits and black, white, and nude are colors that go with everything!
. A black t-shirt and a white t-shirt
Once again, plain t-shirts are great for layering, and you can actually spice up a simple white or black tee in many different ways. Are you a jeans and t-shirt type of gal? You’ve got an outfit! Are you more of a trendsetter? You can definitely make a t-shirt more fashionable as well. (I may end up making a post all about this!)
. A nude bra, a black bra, and a strapless bra
I cannot tell you have many times I have bought a shirt and thought to myself, “I don’t have a bra that looks good underneath this!” What I have found is that there are a few types of bras that are essential in my wardrobe, and will most likely be in yours too! Now, I know it can be tempting for some people to buy that hot pink polka-dot bra from Victoria’s Secret, however I would try to lean toward buying a simple nude, black, or even white bra. No matter what shirt you put on, one of these colored bras is not going to be seen underneath. Is the outfit a bit sheer? No need to worry! Another bra to get your hands on is a decent strapless bra (ugh, I know, but bear with me). There are many tops or dresses that I absolutely love, but as I try them on I notice one thing that stands out: the straps of my bra. This may not be a big deal to some, but it is something that I personally do not like the look of. If you can relate, try a nude colored strapless bra!
. A LBD (little black dress)
Last minute wedding or party invite? Surprise date night? A little black dress can solve all of your problems! Black is a color that looks great on everyone and there are many different styles to choose from. Casual, classy, fancy, or fun, there’s a LBD for any and every occasion! Find one that makes you feel comfortable and confident!
. A great pair of jeans
Denim can be expensive, and sometimes it can be difficult to find a pair that hugs you in all the right places (my fellow weight lifters can definitely understand this one)! Like little black dresses, there are a variety of styles to choose from. My personal favorite are high waisted jeans. There are also different shades of denim, so I would suggest having a great light wash and a great dark wash. Everybody needs that go-to pair that they feel their absolute best in. It may take a while to find a pair you love, but you will! (And once you do, you may want to buy them in every shade!)
. Black pumps and everyday nude heels
As I have gotten older, black heels have become something that I reach for pretty often. As a college student, there are certain pieces that you just need to have. There may be some events you attend where there is a dress code, such as a meeting or an interview. They can also just make any outfit a bit more polished and classy. Like black heels, nude will go with anything! I suggest having a casual pair of nude heels in your wardrobe for the days when you want to dress up a bit more. Make sure you can comfortably walk in the heels that you choose, and make sure that they don’t give you blisters because that is the WORST!
. A nice pair of sneakers
I have two pairs of sneakers for two very different occasions, but I find that both are worn so often because they are so easy to slide on and they go with most casual outfits. If you are an avid gym goer like myself, you need a pair of gym sneakers. I actually only have one pair and they are by Nike. They are a simple black and white (to match everything), and I wear them every gym day, when I go hiking, or when I just want a more casual look. Then, I have a white pair of sneakers that could be worn any day, but they look much cuter with casual, everyday outfits. My white Adidas are the perfect spring/summer shoe, and they can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans, or a cute and simple dress. I would suggest having a sneaker for more athletic activities, and a sneaker for everyday wear. (Make sure both pairs are comfortable!)
. A leather and/or denim jacket
I am a BIG fan of leather jackets, even moreso than denim! However you do not need to have both if you aren’t a fan of one or the other. A leather jacket can make any look go from casual to badass in seconds (I have a black leather jacket and a brown and they both give off very different vibes, but I adore both)! They may even be my favorite clothing item (besides boots) for the Fall and Winter! A denim jacket is perfect for Spring and Summer, and can be worn with anything! I personally think that denim jackets look best over a simple dress, however you can’t really go wrong when it comes to a denim jacket!
. A black blazer
As I have gotten older, this piece has almost become an essential. Again, being in college there are certain items that I need pretty often, and a simple black blazer is one of them. I have attended multiple events where it was important to show up in business casual attire, and honestly wearing a blazer makes me feel 10x more confident and like I can take on the world (just make sure that it isn’t too big or too small)!
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