Back to Basics – 8 Items Women Should Own
Fashion is always a microcosm of culture, both economically and politically. What’s in fashion at any given time speaks to broader societal trends. Fundamental pieces previously hidden at the back of closets, such as white button-downs and blazers, are no longer afterthoughts pulled out on occasion to anchor a daring outfit. As we refocus our wardrobes to reflect the times, we need essential pieces that maximize comfort while keeping us looking and feeling good, a bit like a pair of women’s Ted Baker boots.
Whether you invest in the latest fashion trends or prefer timeless outfits constructed from classic pieces, a few wardrobe basics serve as the foundation of good – and long-lasting – style. These interchangeable garments are the solution to making getting dressed in the morning a breeze. Of course, I’m talking about the staples that will last from season to season, from the perfect white t-shirt to a fail-safe blazer. These pieces will go with almost anything in your closet and complement any trend-led piece you decide to invest in.
1 White Shirt – A white button-up shirt is one of the many menswear-inspired staples that make up a solid wardrobe foundation, and it’s a total must-have that will come in handy no matter one’s personal style.
2 Black Blazer – A well-structured blazer complements any outfit. Before investing in a cropped and oversized style, we recommend purchasing a fitted, longer one. Layering is the simplest way to make your clothes appear more expensive and an excellent way to protect yourself from office air conditioning. When purchasing a blazer, it is critical to ensure enough room under the shoulders and arm to layer over other items. Also, the sleeves should be no longer than your wrists and easily roll up to your elbows.
3 Denim Jeans – Sweatpants are great, but denim is genuinely timeless. The easy jeans are the new classic silhouette—a relaxed, high-waisted, straight-leg pair that looks just as good with pumps as sneakers.
4 Plain White T-Shirt – If you don’t already have a plain white T-shirt, get one right away! A basic white tee is ideal for layering underneath a leather jacket or pairing with a pair of fun, printed palazzo pants. The possibilities for this staple are virtually limitless, which is why it is our favorite wardrobe staple. Whether you want a scoop neck or a V-neck, a fitted or a baggy tee is up to you. Just make sure that you have one!
5 Black Turtleneck – A black cotton turtleneck is the next clothing essential that every woman needs in her wardrobe to make getting dressed easier. If a black bodysuit is more your style, go for it. A classic black slim-fitted turtleneck or bodysuit will work wonders in your wardrobe. It’s a breeze to put together. It can be dressed up or dressed down. It looks great with dress pants, a leather skirt, a pencil skirt for work, jeans, or even joggers. Another clothing essential that will make getting dressed easier.
6 Black Tank Top – A white tank has its uses, such as at the gym or on casual outings, but a black tank is more versatile. Wear it with dark jeans or a skirt to dress it up.
7 Oversized Knitwear – The best sweaters are an excellent addition to your wardrobe. A selection of easy, wear-with-everything jumpers can see you through autumn to spring, from oversized knits to easy, block color and neutral-hued iterations. While cashmere versions are a worthy investment, especially in classic shades or Breton stripes, more trend-led colors and slogans can be added seasonally from less expensive brands.
8 Day-to-night Dress – A simple blank slate style is the key to an ideal day-to-night dress. It can be worn casually with white sneakers and a denim jacket or dressed up for happy hour with strappy heels and statement earrings. Make it work-appropriate with a blazer and loafers for the office, and then dress it up for drinks with the girls.
We must emphasize that this list is about more than just limiting oneself to wearing or owning only eight pieces. It is a list of essential components for EVERY wardrobe all year long. The items you can’t live without. The pieces that can be worn on any given day of the year.