We’ve all had those stressful wardrobe-malfunction moments: not knowing what to wear while being slowly consumed by all the clothes on the floor.
Through that, it is easy to fall into the bitter-sweet regime of wearing the same go-to outfit over and over again, even though you have a wardrobe bursting with clothes.
The solution: easy. These 10 versatile closet essentials will bring your wardrobe back to life, giving you more mileage to play with as well as creating pieces that generate breadth and depth.
#1 | THE CRISP WHITE BLOUSE:
A crispy white, well-fitting white button shirt is a timeless fashion essential that should hang proud in any girl’s wardrobe. And with endless options for how to wear it, consider this classic your wardrobe’s loyal friend.
Business owner and Birmingham fashion designer, Stephen Arthur, says his top three versatile staples are: “the infamous black leather Jacket. Of course! Crisp White shirts and T-shirts are a must, plus a cool pair of sunglasses.”
Its simplicity making it the creditable staple that the crisp white shirt is, forming the foundation for any wardrobe; while its multi-functionality takes it from office elegance to casual-chic with the layering of a sweater or the unfastening of the top few buttons.
The best way to wear this item is to look out for flattering styles that can be tucked into a pair of jeans or a skirt, as well as a clean-cut fit that wakes up your office wear, or a baggy loose structure that hang for a cool, baggy appeal – whatever suits your personal sense of style.
#2 | THE WHITE TEE:
Nothing gets more versatile than a simple white t-shirt. Coming in an absolute array of shapes and sizes to suit a fitted V-neck, tailored look, to a more loose, crew-neck style. Going out and finding your favourite is essential since it truly is one item of clothing that can go with anything!
Whether you layer it under a grey cashmere jumper, tucked into a black pencil skirt, over a light-wash boyfriend jean or under a strappy cocktail dress – you get the picture. It can be easily dressed up or down and is perfect to wear on a lazy Sunday morning with bed-hair and a cup of coffee. Are you persuaded enough yet?
In a nutshell, this is a must have trusty staple in any closet for some serious chic mix-match and creativity combinations.
#3 | DENIM JEANS:
As mentioned in our style tips and tricks edit, all girls need at least three pairs of jeans – maybe a few more, just to be safe. Much like the white tee, the options are endless.
Editor of Novvo Magazine, Alex Donald, says: “the top three items of clothing every woman should own would definitely firstly be a pair of simple skinny black jeans. Followed by a jumpsuit and a cute white dress for summer.”
Finding out what kind of jean fits you and your body shape is crucial, as well as investing in a more expensive pair to ensure longevity and maximum comfort. Finding just the right pair for you will make any girl feel her best.
Dark-wash jeans are highly versatile; complementing any body and appear flattering for most outfit silhouettes. While light-wash jeans provide a casual aesthetic, which is perfect for any go-to look.
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#4 | BLAZER SAVIOUR:
Need something to wear as the weather begins to get warmer besides a coat? Or something to pull an office outfit or even a casual look together? You need a blazer.
One of the most versatile outerwear item of clothing a girl can own, this light-weight, precision cut garment is a must-have one way ticket to practicality and sophistication. It can become the central statement piece for an outfit, or be the finishing touch a simple jean and shirt unison needs.
To let everybody know you mean business, rest a blazer over your shoulders, or even over one shoulder for the evening time.
#5 | THE KITTEN HEEL:
A dream in Coco Chanel splendour, a kitten heel shoe is the epitome of feminine class. This chic footwear of petit heeling provides just enough height while maintaining comfort.
This class of shoe goes with anything, including the edgiest looks to flouncy florals; lifting any outfit on to the high-end fashion spectrum, without compromising cosiness – making it the perfect shoe to wear for most occasions. It’s officially time to put those snow-stained boots in the closet and start revitalising those old spring favourites.
#6 | THE POP-OF-COLOUR SCARF:
As gorgeous as it can be sticking to neutral and dark shades when it comes to what colours we wear, and as much as some people say they are (metaphorically) allergic to colour, nothing gives a casual outfit an interesting and dynamic feature as a pop-of-colour scarf.
Rocking it in small doses is the way forward if you’re not used to wearing statement shades, or scarfs on a regular basis. Seeing scarves as a garment that serves for accessory purposes, on top of practical functions, will instantly get you in the frame of mind of styling in unique ways.
Mixing ordinary looks with a vivid scarf knotted around the neck among neutral coloured overalls will create a daring statement that will speak volumes. Or even a black and white ensemble accompanied by a scarlet red silk neckerchief: ultimate elegance with one piece of fabric.
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#7 | THE FAITHFUL LBD:
No wardrobe would be fit for fashion acclaim without at least one little black dress, and no style inspired list would be fit would a mention of such a classic number.
An LBD is the ultimate blank canvas: open for beautiful accessorising and styling, while still acts as a masterpiece in its own right. The LBD has evolved a lot since it’s Chanel ancestors, but what hasn’t changed is it’s grandeur and chic versatility for any occasion.
Birmingham fashion designer and owner of Badleydrawn, Tenneil Badley, says her favourite versatile staple is a co-ord: “When in doubt, wear a co-ord! I just think they’re so easy to wear, especially for the evening time, with a nice pair of heels and a matching top and skirt, sorted! ASOS have a whole section devoted to co-ords, which I love.”
#8 | THE ELONGATED BELT:
Belt hooks are one thing, but so are flattering waistlines. If there’s one figure-hugging accessory that can be used in a range of circumstances, it’s an extra-long belt. Why? Because then not only can you use it for trousers and skirts as a decoration, but more importantly, tied over a blazer, cardigan, or a denim button down for structured fits and thoughtful style credibility.
#9 | THE STATEMENT NECKLACE:
Wearing the simplest of outfits, or an all-one-colour outfit, can be easily and immediately livened up and transformed with the effortless adding of a statement necklace. Even in a rush, adding a statement necklace can turn your outfit into something well-put and gorgeous.
We all understand accessorising is a great way in making an outfit come alive, particularly when teamed with some equally nice earrings or a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, which makes adding a few statement necklaces to your accessory draw a must.
In recent years they have become a huge style trend, and for good reason, as the right necklace can become the central focus of an outfit or even transform a simple look of jeans and a grey t-shirt into something Insta-worthy. What’s more, they’re great for both day-time and night-time looks, from bold metallic structures, to colourful Aztec beads.
#10 | STRIPED HAVEN:
Stripes, a classic design that all girls have in their wardrobe in some manner. Its simple style allowing it to accommodate many other garments to make for the most aesthetically pleasing fail-safe fix when in a rush.
Suitable for everyone, any striped garment is easy to wear and emits effortlessly chic, especially with a bold red lip for a feminine Parisian charm. The best thing is stripes never fall out of fashion and can always be revitalised with a fresh new approach.
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