If you’ve read almost any fashion-related book, you will likely find a list of items you need in your closet. This usually includes a tailored black blazer, a crisp white button-down, etc.. And these are great, versatile items you may need in your wardrobe.
BUT, in my opinion, this is not universal. I’m my eyes, everyone’s essential closet components are unique, simply because every woman (or man) is unique. So many aspects determine what’s an “essential” to you: your job, your lifestyle, personal taste, and much more. If you’re on your feet all day, are pumps in several colors really essential to you? Can you properly utilize a collection of blazers and pencil skirts if you work from home? As you can see, there isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of answer.
For today’s post, I’m going to share my personal wardrobe essentials and give you some tips to help you find your own.
As a college student and retail worker, jeans are what I live in 95% of the time. So, it’s important that I have some well-made pairs in multiple washes. I consider a dark-wash, black, and white pair my essentials. If you’re looking for a pair that will fit great and last forever, look no further than Madewell. Since I’m on a budget, I try to catch them on sale, but they’re worth every penny. There’s a pair for everyone and they are sooo comfortable.
Another item you can find me in a majority of the time is some kind of tee shirt. They can be worn alone or layered and come in every color. I like to keep a few white ones and a black and gray one. I almost always buy cotton for the softness and breathability, but rayon is a great alternative also.
Comfortable, Well-Made Shoes
I’m very rough on shoes (thanks to being in band in high school) so it’s important that my shoes are great quality. I always try to buy shoes made of leather (or faux leather) and sturdy hardware. Comfort is also a huge factor when buying shoes, as it is with everything in my selection of basics. Two pairs I also forgot to add are a comfy pair of sneakers (love the classic white Converse low-tops) and Birkenstocks (I wear these every day during the summer).
Jackets for Layering
If you live in the deep south, you know you can experience all four seasons in one week (or even one day). So, a few classic jackets are essential for layering. A denim, leather, and army jacket are great to keep warm and/or elevate my look.
I love to rock some bling or an eye-catching bag, but these understated essentials are perfect for putting a polished touch on any look and work best for my wardrobe: simple bracelets in silver and gold, a black leather belt, a classic brown crossbody, and a timeless watch.
Now that I’ve shared some of my closet must-haves, I’ll share some tips for finding your own.
Think About How you Spend Your Time
The first step to finding those essential items you need for your closet is to think about what you do during your typical week. How much of your week is spent working, running errand, going to school, etc.? Use that information to guide you in how to spend your money.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Giving your closet a good detox can show you what you truly love in your closet. Items you haven’t worn in several months or that don’t fit should be donated or sold at a store like Plato’s Closet or (my personal fave) an app like Poshmark (use the code BQNZA for $5 when you sign up). Items with excessive wear and stains/holes should be repurposed or thrown out. Also, seasonal items should be cleaned and stored away to keep your closet clutter-free.
Determine Your Personal Style
Your own personal taste in clothing can be a good place to start in determining your wardrobe essentials. Browsing Pinterest and making a private board of your favorite pins is a great way to see what styles you’re drawn towards. Note the colors, silhouettes, and textures you see and use them as your shopping guide.
Buy High-Quality Items
You’ll want to make sure these key items last for years to come, so it’s important to buy well-made, quality pieces. I recommend buying items made of natural materials (cotton, wool, leather, etc.) as they are usually more resilient. And, of course, this doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg. Fossil has pieces that are reasonably priced and great quality.
Thank you for reading!