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11 Essentials Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

11 Essentials Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

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Kate Kittredge
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The start of each new season brings about a lot of fashion decisions, like “What should I invest in?”, “What new trends are worth following?”, and “How much should I spend?” But instead of picking up random pieces that will probably go out of style by next year, consider building a timeless capsule wardrobe and streamlining your closet.

Your closet should be a curated collection of your absolute favorite items that bring you joy. That way, you’ll actually wear what you own and your wardrobe won’t be a source of stress each morning as you get dressed. Here are 11 items we think every woman needs in her closet all year round.

1. Quality denim.

First on our list has to be jeans, obviously. We’re Californians, after all! Jeans are an everyday staple that can be worn to virtually every occasion. We recommend having a variety of washes, including a light wash, medium wash, dark wash, and black jean. And of course, a set of core styles that you know will continue to be in style: slim fit/straight leg, skinny, and cropped. Investing in a few quality pairs that will last is definitely a splurge we can justify.

2. A classic blazer.

Structured outerwear is one thing you can always count on. The key is to look for a blazer that you can layer with any top, whether a concert tee or a blouse. Remember: it’s all about versatility, and investing in pieces that do it all.

3. Basic tees — and lots of them.

When can’t you wear a white t-shirt? It’s should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Pair a white tee with your favorite pair of denim, underneath a party skirt with a great jacket, or on the weekends with leggings. Any way you style it, a basic tee is a must.

4. A trusty work tote.

Invest in a solid tote that you can carry from work to drinks, or take on your weekend getaway. A couple features we look for in a tote bag: enough room for a laptop and an interior pocket to store your smaller essentials.

5. A t-shirt bra, that lies flat underneath it all.

Committing to all of these wardrobe staples is great, but don’t forget about your most important base layer — your bra! While we recommend having at least five bras in your rotation, the first should be a basic, like our 24/7™ Classic T-Shirt Bra or 24/7™ Perfect Coverage Bra. Both styles have a smoothing effect, which means you officially never have to deal with your bra cups showing through your top again.

6. Classic sunglasses.

Odds are, you have a pile of sunglasses you’ve collected over the years, yet reach for the same, simple pair every time you leave the house. Sound familiar? Consider donating all of them and just holding onto one or two classic styles such as an aviator or retro square pair. If you want to experiment with more trendy pieces, like the tiny sunglasses all the models can pull off, opt for a cheap pair from fast fashion brands so you don’t feel guilty when it inevitably goes out of style.

7. Ballet flats and heels.

We all have that one pair of flats that work with everything (from jeans and a tee to a simple black dress) and can be worn from work to drinks to weekend playdates. A pair of simple black ballet flats will carry you through the seasons — and years. The same applies to a killer pair of heels. Invest in a quality pair that you feel comfortable and confident in, and can work across your wardrobe.

8. A black leather jacket.

A quality leather jacket is one of the smartest investment pieces for your wardrobe. Throw it over a white tee and jeans for an instant style boost or pair it your workwear look for an edgy finish. A black leather jacket, whether vegan or real, is an absolute must-have. Take proper care of it and it can last you for decades.

9. Seamless underwear!

Underwear can either be your best friend or a finicky foe. If you’re looking for the one pair you need that will stay hidden underneath it all, opt for seamless. If you’re a thong girl, we would recommend our Seamless Thong or Comfort Stretch Thong in your shade, so that you can say goodbye to underwear lines for good. (Not into thongs? A bikini or cheeky option is great, too!)

10. A trusty blouse.

You can never go wrong with a silk blouse, in a staple hue like white, light grey, or camel. Though silk may not seem like the most affordable option, it is worth every penny once you factor in just how often you’ll end up wearing it. Plus, it can be effortlessly styled for both work and happy hour.

11. A little black dress.

Last but certainly (never!) least, the iconic LBD. Date-night essential and the ultimate “I have nothing to wear” throw-on-and-go piece, a little black dress is a true must-have in every fashion girl’s wardrobe. Pair it with a leather jacket and you’re good to go.

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