Whether you are a fashion minimalist, a fashionista with far too many clothes, or a thriftier girl on a budget, there are some basic items every girl should have in her closet. These basic items are simple enough that you can find them at most stores but versatile enough that you’ll find you don’t know how you went without them for so long. The best part? Any of these basic items you can switch around to fit your own personal wardrobe, style, and body type. Check out the items below to see if your wardrobe is well-rounded enough.
1. The Jean Jacket
A jean jacket is the perfect staple for your closet that you can switch around with multiple outfits and dress up or dress down depending on how you feel. It’s also one of the most mold-able of the basic items to your style. There are so many different options with a jean jacket – light wash, dark wash, over-sized, cropped, distressed, etc. In fact, why not have more than one? Jean jackets have definitely come back in style over the past couple of years so you can find them in most stores and may even be lucky enough to find a vintage on at your local thrift store. Pair the jacket with dark jeans and a plain t-shirt for a casual look or put it on over a casual dress for a fun night out. Either way, a jean jacket is a must-have to round out your wardrobe.
2. The Plain White Tee
This item is about as basic as it gets which also means it’s one of the most versatile items you’ll find in your closet. Again, this item can be changed to fit your style and you can dress it up or down depending on what you decide to pair it with. Of all your basic items, this may be the one you can get the most use out of. Tuck it into a pair of jeans for a casual look or tie it at the waist and add a pair of heels if you’re going for something a little more flirty. A plain white tee is also great for layering. It goes with most other clothes and isn’t too bulky that it will feel uncomfortable underneath other things. In the cooler months, pair it with a blazer or jacket for a chic and simple look. It’s great for every season! If you really want to go the extra mile and expand your closet, get the basic tee in different colors so you have even more options to play with and can add a pop of color to your wardrobe.
3. The Black Jeans
Blue jeans are obviously a must in every girl’s closet but black jeans bring a certain style and versatility that blue jeans can’t quite achieve. Whether you’re more into skinny jeans, the looser fitting boyfriend jean, or something in between, a pair of black jeans is one of the must-have basic items to keep in your closet. Black jeans can be very easily dressed up or down depending on what top and shoes that you wear. Pair them with your plain white tee and a pair of sneakers and you have a casual day out with your friends. Change that tee to a silk blouse and a pair of heels and you’re ready for a night out on the town. Black jeans can look professional without looking as formal as a pair of dress pants and therefore are great for a quick outfit change from work to casual clothes.
4. The Button-Up
This item takes the basic tee and takes it up a notch. The button-up is one of the more formal of the basic items you will have in your closet but it can easily be dressed up or down depending on your needs. The button-up is great for a day at the office, a job interview, or a night out with friends and family. Layer it with a blazer or cardigan or wear it on it’s own and style it according to your needs. Over sized button-ups can be tucked in or tied or even left open and layered with something underneath. Although a white or black button-up is more classic, there are normally many different options and patterns that you can add to your wardrobe to keep things fun and interesting.
5. The Little Black Dress
The little black dress gets its reputation as one of the most important basic items every girl should have in her closet for good reason. A staple in women’s wardrobes for years, this piece is timeless. Not only is it versatile, but black never goes out of style and looks great on everyone. It’s also incredibly mold-able to your style as it comes in so many different variations. The little black dress won’t be the same for everyone as some may go for a simple slip dress while others like a bodycon style. Either way, the little black dress always comes in handy if you need something simple yet chic to slip into for a day out with friends or a night out on the town. Layer it with a jean jacket or cardigan or go bold and wear it by itself with heels to accent your style.
Whether you’re shopping on a budget or attempting to keep up with New York fashion, these basic items will help heighten your wardrobe and bring out your own personal style. Each one can be modified for your body type and the style that suits you best and are all versatile enough to suit your needs. If it’s a night out with friends, a concert, a casual shopping day, or even a day in the office, all of these these basic items will surely fit your needs.