When it comes to looking fashionable, sometimes it’s all about quality over quantity. You can have a closet full of clothes, yet never know what to wear. The secret to looking great is having the right staples on hand. The right staples can be mixed and matched and dressed up or down. Whether you are reaching retirement age, or under 30, here are five must-haves you should always have in your closet.
A Black Dress
Whether you’re going to the opera, or having a casual afternoon coffee with girlfriends, there is no occasion that a little black dress doesn’t call for. You can even wear a black dress to a job interview depending on the silhouette. A black dress can be worn in winter or in warmer months and can be totally transformed depending on how you accessorize it. The best part is that a black dress can be very slimming. The darker color can help hide any curves or imperfections that you’d rather weren’t seen.
If you’ve never owned a pair of slacks, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Slacks can be dressed up or down and can give you a special kind of sophistication and class that jeans just can’t. Whether khaki color or black, you can pair slacks with all sorts of things. Wear heels or sneakers, a tank top, or a button-down shirt, slacks are incredibly versatile and flattering.
A Dress Coat
A dress coat is important for those formal occasions you may find yourself at that your everyday coat doesn’t go with. Even though you may be convinced you’ll never find an occasion to wear it, the truth is, eventually you will.
There’s nothing more faux pas than wearing a fancy outfit with a dressed-down coat. The last thing you want is to look like a teenager going to prom. Ideally, your dress code should be black, or another neutral color.
A neutral pair of sneakers can be your best friend. Think Converse or a white pair of Keds. These can be worn with jeans, or dresses, regardless of the season. Just make sure that you keep them pristine. A dirty pair of sneakers won’t do you any favors, particularly if you plan on wearing them with a dress.
Hear us out on this one— a white t-shirt is a critical fashion staple that should be a part of anyone’s wardrobe. Why? Because you can wear it in a multitude of ways. Tie it up and wear it with a maxi skirt, or tuck it into a distressed pair of jeans. Ideally, you should have a few on hand as they can get stained easily.