Everyone has their own unique style but there are some fashion staples that every wardrobe needs, regardless of style or body shape. Whether you’re building out your closet or you’re curious to know if you’ve got all the essentials covered, look no further. We take a look at 20 fashion must haves to complete a well rounded wardrobe.
Boyfriend Blazers and Oversized Blazers
A boyfriend blazer, also known as an oversized blazer, is a wardrobe essential. Take a fashion tip from Rihanna or Jessica Alba who can often be seen sporting this fashion forward trend. On a day when you feel you want a little more coverage without sacrificing style, pair a boyfriend blazer with a pencil skirt or harem pants.
Jennifer Hudson matches a beautiful oversized turquoise blazer with a sexy jumpsuit.
A crop top is also a must have, it’s a cyclical fashion trend that makes its way back on the runway every so often. You can pair a crop top or a crop top sweater with high waisted skinny jeans or a high waisted skirt for a chic and effortless ensemble.
Mindy Kaling does this trend justice in a beautiful printed crop top and high waisted skirt.
A boxy crop top is great with wide legged pants or a pencil skirt.
Chrissy Teigen wears a crop top with an oversized blazer like a pro.
Zendaya looks so chic with her crop top, blazer and matching knee length shorts.
Floral prints are a beautiful and easy go-to pattern to mix and match. They can easily be dressed up for a date night or dressed down for a casual day out shopping.
There really is no limit to how you can mix and match florals with other patterns, the trick is to find a similar hue in both patterns to ensure they complement one another instead of clash. The model above pairing a light paisley pleated skirt with darker florals on top has done it just right.
Little Black Dress
The little black dress is a wardrobe essential for any woman wanting to polish off her closet with all the essential staples. Fashion icons throughout history, like Audrey Hepburn, have worn a little black dress or a LBD on many red carpet occasions.
A bold red lip and a simple black dress are an easy combination for a casual day or evening out.
Sequins, glitter, or faux fur makes any simple black dress stand out.
Alicia Vikander is fashion forward in this studded leather and mixed fabric LBD.
Fringes can be a bit of a bold fashion statement for more low key fashionistas but there are many ways to incorporate this trend. If you’re anything like Vanessa Hudgens, you can wear a long fringed skirt to really stand out.
A fun way to wear fringes is a fringe purse, a great way to finish any ensemble.
A grunge oversized leather jacket can be mixed and matched with dresses or casual wear.
Pea coats are an essential for anyone living in well rounded weather. Even if you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer or tropical climate, a light pea coat can come in handy if you plan to jet set to other destinations.
Have fun with bright colors or patterns when choosing a pea coat, after all if you’re unlucky like me situated in a place that is colder for likely half the year, if not more, its the outwear you’ll Incorporate into the majority of your ensembles.
Sharp Shouldered Blazers
Rihanna wears this popular trend quite often and looks chic doing it! Sharp shouldered blazers are a fashion statement and can complete a power suit or a fun jumpsuit for an evening out.
The best hairstyle suited for bohemian headbands is wispy effortless waves, it stays true to the boho chic aesthetic. For those days where you’re channeling the Upper East side, a.k.a Blair Waldorf, pin straight or careful curls are the better match for this look.
Skinny jeans can be a daunting purchase, with so many colors, trends and styles, it can be hard to put your finger on the best one to suit your silhouette. We’ve put together an article on the best skinny jeans for your body type to help make your decision a little easier.
Gwen Stefani wears bold colors like a pro, there’s no pattern or graphic print that she isn’t afraid to mix and match, and we love her for it! Incorporate a fun colored blazer into your wardrobe to make any otherwise predictable outfit stand out. A colored blazer can be worn on a date night or tastefully at the office if paired with a simple sheath dress or neutral dress pants.
@Beyonce from Instagram
Beyonce’s gorgeous curves do a black peplum pencil skirt justice.
A printed pencil skirt is a wardrobe essential for any business woman. It is arguably the most common type of skirt seen at the office likely for it’s ease of wear and ability to be matched with many colors and patterns. A graphic printed skirt can make a more boring and predictable pencil skirt outfit really pop out.
This beautiful floral graphic printed skirt is a prime example of how a simpler trend can make your ensemble stand out. Though we wouldn’t recommend pairing it with a strapless crop top for the office, this look is definitely appropriate for a night out clubbing or paired with a boyfriend blazer, perfect also for a date night.
Take another style tip from fashion maven Jessica Alba, a bright graphic t-shirt worn on a casual day out can easily make an outfit more fun for an elegant yet youthful evening look.
Cara Delevingne can often be seen sporting a graphic top on the red carpet.
What girl doesn’t have a pair of boring black flats in her shoe closet? I’ll admit, I’m guilty of owning at least a dozen over my lifetime. Fun flats in bright colors are a great way to make a boring casual daytime look stand out so mix it up with colors, polka dots and patterns. My favorite pair, though admittedly black, are these adorable laser cut leather flats.
Neutrals and pastels are also perfect for the office, I always keep a pair in my cabinet at work as they’re my easiest shoe go to when I’m running from meeting to meeting.
Whether it’s a soft pleated skirt or a heavily pleated skirt, this wardrobe essential can also be worn for many occasions. Easily paired with a simple t-shirt or a beautiful patterned blouse, a pleated skirt is another wardrobe essential that can be dressed up or down.
A pastel pleated skirt is the perfect look for Spring, pair it with a fun flat and you’re all set.
A young Taylor Swift rocks a soft pleated skirt.
Loving this wardrobe essential!! A paneled skirt or dress has been a huge runway trend in recent seasons. It is the perfect way to wear a longer skirt, maybe befitting a red carpet event or a day at the office, without sacrificing style and showing a peek of skin in the most appropriate way possible.
This skirt speaks for itself so you can easily wear it with a simple tank top or t-shirt and a colored pair of heels to polish off a trendy look.
Better suited for the red carpet, a full on paneled lace peek a boo skirt can speak volumes of your fashion forward style.
A simple colored skirt is a wardrobe essential. Too often, we can be guilty of gravitating towards a grey, black or white skirt, we’ve almost been programmed to think that these are the easiest colors to match with but it’s time to think outside the box a little and incorporate a different color.
Whether it’s an orange, turquoise or emerald skirt, go for a bolder color that will make a simpler outfit stand out.
If you still want to keep your look a bit more subtle then take a look at this graphic skirt that Kendall Jenner is sporting, a softer look with neutrals with a peek of color throughout.
A cape coat is the perfect addition to any wardrobe and essential for those in-between weather days.
An soft faux fur detail can also make your cape coat better suited for evening occasions.
Stripes can be unforgiving if worn the wrong way, and we mean horizontally, but vertical stripes can help elongate your torso easily and give the illusion of a slimmer waist.
A striped shirt can easily paired with a skirt, wide leg trousers, shorts or skinny jeans.
Crisp White Blouse
A crisp white blouse is an easy go to for any occasion. Whether it’s to complete a simple work outfit or to pair with a pair of skinny jeans for a day out shopping with the girls, a simple yet statement making white blouse is an easy way to polish off a thoughtful ensemble.
Now that you know what essentials you need in your wardrobe, it’s time to see what clothes work best with your body type to build out a wardrobe that fits you to a T. So keep reading and check out our articles on finding your body shape or our celebrity guide to dressing your body shape.