Trends come and go, but there are always staples that don’t ever leave your wardrobe. These clothing staples will differ for each person, as we all have different lifestyles and preferences. But every wardrobe has the same few closet staples that anchor your outfits. We’re talking the basics like tanks, dress shirts, and shoes that are the foundation of your style personality.
So what would be considered a closet staple? Your wardrobe essential pieces should be reliable, versatile pieces that can be used to mix and match outfits. Here’s 5 pieces we think everyone should always keep in their wardrobe.
1. A crisp white shirt
A white button down shirt is probably the most versatile piece for both genders. The endless outfit possibilities don’t crimp on style, and makes a great layering piece. Girls can play around more with interesting necklines and accessories like buttons to jazz things up a little.
Look out for breathable fabrics that are suitable for hot weather. It’s also good to make sure your white dress shirt can hold up many rounds of washing and is not the slightest bit translucent. And if you want to make life even easier, find fabrics that don’t crease easily. While you’re at it, a plain white tee for casual hangouts is also worth investing in.
2. The jeans
Whether you’re a straight cut, boots cut, or even a high-waisted person, denim jeans never go out of style. Jeans can fit into both casual and smart casual outfits, and you can pair them with tshirts, cardigans for layered looks, and even tanks.
For those with a louder personality, consider white or black jeans that will definitely stand out from the denim-wearing crowd. A good pair of jeans can last many years as they don’t stain or rip easily, and it’ll pay for itself many times over.
3. A fitted blazer
Immediately polish up your outfit by donning a structured blazer. Keep it simple by choosing a versatile color like black, or get a texture like check or plaid. Pay more attention to the fit as a badly fitted blazer can make you look sloppy. For less boardroom vibes and more vacay feels, pair your blazers with cuffed shorts or even bicycle shorts.
If you’re constantly on the go, consider getting summer blazers, which can also double up as a lightweight jacket thanks to its breathable fabrics.
4. The go-to black ’fit
Everyone needs a black outfit that can be used for almost every occasion you can think of – be it a networking session, a night out, or even a last minute funeral. It doesn’t hurt that black is also an incredibly flattering color, and projects alluring confidence.
For guys, this can be a fitted pair of dress pants, which can be paired easily with a dress shirt or a casual tee. To dress it up, accessorise with a watch or a louder shirt.
Every girl should also have a Little Black Dress (yes, that’s a thing) that can be dressed up or down, but always on point for the occasion. It might take a while to find the right dress with the right fit, but the perfect little black dress will be worth the hunt.
5. Stylish sneakers
It’s all about striking the right balance between style and comfort with a good pair of sneakers. Traditional athletic brands have branched out into classic streetwear shoes that are both budget friendly and dressy enough for the office.
Designer sneakers also offer a level of edge and style that rivals loafers and Oxford dress shoes. It’s money well spent; the right shoes will take you where you need to go.
Building up the “essentials” section of your closet
There are plenty of white shirts and jeans out there, but shopping for the basics can be harder than you think. Most people also tend to forget about the basics because statement pieces are more exciting. But statement outfits are usually built around basics, so once you’ve got your staples sorted, matching new outfits will come more easily.
While building up your wardrobe, go for quality over a good price tag. Treat it as an investment, because if something fits well, you’re more likely to wear it again. To be on top of your style game, you might even want to consider bringing your favourite pieces to the tailor. A good-fitting pair of pants with a hem that falls nicely above your ankle can do wonders for first impressions.