So we asked stylists, designers, and fashion experts for advice on what essentials women should have in their wardrobes —from fresh ankle boots that won’t break the bank, skinny jeans that’ll make your butt look dynamite, black pants with stretch, and sneakers you can pair with literally anything in your closet. Oh, and we’ve also found the unicorn of white T-shirts.
An Outfit You Can Wear from Day to Night
French women, for example, are known to wear the same outfit to multiple events. That one outfit may be expensive, but it’s killer, and they feel so amazing wearing it that they wear it again and again, which justifies the expense.” With just a little fashion creativity, it’s also easy to make an outfit feel fresh by simply adding an unexpected element: Perhaps pair a leather jacket with that slimming maxi you wore to work, or toss a sequin skirt over your leggings and suddenly that chunky fall sweater takes on an entire new look.
“If you can’t wear leggings to work, find a skinny pant that still has comfortable stretch, but nice structure and lines,” says Nicole Haddad. Of course, for a dressier office environment, or occassion, you can’t go wrong with a stretchy pleat front trouser, either.
A White T-Shirt
Finding that staple, elusive white T-shirt that doesn’t look messy or… completely transparent is a difficult task. O, The Oprah Magazine’s fashion market director Robin Nazzaro often opts for men’s tees to pair with jeans, because they “tend to be less see through.
Multiple delicate necklaces can instantly make a look polished, and if you’re following any fashion influencers on Instagram, you may have noticed a trend of pendant, coin, and zodiac necklaces lately.
This wardrobe essential goes with everything from denim to party dresses. As fall approaches, Lee recommends a combat style, or experimenting with new trends like Western and python print. You also can’t go wrong with the classic equestrian.
A Striking Raincoat
When the weather is dreary, a whimsical raincoat not only protects you from the elements, but it can brighten your spirits, too. And unlike the tried-and-true classic trench coat, opting for true rainwear offers an element of fashion surprise. After all, wet weather shouldn’t demand dressing down.
The Reinvited Little Black Dress
it is important to pick an option you can grab any time a last minute semi-formal occasion arises. Whether it’s a big work presentation or a dinner, having a dress that can work for any situation with a simple change of shoes and accessories will save a lot of time and stress.
Old-school fashion rules about saving your kicks for workouts or casual Friday are out. You can now wear a pair of white sneakers with a pleated skirt and sweater if your office isn’t conservative, or with a jumpsuit for weekend brunch. Just take one look at the street style of trendsetters for inspiration on how versatile a pair of kicks can be. Plus, considering the variety of sneakers out there today (velvet, rhinestone, silk, bows!) they really are the shoes that can take you anywhere. And you don’t even have to run to get there.
There was a time when hair accessories were saved for formal occasions (read: weddings), but now, they’re a welcome addition to your everyday wear, and are as easy to style as jewelry. They’ve been all over the runways..
A Signature Item
A signature piece could be a faux fur jacket, a playful handbag, or a pair of sequined pants. Whatever it is, when other people see it, it should make them think of you and your personality. But of course, finding such a personal piece doesn’t always happen overnight.
“They come to you organically, It may be a piece of heirloom jewelry that gets handed down to you, or something that you start to fall in love with the longer you have it.”
But most importantly? The signature piece should make you feel like your happiest self—and really, that’s what’s essential…