22 Wardrobe Essentials for Building Any Outfit Effortlessly

Saturday, April 22, 2017
If there is anything I enjoy doing, it is making outfits. I like to think that I have a knack for it. I do believe that great outfits start with inexpensive, building-block pieces. These are staple pieces that you will use many times over, but they act as the foundation to any outfit. Having these items will make outfit creation much easier in your life, especially if you are looking to freshen up your wardrobe, or completely revamp it. These main pieces may not be obvious to you, but you will want to spend your money wisely. I went ahead and spent some time in my walk-in closet, examining my wardrobe and pulling out what I consider to be the core items. I tried to cover all of the bases for you, from outerwear to undergarnments, so that your wardrobe can be well-rounded. I ended up selecting 22 wardrobe essentials. Allow me to share them with you below.

1. Knit cardigan

My first wardrobe essential is dressy, knit cardigans. They go great over dresses, and as a bonus, keep you warm in the cooler months. Try collecting them in basic colors, such as black, for starters.

Knit cardigan
Knit cardigan


2. Denim jeans

I recommend collecting denim jeans in a variety of washes and styles. Jeans are extremely easy to dress up or down, and are a classic in general. The more washes you have, the easier it is to pair them with tops.

Denim jeans
Denim jeans

3. Denim shorts

Of course, for the warmer months, you will want to follow suit with denim shorts. Again, the more washes you have, the easier it is to make outfits. Also experiment with varying lengths and cuts.

Denim shorts
Denim shorts

4. V-neck tees

I absolutely love these soft, lightweight v-neck tees. They look great by themselves with a pair of jeans, or even layered. They are the definition of effortless fashion. Start by collecting them in basic colors, but you can never have too many of them.

V-neck tees
V-neck tees

5. Bodysuits

I am always up for adding a new bodysuit to my collection. They are incredibly easy to dress up or down. As a bonus, they stay "tucked in" to anything and always look great. They can also be layered.

Bodysuits
Bodysuits

6. Camis

I recommend collecting solid colored camis in a variety of colors. Start with black and white and work your way up from there. They are absolutely necessary for wear under sheer shirts so that the world does not see your undergarments. 

Camis
Camis

7. Tank tops

Tank tops are a lot of fun because they come in so many colors and patterns, which really allow you to express yourself. They provide the ideal opportunity for layering!

Tank tops
Tank tops

8. Black leggings

When it comes to clothing that you can wear with leggings, most of the time black leggings will match just fine. You should always have a pair lying around over all other colors.

Black leggings
Black leggings

9. Lightweight cardigan

For warmer months you will want lighter, flowy cardigans. Getting ones with prints make easy outfits- just throw it over a tee or tank paired with your favorite jeans, and you are good to go.

Lightweight cardigan
Lightweight cardigan

10. Black dress pants

Same theory about the black leggings applies here. Most dress shirts will look great with solid black dress pants. Having at least one pair in your closet is absolutely necessary.

Black dress pants
Black dress pants

11. Black and brown leather boots

Besides the fact that leather boots will look good with anything, black or brown will match most items in your wardrobe.

Black and brown leather boots
Black and brown leather boots

12. Dressy flats

Flats are an excellent way to still look dressed up, without hurting your feet in heels. Get yourself some flats in basic colors, such as black and white, and continue to add to your collection from there.

Dressy flats
Dressy flats

13. Casual flats

For those days when dressing up is not required, casual flats are a must. Again, start with basic colors and keep comfort in mind.

Casual flats
Casual flats

14. Solid colored flip-flops

Collect flip-flops in a rainbow assortment of colors so that they match most things. Flip-flops are an inexpensive, no brainer that you can quickly grab as you run out the door.

Solid colored flip-flops
Solid colored flip-flops

15. Capris

Capris are absolutely necessary for transitional weather outfits. Try to collect them in a variety of colors and washes of denim. You can match them with almost anything!

Capris
Capris

16. Nude heels

If you are looking for a staple pair of heels, or even pumps, nude is the way to go. Black is great, too, but there is something about nude that is so stylish and classic.

Nude heels
Nude heels

17. Lace bralettes

Bralettes are such a great staple undergarment. They tend to be ultra comfortable. They are intended for wear under shirts that are going to tastefully show the bra a little bit. Start out by collecting basic colors.

Lace bralettes
Lace bralettes

18. Basic colored bras

Basic colored bras in the colors black, white, and nude will go with most of your shirts. You definitely want to own bras that can be hidden under your shirts. You never want to be in the situation where you are stuck with a hot pink bra and a white tee.

Basic colored bras
Basic colored bras

19. Basic colored strapless bras

Same idea as 18, except sometimes you have outfits where you really do not want to show any bra straps, such as a strapless dress. You should always have strapless bras on hand, in basic colors.

Basic colored strapless bras
Basic colored strapless bras

20. No-show dress socks

These are great because they provide a barrier between your feet and potentially painful dress shoes. They also hide well inside your shoe, and if any part of the sock shows, they look nice and dressy.

No-show dress socks
No-show dress socks

21. Black socks

Black socks are great for hiding your socks inside dark colored booties. Some days you want socks sticking out of the tops of your booties, other days you do not.

Black socks
Black socks

22. Black tights

My last wardrobe essential follows the same theory as the black leggings, but black tights will go with many dress up outfits. However, you will not always want to wear leggings. Tights give you a little bit of sheerness to show your legs, which is very stylish and flattering.

Black tights
Black tights

There you have it, my 22 wardrobe essentials. I hope that after reading this post you have not only discovered how many essentials you already own, but that you walk away feeling informed and inspired. If you found this post to be helpful, go ahead and give it a share on your favorite social media so that you can share these essentials with your besties. I would love to see the outfits you create out of my list- feel free to leave them in the comments! Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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