Basic Clothing Pieces Every Girl Needs

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When it comes to fashion, there are some pieces that are timeless and can be worn with a wide range of outfits. While it’s fun to have colorful dresses, printed pants, and statement shoes; it’s also important to have the staples in your closet. These pieces will be worn through the seasons and through the years; they’re worth investing in and will give you so many outfit ideas and styling options! Here’s a couple of staples you need in your closet for each category:

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  1. Tops

You must have a plain black top and a plain white top. These are your basic neutrals that will go with everything and can be layered. They can be paired with fun patterned and colored shirts and shorts in the summer, and they can be layered with boots and jackets and cardigans in the winter! I personally have both a black and a white t-shirt, but if your lifestyle is a bit dressier, consider investing in a black and a white blouse!

2. Bottoms

There are essentially 4 must have bottoms you should keep in your closet. Those are blue jeans, black jeans, jean shorts, and black leggings.

Blue jeans are the perfect casual or chic outfit, they can be dressed down with a t-shirt, dressed up with a blouse, or layered for an extra level of style. I like to have a few different washes for my jeans; I currently have a light wash and a dark wash.

Black jeans are also essential in any closet. They are a little dressier than blue jeans and can take an outfit to the next level. They’re also great for business casual outfits when you don’t want to wear slacks. They also make a great base for when you want to wear a dressy or colorful top, it really helps it to stand out.

Jean shorts are a must for the summer months! They go with everything and can be dressed up or dressed down. They’re simple but they are a must have for every closet!

Black leggings are great for so many outfits. Like black jeans, they give a clean base for fun tops, but leggings are much more casual and comfy! They are also great for fall and winter; they can be layered and look great with all styles of boots! If you live in a particularly cold climate they can also be worn under jeans for an extra layer of warmth.

3. Shoes

There are so many fun shoes out there to play with, but I would say the 3 basic shoes you need are black boots, black and white sneakers, and black sandals.

The reason I specified black for all the shoes is because black is a neutral which means these shoes will go with any outfit. I also prefer black as a neutral to white because white shoes require a lot of upkeep as they show dirt easily. But black shoes will look nice with any outfit and won’t overwhelm you with needing to match different shoes to different outfits, you can stick to your basics!

Black boots are great for the fall and winter seasons. They look cute and they’re easy to style. They elevate your outfit and make you look oh so chic. They pair well with leggings, skinny jeans, tights, skirts, and dresses.

A pair of black and white sneakers is a must have! They are a classic and will look perfect with any outfit, they are easy to find, and they can be worn year-round! These are always my go to shoe and I just think they’re great.

Black Sandals are perfect for the summer. They go with everything and look cute with dresses, skirts, shorts, and rompers. They’re a step above flip flops and look just as summery!

4. Outerwear

I think essential outerwear include a jacket and a cardigan. Neutrals are always a safe bet for basic clothing pieces, but if you have enough neutral tops and bottoms you can play around with patterns and colors in your outerwear.

Jackets are a great way for styling up an outfit and keeping warm. They can transform an outfit and give it an edgy vibe or be layered on top of a sweater for the winter. A nice jacket is great to invest in because it will be worn year after year; a great jacket never goes out of style.

A cardigan is the perfect fall outfit. Everyone sees a cardigan and instantly thinks of the crisp morning fall air. They’re beautiful layering pieces, they’re stylish, and they’re so cozy! This is a must have staple piece for the fall and winter seasons!

5. The Little Black Dress

Yes, it’s true, every girl must have a little black dress in her closet! It’s simple. it’s classy, it’s elegant. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars in a designer dress if that’s not your style, you can find a cute black dress pretty much anywere you usually shop for clothes. It’s a timeless piece that is so worth the buy!

These are a few staples you must have in your closet! Of course, this isn’t every piece you should have in your closet. But if you would like a more comprehensive list, I’ve created a free closet inventory list of all the outfits you must have in your closet! Be sure to check it out and also check out my other posts for more styling tips!

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