The 20 Items Every Woman Needs In Her Wardrobe
Walk into any clothing store or boutique and you will be greeted with a seemingly endless number of options. Deciding what your wardrobe truly needs can be tricky, but like many things in life, when it comes to dressing, the age-old mantra of ‘less is certainly more’ certainly applies.
With minimalist fashion well and truly in, creating stunning outfits from very few pieces has never been easier. It’s about finding what works for you and learning how to mix and match wardrobe staples to maximize their versatility.
Whilst you may find you need more than just 20 items in your wardrobe, having the basics will build the foundation for a number of stylish ensembles.
Plain White Tee
A plain white tee is perhaps the epitome of staples and for good reason. They’re unpretentious, flattering on every skin tone, and the options are endless when it comes to teaming it with other pieces.
Skin and Threads organic cotton tee, $88; at skinandthreads.com
Whether they’re skinny, straight-leg, flared or distressed, a pair of well-fitting denim jeans deserves a place in your wardrobe. Find a pair that accentuates your shape, are comfortable enough to sit/stand in, and will last the test of time.
Sass and Bide cotton jean, $240; at sassandbide.com
Not only can a cap come to your rescue on a bad hair day, but they can literally ‘top’ off an outfit. Try a baseball cap for a sporty-luxe feel or a baker boy cap for everyday cool.
Lack of Color cow-leather cap, $139; at lackofcolor.com.au
Caring about your health never goes out of fashion, and this includes looking after your eyes. One of the easiest ways to do this is by investing in a pair of high-quality, stylish shades. Shop around to find a pair that flatters the shape of your face.
Bec and Bridge x Pared acetate sunglasses, $250; at becandbridge.com.au
Get the best of both worlds with the midi skirt. Long enough to wear in winter, yet short enough to keep you cool during the warmer months. Find a style that will complement your height and shape, and you will love to wear all year round.
Fendi viscose wrap skirt, $1620; at mytheresa.com
Gone are the days where blazers only exist within the corporate world. Today they are stylish wardrobe staple that can be paired with the most casual of get-ups, whilst still maintaining a professional feel.
Saint Laurent wool blazer, $3835; at mytheresa.com
If you’re after casual, comfort and cool, you can’t go past the white sneaker. Team the shoe with a variety of outfits and never worry about sore feet again. Your only challenge will be keeping them clean.
Gucci leather and rubber sneaker, $1485; at gucci.com
When the cold weather hits and we rug up in layers, we must take care of our hands too. A pair of leather gloves will keep you stylish as they will warm, and you will thank yourself later for investing in a quality pair.
Gucci leather gloves, $645; at mytheresa.com
Although incredibly simple, a slip dress is also incredibly stylish. Wear it over a tee and with sneakers for an on-trend everyday look, or team a silky slip with a pair of pumps for that perfect date night.
Organic by John Patrick cupro slip dress, $285; at farfetch.com
This wide-legged, cropped pant has recently come back in fashion and is here to stay. Wear culottes with a variety of blouses, tees and jackets to dress up or down as you please.
Valentino virgin wool and silk culottes, $1820; at mytheresa.com
They may bring back memories of your high school days, but backpacks are now a wardrobe essential. Choose a colour and material you love, slip it on your back and free up your hands.
Valentino cow-leather backpack, $3420; at mytheresa.com
Popular among the Royals is the trench coat. Channel Meghan Markle and choose a neutral colour that will work with other items in your wardrobe.
Alexa Chung cotton-gabardine trench coat, $1025; at theoutnet.com
Low Pointed Heel
Forever chic is the low, pointed heel. A favourite of Victoria Beckham’s, they never go out of style and are easier on the feet than a stiletto. Patent black is hard to go by.
Louboutin patent leather pump, $975; at christianlouboutin.com
We all love convenience and the slide delivers just that. Slip it on and off with ease –worry not about laces, straps or buckles. They will become your go-to during warmer months.
Prada leather and acetate slides, $970; at farfetch.com
Black Heeled Boots
Whether they’re sky-high or a centimetre off the ground, a pair of black-heeled boots can lift any outfit. Wear with dresses, skirts or pants and let them take you from day to night.
Gianvito Rossi stretch fabric and leather ankle boots, $1235; at mytheresa.com
Perfect for the cooler months is the long-sleeved dress. Whether it’s cuffed, bell or bishop sleeved, it will keep you warm, as well as on-trend.
Alice McCall polyester dress, $235; alicemccall.com
Going hand-in-hand with avocado smash is the gym pant. The brunch essential can take you from your workout to grocery shopping to the school pickup - comfort guaranteed.
We/Me polyester and spandex leggings, approx $140; at net-a-porter.com
Nothing says cosy like a thick, knitted jumper. Whether it’s oversized or cropped, team it with jeans or a skirt for a stylish and snug get-up.
Sass and Bide alpaca and wool knit, $390; sassandbide.com
Elegant, fun and popular among the Kardashian’s is the strappy heel. Whilst not the most comfortable of shoes, a strappy heel can make an outfit pop and create a lasting impression.
Saint Laurent leather sandles, $1570, ysl.com
Sometimes you just deserve to treat yourself. A designer bag may come at quite a cost, but when used a million times, it will definitely be an investment. You will love it forever.
Fendi leather shoulder bag, $2750; mytheresa.com