It really only takes 5 key pieces to get out the door with ease. And with the exception of a dark wash jean, the remaining 4 items are black. To be clear, this doesn’t mean my whole wardrobe is black – I’m only referring to the 5 essential pieces my wardrobe works around when I’m in a pinch. If black is not for you, consider selecting a different base color – brown, olive green, grey or navy. I choose black for my essential pieces because it doesn’t vary much in depth of color. Whether you create a look by adding a blouse from Target or Theory – all pieces will work together seamlessly, regardless of price or quality. As far as styling, pick silhouettes work best for YOU, not what an article, blog post or Pinterest says is best for YOU. For example, my personal pant of choice is a high waisted wide leg pant; my skirt choice, a midi length. YOU on the other hand, may prefer an above-the-knee pencil or aline skirt, and for your pant; a crop slim style or legging. When it comes to investment wardrobe work horse pieces, YOU decide. Select what items works best for YOUR lifestyle and body type.
5 Essentials Every Woman Needs in Their Wardrobe
Dark Wash Jean
I have two, very different black dresses within my essentials. One, is a basic below the knee sheath (for work) and the other is a black slip dress for days I choose to be less formal. For today, I gathered up 7 looks to show just how versatile and all-season the right piece can be – if it right for YOUR lifestyle and YOUR body type.
Fall Layers. Long sleeve layer tee under dress | Topper is Free People | Booties are Anthropologie.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Black slip dress paired with a kimono, socks and maryjanes, for a clothing swap fundraiser.
Day in the Life…planting flowers to prep a home for market, then later in mom mode at McDonalds – picking up an after school snack for the kids. Slip dress is paired with a black tee and flat sandals.
Off to an Appointment. Siip dress layered with the same black Rag and Bone black layer tee plus a Rachel Zoe camo scarf with the ends tied.
Winter Family Gathering. Today’s look began with a thin long sleeve white layer tee under the slip dress. Warm socks and boots kept my feet cozy. Transition this exact look into the winter by layering on a sweater coat, kimono, cashmere wrap or even a military style hooded parka! Add a pair of opaque tights, fingerless gloves and a beanie hat. – just keep layering, until you reach the necessary warmth for your climate.
Women’s Luncheon.Presenting to a group of women entrepreneurs at the Girl Boss Style Luncheon. Black slip dress paired with a kimono, then post luncheon clean up in sneakers, baseball hat and an utility jacket.
After Hours. Zoey needs a stroll. Slip on a pair of sneakers, utility jacket and a scarf for warmth this time – and off we go!
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What are your Wardrobe Essentials? Items you can count on when you need to get out and go? What about a black dress? What does yours look like? Join the discussion down below, we’d love to hear. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
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