Wardrobe Staples

20 Must-have Items for Your Wardrobe 

I’m short on cash at the moment and have to rely on what’s already in my wardrobe to create outfits rather than going shopping whenever I have somewhere to go. This got me thinking about what items you need to have in your wardrobe to be able to create the base of an outfit. We all know that trends go in and out of fashion, so what are those key pieces of clothing you should have to get you from season to season?

I have compiled a list of what I think are the 20 things you need in your closet to even begin to create an outfit. Cheap, trendy pieces and jewellery can be added to these basics to create the ‘in’ look of the season, but this is the skeleton of your wardrobe.

This list is tailored towards winter. Some pieces will be trans-seasonal and able to be used in summer, but considering winter is the season coming up, I’ll start there. I’ve also aimed this at a younger audience than a lot of the articles I’ve come across on this topic. Middle aged women aren’t the only ones who want to create a capsule wardrobe. This means some of the cuts and styles of clothing will be a little more fashion forward.

I may have cheated a little bit with number 20. I’ve just put accessories. I know it is more than one item, but I’m assuming everyone already has a very large collection of jewellery and other accessories as a starting point. I have showcased a few things that I think are essential but really, it’s your wardrobe so it’s up to you.

1 Riders by Lee Low Skinny Blue Moon Jean $109.95 || 2 Sportsgirl Pocket Tee $24.95 || 3 Alice in the Eve ‘Wit & Absurdity’ Blazer $139.95 || 4 Sportsgirl ‘Cali Girl’ Shirt $69.95 || 5 Witchery Pleat Sleeve V Neck Dress $249.95 || 6 Jeans West ‘Bethanel’ Leather Jacket $199 || 7 Dotti ‘Lucy’ Crop Stripe Slouch Tee $35.95 || 8 Sportsgirl ‘The Leggings’ $19.95 || 9 Witchery ‘Delta’ Ballet $139.95 || 10 Sessun Sooner Silk Button-Through Skirt (ASOS) $198.28 || 11 Witchery Oversize Boyfriend Cardigan $129.95 || 12 Witchery Acid Print Sequin Front Tank $89.95 || 13 Therapy ‘Eiffel’ Black Boots $69.95 || 14 Portmans Print Drawstring Waist Dress $89.95 || 15Betts ‘Goa’ Sandals $9.99 || 16 French Connection ‘Weekender’ Bag (ASOS) $297.41 || 17 Siren ‘Lulu’ Black Heel $139.95 || 18 ASOS Suede & Leather Weave Across Body Bag $45.06 || 19 Witchery ‘Jade’ Clutch $49.95 || 20 (clockwise from top left)Diva Large CZ Square Cut Stud Earrings $19.99, Diva Oval Stone Ring – Aprodite $14.99, ASOS Basket Weave Elastic Back Waist Belt $27.04, Diva Black Oval Stone Ring $14.99, Diva Clock Pendant $19.99, Sportsgirl Single Key Necklace $14.95, Diva Wide Gold Bangle $9.99, Diva 2pk Chain & Enamel Bangle – Aphrodite $19.99

So now you have your capsule wardrobe you can pretty much just mix and match to make a multitude of outfits. I’ve put together 12 already, but I’m sure the more creative among you can come up with many more. Here are the basic outfits I’ve put together so far… I know it looks like maths but trust me, it’s much more fun! Also, assume that number 20 applies to all outfits, obviously you will need some accessories, but I thought it might get a bit redundant to included it every time. You may find some outfits work just as well without any accessories. Just pick and choose which accessories you think will work best with that outfit. -C

Outfit #1

1 + 2 + 3 + 9 + 16 + 20 = Casual Friday

Outfit #2

7 + 10 + 11 + 9 + 16 = Shopping with the girls

Outfit #3

4 + 8 + 13 + 18 = Night at the Movies

Outfit #4

4 + 10 + 17 + 19 + 20 = Friday Night Drinks

Outfit #5

1 + 12 + 17 + 6 + 19 = Night on the Town

Outfit #6

5 + 17 + 19 + 20 = Hot Date

Outfit #7

1 + 7 + 13 + 3 + 18 = Catch-up Lunch

Outfit #8

14 + 8 + 13 + 11 + 16 = Sunday Brunch

Outfit #9

1 + 4 +12 + 9 + 16 = Sunday Arvo Drinks

Outfit #10

7 + 8 + 11 + 9 + 16 = Mid-week Shopping & Errands

Outfit #11

14 + 6 + 8 + 17 + 19 = Date Night

Outfit #12

2 + 10 + 9 + 16/18 = Work / Sunday Markets

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