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Do You Have These Wardrobe Classics?

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Time to do a closet inventory! Do you have the wardrobe classics and timeless pieces that you need in your wardrobe to maximize your wardrobe potential? These pieces are the ones that you need to make countless outfits and no closet is complete without them.


16 Wardrobe Classics You Should Have

1. Ankle boots
These are a staple because they can be worn any season, yes even in the warm weather (here’s how)! If you get them in a neutral color like black, you’ll find that you’ll have more outfit options.
ankle boots ankle boots
checked blazer, similar | denim dress, similar | patent boots, similar | black blazer, similar | chambray top, similar | camel skirt, similar 

2. Sunglasses
Perhaps the easiest accessory to throw on. Double points because they instantly make you look cooler. Once you get the basic black, feel free to get a more fun color and shape to add a pop to your outfits. Like these white ones I’m always wearing.
sunglasses sunglasses
camel coat | handbag, similar | leopard heels, similar | white v neck, similar | striped skirt, similar

3. Flats
The great go-to shoe when you are looking for comfort.
neutral flats flats
trench coat | lace skirt, similar | nude flats, similar  | leopard flats, similar 

4. Blazer
Easily one of my favorite wardrobe pieces ever. The chicness! The versatility! Related: 15 Ways to Wear a Black Blazer, How to Wear a Light Pink Blazer, 5 Ways to Wear a White Blazer
blazer blazer
check blazer, similar here and here | denim shorts, similar | mom jeans | mules, similar 

5. Watch
A very timeless accessory, often overlooked. It adds a certain sharpness and old time sophistication to an outfit which I like. Related: 3 Cool Ways to Wear a Watch
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blush blazer, similar | stripe tee, similar | white jeans, similar | patent boots, similar | high waist jeans, similar

6. Pencil skirt
Even if you’re not in a professional workplace, a pencil skirt is great to have in your closet because they are very classy. You might not wear it a lot, but you’ll be glad when you do. Related: 7 Ways to Style a Camel Skirt
pencil skirt pencil skirt
white button-down | brown midi skirt | striped skirt, similar | leopard coat, similar 

7. Motorcycle jacket
Here’s another favorite wardrobe piece. The perfect jacket for fall fashion and the perfect piece to pair with girly items, like a pink dress, for a cool edgy chic look.
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moto jacket, similar | camel skirt, similar

8. White button down
You can’t get much more versatile than this.
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red silk scarf, similar | blue skinny jeans, similar | pumps, similar | white button-down | duster | light wash denim, similar | hat

9. Classic bag
Instant chicness when thrown on any outfit! Related: How to Look Expensive
business casual look business casual look
blazer, similar | mom jeans | handbag, similar here and here | block heels, similar here and here

10. Black pumps
Also a chic and classic item. I love putting heels with unexpected things too, like graphic tees. Related: 9 Non-boring ways to Wear a Graphic Tee
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split sweater | faux leather leggings | pumps, similar | white button-down | bralet | fur clutch, similar 

11. Skinny jeans
The foundation of any good outfit. Related: 5 Denim Styles to Try That Aren’t Skinny Jeans
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gray v neck, similar | skinny jeans, similar | stripe tee, similar | black skinny jeans, similar | leopard heels, similar 

12. White tee
Stock up on these babies!
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white tee, similar | duster | mom shorts, similar | belt, similar | mules, similar 

13. Sneakers
So fun to mix and match with these. Pair them with dresses and skirts for a fun playful vibe.
sneaker outfit sneaker outfit
white button-down | blazer, similar | denim skirt, similar | striped dress, similar | denim jacket, similar | white sneakers, similar 

14. Striped shirt
Take cues from the French. Related: 7 French Outfit Formulas You Can Copy, 8 French Style Secrets
striped shirt striped shirt
brown leather jacket, similar | black skater skirt, similar | striped tee, similar | mules, similar | blazer, similar

15. LBD (little black dress)
Another classic you’ve surely heard of. Great to have for fancier holiday events. Related: 7 Ways to Style an LBD for Fall
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black dress, similar | chambray, similar | ankle boots, similar |

16. Black pants
A cornerstone piece for your more professional events!
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duster | pumps, similar | sequin tank, similar | black pants

Do you have these wardrobe staples?

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.