You might have your standout pieces, your signatures, and your old favourites, but a wardrobe isn’t defined by just these. Rather, it’s always crucial to make sure that you have your selection of your casual wear staples, those things that you can put on with almost any outfit and feel confident that you look good. Here, we’re going to look at a few of those key staples and ask: do you have them in your selection? If not, it might be time to start shopping.
Just as important as these staples is how you can dress them up, so we’ll look at a few tips on just that, as well.
The white tee
You can’t get much simpler than a white tee, can you? Not only is this the most basic piece of clothing you’re likely to have in your whole arsenal, but it can also be one of the most surprisingly versatile. White tees pair with just about everything. You can stuff them into jeans with a signature belt for a youthful smart-casual look. They pair well with more interesting jackets, especially darker ones, to which they can lend some visual contrast. They work perfectly with denim, as well, for that classic Levi’s commercial look. When you don’t want to be too loud or make a statement with your t-shirt, it’s always helpful to have a few of these around. A few are essential because there’s always going to be at least one in the wash.
The leather jacket
Is there any piece of clothing as casually cool as a good leather jacket? It’s one of those garments that seem to simply never fall out of style. While men’s leather jackets have been a staple of fashion a little longer, modern women have been rocking the leather with great effect, as well. If you’re looking to style a leather jacket, a great combo is a simple white crop top or tee, alongside a denim skirt. It’s an excellent combination of easy staples that has a cool, but light appeal, perfect for when the weather starts turning in your favour, again. However, leather jackets over thin jumpers are also great winter fashion, too.
A good pair of jeans
The practical, easy-to-wear, and ever-resilient pair of jeans is going to save more than one outfit that you try, that’s for sure. Of course, there are all kinds of denim pants that you can make good use of, and some of them work better as highlights than staples. However, one of the most versatile is the classic pair of skinny jeans. Don’t listen to all those asking “are skinny jeans out of style?” because they’ve been asking that for years and the answer is always no. Ruffle them around a pair of high boots, pair them with a crop-top for that feminine and free look, or wear beneath a chunky wool sweater to keep it super comfy.
The floral dress
An outfit in itself, you might look at the floral dress and think “isn’t that pretty much just for looking super feminine and pretty in the spring?” But the truth is that you can do so much more with a good floral dress. You can style a floral dress in a wide variety of ways to make it fit just about every season. When it starts getting a little chillier, for instance, it can work really well under a sweater, giving you an extra layer as well as a colourful skirt to help brighten up your autumn. You can also pair it really well with a long open coat, letting the waist tie very lazily around the midriff for when it’s not too cold.
The little black dress
An important part of the arsenal for many a woman. This is your “going out” dress, most likely, but it can also serve a variety of functions beyond just that. If you really want to get some added value out of your little black dress, then you can pair it with a statement coat that gives you that glam look with a touch of celebrity, while more casual styles like the leather or denim jacket can bring out the urban bad girl style in you. You might even see some people wearing it with a chunky, oversized sweater for a flash of style underneath some cosy winter thickness.
Believe it or not, the white t-shirt is not the only versatile base layer that you should have. For some people, a white tee will work better when you’re pairing with jackets, aiming for a classic casual suburban look, or otherwise trying to keep your shoulders covered. However, for those hot days, you might want to show just a little more skin and feel the air on your shoulders. There are plenty of great ways to style a versatile tanktop, such as with a slip dress, with a pair of super comfy sweatpants, or with a pair of denim shorts for that Dixie chick style. When you want to look effortless, a tank top can help you pull it off to excellent effect.
The ankle-length skirt
What do you wear when you’re not sure what kind of pants or skirt you want to wear? A ankle-length skirt, of course! Is there anything that it won’t go with? You can wear it over a crisp white tee just as easily as you can wear it under a knit sweater. You can cinch a jacket to your waist over one or even wear it over a pair of leggings or under a wrap dress. You might want to get a few of these in different colours to make sure you have options ready for the whole palette. It’s one of the easiest things in this list to just throw off with about any outfit and it has the impact of either casualizing it excellently or bringing some lightness and femininity to chunkier outfits.
Staples hold your wardrobe together (forgive the pun.) Make sure you got your collection of old reliables that can fill the gaps in just about all outfits.