Written by Anushka Girdhar
There is always going to be a new fashion trend and it’s impossible to keep up with them all the time. It would burn holes in our pockets and also leave us confused about what to wear every morning. Thankfully, the key to dressing well lies in the basics. Closet essentials are like the foundation stone of your personal style.
Think about it, having a closet that makes dressing every morning extremely easy. Quite dreamy, isn’t it? Here’s why you should invest your time in picking out these pieces:
Having your basics in place simplify your routine, while saving efforts and time
They are essential for a polished look
They are more pocket-friendly in the long run (you can practically wear them forever, and so they give good value for money)
It is super simple! All these items are very easily available in the market and you might have some already
Starting with the basics, make sure you’re wearing the right size. Ill-fitting innerwear can spoil the best of your outfits and make you look uncomfortable and underconfident.
A seamless nude bra is the ultimate basic any woman could own. It makes sure your bra outlines don’t show through your tops. Nude is also the perfect color to wear under white clothing (wearing white under white is a big no!). Another essential is seamless, cotton underwear. It helps erase those lines through your dresses and trousers which can otherwise look very untasteful.
Blazers add structure to an outfit, and there’s nothing you can’t pair with them. You can style them into a formal outfit for the office, interviews, and college presentations, or dress up for parties or formal events. You can also style it into a casual outfit with a pair of jeans, a dress, or a skirt.
When choosing a blazer, ensure that it fits you well because that can make all the difference. Blazers in dark or neutral tones (like black, grey, dark blue, or beige) make the most versatile pieces in the wardrobe.
#3. Denim Jeans
Jeans are acceptable for almost every occasion, which is why you need a pair of jeans that you can depend on. Although there are chances that you already have denim in your wardrobe, notice their details like the fit, color & wash, the waist rise, and whether they flatter your body type. It can be a task to find a pair that you love, but it's always worth it. Here's a guide to use Denims.
A tote bag is the most basic bag you can own. It is spacious and looks stylish. It is also versatile and can go with a variety of outfits. If you do not need to carry a lot of things, a sling bag is a great option. Remember to choose your bag in basic and neutral tones like black, brown, and beige so you don't have to worry about your bag complementing your outfit.
A little black dress always takes the credit for being an ultimate staple for women but practically, it is only used for parties and special events. So if you go for parties more than casual outings, take it. If not, investing in a casual dress is advisable. A dress that is trustworthy and comfortable is perfect for your “I have nothing to wear” moments. Get a dress in your most comfortable length and silhouette and that you can wear with heels or flats and still look great.
#6. Minimal accessories
We tend to ignore accessories, sometimes even intentionally. Although they seem to be small and insignificant, accessories add a finishing touch to every outfit. A timeless watch not just elevates your look but also shows that you care about your and other people’s time, which is a great trait to have.
You can also choose to wear minimal jewelry like a necklace, studs, or a ring according to your style. Adding dainty jewelry can make you look polished and ready.
#7. Straight long kurta
A solid, straight kurta is that classic Indian piece that you should have, even if you aren't fond of ethnic wear. You can wear them with jeans, trousers, palazzos, or even long skirts, depending on the occasion. You can also choose to add a dupatta or accessorize with jewelry and get a completely different look. Kurtas are a great option when you want to look effortlessly graceful.
#8. Basic t-shirts
Black and white solid t-shirts may seem like the most boring pieces, but once you start wearing them is when you’ll regret not having them before. It is safe to say that they are the most convenient option for looking put together. You can choose to vary with the necklines-round, V, scoop, or turtle, to diversify your options. You can even invest in a good quality bodysuit if you mostly wear your outfits with your t-shirt tucked in, for a clean look.
Here are a few footwear essentials you can choose from, according to your maximum requirement:
If you mostly like to dress casually, a pair of white sneakers are your best friend. Sneakers are not just sporty anymore, and you can rock them with jeans, trousers, and even dresses. Also, nothing can match the comfort sneakers can provide.
Another option is to go for a pair of black or nude ballerinas or loafers that are versatile and go with formal, casual as well as party looks.
Bonus: Only if you like wearing and are comfortable in heels. Get a pair of nude strappy heels, and you won't ever have to think if they go with the outfit. They also instantly lift your entire look. And yes, block heels add more comfort.
#10. White shirt
A white shirt is what a lot of us tend to forget to buy. After all, there’s nothing very exciting about a boring white shirt, right? Wrong. A white shirt is a great piece to add layers under sweaters and jackets, other than wearing it on its own. Whether paired with jeans or sleek tailored trousers, a crisp white shirt is the ultimate in multi-functional dressing.
#11. Denim jacket
A denim jacket’s versatility is unmatched-no matter the color and the silhouette of your outfit, you shouldn’t have a problem creating an outfit with a denim jacket. In fact, the blue of the jacket enhances the other colors in your outfit. Denim can last you years, will never go out of style, and is available in countless washes and price points, which makes it definitely worth the investment.
Black trousers are that piece of clothing that you can repeat without any guilt and it's not your fault, they go with anything! Getting black pants is an important part of building your formals wardrobe. A great pair of well-fitted pants can be worn to so many places and they pair with any top, so you can wear them day in and day out and not have to worry about repeating outfits.
I hope you found something valuable in this list of essential items. Remember, there’s no pressure! No one can accumulate every basic piece on the planet in one go. Give a lot of time, trial & error, and love to this process of building your wardrobe.