How To Build A Starter Wardrobe for Women

There’s a kernel of wisdom in the saying, ‘If you want it, dress for it’.  As a budding career girl with sights set on corporate domination, there’s no better time to put this into practice than now. In a perfect world, technology would permit you to hit download on your favourite TV series’ wardrobe, and then be well on your way to ‘Being Mary Jane’.  Alas, since even in 2017 we’re still trying to keep up with the Jetsons, the best way to start building a new wardrobe is to simply laying a chic foundation.

Every girl needs closet staples – the classics that are essentially the backbone of a solid wardrobe.  These are the go-to pieces that you’ll wear time and time again which are especially useful on those ‘I-have-nothing-to-wear’ days. They’ll go great together or with anything else in your closet and, best of all, since they’re timeless, will pair well with the latest trends.

Here are the top 10 items you’ll always find in the closet of a woman making moves:

White Button Down

This is the single most timeless piece in your closet. A crisp white button down will never fail and is always the starting point of an “I woke up like this” effortlessly – chic outfit. They’re easily the most understated statement piece you’ll own since they’re typically the focal point of your outfit and can be completed with any bottom whether skirt or pants and will always look fresh.

Black Tailored Blazer

It’s an unspoken rule of sorts; if you want to be taken more seriously wear a blazer. A tailored jacket is the easiest way to make any look more refined. Go with a structure black blazer that extends mid hip. Not only do they complement tailored pants well, they’ll automatically make jeans look dressed up on casual Friday or with a skirt take you from the office girl to businesswoman.

Tailored trousers, a good blazer, and a reliable leather tote are timeless staples for any chic woman’s wardrobe.

Tailored Trousers

Fitted pants are your saving graces where office wear is concerned. They’re the most comfortable garments you’ll own and since they’re tailored you’re sure to always look professional. As your most versatile piece as well, you’ll wear them on repeat with button downs, blazers and blouses and will look new just about every time.

Pencil Skirt

Like your tailored trousers, these go with everything in your closet. Your pencil skirt however is your “I’m feeling myself” piece that allows you to turn up your “business babe” persona.

A tailored dress

Tailored Dress

A tailored dress is a woman’s ultimate declaration of sophistication.  These classic pieces are champions on their own but when paired with your tailored blazer, is truly a knock out.

Black Heels

If you’re trying to get on top of your girl boss game, start with a good pair of heels. If stilettos aren’t quite your thing and you rather something a little more comfortable go for a chunkier heel. A 2.5” heel with a pointed toe or a single sole strap heeled sandals are recommended for every day wear.

Pointed Flats

Comfort should never mean compromised chic. For those busy days where you’ll constantly have to be on your feet or you’re just not feeling like wearing heels, go with a pointy pair of flats. Pointed flats almost always look better than a round toe pair and they’ll also give the illusion of longer legs (looking at you petite girls!).

Leather Tote

Your old reliable leather tote should be an investment. Before you swipe your card, ask yourself: Will this stand the test of time? Can this carry EVERYTHING? Will this go well with EVERYTHING? Should I get this in tan too? If the answer is yes to all those questions, then you’ve found yourself a winner.

A leather tote goes well with everything!


Gold Watch

The right arm candy can polish off your look. A small classic gold watch complements your pencil skirt or tailored dress well. Alternatively you can do a bolder “boyfriend” style watch with your trousers or blazer for a more stately appeal.

Red Lipstick

If you’re going for full boss mode, you’ll need red lipstick. Red lips suit any mood, will transform any outfit and boost your confidence naturally. Also, there’s nothing more defiant in a man’s world than shattering the glass ceiling with a kiss of rouge.

By Tanaka Roberts
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