Inside Caroline’s Closet is Salute Magazine’s weekly column written by Fashion Editor and Blogger Caroline Noce. Inside Caroline’s Closet will provide weekly tips and trend alerts within the world of fashion and beauty, aiming to inspire women to look and feel their best.
It’s easy to get carried away while shopping, and spend money on items you will most likely wear only once or twice. That sequined mini dress? Adorable but it will only be worn on New Year’s Eve and then never again.
Before spending money on statement pieces, it’s important to make sure you have all of the basics covered. I rounded up 10 items that every woman needs in her closet. Each item is a perfect basic and can be mixed with a multitude of looks.
The most basic of all the basics: the white t-shirt. If you don’t have one that fits well, feels comfortable, and goes with just about anything, you need to change that. Opt for a white t-shirt that’s soft and light so it’s easy to tuck into jeans, skirts, or shorts. Also, choose a white t-shirt that isn’t too sheer, some can look see through despite what type of bra you put underneath. Lastly, look for a round scoop neck. These are easier to layer under dresses or tank tops than v-necks and are often more flattering.
Black Leather Jacket
An authentic, good quality black leather jacket may cost you a pretty penny but it’s so worth it. They will never go out of style and can go with any outfit. Throw it on with jeans and a t-shirt to add something extra to a casual look or throw it over a dress and heels to add some edge to a fancier ensemble. A plain black leather jacket is never a bad idea, and every woman should have one in her closet.
High Waisted Blue Jeans
You need a go-to pair of blue jeans that you wear so often you question if it’s even socially acceptable. The answer is yes, it is. High waisted may not be a universally flattering fit but it does work for most body types. If you love a different cut, then go for it, but make sure your jeans fit you well and hug you in all the right places. Also, make sure they have some stretch so you don’t feel uncomfortable all day, wearing stiff denim.
A black turtleneck is a great layering piece that’s both cute and functional. Layer it under a dress to transition it from summer to winter. You can also layer a turtleneck under a chunky sweater or blazer for added warmth. They’re generally also very slimming, elongating your neck and arms.
Little Black Dress
When in doubt, opt for an LBD. Take the time to find a little black dress that makes you feel confident and beautiful. You can wear it for date night, or throw on tights, boots, and a leather jacket for a daytime look. The best part is you definitely won’t have to break the bank to find an LBD you love.
Nude heels go with just about anything and the skin toned color often makes you appear taller. Opt for a pair of nude heels that are simple and plain so they will be easy to style and choose a heel height that won’t have you in severe pain after thirty minutes.
Over-the-knee boots are a cold weather must. Black over-the-knee boots in suede or leather will be your best bet. If you’re looking to invest, Stuart Weitzman’s OTK boots are drool worthy. If not, you’re in luck because there are tons of more affordable options available.
White Button Down
The classic white button down is classic for a reason. Style your favorite white tailored shirt with black leggings or skinny jeans à la Audrey Hepburn, or knot the shirt at your waist and pair it with shorts for a more casual look.
Loafers are back, although they never really left. Loafers are timeless and will always be appropriate. You can invest in a fancy pair like Gucci’s Princetown Slippers or choose something more low-key instead. Pair your loafers with jeans for an easy, day-to-day shoe. Comfort meets style.
Bad hair days are a serious issue, so you need a hat that you absolutely love to throw on. My favorite is a baker boy cap. They’re chic and trendy and hide the fact that your hair is in some serious need of dry shampoo. Whether you love baseball caps, berets, or wide brimmed hats, find one that makes you feel confident and ready to conquer the day.
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