Living in New York has definitely upped my fashion game. I would have never worn a dog muscle tee with a sequin skirt down in the South, but up here I can do that. And it’s certainly given me more confidence to wear certain things because no one cares what you’re wearing! Seriously, everyday is a chance to try something new.
Although I have the option to wear wild and crazy things, I still can’t stray away from the basics. I spent my whole life in uniforms so I just subconsciously rely on a sort-of uniform now. I usually do jeans or leggings, boots and a comfy shirt with an over-sized sweater for the winter, and it totally works. I firmly believe in basics and fashion staples as much as I love experimenting every now and then.
Check out these 10 fashion staples every girl needs in her closet:
Comfy Neutral Flats
I love flats, especially super cute ones. I have these rhinestone leopard print ones that I'm obsessed with. Funky flats are great, but you want to make sure you have brown, black or nude flats that go with anything.
I rely on my black skinny jeans, but you can go with a classic denim too. Skinny jeans are perfect for every season and work with flats, wedges, heels, sandals and boots. They look great with every kind of top and can be dressed up or dressed down. Endless options!
Little Black Dress
When in doubt, wear black. Seriously, it doesn't look bad on anyone. You need at least one LBD in your closet because it can work for an infinite amount of occasions. I have one LBD that I've worn to over ten different events. Seriously.
It may not seem like it, but pencil skirts are amazing staple pieces. They're necessary if you're going to an interview. They can be dressed up with a button down or blouse. They can also be dressed down with a cute graphic tee. You'd be surprised how many outfit options you can make with a simple black pencil skirt.
Denim Button Down
You guys, I have been living in my chambray shirt lately. I've been wearing it as a layering piece over tanks and tees and under sweaters. I've paired it over dresses too. It works all the time! Get yourself one now.
You can never go wrong with a good, fitted tee, but I think v-necks are the way to go. You can do a crew neck too, but v-necks are much more flattering. A white tee is a must-have!
Much like the pencil skirt, dress pants are needed for things like interviews and fancy events if you're not into skirts. I have one pair of dress pants that have gotten me through numerous things since high school. You never know when you'll need a pair, but you'll regret it if you don't have them!
I have more cardigans than I'd like to admit, but it's only because I wear them so much! Start with a neutral color like black or gray that will go with everything.
A lot of people would put black heels on this list, and I agree with that. But I get much more use out of my nude heels than anything else. A closed toe, medium-height heel will go with everything.
This is my favorite. Every girl needs at least one outfit that makes her feel like a million bucks. I have a gown that I keep in my closet that I've worn on very special occasions, but I refuse to put it away because it makes me feel amazing.
What are your fashion must-haves? Tell us in the comments!