The key to a truly successful wardrobe is the core essentials. But what does every woman really need in her wardrobe?
THE one question I get asked regularly is “what are my top 10 wardrobe essentials?” If I had $1 for every time I was asked that … well you know how it goes!
But before I answer, I always ask a few questions. Do you mean top 10 pieces for winter? For summer? Do I get to include shoes? And what about accessories? Are the pieces for work? For rest? Or for play?
That’s because there is not one definitive answer. Well, there is … but depending on a number of variables (those of which I mentioned above), it is possible to compile several lists of essential pieces.
Those lists will differ depending on colour, climate and dress code – my base colour, the time of year and where I am going. (I’ll save them all for other posts!)
I also need to clarify that this list is not about restricting oneself to wearing or owning ONLY 10 pieces. It is a list of pieces that are essential for EVERY wardrobe all year round. The pieces that you cannot live without. The pieces that can form part of an outfit for every day of the year (that’s if you choose to).
Hypothetically, could I live with just 10 pieces in my wardrobe? No I couldn’t. But come to think of it, there really are only about 10 pieces I continue to fall back on; those core essentials that are the backbone or underpinning of my wardrobe and thus form my signature style. They are my trusted loyal friends, my sartorial sisters, who never let me down even when I’m having a fashion crisis.
So do those 10 pieces make my list? Yes, I concur, they do. And a little word of advice: always choose quality over quantity. It is always worth spending more money on these pieces because they will become your wardrobe workhorses so will need to stand up to plenty of wear and tear.
MY TOP 10 ESSENTIAL WARDROBE PIECES ARE:
1: A classic white button-down shirt
2: A little black dress
3: Fitted tailored jacket
4: Tailored pants (preferably that match the fitted jacket)
5: Slim-leg or regular jeans
6: Perfect white, grey marle or striped Breton-style T-shirt
7: An A-line or pencil skirt
8: Cashmere knit sweater and/or cardigan
9: Printed wrap dress
10: Trench coat
What are your 10 essential pieces? Can you manage with just 10 or do you need more? I’m keen to create some new lists as I’m always looking for news ideas, so let me know what item you can’t live without. Ever stylishly yours …
*Main picture: Carolyn Murphy from Pinterest