As a fashion maven, it’s important to be prepared for any occasion. When you’re asked out on a hot date or for a last minute interview, it’s important to keep yourself calm and collected and not immediately think, “I need to go shopping!”
Here are our picks of the 15 fashion staples that every modern goddess should have in her closet. Once you have these 15 pieces, the rest of your clothing becomes the fun, extra stuff.
1) A Tailored Pair of Pants
A tailored pair of pants is a crucial item for any college girl who will eventually be going on interviews for jobs, internships or leadership positions. Trousers are not just classic, but classy and sophisticated and are flexible enough to be paired with an array of tops.
2) A White Button Up
White button ups are so versatile: they can be worn to work, thrown over a bathing suit, put over a dress to make it more casual, or just simply worn with jeans to class.
3) The Little Black Dress
Okay, this is one of the first things every girl thinks of when you think “staple” item, so it had to make this list. The black dresses below range in price because a LBD is definitely an investment piece, but it doesn’t have to be!
4) The Little White Dress
This is one item that definitely doesn’t make every essentials list. But, I’m a firm believer that a white/cream dress is just as important as a black one. They can be dressed up, or down, and worn more than you think!
Jeans are such an important part of every girl’s closet. They can be worn out at night to a bar, dinner or on a more casual date, or dressed down during the day with a t-shirt or tunic. Although picking out the perfect pair of jeans for you may require trying them on in a store, here are some of our favorites.
6) A Mary Poppins Bag (aka a Bag That Fits Everything)
Whether you’re a college girl or about to start your career, it’s no secret that busy girls have to schlep stuff! Whether it’s your laptop and books, your makeup, or your high heels while you commute in flip flops, a huge bag is key.
7) A Multi-Functional Pair of Heels
The perfect pair of heels can be worn both to work and for a night out on the town. They’re sexy, but not so sexy that they make you the girl everyone’s talking about when you wear them to the office. Try these:
Blazers are my go-to to make any outfit look more work-appropriate. They can turn anything into sophisticated, from sundresses to jeans! Picking one in a bright color can also help turn a boring outfit into something fabulous.
Rainboots are a must have for spring and fall. There’s no use in ruining a great pair of shoes when there are so many stylish rainboots out there to glam up all of your rainy day outfits.
10) T-shirts & Tank Tops
It’s always important to have a few basic t-shirts and tanks in your closet for those days where getting ready is the least important thing on your mind. A good t-shirt or tank top can be paired with everything, and accessorized to be glam or casual instantly.
(top row from left to right) Pocket Tee, Scoop Neck T-shirt, V-Neck T-shirt, Scoop Neck T-shirt, Basic T-shirt, (bottom row from left to right) Racerback Tank Top, Basic Cami, Ribbed Tank Top, Loose Tank Top, Burn-Out Tank Top
11) Coats For Every Type of Weather
Depending on where you live, you may only need one coat for the few days of the year it’s not 65 degrees out, or you may need one for every different season. Rain coats, winter coats, and fall coats are all important closet staples.
(top row from left to right) Casual Trench, Long Button Up Trench, Felt Pea Coat, (middle row from left to right) Lime Pea Coat, Black Bomber with Faux Fur, Satin Coat, (bottom row from left to right) Bubble Coat with Faux Fur, Black Jacket, Fur Trim Collar Jacket
12) A Comfortable Pair of Flats
After both commuting to NYC to intern and being late to several classes, I’ve learned that my shoes comfort level is extremely important if I’m going to run or walk at a fast pace. Enter: comfortable flats, both trendy and easy to walk in.
(top row from left to right) Leather Ballerina Flats, Black Leather Ballerina Flats, (middle row from left to right) White Basic Flats, Flower Cut-Out Flats, Pointed Toe Flat with Cut-Outs, (bottom row) Studded Canvas Flats
13) Tops to Go Out In
During college, we tend to work hard, but play even harder. The weekends are always the best time to look your best while going out with friends.
Cardigans are perfect to throw on over anything during transitional seasons. You can wear them as a jacket when the weather is warm, but not warm enough to be bare-armed, or throughout the day in your chillier classrooms. I’ve included the most basic colors, but cardigans come in so many shades, they’re an easy way to add a pop of color to an outfit!
15) A Piece of Clothing or Accessory That is Totally YOU!
For me, it’s my gold Swatch Full Blooded Watch and my diamond heart necklace. For Blair Waldorf, it’s headbands. For Jackie O., it was her oversized sunglasses.
Every style icon has one signature item that she’s associated with. Being a stylish goddess, you should have one, too! Have an item you wear everyday (maybe the same one day after day or you wear different variations of it, like Blair’s headbands)? That’s your signature piece. If you don’t, don’t worry! All you have to do is figure out what’s your favorite piece of clothing or favorite accessory and work from there.
If you love watches, invest in one great watch that you can wear almost all the time. If you love vintage Levi’s cut-offs, buy every pair you can get your hands on!
A signature item is important for every girl’s wardrobe because it is the key item that epitomizes your style. Every goddess should have one!
What do you think?
Do you own all of these essential pieces? If you don’t, which ones will you be shopping for first? What’s your signature piece? What’s the most essential item in your closet? Let us know in a comment!