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10 Key Wardrobe Items for Women

Have you ever looked in your wardrobe and wondered why it’s so hard to find something to wear? Do you have a bunch of random items that are nice, but are hard to make an outfit from?

The key to making your wardrobe dilemmas disappear is to assemble a capsule wardrobe. You may have heard me talk about it before, but today I want to let you in on the 10 key items to base your wardrobe around. Having these things will make dressing stylishly for many occasions, so much easier.

In the TV show “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style”, he gives each woman this list of 10 items to base their wardrobe around. So let’s have a look at what they are:

1. Basic Black Dress
The basic black dress has been around for a long time. It is often called the "Little Black Dress", and it's true that shorter skirts on the basic black dress, when they hit you in the right place, can be more flattering than a long black dress.

2. Trench Coat
The trench coat is one of the pieces that is both classic and currently a hot fashion item. Many stores sells this piece now. It is great for autumn and you can pick it up in a wide range of lengths. Pick a single breasted version if you are larger on top, or if it is double breasted, make sure the buttons are close together. If this particular style doesn’t suit your body shape, go for a classic coat in a better shape for you.

3. Classic Dress Pants
Although it doesn't say black, this is probably what you want to look for. Black is flattering on all figures and goes with everything.

4. White Shirt
The white shirt is a definite classic. But it can also come in many different styles to make it look trendy and not dated or like a man's piece of clothing. Find one that accentuates your best attributes and minimizes trouble spots. For example, if you have wide shoulders, stay away from large collars.

5. Jeans
Everyone has a pair of jeans, but does everyone have a pair of jeans that make them look great? The low-rise jean style has been popular (and still is) but a narrower leg is coming back along with a higher waist, which eliminates the unflattering "muffin top" look.

6. Cashmere Sweater
This is one item probably not many people own. But including it forces people to buy a piece of clothing that is high quality and that is also a luxury item. Having a cashmere sweater in your closet is like giving a gift to yourself. And aren't you worth it? A less expensive alternative is Merino.

7. Skirt
If you need dress pants then you also need a skirt. A skirt is womanly and can be feminine or businesslike. Nowadays women do not wear many skirts or dresses, which makes a lot of them fall into a rut of dressing sloppily or like men. See number 8.

8. Day Dress
Women also are not wearing as many dresses anymore. It was certainly liberating to go from the '50s when women wore dresses every day to wearing more practical pants for gardening, exercising, and so forth. But the dress does not have to be abandoned altogether. They can be very flattering, and there is nothing wrong with "dressing up" for daytime.

9. Blazer
The blazer sounds very masculine, but when you get the right one with a proper shape it is not. Women's blazers should follow the silhouette of a woman's body and accent the hourglass curve at her waist. It is also a perfect piece to put with the skirt or dress pants, and white shirt. Or make it casual with a pair of jeans.

10. Sweat Suit Alternative
Some women have taken casual to the extreme and spend days on end in sweat suits. It is possible to be casual and comfortable without looking like a slob. Find a comfortable material (that's why this doesn't say jeans again – denim is not as comfortable as a nice soft cotton) that you would want to wear every day. It could be khakis, cords, a cotton dress, or much more.

Bonus: One Indulgent Trendy Item

You may still be a bit stuck on what shape of dress or pants to get, and what length of jacket suits you best, and not to mention what colours to buy! If you would like to be sure that you are investing in pieces that will make you look your best, book in for a Colour Consultation and a Body-Shape Analysis. Check out our services for details.