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Five Basic Items for the Fashion-Savvy Woman’s Closet

If you’re always finding yourself standing in front of your wardrobe and saying you don’t have enough clothes, chances are good your problem lies not with quantity, but with quality.

A good wardrobe doesn’t have hundreds of items – in fact, with just five to ten well-chosen items, you can create numerous outfits. Check your closet today to make sure you have basic items. If not, seek them out and build your outfits around them.

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You’ll immediately find it becomes faster and easier to get dressed in the morning. Here are the five staples you should have in your closet.

1. A great pair of black pants.

The right pair of black pants will look good with anything. They work for days in the office, going out to the grocery store, or going to class.

Any woman looks good in a pair of pants that fits snugly in the right places and loosely in the right places. They work at any time of the year, and at any occasion.

If you’re ever clueless about what to wear on the bottom with a cute top, look for your staple black pants.

2. A tailored blazer.

Don’t just go for a store-rack blazer when it comes to this staple item. You’ll find yourself building many different outfits that can all work with the same blazer, so it’s worth getting it tailored to fit just right.

You can wear it with a fun outfit to a party or club, or to a formal occasion at a church or community gathering. Make sure your waist looks good in the blazer and you’ll be set.

3. Several bright scarves.

Two to five bright scarves should be in every woman’s closet. When you know your outfit is a bit drab and you need something else to add, you can turn to your scarves and add them to your outfit.

Whether you choose patterned scarves or bold, beautiful colors, you can dress up an outfit by tying a scarf in dozens of different ways. If they look a little nerdy in combination with your glasses (which is always a risk with certain patterns), try contact lenses from or your eye doctor.

4. Basic ballet flats.

A few pairs of ballet flats will serve you well in every situation. Whether you’re going through airport security or going for a date at a coffee shop, you can throw on ballet flats in a complementary color to your outfit and be ready to run out the door. They can add a bright touch to an outfit or coordinate with your handbag or scarf.

5. Leggings in basic colors.

When you wear leggings, you can go anywhere! They add a great sense of flair, confidence, and playfulness when paired with a long or short top (depending on the fit and sheerness of the leggings), and you can get them in different colors. Start with basics like black, white, or brown, and add colors as fun accessories.

As long as you have these five staples in your wardrobe, you will find yourself able to create an outfit with any item you might find yourself trying to pair up with other clothes. Owning a few well-chosen basics makes it much easier to get dressed in the morning!

Chelsea Miller is doing her final year in a fashion design course. Her articles mainly appear in fashion design blogs.

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