Wardrobe Basics for Women

From the latest couture gowns to a simple pair of great-fitting jeans, the choices a woman has for creating a fantastic wardrobe are endless, but you also need to find the women's wardrobe basics that you can wear year-round.

One of the key items every woman should have is a pair of jeans that flatters your figure and can be dressed up or down. A darker denim is a great choice since it will remain classic, as opposed to some of the lighter, trendy washes available. You can throw your jeans on with a cute top and running shoes for a walk in the park or pair them with a silk blouse and sexy stilettos for a night on the town. There is practically nothing a woman can't do or wear with the perfect pair of jeans.

A nice pair of flat-front, tailored pants should be next on any woman's list. Choosing a neutral color, like khaki or black, will allow you to mix and match with a variety of tops and accessories from summer straight through winter. Like jeans, classic tailored pants can be worn casually or dressed up, and you can pair them with a nice blazer for a more casual office outfit.

While pants are unarguably comfortable, you can also show a little leg with a skirt. A nice figure-flattering skirt in a neutral color can be worn for practically any occasion. Pencil skirts are ideal for creating curves on petite- or boyish-figured women, while a woman already blessed with curves will find an A-line skirt the most flattering.

Classic Tops
What should you wear with all these great bottoms? Fresh, crisp T-shirts in white, black and gray are a must-have in every woman's wardrobe and can be worn under jackets and cardigans, or alone. Nothing is more classic than a nice pair of jeans coupled with a bright white T-shirt. During the warmest months of the year, plain tank tops in neutral shades can also be worn by themselves or layered under thin blouses. When fall arrives, an always-feminine cashmere twinset in your favorite color will keep you warm and can be mixed and matched with virtually any style of pant or skirt.

A white, button-down shirt is another essential piece of women's clothing, as it is chic, simple and effortlessly elegant. When choosing the perfect white, button-down shirt, you should opt for what's often called a boyfriend shirt, which has a more masculine cut that makes it far more classic and wearable than the trendier styles with frayed edges, shimmering buttons and white-on-white patterns that can be limiting.

The best outerwear to buy can be matched with practically anything you already own. Such items include a fitted denim jacket and a trench coat in black or tan, both of which should be wearable in any type of weather. The perfect denim jacket has a slim, rather than bulky, cut and can be worn over a flirty floral dress in the evening and used to top off a cute pair of shorts the next day. It's a neutral and stylish way for you to cover up when you need just a little something to keep you warm or to protect your arms and shoulders from the sun. A trenchcoat can be worn at anytime of the year and adds instant class to practically any getup.

One of the absolute favorites of every woman and fashionista is the LBD, otherwise known as the little black dress. Any list of fashion tips will mention the little black dress. The beauty of this dress is that it lets the woman take center stage. All the focus is on you rather than on a loud, sequined or feathered gown. The LBD is a safe and sophisticated, yet unpretentious outfit for you to wear at nearly any special or semi-formal occasion, and it is always in fashion. The key to finding the perfect little black dress is to buy a style that is best for your body type. A-line cuts are perfect for bottom-heavy women, while a bias-cut dress gives the illusion of curves on a narrow figure. Sticking to classic cuts and fabrics will ensure your LBD never goes out of style.

Shoes and Accessories
Key accessories are just as essential as clothing. While most wardrobe staples tend to be neutral for better mixing and matching, accessories will allow you to add spice to your outfits while letting your personality show through. You can add a fun pair of pumps to your shoe collection to break away from the monotony of the classic heel. A pair of flats in a pastel or even metallic shade can be paired with jeans or a skirt for a sassy, yet comfortable look. A pair of brown leather boots with a medium heel is another must-have for every woman's wardrobe as they can be worn year-round with jeans, skirts and trousers.

Last but not least are handbags. When you pick a handbag that makes a statement and feels like it was designed especially for you, it will make any outfit you wear look fashion forward and worthy of a second look. The power of a great purse to pull even the most casual of ensembles together should never be underestimated.

While every new season brings even more fun and fabulous items for you to add to your wardrobe, having these key items that will last beyond the season and that can be mixed and matched is essential. Spend a little extra on these classic pieces to ensure you get high-quality items that will last.

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