Written by Natalie Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
Think you're fashion-challenged? Think again! Anyone can turn her wardrobe into a fashionista's dream by adding some essential, classic pieces that look great on all body types. Start with these 10 basic pieces, then build upon them with other fashion items and accessories to create your own unique style. Ready, set...let's shop!
A simple black blazer is a must-have for every woman's closet. It's worth taking your time to invest in a quality blazer because you could wear this item for a lifetime if you pick the right one. Look for blazers that are tailored and simple, yet feminine. Your chosen blazer should accentuate your waist, and not be too long. This classic piece can dress-up jeans, casual dresses and of course pair very well with work skirts and trousers.
A crisp, white shirt never goes out of style. This classic item can be dressed up or down and with everything from skirts to shorts. You can wear it buttoned up or more casually with a colorful tank top exposed underneath. Look for fitted blouses that aren't oversized. If you get one that's too loose, it will make your body look boxy--and nobody wants that! Add some color to the mix with bright, bangle bracelets or a large and colorful statement necklace.
Ah, the coveted black dress. Every woman who doesn't own this item should at least want to! This little number can be worn casual or dressy and on any occasion with the right accessories and shoes. Pair with pumps for a true classic look, or flats to keep things casual. When looking for this piece, it's important to invest in a dress that flatters your figure and makes you feel comfortable, not constricted. Look for details that are unique to your own personal style like lace, beading or ruching. Worn with flats, it becomes more casual; paired with heels, you're ready for a night on the town.
Classy and flattering, a great-fitting pair of dark denim jeans does everybody good. Stay away from the skinny jeans and opt for a flared or straight-leg pair to keep your look classic and comfortable no matter how the trends change. If you find a style that fits you well, consider purchasing the same great fit in two lengths. Jeans with shorter inseams can be worn easily with flats or sneakers, and pairs with longer inseams will look heavenly with heels.
For decades, the timeless trench has added versatility and unmatched style to every woman's wardrobe. Trust us: No other coat is like it, ladies! These classic coats come in many colors and fabrics, but choosing khaki or black will be your best bet if you wish to wear it with just about anything in your closet. A trench coat can be worn over work clothes, a cocktail dress or your casual weekend attire, and will always be a safe outerwear bet in almost any season.
Classic Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn, made them famous; and now you can wear them to make any outfit look timeless. Ballet flats are an essential part of everyday fashion due to their versatility and ability to fit into any type of lifestyle. More comfortable than heels, these sweet little shoes can be worn dressy with skirts or trousers, and casual with slim-cut pants or jeans.
A great pair of black heels is a must whether you're headed out for a night on the town, or just another day at the office. This type of shoe can be worn with suits, skirts, cocktail dresses--and even jeans. And there's no need to stick to just black, either. Fill your closet with your favorite hues so you can easily add a pop of color to practically any outfit in your wardrobe. Don't like the high heels? Opt for "kitten" heels, which are often one inch or shorter (and a lot easier to walk in).
A classic trouser pant can look fabulous on any body type. They're the perfect pant for any scenario, especially if you're unsure about what you should wear to that work party, job interview or even a Friday night out. They can be just "dressy enough" for almost any occasion. Trousers are known for their body-slimming qualities and come in many styles, so try on several before you decide on the type that flatters your figure best. You especially want to look for fabrics that are long-lasting and don't stretch after washing, because if you pick a high-quality trouser pant, this timeless piece can stay with you and still look great for years to come.
Want to feel sexy--and look sophisticated, too? Pick up a pencil skirt or two! This skirt style is refined, yet classic and complements most body shapes. The perfect pencil skirt will hug your curves in all the right places, and still leave room for you to bend and breathe. Pair one up with a blouse and peep-toe pumps during the workweek, or dress down this fitted skirt with ballet flats along with a tank top or slouchy t-shirt for a casual evening out at the movies with your girlfriends.
You can't get more basic than a classic, plain white tee. Simple yet stylish, a white T-shirt works well with just about any casual outfit. Layer yours under a sweater, blazer or cardigan when the weather is cooler, and tuck it into a high-waisted skirt when you feel like dressing up a bit. Or, you may just want to channel your inner James Dean and keep your look completely casual by pairing a tee with some of your favorite, comfy jeans.
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