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Clothing Basics Every Woman Needs

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faux fur grey vest and cute booties

Shopping for women’s clothing can often be overwhelming with the limitless number of options available across major retail stores, boutiques, and the online marketplace. Having a good idea of how to build your wardrobe from the bottom up with quality capsule wardrobe essentials that offer versatility and longevity is a great way to approach fashion.

There are several clothing basics that every woman needs to invest in to ensure a wardrobe that offers her the flexibility to build unique outfits that look and feel great. If you invest in essentials that you know make you look fabulous, you’ll never have to stress about finding the perfect ensemble again!

Here’s a look at our must-haves:

Neutral-Colored Tunics

sleeveless, ribbed tunic

Tunics are great for any season, and luckily, they are available in a number of different colors, styles, materials, and sleeve lengths. From cute, sleeveless numbers for warmer months to classic long-sleeve shirts for cooler climates, tunics are a universally-flattering and fabulous option.

 white tunicWe love that these can go from casual to dressy with just a single accessory or styling choice and their fitted up top and flowy bottom design allow them to emphasize and hide in all the right places.

Opting for women’s clothing basics, including tunics, in neutral colors offers the most flexibility in your wardrobe — shades from beige, white, navy, grey, and black are a great place to start. Of course, if you love these pieces as much as we do, you’ll want to collect as many colors as possible!

Style these tops with simple or statement jewelry and wear them with your favorite shorts during the summertime or leggings or denim during the cooler months. Mix and match sandals or boots, vests or cardigans. The possibilities are absolutely limitless!

Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

From boot cut to flared, boyfriend to cropped, there are SO many types of denim available for women, and it can be tough to identify what works best for you. While we encourage you to try them all and find what fits you like a glove, we’ve found that dark wash skinny jeans are a simple and classic option. Trust us, whether you’re pear-shaped or hourglass, have an athletic build or are shorter, skinny jeans just know how to hug your legs and behind flawlessly.

dark wash skinny jeans soft striped sweater high-rise women’s jeans

There’s still plenty to decide once you’ve narrowed down your search to dark wash skinnies — you can opt for a more distressed, casual look or go for comfort by choosing denim with a bit of spandex or viscose for stretch. We love the latter option, as it allows us to look chic while feeling super comfy all-year-long! Because they look great cuffed with booties or sandals, dark skinny denim is truly a must-have women’s clothing basic. You can layer just about any top over your favorite skinny jeans, including cute fall sweaters and springtime floral tanks, because they offer the perfect foundation for a flattering, no-fuss look.

A Lovely Little Black Dress

short little black dressThis classic has truly stood the test of time! A little black dress with a contemporary twist is the perfect wardrobe staple to take you from the office to date night or even to a wedding! By changing up your shoewear and accessorizing appropriately, a black dress is truly a lifesaver when you’re in a fashion pinch.

Choose from a sleeveless number that looks adorable with a vest or cardigan or a longer-sleeved option with fun details like sweet ruffles or pleats for some understated feminine appeal. The perfect dress is like a blank slate — you are free to add your favorite elements to make it your own personal style! Experiment with different hairstyles, simple and statement necklaces, heels and tall boots; and much more to create a unique ensemble every time!

Essential Layering Cardigans

Add some easy warmth to your spring, fall, or winter attire with the ultimate women’s clothing basics - cute layering cardigans! A longer-style cardigan looks great over just about any top and falls perfectly over your leggings, jeans, shorts, or even a dress or skirt. Opt for a design that falls about mid-thigh to add some dramatic length to your silhouette. From super cozy to lightweight and airy, a cardigan is such a versatile piece of fashion that allows you to express style and personality by layering like a true pro!

striped cardigan in charcoal mauve hoodie cardigan taupe cardigan

Browse loungy boyfriend styles, ruffled feminine pieces, and more to find one that fits your aesthetic. Look for cute details like oversize sleeves that you can roll up, deep pockets to hold your essentials, fun patterns, or subtle hood designs that are both practical and adorable. Cardigans are also a great way to add a new layer of color or texture to your otherwise basic outfit for a more interesting and style-forward look.

Too Cute Booties

deep green tee for womenShort booties are the perfect marriage of comfort and style that we tend to get mileage out all year long. They look just as adorable with rolled up denim jeans as they do with a cute, short dress, making them a wardrobe essential we simply can’t get enough of.

 russet ruffled red-orange dressEven better, booties offer just enough height to lengthen your stems and enhance your curves without being uncomfortable to walk in or too dramatic for more casual occasions. Whether you opt for smooth nude suede booties or classic black leather, we love how easy these shoes are to wear day in and out and elevate a look instantly.

Choose Essentials that are Totally You!

No matter what women’s clothing basics you find yourself wearing again and again, it’s important to invest in pieces that are truly representative of your personality and make you feel your best! It’s possible to find quality pieces that are affordable and you will love to wear for a long time. Once you have your capsule wardrobe essentials in place, have fun with accessorizing, mixing and matching and more to become the true fashionista you are meant to be!

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