Wardrobe Essentials – Real Simple

A wardrobe check-list from Real Simple (I’ve edited the list just a tad):

  • Tank – black, built-in bra, ribbed cotton [mid butt length. Variety of flattering colours]
  • White and Black T-shirts – short and long-sleeved
  • Black Turtleneck
  • White button-down shirt – white, other colours
  • Crisp white blouse
  • Crewneck sweater
  • Cardigan
  • Black Dress [day to night]
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Jeans
  • Classic Black pants
  • Skinny jeans [or slim]
  • Khaki pants
  • Denim Jacket [doesn’t have to be denim]
  • Cropped Jacket
  • Black Cashmere Wrap
  • Ballet Flats
  • Basic black pumps
  • Metallic evening shoes.

Plus seasonal essentials (I culled their list):

  • Flat boots (black or brown)
  • Sweater – heavy (winter) [not essential], lightweight (spring)
  • Wool trousers
  • Winter coat
  • Pantsuit [not essential]
  • Dark-wash jeans
  • Cashmere hoodie
  • Gray flannel pants
  • Down vest
  • Cotton blouse
  • Printed tops
  • Waterproof raincoat
  • Dress – cotton printed, strapless
  • Shorts – khaki [at least 4 inches long]
  • White jeans [not essential]
  • Flat leather sandals
  • Cotton drawstring pants
  • Chinos
  • Capri pants
  • One-button blazer
  • Cotton polo

I don’t agree with some things in this list at all. However it is a useful starting point.

I would have to add:

  • Cami – to go under see-through tops
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses – black, brown
  • Scarves – long, short
  • Handbags – one summer day, one winter day, one evening
  • Trainers
  • Belts – black, brown
  • And one drop dead gorgeous dress/outfit for surprise evening where you get whisked off to the opera in a private jet.