It can be hard to plan outfits. It’s difficult to know what to put together, clothes are expensive, and space in your closet is probably limited. Luckily, you don’t need a massive wardrobe to dress well. With a few staple items, you can mix and match with the items already in your closet to make enough outfits to last you weeks!
Here’s our list of 10 items that will keep your closet fun and fresh.
1. White Button Up
The white button up is a true fashion classic. While it can be worn on its own, its true calling is in layering. Throw one under a sweater, vest, or a crewneck to give your outfit a chic, put-together look. And one of the best things about this item is that you should be able to find one at your local thrift store for only a few dollars!
2. Jean Jacket
Wearing a jean jacket is a great way to add some texture to any outfit you already have. Throw it over a dress, a t-shirt and leggings, or really take it to the next level with come denim-on-denim.
If you ever need a sophisticated look, a blazer is a great way to go. If you’re new to the blazer look, start out with a plain black one. It’s a safe option and will probably complement items already found in your closet. And if you’re looking for something bolder, browse some blazers online to see what colors you like. A bright blazer can add a splash of color and some confidence to your look.
4. White Dress
The possibilities that a white dress brings are endless. Since white is a neutral color, you can pair your dress with a lot of different accessories. Try layering it with a sweater or jacket, or pairing it with some fun shoes or a colorful handbag.
This is another way to add some interest to one of your regular outfits. It’s an especially great option for when the weather gets too cold for your spring and summer outfits. If you want to maximize how often you can wear your cardigan, buy it in a neutral color, or a color within your capsule so it goes with everything.
6. Black Leggings
Leggings are incredibly comfortable and versatile. They’re a prime option for working out and can double as part of a cute every-day outfit. Prints and cute designs can be a fun option for leggings, but having a nice black pair is always something to fall back on as they’ll go with pretty much anything.
Because these last so long, and are such a staple, this is an item that you may want to invest in. Higher quality leggings will be more comfortable and flattering and a good pair will last you years.
Whenever you are buying a piece of clothing you expect to wear often, don’t be afraid to put in a little bit more money and get something that will last a long time and look good.
7. Straight Cut Jeans
As comfy and cute leggings are, there are occasions where they’re not formal enough. To remedy this, go out and get yourself and trusty pair of straight-cut jeans. While skinny jeans used to be the most popular jean-cut, straight-cut jeans are all the rage right now. They can be dressed up or dressed down and are an absolute must for your closet.
8. Graphic Tees
Graphic tees are a great way to keep your casual outfits stylish. They’re also a fun item to look for in thrift stores, which can be a much cheaper alternative than going to a popular clothing store. Currently, the most popular way to wear a graphic tee is to get them oversized, but fitted is a great look too if that makes you more comfortable.
If you’re running on a tight budget, and can’t afford to buy a lot of shoes, you can get through most situations with a pair of sneakers. White sneakers are the most versatile, but any pastel colored shoe can be paired with a lot of outfits.
Sneaker purchasing is another case in which spending money to get something well-made is going to make a big difference. This doesn’t mean you have to get a well-known high-end brand, but find something that's high quality or you’ll just end up buying a new pair after they break.
10. Black Heels
For occasions where your sneakers won’t cut it, black heels are cute and classy. And they’ll go with anything, whether it’s a pair of jeans, or a nice dress. Find a height that is comfortable for you. Kitten heels are making a big come-back, but if you’re not comfortable in them, a chunkier heel can work just as well.
Styling your outfits can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! With these 10 staple items, you’ll always have something cute to wear. Try mixing and matching and experimenting with color! You’ll be surprised at all the possibilities.