From a classic sweater set to black pants and more, these essential pieces will help you build a stylish wardrobe without breaking the bank. Even if they are all you have hanging in your closet, these six wardrobe basics can take you from work to weekend (and everything in-between) in wallet-friendly style!
Classic Two-Piece Suit
You'll wear this style essential to business meetings and interviews, but you can also wear the skirt and jacket separately. Dress up jeans with the jacket, or pair the skirt with a sassy top and shoes for a cocktail party in a cinch.
- Choose a suit in a mid-weight fabric for year-round use.
- Think neutral and go with a black, brown or grey suit.
Essential for its versatility, the black pant will accompany you to both work and social functions.
- No skinny pants, please - choose a straight-to-wide leg cut.
- Get a pair that is long enough to wear with heels - it's better to buy them too long and pay for alterations.
A basic wardrobe staple, find a pair of jeans
that works for your figure and buy them in bulk!
- A little stretch goes a long way for a flattering cut.
- Darker-washed jeans are dressier.
- If you need to get your jeans taken up, be sure the tailor leaves the hem intact.
White Button-Down Shirt
Paired with jeans, it's our favorite casual look, but a crisp, white button-down shirt
can easily stand up to a little black dress when paired with the right bottom and accessories.
- For a flattering shape, choose a shirt with a slight curve at the hem.
- Oversized men's shirts are great, but you'll want one with a slightly defined waist for the most wear.
- Shirts with a little stretch will wrinkle less.
- Watch out for yellowing at the armpits and be prepared with replacements!
A sheath dress never goes out of fashion, and is the perfect style to have on hand for a work-to-evening transition.
- Avoid crazy color trends and pick a neutral for this look.
- Update your sheath with a belt at the waist or a pair of trendy shoes.
Add pearls and you're ready for the country club, but you can deconstruct the set for a variety of style options. Cinch the sweater with a belt and add a pencil skirt, or wear the tank with jeans and sassy shoes for a night out. The possibilities are endless!
- If you can afford it, spring for cashmere.
- Finer, lighter fabrics are dressier (and won't remind you of your kindergarten teacher).