Woman walking wearing navy blazer and jeans.

While we each have our own unique style and our preferences and tastes vary, I’m certain we can all agree that we want getting dressed to be easy. Whether you’re one for investing in the latest trends or you prefer timeless outfits built from classic pieces, it’s important to have certain wardrobe basics that form the building blocks of good and durable style. If you want to look well dressed, sophisticated and put together, start with these 7 items.

7 Wardrobe Basics A Well Dressed Woman Owns

LBD (Little Black Dress)

There’s a reason the LBD has been here to stay since Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a convenient and inherently glamorous option to wear for an evening out. The LBD is timeless, elegant and offers a great degree of flexibility with regards to styling plus black is universally flattering. Dress it up or down and make sure it fits you like a glove!

Black Macrame Fringe Dress // Black Bow Sandals

Woman walking on sidewalk wearing black LBD.

Crisp White Blouse

A white blouse offers endless outfit possibilities and is a wardrobe must. Styled with a pair of jeans, a blazer and ballet flats creates a classic look. Worn with black slacks and strappy heels creates and elegant evening look. I highly suggest updating your white blouse every season.

White Blouse

Woman standing by brick wall wearing white wrap blouse.

Good Fitting Jeans

Whether your preferred fit is straight leg, skinny, oversized, or flare, take the time to find a high-quality pair that will last a long time and make you feel like your best self, every time you put them on. Experiment with different fits, and once you find the best style for you, invest the time and money to find a good pair in your ideal style.

Navy Blazer // Flare Jeans

Woman walking wearing flare jeans and holding brown purse.

Tailored Blazer

Every well dressed woman must have a tailored, well-fitted blazer in her wardrobe. I suggest a neutral in black, white, navy or gray in the perfect length to suit your body type. Investing in a high quality blazer that will be in your closet for years is a smart splurge and you’ll find that you reach for it day after day.

Navy Blazer // Flare Jeans

Woman wearing blue blazer, flare jeans and holding brown purse.

Gray Blazer

Woman wearing gray blazer.

Neutral Shoes

A classic pair of neutral pumps will never fail you or your outfits. Effortless, uplifting and an instant confidence booster, your pumps will be sure to tell those around you, that you mean business. Look for a beautiful silhouette, your ideal heel height and a brand that offers extreme comfort so you can go from 9-5 to date night.

White Button Up // Straight Leg Jeans // Caramel Pumps (CODE: MEGAN10)

Woman wearing white blouse and straight leg jeans.

Trench Coat

This iconic outer wear adds an instant touch of class to any outfit, even if you’re simply wearing jeans and a white shirt. The shape is timeless and classic and while I love the traditional beige, you could opt for a black or pretty pastel color.

Trench Coat // Burberry Bucket Hat // Black Block Heel Pumps (CODE: MEGAN10)

Woman wearing trench coat and burberry bucket hat.

Statement Handbag

A statement bag will elevate any outfit, even if you’re wearing street clothes. It allows you to mix high and low very effortlessly and will take you from casual to casually chic. A well crafted statement bag is seasonless and reflects timeless, sophisticated style.

 Ibiza Blue Blazer // Blue Pants // Blue Blouse // Similar Handbag

Woman in blue suit holding white handbag.

My Best Style Advice

The best piece of advice I can give you to help make getting dressed effortless and easy is to determine your ‘Signature Style’. What is that ‘go-to’ look that makes you feel most comfortable, gives you the most confidence and leaves you little guessing on what you should or shouldn’t be spending your money on?

This rule really involves understanding what you like, what you feel comfortable and confident in, and shopping accordingly. This can also be the most challenging step for many women who aren’t certain what their personal preferences are. I suggest doing your research – scour the internet and social media to collect images of looks you’d love to emulate. Identify celebrity style you aspire to attain – this is always an easy place to start since you can find so many references online.

In time you’ll see the patterns and commonalities of what you like, which then becomes your dress code. Having a formula for getting dressed removes all the guess-work. Find your signature style in 4 easy steps HERE.

Lastly, do not listen to ‘age-appropriate’ dressing. Wear what makes you look and feel confident and the best version of yourself!

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