25 Wardrobe Essentials that will ALWAYS be in Style

Written by: Ashley Smith-Neily


wardrobe essentials

If you've ever found yourself staring into a closet full of clothes with "nothing to wear," you're not alone. The key to effortless style lies in curating a collection of versatile wardrobe essentials that withstand the test of time. 

In this blog post, we'll walk you through the 25 clothing essentials every individual should have. From timeless classics to trendy must-haves, we've curated a list that transcends seasons, occasions, and personal styles. Whether you're a minimalist seeking simplicity or a trendsetter just wanting to add more versatile pieces to your wardrobe our we have you covered. 

25 Wardrobe Essentials


Tank Tops   

Tank tops are useful for layering or wearing on their own during hot weather. Choose a mix of neutral and colorful options to suit different outfits. You can choose to have cropped tank tops or full length tank tops based on your personal preference. 

Click here for ways to style a tank top 

Short-sleeved Shirt  

Plain, neutral-colored shirts are a staple in a capsule wardrobe. They can be easily dressed up or down and serve as a versatile base for many outfits making them perfect for everyday wear. 

Long-sleeved Shirt  

A long sleeved shirt can be worn by itself or used as a layering piece, this works well under a dress shirt—or even a dress. 


Styling Tips: 

  • Layer under a blazer for a polished look. 

  • Pair with high-waisted jeans for a casual yet put-together ensemble. 



Bodysuits are perfect for layering under cardigans, button-downs, blazers, and jackets or worn by themselves with a belt and a necklace during warmer months.  


Knit Sweaters 

Knit sweaters are cozy and stylish, providing warmth while keeping you on-trend during colder seasons. 

Styling Tips: 

  • Pair with high-waisted jeans for a laid-back look. 

  • Layer over a dress for added warmth and style. 

Button-down shirt  

Crisp button-down shirts, both in classic white and other neutral colors, are timeless and adaptable. They can be worn for formal or casual occasions and can be layered under sweaters or jackets.  

Note: Oversized button-down are super versatile- they can be tucked in, worn as a dress, and used as a layering piece. Click here for ways to style a white button up  

Fitted ones can be tucked in and look neat when left out. 


The turtleneck is one of those pieces that has been around for decades and will continue to be in fashion for decades to come. A turtleneck is your basic layering piece for winter, but it can also look chic styled on its own for fall. Click here for ways to style a black turtleneck 


Crew Neck Sweatshirts

Crew neck sweatshirts are the epitome of casual comfort, providing a laid-back yet stylish option for your wardrobe.


Styling Tips:

  • Pair with joggers for a sporty look.

  • Dress up with a skirt and ankle boots for a trendy ensemble.



A pair of well-fitting jeans is a staple in any capsule wardrobe. Having a few different styles and washes will give you maximum versatility and allow you to dress up or down depending on the day. Choose a style that flatters your body shape and can be dressed up or down. Click here for was to style Mom Jeans 



Shorts are a go to in the summer. Have a few different styles of shorts to give yourself maximum versatility. Choose styles that flattering to you and matches your personal style. Click here for ways to style Denim Shorts. 

Leather Pants  

Leather Pants add a touch of sophistication, edge, and versatility to your outfits. Leather pants can be dressed up or down, making them suitable for various occasions. They can be paired with a simple T-shirt and sneakers for a casual look, or dressed up with a blouse and heels for a night out or a more formal event. Click here for ways to style leather pants 

Athletic or Jogger Pants 

A pair of athletic or jogger pants provides options for loungewear, exercise, or casual outings. They offer comfort and versatility for a more relaxed and active lifestyle. 


Leggings are perfect for comfortable and casual looks. They can be paired with long tops, sweaters, or tunics for a relaxed yet put-together outfit. 


Styling Tips: 

  • Wear with an oversized sweater for a cozy look. 

  • Pair with a denim jacket and sneakers for a casual vibe. 


Tailored Trousers 

A pair of tailored trousers in a neutral color like black, gray, or navy can be worn for more formal or professional occasions and can be easily paired with different tops and shoes. 


Styling Tips: 

  • Pair with a button-up shirt for a classic office look. 

  • Wear with a fitted top for a more casual yet sophisticated vibe. 


Satin skirts, pencil skirts and denim skirts are super versatile can be dressed up or down. They all pair well with many different tops and can be worn all year around. 

Styling Tips: 

  • Pair with a tucked-in blouse for a polished look. 

  • Wear with a graphic tee for a trendy and casual vibe. 



Cardigans are perfect for layering and can be worn open or buttoned up. They add versatility and can be used to transition outfits between seasons.  

Denim jacket 

A denim jacket is a versatile and casual layering piece that complements a wide range of outfits. It adds a touch of cool and can be paired with dresses, skirts, or jeans 


Khaki trench coat 

A classic trench coat is a versatile and timeless piece that can be worn in various seasons. It adds a sophisticated touch to any outfit and works well for both formal and casual occasions. They’re lightweight, which makes them perfect for spring and fall or cool mornings and evenings, but they can also be great fall-transition coats with a couple of layers underneath. 


Leather Jacket/ Leather Blazer 

A leather or faux leather jacket instantly adds an edgy and stylish element to your wardrobe. It can be worn with jeans, dresses, or skirts and is suitable for both casual and slightly dressier occasions. Opt for a classic black or brown leather jacket that fits you well.  



A well-tailored blazer is a versatile outerwear option that can elevate your outfits and make them look more polished and put together. It works well for professional settings and can also be dressed down with jeans for a casual chic look. Choose a blazer in a neutral color that flatters your body shape.  

Styling Tips: 

  • Pair your blazer with distressed jeans and a graphic tee for an effortlessly cool and casual look. 

  • Combine your blazer with tailored trousers and a crisp button-down shirt for a polished yet relaxed smart-casual vibe.  



Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from the sun but also add a touch of style to your outfits. Choose a pair that flatters your face shape and provides UV protection. Consider a classic design that can be worn for years to come. 


Crossbody Bag  

A crossbody handbag is a practical accessory that holds your essentials while complementing your outfits. 

Tote Bag  

A  tote bag is a great year-round wardrobe piece and is especially handy when carrying things back and forth between work and school or when you’re going out for the day. 

Minimalistic Jewelry  

A few key pieces of minimalistic jewelry can be layered or worn individually. This may include simple earrings, delicate bracelets, or stackable rings. Choose pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create different looks. 



A versatile belt can cinch your waist, add structure to loose-fitting garments, and create a more polished and put-together look. For maximum versatility choose a medium-width belt in a neutral color like black or brown that can be worn with pants, dresses, or skirts.