I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a good pair of jeans. Make sure you find ones that fit great, are flattering for your body type, and are not too extravagant so you can literally pair them with anything. I think the best staple is a good pair of black jeans. You can style them with a collared shirt and some ankle boots for a more sophisticated look. Or, you can go with a glitzy blouse and black heels for a smarter more dressed up look. And if you find ones that are super comfortable, you can even just wear them for running errands with a t shirt and some flats. Definitely accessorize however, to avoid the teenager look.
Shirts are severely underrated but are so easy to pair with a pair of jeans or skirt and immediately look put together. I love anything with collars anyway and shirts are just a great way to be original and show your style. You can opt for a classic white shirt and pair it with blue jeans for a timeless look. You can even get adventurous with patterns and do something crazy with the print. There are so many options out there so there is bound to be one for you. You can completely tuck them in, but I love the look of the messy half in half out look, much more on trend right now.
The skirt is often overlooked when people are choosing staples for their wardrobe, but it can be a wonderful piece to have. Paired with a t shirt, some biker boots and a hat this can give you a cool, casual look. But you can also dress it up with a blouse tucked in and some heels for a more classy evening look. I love the whole preppy vibe that I get when I wear a skirt and think it is so easy to style so definitely add it to your list of staple pieces for your wardrobe.
I love a good blazer to complete an outfit. Most people seem to have this image that a blazer is only for the workplace or for a job interview, but I promise you, paired with some boyfriend jeans or a nice heel, the blazer can look really chic. It doesn't have to be super fancy either. I wore a blazer the other day to go shopping paired with a crop top and black jeans and the whole outfit was the perfect balance of casual and done up. You can go for the classic black tailored blazer, or go for something a bit more casual like this boyfriend style [centre].
The day dress is probably the easiest thing to throw on when you can't decide what to wear. Why wouldn't it be? It's a whole outfit with only one piece of clothing! You can go for something short for a more casual look. Or you can choose a midi dress for a smarter look, but paired with some trainers can also look cool and casual. Skater style or a shirt dress, pick one to suit you can you can an all in one staple piece.
Again, another perfect all in one piece. I think I prefer a nice jumpsuit/playsuit to a dress because you can just be so much more comfortable in them. I feel so much more relaxed not constantly worrying if my dress is going to blow up and give me my own Marilyn Monroe moment. If you're feeling a bit more playful and flirty, a playsuit is perfect for you. I love taking these on holiday with me because you can look cute while still feeling super comfortable and relaxed walking around. A jumpsuit is one of my go-to evening looks. They are perfect for accessorizing in the evening with a statement necklace and a pair of heels or wedges. You can be even more in trend by getting out with an off the shoulder sleeve, like this one from Topshop.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
If you are ever in need of an outfit for a last minute night out or event, the LBD is the way to go. This staple has been in women's wardrobes for centuries and that's because it never goes out of style or lets us down. Make sure you have one that looks perfect on you. It could be a short skater style, a more modest midi, or a sexy plunging body con. Whatever style you go for, this is a definite statement piece that every girl needs in her collection.
A jacket is vital and may seem like a really obvious staple, but I had to include it. A jacket is not just something that you throw on when it's getting a bit cold, or hasn't quite reached summer yet. A jacket can really be used as a way to style your outfit. I have sometimes completely based my entire outfit around a jacket purely because I loved it. You can go for a bomber jacket which is very much the rage right now. I actually did blog post all about the bomber jacket and where you can get some great ones so check that out. You can also go for the standard leather biker jacket which can make any outfit look immediately cool. If you want to be a bit smarter, go for the longer style of jacket, in perhaps a more military style. Whichever way you choose to go remember that it is a piece in its own right so try and style an outfit around it.
I find shopping for coats really difficult because there are only a limited amount of styles out there so every one ends up wearing the same coat! I always suggest going for something very simple without too many collars or frills. I would suggest getting two, one in a lighter colour perfect for day time. And then a darker colour or perhaps a longer style for the evening. I really loved duster coats last winter so that's kind of my go-to style but make sure you are absolutely in love with the one you pick because some coats can end up being quite pricey!
Handbags are the perfect way to complete this list of 10 staple pieces for your wardrobe because they are the perfect way to complete an outfit. Whether you choose a smaller tote bag or a large shopper bag, carrying an amazing bag will automatically carry your outfit to another level. You can really walk with confidence when you are carrying a stunning bag on your arm. I always think the best go-to is a leather bag but by all means go for something different like suede or fur if that is more your style.
**All clothes pictured are from http://topshop.co.uk**