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Four Basics Every Woman Should Have In Her Wardrobe

by Rene Mitchelle

If you're tired of feeling like you never have anything to wear, perhaps it's time to rethink the way you approach your wardrobe. Filling your closet with plenty of basics will make it easy to mix and match pieces, creating different outfits from the same separates. But just what basic pieces do you need? Read on to find out.

A Black, Knee-Length Skirt

The black, knee-length skirt is like the jeans of business professional apparel. You can pair practically any top with it and it will match wonderfully. Dress it up with a fancy blouse or blazer, or dress it down with a short-sleeve, solid scoop-neck tee. The length is important, here. Knee length is short enough to wear with boots or heels, but it's long enough to be sufficiently modest for most any occasion. 

A White Cami

So many blouses need a little shirt underneath them to avoid showing off too much. Then, there are the button-downs that you can wear two ways: buttoned up, or half-open with a shirt showing underneath. A white cami lets you get multiple looks out of your button-downs, and it will match most every button-down you own. Plus, you can wear it with your other blouses or even rock it on its own at a casual outdoor party in the summer.

Solid-Colored Blazer

Look for a blazer in a brighter, solid color. Royal blue and bright green work well! You can use this blazer as your "pop of color" in any otherwise neutral outfit. For example, you could wear your black skirt and a gray top, and then add the blue blazer for more festivity. Take the blazer off again if you have a meeting for which you want to look a little more subdued.

A Little Black Dress

The little black dress has long been a wardrobe staple for women. And there's a good reason for this. You can dress it down by wearing it with sandals, or dress it up with some tall heels and a statement necklace. You could even toss that bright-colored blazer over it for a professional look.

Once you have these essentials in place, you can round off your wardrobe with statement necklaces, bright blouses, and flashy heels. All of these options look great with your more basic pieces, so you can have some variety in your attire without having to always go out and buy new staples.