Wardrobe Basics – Key Pieces For Your Closet

Here is my completely subjective list of key wardrobe pieces every woman should own.

Girl Wearing Chanel Pearls

  • basic black straight leg pants that you can wear with anything
  • black wide leg pants
  • several pairs of jeans, one in dark denim, one with a worn-in look, another in the latest style
  • menswear-inspired slacks (think Katharine Hepburn)
  • cigarette pants (think Audrey Hepburn)
  • boy-cut corduroys


  • black pencil skirt
  • bias-cut skirt in silk or satin
  • denim skirt, straight cut and to the knee or a little below
  • tweed skirt in a brown shade for winter at the office


  • little black dress a la Chanel
  • cotton sun dress for summer nights


  • black pants suit in a classic cut to last you for years
  • skirt suit in a solid color, but not black or brown


  • wool or cashmere top coat for winter
  • cropped, belted trench coat in a girly color, like pale blue
  • fur (no emails please, you know you want one)
  • dramatic black cape for going to the opera or theatre or just for creating drama
  • cropped denim jacket


  • At least 5 different colors of fitted tee shirts
  • Several black tops with interesting necklines, like a square cut or sweetheart
  • basic white tee preferably fitted
  • 3/4 length sleeve top
  • white blouse
  • cashmere cardigan or twin set in a luscious sorbet color
  • thin sweaters in flattering soft colors like peach or pink
  • satin cami top
  • cotton wrap top
  • tee shirt with a crazy print, like tie dyed or a concert tee
  • comfortable hoodie


  • Nude seamless bra
  • Black lace bra
  • pale pink satin or lace bra
  • a wild color bra, perhaps purple velvet or a print
  • sports bra
  • matching panties for all
  • black thigh high hose
  • fishnets in nude and black
  • silk nightgown


  • 4-inch fabulous dressy heels for big nights out
  • 3-inch pumps for the office
  • 3-4 inch ankle boots with pointy toes
  • cute sneakers for running errands
  • Italian leather loafers preferably Salvatore Ferragamo
  • ballet flats
  • strappy sandals for play time
  • one pair of odd colored shoes, like kelly green sandals or fuschia flats


  • silk scarves by Hermes or Ferragamo
  • strand of pearls in various lengths
  • gold hoop earrings
  • chandelier earrings
  • interesting pins as conversation starters
  • funky pendants

2 responses to “Wardrobe Basics – Key Pieces For Your Closet

  1. so the theme is….black?

  2. A dramatic black cape?!