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Wardrobe Essentials for 2020

by Heather Clark about a year ago in shopping

Staples You Have to Have In Your Closet for the New Year

Wardrobe Essentials for 2020

The Staples

One way or the other, you have to spend some amount of your hard-earned money on your wardrobe. Figuring out which pieces to save on and which are worth the investment can be a tricky path to navigate though. There are basics you actually want to save on, and there may be a trend or two that are well worth the splurge. This list is not just limited to the new year though! These items are perfect to have ready in your closet for any year despite the ever-changing trends.

It's important to build a strong foundation with a strategic selection of basics that will mix with almost everything in your closet. Below are some suggestions to consider when reworking your style and/or closet for the new year!

  • Black tank top
  • Crew Neck sweater
  • Jeans
  • White T-shirt
  • Khakis
  • Black turtleneck
  • White button-down
  • Long-sleeve black T-shirt
  • Cardigan
  • Black pants
  • Denim jacket
  • Short-sleeve black T-shirt
  • Wool skirt
  • Black suit
  • Pinstriped oxford
  • Black dress
  • Silk blouse
  • Gray trousers
  • Jacket
  • Camisole

The Statement Pieces

No closet is complete without a few signature pieces―the kind guaranteed to garner compliments (and attract notice if you wear them two days in a row).

  • Printed dress
  • Patterned jacket
  • Bold blouse
  • Graphic sweater
  • Tweed pants

The Evening Standards

Even the most die-hard homebodies need a couple of after-dark pieces, but you can also let these stunners see the light of day by pairing them with casual wear.

  • Velvet jacket
  • Ruffled shirt
  • Cocktail skirt
  • Sparkly top
  • Velvet pants

The Showstoppers

Formal events may roll around only once a year, but it pays to treat yourself to a dress that guarantees a grand entrance every time.

  • Party dress
  • Crisp white blouse
  • Crewneck sweater
  • Cardigan
  • Pencil skirt
  • Denim jacket
  • Cropped jacket
  • Black cashmere wrap
  • Ballet flats (in a neutral or a versatile red)
  • Basic black pumps
  • Metallic evening shoes

What to Wear for the Seasons:

Fall Basics

This is the time to start incorporating warmer items post-summer season. Listed below are items meant to make your transition to the approaching chilly weather a little more tolerable!

  • Cotton waffle robe
  • Fleece vest
  • Athletic sweatshirt
  • Lightweight waterproof coat
  • Khaki trench coat
  • Leather blazer
  • Peacoat
  • Flat boots (black or brown)
  • Black heeled boots or booties

Winter Basics

Everyone's winter is a little different depending on the type of climate you live in, so just keep in mind what best fits for your area. But otherwise, here are some items that will keep you looking great all winter long without sacrificing warmth!

  • Heavy sweater
  • Cashmere hoodie
  • Dark-wash jeans
  • Pantsuit
  • Gray flannel pants
  • Wool trousers
  • Down vest
  • Black cashmere wrap coat
  • Winter coat

Spring Basics

This is the time to brighten up your previous winter wardrobe. This time of year is perfect to explore trends before others catch fully catch on during the summer seasons. If you'd still like to play it safe, below are staples that never go out of style during this time of the year.

  • Cotton polo
  • Cotton blouse
  • Printed tops
  • Lightweight cashmere sweater
  • Cotton button-up cardigan
  • Lightweight waterproof raincoat
  • One-button blazer
  • Inverted pleat skirt
  • Capri pants
  • Chinos

Summer Basics

Summer brings with it the urge to experiment with creative looks and the latest trends, but any warm-weather wardrobe worth its salt includes certain fashion items that you know you’ll have to keep year after year. Alongside with testing out new trendy items, fall back onto these items for inspiration.

  • Bathing suit
  • Convertible strapless bra
  • Cotton pajamas
  • Built-in bra tank
  • Ribbed cotton tank
  • Cotton blouse
  • Cotton printed dress
  • Strapless dress
  • Khaki shorts
  • Cotton drawstring pants
  • White jeans
  • Flat leather sandals

As you add to your closet over the years, don’t be afraid to dabble in new trends that you fall in love with! Wardrobe staples like these will play the supporting role to those star-studded pieces that you sprinkle in each season!

Heather Clark
Heather Clark
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Heather Clark

Heather is a film student and model living in the midwest. She loves anything entertainment and art related.

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