10 Clothing Staples Every Woman Should Own

Investing in a quality piece can actually save you in the long run.

As the co-founder of Coveteur, I’ve peeked into a lot of closets over the years and spent maybe too much time thinking about women’s clothing. Over the years, I’ve learned that focusing on a few, favorite pieces can be a much better approach than simply buying every cheap, trendy item that catches your eye.

While some pieces might be a bigger investment than others, having these key items will save you time and money since you won’t always be running out to look for something to wear or for something that matches what you already have.

Here are my picks for the tried-and-true wardrobe staples that every woman should own.

The Denim You Feel Best in

The Denim You Feel Best in

Everyone should have one pair of jeans that — no matter what — you can put on and feel good. Some days, no matter how hard you try, an outfit just won’t come together. When this happens, go back to your favorite jeans and pair them with a plain black or white t-shirt. You can’t go wrong, and you’ll leave the house feeling great.

The Perfect T-Shirt

The Perfect T-Shirt

While it may take some time to adjust to paying over $50 for a plain t-shirt, it is well worth the splurge. Having a great basic that you can pair with skirts, pants, or jeans really alleviates a lot of stress in the morning. Plus, if your cheap shirt falls apart in the wash, fades, stretches out, or shrinks up, you will end up spending more money re-buying poor quality t-shirts over and over again instead of just investing in a couple more expensive ones.

A Low-Heeled Black Bootie

A Low-Heeled Black Bootie

Throughout my career, I have spent many hours scouring the internet and brick-and-mortar shops alike for the perfect black boot — the one that goes with everything, the one you can walk around all day in but can also wear at night. Come fall, I rely on a classic bootie to pair with leather pants for work or long-sleeved dresses for a night out.

A Comfortable Pair of Heels

A Comfortable Pair of Heels

There is nothing worse than hobbling around all night in shoes that don’t fit correctly or are too high or too narrow. On top of the pain, it’s money wasted on a pair of feet destroyers – plus the money you will spend on replacing them. Finding a good pair of heels that you can actually walk in will make your night more enjoyable. Even if you have to shell out a bit more money upfront, you’ll save in the long run because you will wear them again and again.

A Properly Fitting Pair of Pants

A Properly Fitting Pair of Pants

This may seem like a given, but in many cases, it’s simply not the case. Having a go-to pair of pants that fits you perfectly is key when you have a big meeting or evening event to attend. You can feel confident that you look polished and presentable, and you can focus on putting your best foot forward. I also believe it’s worth it to spend the extra money for a tailor to get them just right.

A Bodysuit

A Bodysuit

While this may make some of you gasp, trust me when I say I wear my basic bodysuits more than anything else in my wardrobe. They go with everything, they look super polished, and they are surprisingly more comfortable than you would think.

A Statement Coat

A Statement Coat

When the weather gets cold, your coat is essentially your outfit since it is what most people will see you wearing. Investing in one that makes you feel great every time you put it on — and stands out from the sea of black parkas — will put a spring in your step even on the snowiest of days.

The Wear-Everywhere Bag

The Wear-Everywhere Bag

If you choose to invest in a luxury designer handbag, I firmly believe it should be as functional as it is beautiful. We rely on our everyday bags to take us to work, the gym, dinner, airplanes, the list goes on. I tend to find one that has a long strap in addition to handles, which makes a big difference. Make sure to consider the bag’s weight, too. Remember, if you are investing in it, you should be able to easily carry it around all day.

 

Chic Travel Pants

Chic Travel Pants

While the thought of sitting on a plane in uncomfortable clothing only adds to your travel anxiety, it is also important to look and feel your best when you land at your destination. Choose a pair that’s still comfy, yet a step up from plain sweatpants.

An Everyday Piece of Jewelry

An Everyday Piece of Jewelry

Over the years, I have found that although I like to think I am going to switch my jewelry every day, that’s unrealistic. Instead, I have now switched over to investing in a piece of jewelry I love and wear every day that goes with absolutely everything. It’s nice to have one piece that brings you joy and makes you feel good every time you look at it.

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2 Responses to “10 Clothing Staples Every Woman Should Own”

  1. jg11

    I’m sick of these articles insisting that all cheap T shirts fall apart and so you’ll spend more over time buying them over and over while some kind of magical $50 T shirt is so superior…A) I have black/navy Ts from Old Navy that cost under $10 that are 5+ years old and still look great, and B) why spend extra on white T shirts when the expensive ones will still get yellow sweat stains just as easily as the cheap ones. $50 for a plain T shirt is absurd.

  2. Whitney

    While I will allow these to be good points for many, the exclusion of skirts/dresses seems odd to me. That well-fitted pair of pants still needs a top to work, whereas the right dress takes almost no thought and sends me into a meeting confident and ready for whatever comes. My most comfortable flights have been in a cotton-modal dress that doesn’t wrinkle, looks professional with the right blazer, but is almost as lovely to hang out in as pjs. Also, we long-waisted folks are unlikely to ever find a bodysuit that isn’t problematic. (I’ve had two rounds of this trend to prove it). A few thoughtful alternates could easily have been offered as complements to the otherwise sound suggestions here.