Building a wardrobe is like building a house. Your house has to have a strong foundation, a roof, doors, windows, the essentials, and everything after that is just the icing on the cake. Your clothes are not much different. If you start with a few basic pieces, adding a couple of accessories along the way, the next thing you know, you'll have a masterpiece.
In college, money is always an issue, but there are 10 major clothing investments every fashionista should make. These items are the foundation of your wardrobe. From there, you can do great things, but without them, you have a house with no roof, and everything from there is sort of, well, disastrous.
THE 10 ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY WARDROBE:
1) A pair of great fitting jeans
2) Tailored black pants
3) A white button-down
4) Diamond stud earrings
5) Tailored jacket
6) A dressy shirt
7) Red shoes
8) A great bag
9) The signature 'Little Black Dress'
10) A cami/tank in a neutral color
First and foremost, you must have a great jean. No matter what your style, jeans are the staple of any wardrobe. It is essential to have a favorite pair of jeans that are versatile and capable of being worn with everything from sneakers to stilettos. Try the AE Favorite Jean from American Eagle for $29.50.
Whether you are going out on the town or interviewing for your dream job, black pants are the way to go. In order to achieve that perfect look, the pant needs to fit loosely with a long, straight or wide leg so that your body looks proportionate. Try J. Crew original fit wool crepe wide-leg trouser for $138. Oh yeah, the only thing that can spoil this look is a wretched panty line so, use discretion!!
There are so many uses for a white button up. You can wear it with black pants and a blazer, jeans and sneakers with a bright colored tank underneath, or even as a beach cover -up. Try the long sleeved fitted a shirt from GAP for $39.50.
No matter what kind of jewelry fads come and go, diamonds are forever and are forever stylish. Every girl should invest in some classic diamond studs. Whether your preference is white or yellow gold, platinum or silver, diamonds go with anything. Try the yellow gold earrings from Kay Jewelers for $199.99.
A jacket has the capability to make or break an outfit. It can turn you into a curvy goddess or the wide-screen television sitting in your living room. It is important that a jacket be the right length for your body and that the sleeves are not too long, but just long enough. Jackets and blazers are not just Fall/Winter items. Try a cotton or linen jacket with a belt that cinches the waist and slenderizes, like the sleeve jacket from Banana Republic for $168.
Every girl should have at least one top in her wardrobe that can be worn modestly with a blazer and dress pants to work, or with jeans, strappy sandals, and a little bit of scandal for a night out on the town. Something with a floral print or a sleeveless or halter cut is perfect! Try the Tropical Garden Top from Forever 21 for $17.80.
Every girl needs that bag. The one that acquires a nickname from your friends and compliments from strangers. It goes with any outfit and even if it doesn't, no one notices because it's so fabulous. Your purse should reflect your own personal style and tastes.
Kelly Pickler said it right, “Nobody holds a candle to me in my red high heels.” You can't go wrong with vibrant red shoes. They are the perfect element to spice up any outfit. They can be worn with Jeans, dress pants, or that sexy little black dress. Try the Steve Madden Red Twistin Peep for $89.95.
We will forever be indebted to Coco Chanel for her perfection of the little black dress. You never know when you will be attending a cocktail party at the last minute or when you'll just randomly decide to go out for a swanky night on the town with your girls. Never fear, your LBD will be there for you! Whatever style you choose, keep it simple. There are always belts, jackets, shoes and jewelry to make it unique for the occasion. Try the Theory Ashford Tailor dress at Nordstrom for $188.98.
Last but not least, you should own a lacey or embroidered cami or tank to be worn underneath a see-through blouse or short top. If the fabric of the tank is thick enough, you may even wear it under a blazer. But do this with caution: if it is too thin, it may just look like underwear under a jacket, and that look never got too far! Try the lace-trim cami from Old Navy for $12.50 in a color such as white or beige.
The way you choose to build your house is up to you. After you establish the foundation, the possibilities are endless. Keep these helpful tips in mind next time you decide to renovate your closet and there will be little room for error. Happy Shopping!