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10 Classic Wardrobe Pieces for Women

Updated on April 14, 2012

Looking Beautiful? Priceless.

Every woman has their own style. Some haunt runways and browse fashion magazines tirelessly searching for the newest trend to follow. Others like to hunt at garage sales and thrift stores for their own eclectic and unique vogue. Trends come and go. What's hot one season is out the next. Regardless of which decade is back, every woman should have some classic pieces in her wardrobe that will always be chic, and always look remarkable. Here are ten things that you will always go back to time and time again.

1. Dark Wash Jeans- Of course, being from Texas, I mention the jeans first! Dark wash jeans can be worn casually, or they can be dressed up with a killer pair of heels. Look for good sturdy material with a little bit of stretch in them. Jeans will enlarge with use, so get a pair that fits a smidge tighter than just right. If you are self conscious about your uh.. lower half make sure your jeans are straight leg, trouser style is perfect! Tapered jeans are a trend not a classic. They come and go. Classic pairs would be straight leg, boot cut, or well..classic fit. Also, NEVER buy any pants that are higher than your belly button!

2. White Button Down Shirt - These shirts can be worn alone or layered with your favorite sweater, jacket, vest, etc. They are very versatile. Get one that FITS! If the sleeves are to long and it looks baggy, it's too big. If the buttons are popping guess what, it's too small! These classic pieces are worth looking for. Find one the fits right! For an extra boost of style look for a 3/4 sleeve. So cute!

3. Jacket - I prefer leather. Brown and Black are always in style and mix and match well. The bottom of your jacket should hit RIGHT under your hip bones. DO NOT try to look for jackets that hide your rear. That just makes you look wider. Look for jackets that aren't boxy; they come in at the waist. To define your waist even more, find one with a belt.

4. Solid Colored Skirt - I'll admit, I can verge on tom boy most of the time. I usually only wear skirts and dresses when I am specifically asked to. This is an important piece of your wardrobe for nicer events, and it can be preferable to a dress when you don't want to be to formal. If you have that classic hourglass figure go for a pencil skirt. Pear and apple shaped women want to find a straight skirt or one that flares out and away from the body. Look for classic solid colors; black, navy, khaki, and/or brown will go with almost anything.

5. Little Black Dress - The little black dress is always beautiful and always in style. For more details see

6. Black Slacks - Black slacks are great for events that are nicer but don't require a dress. The same rules apply to slacks for jeans. Those that are a little hippier need to look for straight leg. If you want to add a little something look for a very fine pinstripe. NEVER buy elastic waisted anything!!!

7. T- Shirts - I'm not talking about the over-sized "I'm With Stupid" T- Shirts you buy for $2.00 on the clearance rack. You'll need to find those classic colors for layering and some brighter colors that look great on you for fun. Shirts that are a heavy cotton will hide anything that needs to stay hidden. Like everything else, they need to fit just right. If they hang off you or are so tight you can see every line and/or bulge underneath, keep looking!

8. Black Pumps - Every woman feels like she is all that when she puts these babies on. If you can do heels, go for it. For those of you who can't walk across a flat surface without tripping, try a kitten heel.

9. Khakis - They can be dressed up or down and they really match everything. If you are looking for classic pieces stay away from cargo; they're cute but not so classic. Again, same rules for jeans and slacks apply.

10. Cardigan - Don't you hate it when you are at the movies and it is freezing! Bring a sweater. Cardigan sweaters never go out of fashion and you can find them in every color. Be careful to get one that has a good shape (not a box) and DON'T hang it up. Fold it nicely young lady! You don't want it to look droopy!

You also want to look for some fun pieces to that match your own personal style. Scarves, necklaces, earrings, hats, etc. You want to have somethings to throw over these classics to give them your own magic touch. Another thing to notice is that I didn't list baggy sweats or PJs. PLEASE do not wear these in public! When you take the time to build a nice wardrobe, starting with a core of mix and match classic pieces; you spend less time searching for something to wear and more time looking awesome!

Happy Shopping!!!!

This girl knows what's going on y'all!

Which is your classic must have?

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    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Texas

      The Gap has a lot of the classics. Banana Republic is good too. Any department store. I may do some follow up articles on each piece and where to find them.

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      9 years ago

      But where can you buy all these items?

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Texas


    • HiNavya profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Hi MissE,

      These are certainly the Classic pieces as you said...

      We need these badly and the explanation you have given for every single outfit is really impressive!!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Texas

      So true! Thank you both!

    • PaperNotes profile image


      10 years ago

      With so may types and kinds of clothes out there, it can be quite difficult to choose clothes and fashion accessories that are perfect. It is great to always start with the basics. Thanks.

    • texasdaye profile image

      Daye Wanat 

      11 years ago from Castroville, Texas

      Very nice Hub!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Texas

      Thanks you so much! What great advice!! I will try to follow it!

    • frogdropping profile image


      12 years ago

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      Oh and why not chck out Helen Cater? She's been here two months and is a great example of a great hubber. She shares what she's learned, is warm and friendly and even better, she loves hair and fashion - probably has similar likes and dislikes to you :) Her profile: Go join her fan club, leave her son 'fanmail' (tell her frogdropping sent you!), read a couple of her hubs - she writes good stuff - and comment and rate them up if you like them :)

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