Sometimes it feels like you just want to throw out your entire wardrobe and start over. To stop getting that feeling every time you open your closet doors, it is time to start shopping smarter. By seeking out a few pieces that can work harder in your wardrobe, you won’t constantly feel the need to start over. Having a few go-to hero pieces will make getting dressed easier and more fun! Keep reading to find out what 10 pieces are on my list for a closet upgrade!
A Blazer that Stands on its Own
A blazer is something that likely everyone has already (if not, it should be a part of your capsule collection) but this season I’m turning towards a statement blazer for a piece in my wardrobe that can work with anything. Something that can turn a pair of jeans and a t-shirt into a polished outfit, pull together an ensemble for the office, or can make your go-to athleisure outfit feel a bit more put together — a statement blazer will never let you down.
Something Snake Print
While we all know leopard print is basically considered a neutral at this point, you can still work in a new animal print for a statement look. Snakeskin feels a little newer and is definitely as versatile as the beloved leopard print. Whether you incorporate it into trendy accessories like micro bags or strappy sandals or you go for something a little bolder like snakeskin pants or a blazer, there’s a snakeskin item waiting for you that will add just enough into your wardrobe.
A Little Gold
If you prefer to make a statement, you’ll be a big fan of the new necklace trends for 2020. Gold and layered chains have taken over our Instagram feeds and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. They are outfit-making and bold, yet still versatile. For a classic look, pair with a plain white t-shirt and denim. You can also layer them to complete your dresses. Make sure whatever you are pairing it with doesn’t compete for attention so keep your other jewelry minimal like dainty hoops.
A Good Watch
An everyday watch should be a staple in your wardrobe. Whether your style is a more dainty gold wristwatch or you prefer a larger leather-strapped watch, this piece is not only versatile, it’s also a convenient accessory to have. If you are looking for an accessory to invest in, a watch is a great place to start as they don’t follow trends as much as other jewelry.
Staple Black Heels
You can never go wrong with a staple black pair of heels – it’s another must-have closet upgrade. The key is to find a pair that is comfortable, walkable, and just neutral enough to go with many outfits. Whether that is finding a great sandal, mule, or pump to add to your wardrobe, a versatile pair of black heels will never go out of style. If you are looking for more than one to amp up your wardrobe, try seeking an office-ready pair of pumps, a block-heeled sandal, and a mule with just enough fun details that they can take you from brunch to the boardroom.
A Confidence-Boosting Swimsuit
The number one accessory to wear with a swimsuit is confidence! Finding a swimsuit that works for you can often feel like a never-ending adventure. Whether that means finding your go-to black swimsuit or you like to try every swimsuit trend in the summer, a confidence-boosting swimsuit is a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe.
The Perfect Pair of Hoops
Hoops are often already seen as a staple in every wardrobe and the best part — there’s a style of hoops for everybody. Those looking for a dainty minimal approach to the accessory, a small pair that hugs the ear works best for you. Try a bolder diamond-encrusted pair if you want to make more of a statement. If you are looking for a more unique twist to the classic gold hoops, try out different materials. Lightweight acetate, resin, freshwater pearls, bamboo, or wood are all different ways to make this classic shape feel a little fresher.
A Great Work Bag
Shopping for the perfect work bag can often feel like a never-ending search. A great work bag is sturdy and professional-looking, while having the organization and room for your laptop, planner, and other work bag must-haves. A leather tote style bag in a neutral leather in black or cognac will look chic and timeless in your closet upgrade. There are some great options available at Kate Spade, Madewell, or fair trade label Parker Clay. Here’s a fav!
Non-Ripped Nice Jeans
While ripped jeans are comfy and trendy, they aren’t appropriate for every occasion. A great pair of non-ripped quality jeans should have a place in everybody’s wardrobe. A great pair of darker washed jeans will be a go-to when nailing an ambiguous dress code. From that random birthday party to brunch with the family, a pair of great-fitting jeans can be worn for every occasion. For a go-to polished look that still feels effortless and fashion-forward, pair with a tailored blazer and block-heeled mules. It’s sometimes an overlooked closet upgrade staple!
A Cardigan for Every Occasion
Cardigans have taken a seriously fashionable turn — no longer are they just for grandmas. They are the perfect transitional piece of clothing for any in-between weather days and can easily be dressed up or down. They can work with skirts, dresses, or jeans in both a chunky or thin knit. For a casual look, try an oversized cardigan with a pair of your favorite jeans and sneakers. To dress up, pair with a slip skirt and strappy sandals for the perfect warm-weather outfit. This will definitely become a hero piece to include in your wardrobe.
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