Wardrobe Essentials for Women

There are certain things every woman needs in her wardrobe. These are some of them. Every female needs these items! I tended to choose black instead of colors because it’s more basic, but I recommend getting more colorful clothes in colors that suit your skin tone. Black is wonderful, but everyone needs colors! Let’s get started!

A little black dress! It doesn’t have to look like this — get one to suit your personality. But every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe!
A wrap dress! You can get this in multiple colors, including black, which is always a classic, but this is a color you can wear all year long. It would look so cute with red heels and a red purse!
A colorful dress! This one happens to be for summer, but you need some colorful dresses for winter as well! Wearing black all of the time is so boring!
Some black heels that are appropriate for work! These are classic and will look good with everything
A pair of brown heels that are appropriate for work. These heels are low enough to be appropriate and are super cute.
Nude heels! Nude heels go with everything! You definitely need a pair of these in your life!
A pair of heels to go out on the town in! These are great — 4″ heels and patent black. I actually own these myself, and they’re surprisingly comfortable. I also recommend a pair of black sandal heels, whether the heels are chunky or thin, short or tall.
A pair of black and brown flats! These are well-made and also super cute!
You can’t live without black knee-high boots. Don’t get me wrong — I love over-the-knee boots as well, but they’re not a necessity. But you’ll find yourself wearing knee-high boots all of the time!
What you may wear even more often than black heeled boots are brown/tan riding boots. These are a must for fall and winter!
You may wonder why I’m suggesting underwear. These thongs have no panty lines and because they’re lace, aren’t tight on top and dig into you, giving you muffin-top (even if you’re not fat at all!) Just please don’t wear them with short skirts or dresses!.
I think a strapless bra goes without saying. This one is great because it’s also backless! You can wear it with some wonderful summer dresses.
Black tights! They go with dresses and skirts in the winter. They’re always important!
The most basic necessity of all may be a pair of great jeans. I personally love Levi’s because they look great on everybody. These are stretchy, and you pull them on like leggings — they don’t have a button. They’re super flattering! You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on jeans to look great — I recommend any Levi’s jeans. They always make your butt look great!
These are simple, but often necessary — black and white camisoles. They’re easy to overlook in your wardrobe, but I find myself needing them often.
A white button-down shirt. It’s classic and goes with ANYTHING!
My favorite staple in my wardrobe is my striped pink and white Ralph Lauren oxford. I have several Ralph Lauren oxfords in several colors, but I always find myself coming back to this one. Pink and white may not be for you, but a colored oxford is always a good idea.
A crewneck sweater is so important. I showed the black one, which is classic, but I’d personally choose a colorful one. Actually, I’d personally choose an argyle one, but that’s not for everybody!
A black cardigan will ALWAYS come in handy!
Polo shirts are classic for a reason. You can wear them with anything. I recommend getting several in multiple colors — don’t be afraid to go as colorful as you can! (They don’t have to be name brand!)
My daily jewelry. Pearls go with absolutely everything. You can wear them daily. And they don’t have to be expensive!
For those of you who aren’t into pearls, a cubic zirconia necklace and cubic zirconia earrings may be a better fit. They’re also classics that you can’t go wrong with!
Black and brown purses that are big enough to hold everything are always important. These may not be for you, but I love the bows. Luckily, if you don’t like these, black and brown purses are incredibly easy to find!
A small black purse to use when you go out. Pair it with those patent stilettos and a hot dress or jeans and a cute top and you’ll be good to go!
I’m not much of a belt girl, but these are so cute, that I’ve made an exception! You need a belt in both black and brown to match your various clothes!
Summer sundresses! At least one white and at least one maxi! My favorite sundresses are Lilly Pulitzer, but they aren’t for everybody! (I also can’t afford them, so I buy them all used!)
Summer sandals are necessary to go with your summer dresses!
You also need a summer purse to go with your summer dresses. It doesn’t have to be one like this, but this is one example of something you can carry.

So there we go, ladies. I could go on for a few more hours, but these are just the absolute basics that we need in our wardrobe. Obviously, it’s too expensive to buy them all at once, but you can obtain them over several seasons. They also don’t have to be name brand!

If you have any other suggestions of wardrobe basics that I left out, just leave a comment!

On Friday… find out the wardrobe essentials for men!


101 Things Every Adult Needs to Know

  1. How to change a tire
  2. How to jumpstart your car
  3. How to open a bottle of champagne (Hint: Twist the bottle, not the cork!)
  4. Do your taxes — even if it is with TurboTax or something similar!
  5. Make a schedule and to-do list — and stick with it! Time management is so important!
  6. Start a savings account
  7. Start a retirement account
  8. Make a monthly budget, including savings and retirement — and follow it!!!
  9. Figure out how to invest
  10. Learn how to respectfully say no
  11. Learn how to negotiate
  12. Learn how to cook at least a few meals well
  13. Remember to back up your computer often
  14. Save all your passwords in an app or locked Excel document
  15. Learn how to online bank
  16. Pay bills automatically online
  17. Start getting credit! Get a credit card — but make sure to pay it off in full each month. Learn how to use credit wisely
  18. Don’t get into debt
  19. Learn how to show up on time, especially if you’re chronically late
  20. Find a place for your keys so you don’t constantly lose them
  21. Stay informed
  22. Register to vote and make sure to vote in every election!!!
  23. Create a will and living will
  24. Get a primary care physician and any other kind of doctor you need
  25. Keep all health-related things in order, including any medications you’re on or have previously been on
  26. Pair a bottle of wine with your meal
  27. Know how to use a grill
  28. Own basic wardrobe staples
  29. Learn how to parallel park
  30. Know how to tie a tie
  31. Learn how to make basic cocktails
  32. Keep your house or apartment clean
  33. Start a conversation and engage in small talk
  34. Give a proper handshake
  35. Learn how to be decisive
  36. Set goals for each month
  37. Learn how to sew a button
  38. Buy a first aid kit for both your house and car
  39. Learn the Heimlich Maneuver
  40. Learn how to hang a picture on the wall
  41. Have a hobby or two
  42. Learn how to put on a condom
  43. Learn to do your own laundry
  44. Learn how to get stains out of clothes
  45. Learn how to iron and steam clothes
  46. Learn and remember to change the filters on both your air conditioner and your refrigerator
  47. Figure out how to change the batteries on your smoke detector and test it
  48. Learn to unclog a toilet
  49. How to turn the water off to your house in case of a freeze
  50. Remember to write thank-you notes
  51. Admit when you’re wrong
  52. How to wrap a present
  53. Learn to use a fire extinguisher
  54. Make the first move when dating — don’t be afraid to ask somebody out!
  55. Learn how to flirt
  56. Set boundaries when it comes to sex
  57. Set boundaries in both your personal and professional life
  58. Take care of yourself first
  59. Listen to people
  60. Listen to people’s actions
  61. Know how to deal with police if you get pulled over
  62. Don’t put anything on social media you wouldn’t want the entire world to see
  63. Don’t stay in a bad situation because you’re afraid of change — the sunk-cost fallacy
  64. If you want a big wedding, start saving money as early as you can
  65. Travel as much as you can
  66. Buy something that is high quality rather than a cheaper version — it will last longer and you won’t have to re-buy it as soon
  67. Don’t invest in multi-level-marketing schemes
  68. Count calories to lose weight — don’t engage in trend diets
  69. Take care of your body
  70. Quit smoking
  71. Drink in moderation
  72. Donate or sell anything you don’t use
  73. Remember to change your oil
  74. Tip 20%
  75. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion
  76. Start looking for a new job before you quit your current job
  77. Don’t be afraid to take chances, even if you could fail
  78. Ask advice from people who know more than you
  79. Ask for what you want
  80. Learn how to make an excellent first impression
  81. Learn how to make a habit
  82. Trust your instincts
  83. Experiences are more important than things
  84. Enjoy the moment
  85. Learn how to organize things in your own way — you don’t have to embrace minimalism if that’s not for you
  86. Set reasonable goals for yourself
  87. Learn to be okay with being alone
  88. Make a five-year plan
  89. Have a toolbox
  90. Make a cleaning to-do list for each day — you’ll spend less time on the weekends!
  91. Make your bed each morning
  92. Think hard about it before you decide to get a pet
  93. Keep things in your online cart overnight before deciding to buy them
  94. When obtaining an apartment or house, check and make sure there are enough electrical outlets
  95. Learn the ultimate rules of etiquette — Emily Post’s Etiquette
  96. Realize it’s okay to stay home — and even to go to bed at 9 PM
  97. Buying things on sale is only cheaper if you were going to purchase that item in the first place
  98. Remember people’s names
  99. Listen more than you speak
  100. Accept that some people just don’t like you… and that’s okay
  101. Be polite to them anyways

A great book on this is Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. I bought the original version of the book, and I highly recommend it. I haven’t read the newest version yet, but I have no doubt it will be just as illuminating! Also, you can get it for as cheap as $3.99 on Kindle. What a deal!