My look tends to hang out on the casual end of the spectrum, as it usually does for
>> Classic blazer. My old standby is charcoal gray, but you can rock any neutral color that you'll wear a lot. Blazers are perfect for throwing on over a t-shirt when you need to look like a real grownup. That was always my trick when I sold my jewelry to local stores. It made me feel like a boss, literally.
>> Cozy cardigan. We can sing a verse of The Neutral Song here, too. I know zany colors are more fun, but you should get at least one solid neutral that goes with most of your closet. I wear these on more casual days, and sometimes stick them under a blazer when it's extra cold outside.
>> Dark jeans. These can be any cut that's flattering for your figure. The most important thing here is the wash. The darker they are, the easier they are to dress up if the mood strikes. It's hard enough for most of us to find jeans, anyway, so aim for some you can wear for just about anything and save yourself the rage headache.
>> Basic t-shirts. And by basic I mean embellishment-free. That might make me sound like a party-pooper, but think about how much easier it is to wear fun jewelry when your clothes act like a canvas. Plus, basics are easier to mix-and-match, giving your more outfits for less closet space. If you want to make it extra easy for yourself, find a brand that you like and buy the same thing in several colors. I usually do that at Target.
>> Little black dress. Do I need to explain this one?
>> Red nail polish. Okay, this should probably be in a makeup category instead of "wardrobe," but whatever. What color of nail polish is classic and will never go out of style? Yep. Red. If I had to stick with one color for the rest of my life, it would be Come to Bed Red by Butter London.
>> Camel purse. Not everybody likes to change purses all the time (I don't), so if you're in that club, know that a good medium leather looks great year-round. I've also found that leather-like materials hold up SO much better than fabric. Maybe I'm weirdly aggressive with my purses, but fabric just gets all janky looking after a few months. Ain't nobody got time for that.
>> Colorful flats. These are the easiest way to hop on board with color trends. The example above is turquoise, but get whatever strikes your fancy. Patterns are fun, too! My favorite brands for little foot parties are Steve Madden and Nine West.
What are your wardrobe staples? Did I forget anything? Who else is rocking a small wardrobe and loving it?