5 Essential Items Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

One of the coolest things about fashion in 2016, is that trends are flexible: you can see sock boots that hearken back to the 70s, patchwork dresses reminiscent of the 60s, and blazers with shoulders pads right out of the 80s. Fashion is fun and allows us a certain amount of freedom when choosing our daily outfits. Still, if you’re following trends, here are 5 essential items every woman needs in her closet this season.

1. The Sweater Dress–This is a versatile, form fitting sweater dress that can appear fancy when you couple it with high heels and modest jewelry, or more casual when you pair it with ballet flats. You can wear this to a holiday party depending on the accessories and if you wear an updo.

2. Pencil skirt with 80’s style blazer–The pencil skirt is a must-have for a few reasons. One, it flatters all shapes, and is a staple for layering. The skirted suit still wins high grades at job interviews. Slate gray is a great color to pair with a white or powder blue collared blouse. A pin-striped black pencil skirt with a black blazer also works with a crew neck blouse in just about any color. Bonus: Shoulder pads in a blazer draw the eye up, minimizing the hips. And, a “power blazer” creates an immediate boundary between you and fellow employees, giving you credibility.

3. Layering turtlenecksThis is one of those items that you need to keep on hand for any occasion. They come in so many colors and work wonders beneath a long sweater or power blazer. A black turtleneck with a long silver necklace looks elegant at work or at an impromptu dinner. Turtlenecks can be worn with a long untied scarf or adorned with an infinity scarf. They are such a versatile item, that you should keep many in your closet all year long.

4. Comfortable high heelsYou’ve heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.” This is essential advice when it comes to purchasing high heeled shoes. Do yourself a favor and buy a pair of high-quality, comfortable, well-fitting high heeled shoes. You will have to pay more than you would at a bargain shoe store, but your feet will thank you. And the shoes will last for years. Consider the shoes an investment in your wardrobe and your overall health.

5. Dress coat–Nothing cheapens a lovely outfit more than hiding it beneath a tattered or dingy old jacket. In winter, pea coats are a classic. Choose a color that works for you and will match most of your clothing: think gray and black more so than bright red. A longer coat adds a polished look to a stylish outfit. Dress the coat up even more with a houndstooth or plaid scarf. In spring, go for a full-length trench coat.