How to Build a Wardrobe
Every great, high-functioning closet begins with a foundation of essentials that always work. Here, the building blocks for yours.
What Your Wardrobe Should Look Like
50% work staples, 40% casual basics, 10% dressy items.
Practical yet refined pieces are ideal for those who need to be comfortable and professional, says Lloyd Boston, the author of The Style Checklist ($23, amazon.com). Teachers, salespeople, frequent travelers; that’s you. Good additions to these staples: a classic trench, ankle-length pants in a ponte knit, and a colorful cardigan.
Wedge booties. Shock-absorbing saviors that up the cool quotient of skirts and pants. To buy: Cole Haan boots.
Long pendant. Jazzes up any outfit. To buy: R.J. Graziano necklace.
Stretch-with-you dress. As flattering as a wrap, but with no risk of a peep show. Synthetic blends are virtually wrinkle-free. To buy: L.K. Bennett dress.
Knit skirt. This nonclingy, knee-length pick just skims the body. To buy: Eileen Fisher skirt.
Shape-shifting belt. “Stash it in your bag to change up your outfit in seconds,” says Boston. To buy: Garnet Hill belt.
Just-big-enough tote. Lug your life without weighing yourself down. To buy: Pour La Victoire bag.
Flowy top. V-necked, cap-sleeve, and versatile, whether it’s tucked in or worn loose. To buy: Loft top.