The 5 Basic Principles of a Perfect Wardrobe

Do you ever look at your overflowing wardrobe and think of everything you don’t own or how you have nothing to wear? Us too, and we suspect it’s because the collection of clothes we own doesn’t pass our five-item checklist for a complete wardrobe. As the season of shopping is upon us, we thought it would be an ideal time to revisit these key principles so we can all identify what to clear out and what we need to buy just in time for the new items that we’ll be purchasing.

Scroll down to see if your clothes embody the five qualities of a complete wardrobe, and to shop our picks to fill in the gaps.

The best outfits comprise a combination of staples and statement, trend-driven pieces. So if your wardrobe lacks variety and you don’t have options for both categories, you’re always going to feel unsatisfied with your wardrobe.

Want a really standout, on-trend bag? You can’t go wrong with Gucci.

The Breton top will stand up as a classic forever. 

While it can seem counterintuitive in the moment to spend more on a quality item to save in the long run, you’ll find your wardrobe has more staying power season after season. Plus, your day-to-day outfits will look more expensive.

A denim jacket will see you through the winter, when you want to layer under a coat for extra warmth, and the summer, which you can throw on over a maxi dress.

Wear with bright socks for a fashion forward twist. 

You’ll find your most loved wardrobe pieces fulfill both form and function qualities. We bet you have no problem buying beautiful, aesthetically pleasing clothes (fulfilling the “form” half of the equation), but the item also must be practical (fulfilling the “function” necessity). This means no awkward fit, scratchy fabric, or annoying logistics.

This classic bomber will go with anything, AND it will keep you warm. 

It’s obvious that the most versatile items in your closet will get the most use, but you’ll also find it easier to get dressed in the morning when you have plenty of options that can be mixed and matched, dressed up and dressed down.

An item that will never get old and will go with every pair of trousers you own. Yes, even the white ones. 

To be worn with cropped jeans and a white shirt (see above for where to shop them!).

Whether your look tends to veer preppy or edgy, your wardrobe needs to reflect your personal style or you’ll never feel content with your wardrobe. Our personality and preferences are constantly evolving, and your clothes should evolve with it so that you feel your outfits are an authentic representation of yourself.

Perhaps sequins are just one of those things that you love to be in your wardrobe. If that’s the case, make it a feature. 

This pink bag will turn up the volume on any outfit.

Want more? See 9 perfect ways to look like you’ve made an effort.

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