Whoever said math was unnecessary after school has never tried creating different outfits from limited options! It requires careful permutation and combination of variables, which can be a task for even the most seasoned fashionista. Upgrade your wardrobe to hold some staple pieces which can be mixed and matched to create different looks. Our pick of 15 wardrobe staples will give you enough leverage to create over 60 different outfits, which are poles apart in aesthetic and tone. From a basic tee paired with trousers and flats to the same paired with flared pants and heels, these key pieces will equip you with a powerhouse collection. Shop smart and save up on money and space with these top picks!
A Basic Tee
A lightweight basic tee is a good investment due to its versatility to go with many separates and ability to cut down on bulk. We recommend a white basic number because, regardless of your inhibitions, white can look on a range of skin tones.
A Well Fitted Pair Of Jeans
We don't have to spell this one out, a well fitted pair of jeans stays in a girl’s wardrobe for years, first for practical uses and later for nostalgia. Go for skinny jeans because they can camouflage as semi formal pieces!
A Solid Tank Top
What undershirts are to men, tank tops are to women! A solid tank, fitted or loose, comes in handy when you wish to highlight a particular piece of clothing in your ensemble. Pair it with a jacket or wear it with jeans, you can't go wrong with this underrated article of clothing!
A Versatile Shift Dress
The only dress on this list, we decided to pick the shift variety due to its simple design. The youthful and free attitude of the style is what drew us in, usually worn as a standalone, this particular style can be paired with other pieces on this list to create various looks. Are you thinking about a belt too? Stay tuned...
A Tan Belt
The only accessory on the list, a belt is an absolute necessity for a wholesome wardrobe. Our recommendation is the tan broad number. Pair it with your jeans or use it to cinch up your waist. This one you cannot (and should not) miss!
A Long Top
Wear it as is or with pants, tunics are a free pass to dress comfy yet look stylish. Our pick is this sleek denim number since it's been a top fave this season with appearances of jacket and jumper styles throughout.
A Feminine Button Down
Caution: steer clear of straight line button downs, they will not look flattering with every separate. Instead opt for this drapey and feminine button down, with subtle ruffle details, to act as a blank canvas for other statement pieces.
A Chic Trouser
In order to nail adulting, a smart pair of trousers should be there in your closet at all times. Not just for your workwear needs, but also for the fancy dos where you gotta look done up! We picked one with a paperbag waist to add delicate details in the ensemble.
An A-Line Kurta
For our ethnic pick, we went with a sombre coral number with dainty embroidery so that it goes with other items on this list without becoming too overpowering on textures. If you have already been wearing your kurtas as dresses, you are one step ahead in the game and need to add this number in your kitty as well!
A Handy Maxi Skirt
If you are wondering why we didn't go for a mini or midi, it's because the maxi skirt offers the most balance to an ensemble, especially if you are pairing it with a variety of uppers! Hell you can even tuck in your long top into one and pass it as a dress to innocent bystanders!
A Multifaceted Jacket
Proper outerwear is crucial for any collection since it can make or break an outfit. Our intention with this jacket is to offer a choice of preparing altering an outfit with addition of just this one element. Leave it upon with your solid tank or chain it up in your pleated trousers, we guarantee you will start living in this tailored number!
A Waterfall Shrug
If you wish to avoid the ‘done up’ look of a smart jacket, switch it with a shrug so that you don't have to compromise on the look or comfort. Our recommendation is this waterfall shrug because of the many possibilities of layering afforded by this staple piece of clothing.
Stylish Flared Pants
The flared jeans have been trending this year but our pick for your capsule wardrobe are the flared palazzos. The style can be both western and ethnic, the flare lending a whole lotta 80s disco vibes to your ensembles!
Footwear is an important element in creating outfits and a fundamental requirement of the complete shoe rack is a pair of strappy flats. Our pick are these modest tan brown flats from Aldo, with just the right amount of bling!
Of course you need a statement pair of heels for your essentials collection. We cannot stress enough how well black strappy numbers work on any kind of outfit, specially when you are sporting outfits that are lighter on top. Also, we just couldn't miss out on getting our hands on this embellished beauty!