wardrobe staples

You Need Only 15 Items To Create 60 Outfits! Yes, It's True!!

Sumona Bose

Fashion Writer

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!

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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.


1 wardrobe staples mango cotton tee

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!

7 For All Mankind

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2 wardrobe staples 7 for all mankind straight fit jeans

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!


3 wardrobe staples nuch tank top

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...


4 wardrobe staples navy blue shift dress

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!


5 wardrobe staples viari tan belt

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.  

Project Eve WW Denim

6 wardrobe staples project eve ww denim tunic

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.

Marks & Spencer

7 wardrobe staples marks and spencer button down

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.

Tally Weijl

8 wardrobe staples tally weijl trousers

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!

All About You from Deepika Padukone

9 wardrobe staples all about you kurta

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!


10  wardrobe staples asos maxi skirt

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!


11 wardrobe staples mango jacket

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.

New Look

12 wardrobe staples ASOS duster shrug

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!

Wills Lifestyle

13 wardrobe staples wille lifestyle flared pants

Go-To Flats

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!


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14 wardrobe staples aldo brown flats

Strappy Heels

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!

Carlton London

15 wardrobe staples carlton london strappy black heels

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Published on Oct 30, 2017
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