Essential Wardrobe Must Haves

I am moving in a month and just can’t bear to think of all the clothes in my closet. Over the years, I have accumulated so many unique pieces that I can’t seem to part with. A friend of mine recently commented that she has never seen me wear anything twice. That got me thinking; am do I really have that many clothes? Yes I do. I am a dress whore and have the closet to prove it. I have about 120 dresses and counting. I am a girly girl and girly girls wear dresses so I have to stock up.

When I go shopping with friends, it’s always, “Uhmm put that dress down, you have something similar.” I know what works for my body type and I stick to that formula. God blessed me with hips and a butt so there is no way I will be caught dead in a form fitting pencil skirt or a trapeze dress. The funny thing is that I purged my closet three months ago yet I still have way too many clothes. Let’s not get started on shoes. As of April 29, 2008, I have about 188 pairs of shoes. Yes I said 188. I don’t know where they came from but I can tell you that I don’t want to part with any of them. You might say I am a bit of a pack rat.

My mom insists that I need to take a weekend and say goodbye to a lot of my clothes and get back to the basics. So this morning, I am asking this question, “What are the basic pieces needed in a girl’s closet?” Well according to style and fashion guru Tim Gunn, even if you couldn’t afford Kimora Lee’s wardrobe, it is essential that you have the following pieces in your closet:

  • Classic Dress Pants
  • Basic Black Dress
  • Cashmere Sweater
  • Classic White Shirt
  • Day Dress
  • Great Fitting Jeans- one dress up pair and one casual weekend pair
  • Sweatsuit Alternative
  • Tailored Blazer
  • Coat– a trench or coat that layers easily and creates a waistline
  • Well-cut Skirt
  • Black ,White and Brown Camisoles and/or Tanks
  • Short and Long Sleeve Tees in White, Black, and Brown
  • Cardigan
  • Black Turtleneck
  • Evening Gown
  • A Bra that fits correctly
  • Underwear– have enough to cover your wardrobe needs, no panty lines!
  • Shoes – Flat, mid-rise heel, stiletto in black, brown, and light color
  • Boots- either flat or heeled depending on shoe height preference
  • Copper or gold tone shoe- goes great with your spring/summer wardrobe
  • Jewelry- gold toned jewelry tends to be the most versatile
  • Classic jewelry- a set that is simple and elegant like pearl earrings or diamond studs
  • Watch- stick to a classic shape and design so you can wear it with day or evening wear
  • Shawl & scarves- useful and an easy way to add color or interest to a muted outfit
  • Sunglasses- good for your eyes and a great way to dress round out your look
  • Belts- adds a “finished” look to an outfit; look for thin, wide, hi-waist and hip belts
  • Purses- a tote, an evening clutch, and standard size purse

Okay I must admit this list is not so basic. If you have the pieces listed, you are set for life. Well sort of. In the next couple of posts, I will outline our plan of action on building a glamour girl’s dream closet. Stay tuned.


  1. Anonymous says:

    If you have a “yard” sale, be sure to let us know! 😉 Thanks for the List!

  2. Birthday girl, you know how to clean out a closet! If you need a place where you can drop off your extras and you know they will find a good home, check out Current Boutique- 2529 Wilson Boulevard and ask for Carmen. This is an awesome consignment shop.
    xo Pamela

  3. There’s an event in London called Buy My Wardrobe where all these high-profile fashionistas get together and sell their fab wardrobe items to others. You could do the same with your fashion-loving girlfriends and donate the $$$ to a local charity. Fashion gives in more ways than one!

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