We’ve all had that moment where we have nothing to wear while the cupboard is bursting at the seams. A well-equipped wardrobe doesn’t have to mean a lot of expensive clothing. It means always having just the perfect thing no matter the occasion, and if you make sure you have these essential staples that is exactly what you will have.

A tailored blazer

Have you been introduced to a tailored blazer yet? It’s more than an essential component of the professional women’s wardrobe. Pay a little more for one that fits your dimensions perfectly because it’s a real investment. Wear it on your power days for just a little extra something. Get it in a neutral colour like black so that it goes with everything.

Knee high boots

Whether worn with jeans or a dress and tights, the knee length boot adds effortless sex appeal to your look. If you don’t have a pair of full length boots yet, opt for flats so you get the most use out of it. Your next pair can be a pair of striking heels.

Black pants

A sleek pair of well-fitting pants goes with just about everything. It can be paired with a blazer for a work meeting and with a slinky top you can go straight to for after-work drinks with your girlfriends.

The perfect pair of jeans

There is a strange magic to denim jeans. On the one hand they can seem a generic item of clothing, but on the other hand slight differences is colour, cut and texture make a world of difference. Every woman needs that one pair of jeans that looks as if it were made for her and her only.

A plain white tee

Despite its simplicity, a plain white tea makes quite the statement. Get a well-fitting cut that flatters your body shape. Pay extra attention to the neckline. Wear it with the perfect pair of jeans mentioned above and you have an effortlessly cool outfit.

Comfortable black heels

Your wardrobe workhorse. Of the myriad of ladies’ shoes before you, a comfortable pair of black heels might be one of your best shoe investments. It’s the kind of thing you can wear twice in a row and no one would care. Again, you definitely want to go for quality of quantity. And remember that comfort is important here because you want something that’s going to come to your rescue time and time again.

Opaque tights

Tights or stocking make your legs look slimmer, add some warmth and help you get away with a hemline that might be a little too short otherwise.

The LBD

When you need to look good but you “have nothing to wear” – that’s when you reach for the little black dress, a trusty staple in your arsenal.

The LBD comes in many shapes in forms but in essence (besides being little and black) it is simple, chic, and importantly, comfortable. Coco Chanel is credited with introducing the LBD to the world in the 20s, and as she says: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

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