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The end of the year is a great time to consider purging your closet. With Christmas gifts waiting to be put away, it’s the perfect time to consider what you really need to keep. There are a few wardrobe essentials that every women must have in her closet.

First, stick to the basics. Straight leg jeans, blazer, and a white button down blouse are classic closet essentials. Add accessories and seasonal items to elevate the look and you now have a foundational wardrobe to work with.

Some other additions to consider are print separates, leather jackets, crew neck and cardigan sweaters. These pieces will create a chic look.

1. Straight Leg Jeans

A great pair of straight leg jeans can take you from running errands in the morning to an evening out with no problem. Paired with the right shoes, flats or heels, jeans are extremely versatile. They are both casual and classy!

2. White Button Down Blouse

A beautiful white button down blouse says fresh and clean about your look. I believe you can never have enough white blouses or tops. After all, white matches everything. You can wear them tucked, French tucked or loose.

How you pair the blouse will determine whether it’s casual or formal. My personal favorite is a simple white t-shirt with jeans, blazer and a great pair of shoes. This is definitely a wardrobe essential you cannot do without.

3. The Blazer

The blazer is a must have for every woman. Blazers are versatile because they come in so many different styles, cuts and lengths.

The classic black blazer can be worn with jeans and a shirt or blouse to go from casual to chic. Having multiple styles is a bonus in achieving different looks. Whether fitted or loose, the blazer goes a long way in reflecting your personal style.

You should also consider trying on men’s blazers. The cut may better suit your body type. Just find the fit that works for you and your style.

4. Crew Neck Sweaters/Cardigans

Crew neck sweaters say cozy about your style. Nothing feels better than a soft comfy sweater. The best news is that you can wear it with jeans, dress pants or skirts.

Cardigan sweaters are so easy to wear with jeans or leggings. The boyfriend cardigan is an easy style that flatters most body types. This sweater can be comfy casual or jazzed up with slacks and heels. Having a few in basic colors will help expand your wardrobe.

5. Patterned Separates

Patterned pieces such as blouses in an animal print add flare to your foundation pieces. Adding a patterned piece with jeans and a blazer or cardigan will elevate your look instantly. Using animal prints as an accent will give you that chic look without being “too much”!

Final Thoughts

Remember that your style is just that – YOUR STYLE! Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel confident. Mix patterns, wear sneakers, and try on that men’s jacket. Don’t get stuck in a fashion box. If you feel great, everyone else will see you that way too!

Now get rid of all that stuff you haven’t worn in a decade and fill your closet with classic wardrobe essentials that will stand the test of time.

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