5 Year-Round Women’s Wardrobe Essentials

Many people these days are scaling back their purchases and minimizing the clutter in their homes.

The benefits of a capsule or uniform wardrobe extend beyond just a reduction in decision fatigue. They include more time to do things other than cleaning and laundry, financial freedom, and a closet full of only items you love. While you may be focused on affordably revamping your wardrobe, you’ll also want to focus on pieces that can be worn year-round and work for various occasions. If you’re unsure where to start your journey to a more simplified, timeless wardrobe, keep reading for all the inspo you need!

Maxi Dresses 

Finding your holy grail version of a maxi dress is one of the greatest favors you can do yourself. Not only are maxi dresses an easy “one and done” look on hot summer days, but they can also be easily dressed up or down. Take your daytime look to evening with a swap of shoes and add some jewelry and a bold lip. Maxi dresses also work well in autumn and early winter by pairing them with a chunky cardigan, denim jacket, and boots. You can go with a printed maxi if it suits your style, but one in neutral or solid black is your most versatile option if you want to keep your closet lighter.

A-Line Everything 


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An A-line skirt is one of the most universally flattering cuts of skirts of any body type. Not only are they flattering on all figures, but they’re also never going out of style. Whether your style is tailored or more boho long skirts, investing in a couple of A-line skirts is worth it for your year-round wardrobe. Skirts, like long pants, are versatile and can seamlessly transition between seasons based on what you wear for your tops and footwear. 

The “It” Jacket 

Let’s face it, layers are a wardrobe essential whether you’re in spring, summer, or anywhere in between. Finding your “it” jacket that goes with your aesthetic and everything else in your closet should be a top priority when cultivating a timeless, year-round wardrobe. For some women, this is a high-quality black leather jacket; for others, it may be a well-worn vintage jean jacket. One thing’s for sure, though, no timeless wardrobe is complete without your favorite layering jacket hanging next to your door, so you look pulled together running out in a pinch.

In The Bag 

No outfit is complete without the right handbag. However, finding the right bag to fit your lifestyle is key when going for a more streamlined wardrobe. Most people only wear about 20% of what’s in their closet, and that percentage is even lower when it comes to how many handbags women own. Focusing on quality over quantity is the key to finding the bag to last your lifetime. While a designer bag may be out of your budget, you should still focus on finding a bag made of high-quality materials – bags deal with a lot of wear and tear. Neutral colors or solid bags are more versatile than bags with loud, all-over prints and will match more of your wardrobe, making them a wise investment. 

Versatile Basics 

From crispy white t-shirts to the perfect blue button-up, investing in versatile basics as the backbone of your wardrobe is a must. Not only can these tops be worn year-round, but they can also work with your A-line skirts just as well as with denim shorts or jeans. Don’t forget that you can switch up looks with jewelry additions and the right hairstyle, so focusing on versatile pieces that work with your existing wardrobe is key. 



Conclusion

A timeless, year-round wardrobe will always be a work in progress as weight fluctuates and trends change. While it’s okay to stick with trends and what’s in vogue, when you have a solid base for your wardrobe and all your items fit you well, you’re less likely to impulse buy items just because they’re in trend or on sale. Focus on purchasing the highest quality, most versatile pieces you feel confident in, and you’re well on your way to the perfect wardrobe. As you donate and pair down on your belongings, consider selling them online to save for a rainy day or donating to women in need in your community.

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