Five Quintessential Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Needs

Personal style is a choice, it’s a statement, and it shows the world how you view yourself. Whether you’re a minimalist with your uniform wardrobe or you like to stay up on trends and sport the latest fashions everywhere you go, there are staples that every woman needs in her wardrobe. When you curate the basic staples, they become part of your signature look; no matter how unique, all women look great in certain things. Let us look at some items every woman looks phenomenal in and see if you need to add a few things to your sartorial arsenal.

Oversized Sunglasses 

As women, we usually have a lot of balls in the air that we’re juggling. Even if we don’t have children, we tend to take on a lot of responsibilities at once. Many of us are working mothers and balance professional and personal lives beautifully. Still, there are days where you’re running out the door to school drop-off or running late to work, and you need to look pulled together in a pinch. A swipe of mascara and oversized sunglasses can do the trick in these instances. Take things a step further and invest in some polaroid sunglasses to protect your eyes and lose the glare. You’ll look chic, and no one will know that you were in a hurry. 

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Luxury Handbag

Some people don’t care too much about designer labels, and that’s fine. You don’t have to get the latest Gucci or Louis Vuitton bag with its logo emblazoned all over it, but investing in a luxury handbag is something every woman should do. If you think about the amount of money you’ve spent on the countless bags in your closet, you likely have already paid the amount of a high-end bag. Investing in one luxury purse in which you look and feel great is a bright idea because you’ll use it every day. And, if you take care of it, just like the signature jewelry, it can become an heirloom piece for one of your children or another loved one. 

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Fine Jewelry 


We all have our individual tastes and looks, but having a signature piece of jewelry that you wear every day makes you look polished and that people remember about you. Whether it’s a pair of screw back earrings that you never have to take off or a dainty gold chain, adding a signature piece to your repertoire is critical. The great thing about these signature pieces is that people come to know you for them, making them heirloom pieces in the end. Investing in fine jewelry is always one that will pay off. So, go for a classic pair of diamond earrings, gold huggie hoops, or whatever you feel good in, and never take them off!

Your Signature Scent

You may not include cosmetics in your wardrobe, but your perfume is like the cherry on top of the rest of your look. You don’t want to be so drenched in your signature scent that people smell you as soon as you walk into a room, but it should be a comforting reminder of you as they hug you. Not everyone wants to use the chemicals in traditional fragrances, and that’s ok. You can use essential oil-based perfume roll-ons or even make your blend and put it in your lotion. Grooming is a huge part of looking and feeling your best, so adding a signature scent to your grooming routine is a classic and feminine touch.

Your LBD 

We’ve all heard of the “little black dress” and the phenomenon surrounding it. While your go-to dress doesn’t have to be black, per se, every woman needs a dress in her closet she can grab at the last minute that can be worn to a variety of occasions. Funeral? Wedding? Date? Part of every woman’s wardrobe needs to be a dress that fits her well and is appropriate for any occasion. 

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Curating the perfect wardrobe takes time and sometimes a little money as an upfront investment. But, if you make suitable investments, these pieces will last you a lifetime, and you’ll never have to replace them. If you’re just getting started on your journey to your signature style, let this list be your guide to the staples you should begin with. Happy shopping!

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