How to Build the Perfect Wardrobe with Seven Fashion Staples

These pieces can be tweaked to match your personal style, but there's one thing they should all have in common: A perfect fit.


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You Will Need

  • A little black dress
  • Plain dark jeans
  • A crisp, white button-down shirt
  • Black dress pants
  • White T-shirts
  • A black skirt
  • A trench coat
  • Professional laundering (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Invest in a little black dress

    Invest in what fashionistas call the LBD, or Little Black Dress: A simple, elegant sheath.

  2. Try a sheath dress in navy, brown, charcoal, or red, too. Just make sure it's a solid color.

  3. Step 2

    Find the perfect jeans

    Have a go-to pair of jeans that fit well and can be dressed up or down. That means no rips, studs, or fading – just a dark pair of plain jeans.

  4. Step 3

    Get a crisp white shirt

    Own at least one crisp, white, button-down shirt. Look for fitted ones that won't bunch around your hips when you tuck them in – but won't tug at the buttons, either.

  5. Unless you can afford professional laundering, avoid 100 percent cotton in favor of a no-iron fabric.

  6. Step 4

    Have black dress pants

    Buy at least one pair of black, all-season pants in a basic cut that works just as well with a sweater or jacket as it does with a shirt or blouse.

  7. Step 5

    Stock up on white tees

    Stock up on white T-shirts – crew neck and V-neck, long-sleeved and short-sleeved.

  8. Step 6

    Get a good skirt

    Get a good black skirt. A knee-length, A-line skirt is universally flattering. But if you have the figure for a pencil skirt, go for it.

  9. Step 7

    Buy an all-weather trench coat

    Buy a classic, all-weather trench coat. Don't skimp on it; a well-made one will last you a decade or more.

  10. Sixty-six percent of women own at least one "little black dress."