Key List of (Actual) Items You Need in Your Closet

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Key List of (Actual) Items You Need in Your Closet

By Derika Crowley

No one can blame you for getting caught up in feeling like you need to have a lot of “stuff” as a woman/millennial/millennial woman (had to cover all the bases) – especially when it comes to your clothing. Society and social media will tell you that it is essential to have the proper clothing and accessories to go out on the town, go to work, go on vacation, and to the gym, etc. The crazy thing about it is, we don’t truly need all this “stuff.” We can make what we have work for every situation, if we truly wanted to and had the proper tools.

Since the start of the year, I’ve been striving to downsize the stuff in my life by clearing out my closet and drawers (in addition to watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix). In my journey to discover “self-joy” – a phrase coined by Ms. Kondo, herself – I’ve been curious about the main staples, from shoes to undies, that are needed for a capsule wardrobe.

After intense browsing, we’ve narrowed the essentials down to a list of 50 items that every woman should own within her wardrobe to be fabulous from head-to-toe.

Take a look and follow our foolproof guide. No matter the occasion, you'll always be set! Keep scrolling to see our Twenty Somethin & Black absolute wardrobe must haves.

  1. “Dad Hat”:  Sometimes you just need to throw something on to run a few errands. A dad hat will make any look stylish. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NRCofF

  2. Sunglasses the Go with Everything: Outside of the obvious reason of preventing eye damage, similar to a dad hat, sunglasses will pull most looks together while giving a surprising edge. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UuPm5s

  3. Diamond Studs: Diamond studs are needed for every occasion. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2XRLxcP

  4. A Classic Timepiece: A timepiece can last forever and turn any look into a classic. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NXv9mw

  5. Signature Scent: Fragrance is such an important part of your image. Similar to having a signature style, your signature scent becomes your trademark. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2VOj7yn

  6. Leather Belt: I know, I know…belts can be a pain, but belts can also boost any average look to make it look more cohesive and put together. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NVEDyn

  7. Simple Necklace: Own a simple necklace that you can wear every day. If you don’t have one already, shop some black owned brands like the ones we shared in the our post “Black Owned Minimalistic Jewelry Brands You Should Know”.

  8. A Delicate Ring: Something pretty that makes you smile every time you look at it. A ring can elevate your look with a touch of class. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UvHxMK

  9. Matching Socks: You’re an adult now sweetie. You need at least one pair of socks that match. There are many different types of sock designs and patterns that you can use to express yourself. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NSAs6A

  10. Tights: Tights are an essential layering piece. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2SRM6iZ

  11. Underwear - Boy shorts: Boy shorts are a feminine version of men’s boxers. Wear these with skirts, trousers, or just about anything that can be replaced as an everyday essential if you are comfortable. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NRE60z

  12. Underwear – Thongs: Panty-lines aren’t cute, so need one or two thongs in your drawer. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2VRm4yd

  13. Underwear – Seamless Undies: If you are absolutely against thongs, Seamless panties are an alternative. They do not have a thick border and come in really soft fabrics like satin, silk, jersey or blends. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NVAYkb

  14. Underwear – Black Bra: A good bra can be tough to come by, so when you find one…hold on to it. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NV5v1r

  15. A Classic Lip: For the days when you want to spruce up a bit. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2VRnk4p

  16. White Tee: Classic any and every time. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NYc1Vq

  17. White Blouse: Basically, a white tee, but perfect for the office and weekend brunch. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UsNSbW

  18. Black Blazer: Every woman should have at least one flattering blazer. If you can’t find one right off the bat, get one that’s almost perfect and have it tailored. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2VO02MD

  19. Leather Jacket: Once you find a perfect leather jacket, you’ll use any occasion to wear it. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2u1HBrY

  20. Cardigan: For those days when you want to be comfy and cozy, yet cute. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2u27sjM

  21. Crew Neck Sweater: Perfect to pair with jeans and everything else. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2F0Lvb0

  22. Denim Jacket: Between a denim and leather jacket, you’ll be good on days when it’s not too hot, but not too cold. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2EZEneP

  23. Puffer Coat/Parka: For when it’s actually cold outside. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2u0gxt6

  24. Chunky Infinite Scarf: Again, for the when it’s actually cold and you need to be cute and warm. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2Tucog8

  25. Carry-all Tote: This bag should be large enough to carry your essentials and sturdy enough for everyday wear and tear. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2HqfeLX

  26. Turtleneck Sweater: Turtlenecks are surprisingly versatile and for that they make the list. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UuxOGs

  27. Clutch: A clutch is small, yet mighty. This absolute must-have allows you to keep everything you need in one place without taking up too much room. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2CdIaDs

  28. Crossbody Bag: A purse that can take you from work to play, from day to night and errands to unexpected getaways. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2tYkhLN

  29. Leather Wallet: Upgrade yourself to a sleek new wallet that doubles as a casual clutch. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2EZTZ2f

  30. Weekender Bag: Stop using your gym bag for weekend getaways or overnight trips. Invest in a nice weekender bag that’s roomie enough for all your things. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2ChqZ45

  31. Gym Bag: Now, this is for when you ACTUALLY need a gym bag. Make sure you have one big enough to keep all your essentials to get ready. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2Uuy9sI

  32. Backpack: For when you want to get some work done on the weekend or just as a “personal item” on the plane. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2ERWUbH

  33. Heeled Black Ankle Boots:  Something that you love to easily transition from day to night. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2Cc9KRO

  34. Strappy Heels: They go with denim and well…everything. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2F0RLPO

  35. Classic Pumps: For work or play. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2TvSYb1

  36. Loafers: An upgrade from the average ballet flat that looks a bit more chic. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NUwAlw

  37. White Sneakers: Classic white kicks are a casual basic that will go with everything in your closet. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2Cc36Lc

  38. Workout Sneakers:  Preferably ones that make you feel like you can crush your workout. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NSVDFE

  39. Flip Flops or Slides: For when you need to make a quick run. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2VOXrlz

  40. Peacoat Jacket or Trench: A trench or peacoat are structured yet comfortable pieces. They make classic statements in neutral colors. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2u2GYyg

  41. Matching Pajama Set: Sometimes your basketball shorts and oversized tee won’t cut it. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2EOk0Ag

  42. Midi Skirt: Also known as the “grown woman’s skirt”. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2ChrLOx

  43. Mini Skirt: There’s a time and a place for everything, so there will be moments for the midi and then there will be moments for a mini. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UtYJ5x

  44. “Anytime” Jeans: This is the pair of jeans that make your butt look good and make you feel better instantly. Whether they are flared, cropped, skinny, or bootcut, every woman needs a pair of solid jeans. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2Hq31XM

  45. Jean Shorts: Think of these like your “anytime” jeans, but in a short version. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2tZDb4V

  46. Black Cigarette Pants: It's a chic alternative to jeans when you need to look a little more dressed up. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NUeznx

  47. Black Jeans: If your job allows for black jeans, these are great for days when you just don’t feel like wearing business casual. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2NV3YIT

  48. Silk Blouse: You can look put together without trying too hard in a silk blouse. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2F2JLOr

  49. A Suit: For the times when you mean business and need to look like it. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UvCXye

  50. LBD: Last, but not least…the little black dress! Now this is a no brainer. Select one that makes you feel amazing and sexy. BUY HERE: https://amzn.to/2UpNhI4

A good mix of these items in your closet will have you ready to SLAY! With these items, you will be able to mix and match to create your own unique looks. Have fun with these items to give your style some added flare!