Closet staples: Must-have fashion items for all

ŞEYMA NAZLI GÜRBÜZ @SeymNazli
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Closet staples: Must-have fashion items for all

We all have our favorite clothing items in our closets that we love to wear over and over, but what about the life saver basics? Let's find out what we initially need to build a proper closet

We all have our all-time favorite items in our closet that we cannot live without. For some, this can be a fancy item that is as small as a scarf. For others, this might even be an item as flashy as an evening gown. However, we label these items as favorites with the luxury of being able to choose among multiple items. What if, one day, something extraordinary happened and suddenly whole of our closet vanished? What if we had to re-build our closet from scratch? At that point, there is a high chance that for the most of us, the items that were once not among our favorites, overlooked for being too boring or standard, would turn into the basic necessities that we reach out to instead of the flashy, fancy, luxurious items. So, what are those basic pieces that we all need in our closets without even realizing how valuable they are?

The first staple item that everyone needs is the plain, basic – and probably highly boring – jeans. Although seen as an inferior item at one point in time, jeans are life savers for a modern person's closet today. It is wearable for almost all occasions with some even wearing it for weddings as it looks great with almost anything on top. You can transform your look with jeans into anything you want as long as you know how to combine it correctly with other items. Do you want to look casual chic? Wear sneakers under it and team it with a t-shirt on top. Do you want it to look elegant without paying too much attention? Wear it with a pair of stilettos and a blazer jacket on top. Besides, you can wear it all year around without worry. It does not get dirty too easily and if it is a high-quality jean, it can be washed hundreds of times and would survive for another hundred.

Jeans worn with a plain t-shirt is one of the most effortless outfit combinations that anyone can do without much thinking, which brings us to another staple item: A plain t-shirt, especially a black and/or white one. I know, many of us love color and colorful items in our everyday lives since they reflect our cheerful personality perfectly. However, it is a fact that they can be a little difficult to use with other pieces and require a little more thinking. Black and white t-shirts, on the other hand, are one of the few fashion items than can be used in hundreds of different ways. They can be styled up or down, depending on your preference while also being useful as cover-up items underneath some transparent pieces. They can be combined with pants and skirts of any kind, to any occasion, any time. Are you going to school? Wear it with jeans. Are you going to work? Wear it with trousers or a pencil skirt. Are you going to a super sweet birthday party? Wear a pleated, colorful skirt underneath it. Basically, if you have a plain white and/or black t-shirt, regardless of what you combine it with, you would most probably look good and presentable, effortlessly.

You have a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Now, you need an item that will jazz up your look and can be useful in case of chilly weather, which is a jacket. This is a bit of a tricky one since depending on your personal style, the type of jacket you would choose may differ. For instance, if you like the classy, modern look and prefer more of an elegant style, then you need a blazer. However, if you prefer a cooler style with some rock and roll vibes, then a leather jacket is what you need. You can even go for a baseball jacket if you think it suits your look and personality the best. The key is being clear about what you like and what matches your character. While buying not only a jacket but any kind of closet staple, ask yourself, would I wear this every single day and still be okay with it? If the answer is yes, then you have the right one. Go for it!

With the addition of a jacket, your life saver everyday staple items are complete. Yet, what about the special, usual but a little more important than any other day occasions? The item that will save you for an emergency I-need-to-look-better-than-any-other-day-occasion is a plain black dress. Coco Channel made a revolution in the fashion world with her invention of the little black dress, also known as LBD. When she introduced the black dress as a staple item for every woman, she was quite right. Now, it does not have to be a mini dress to be a staple. The length, cut or style of the dress depends on your personal preference. One thing is for sure though, having a black dress in your closet would have you ready for any fancy occasion as well as any other day you might want to look a bit more polished than usual. As with any of the other items on this list, it can be dressed up or down with accessories and easily transformed into your desired piece, which makes it more valuable than any other dress in your closet. Besides, as a bonus, it makes you look slimmer, if that is something you want.

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