Last week my Instagram friends Lindsay and Tarilyn hosted a great style challenge called #the5musthaves. Each day of the week we were tasked to post an item we thought should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe. It was definitely hard to narrow it down to just 5 items, and it was fun to see what similarities and differences we all had in our idea of ‘must haves.’
Since I had a hard time getting each of mine up during the week, I decided to dedicate a whole blog post to the idea. Here are my recommendations for 5 Must Haves for every girl’s closet.
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1. A Neutral Bag
I’m a purse girl.
I don’t just carry my wallet and phone in my pocket; I need something to carry somewhere around 3 pens, 5 lipsticks, 1-2 pairs of sunglasses, a granola bar, and my wallet and phone. And I want it to be roomy enough that if I narrow that all down to bare bones, I can still fit a DSLR camera in it for travelling. That’s a lot of requirements, but once you have exactly what you’re looking for in a neutral color, it never leaves your side. I would say I carry this Michael Kors bag with me 5/7 days a week, and it still looks great after over a year of almost daily use.
Having a neutral bag means I never have to worry about my outfit clashing with my purse or having last minute hand bag swaps before leaving the house.
2. A Colored Coat
I know I just talked about how neutrals are necessary for handbags, but when it comes to coats I think it’s a different story. When you’re out and about in the winter or fall, having a colored or patterned coat is all the statement you need for a fun look.
Seriously, when it’s cold out you’re going to have your coat buttoned up and no one is going to see what’s underneath anyway. So why not make the outerwear the most interesting part of your outfit? It’s especially fun to pair a bold coat with a bold lip color, like bright pink with my red coat here, or maybe a tangerine shade with a cobalt coat would be a great combination.
3. Made-for-you Jeans
Weekend dressing is always a pain if you don’t have the right jeans. But once you find them, it’s totally a game changer! I was super disappointed when my old favorites from Gap stopped being made (why did they stop with the perfect legging jean!?), but I recently fell in love with Old Navy sculpt jeans.
Old Navy is always a bargain spot for me, so initially I was skeptical about getting one of their pricier pairs of jeans, but let me tell you…when they say ‘sculpt’ they mean ‘SCULPT!’ They shape my legs perfectly and have just the right amount of stretch while still having decent weight to them.
Another key thing for me is that they fit my larger thighs but still fit tightly around the ankle for rolling up the hem with booties or tucking them into tall boots without wrinkles. And because I’m a bargain shopper I complain about the price, but honestly they’re less than half the price of designer denim for sure. I have this pair in the Kirrie wash and this grey pair.
4. Fitted Button Up Shirt
Before getting an office job I wasn’t much of a collared shirt person. They were usually a little too preppy for me. But now that I have a business casual dress code for work I’ve realized how critical they are.
Obviously they’re professional for Monday through Friday, but they also give casual outfits such polish. A white button down with jeans and leopard print flats is so classic, and tucking them into midi skirts is one of my favorite ways to wear them.
I own three of these button downs from H&M and they have served me well considering the low price point. They have a feminine cut with the smaller collar and fewer buttons that works really well with my shape. They usually have more colorways in store so I always browse through them when making my monthly H&M stops.
5. Pointed Toe Flats
As much as I love heels, they’re not always the right choice. A girl needs to have reliable flats in her wardrobe, and my favorite style is a simple pointed toe. As plain as this style is you would think it would be easier to find!
I tried these basic and super cheap ones on Amazon and ended up ordering three colors I liked them so much. They’re pointy without being too pointy, and I have just a little bit of toe cleavage, but not too much. They’re pretty thin and flexible (which makes them so comfortable), but I don’t think these will last forever.
I’m definitely willing to invest in a more expensive pair once I find the perfect ones, but until then I like having these on hand for work whenever I need a break from heels. The leopard print ones are my faves 🙂
So there are my 5 picks! A neutral bag, colored coat, perfect jeans, a fitted button up, and pointed toe flats. If you put them all together, they actually make a great outfit. A very French woman look, right?
Check out everyone’s picks by searching the tag #the5musthaves on Instagram!
What do you think are the 5 Must Haves for a woman’s closet?