Must Have Wardrobe: An 80 Piece Closet

When I was younger I honestly had way too many clothes. It was impossible to keep up with putting it away, so my room was a disaster. It was difficult to choose what to wear because of the overwhelming quantity. When I graduated high school I decided enough was enough. I sat down over the course of almost a year and added to a list of must haves as seasons changed. So I have a list for myself of a must have wardrobe. This is that list currently:

Outerwear: (9)

  • 1 Winter Coat. I prefer a military style parka with faux fur trim. It goes with the majority of outfits and is not the common colour choice of black while still remaining neutral.
  • 1 Rain Coat. I gravitate towards the traditional yellow due to the youthful vibe, of a chic transparent option.
  • 1 Lightweight Fall Jacket. Noticing a pattern, I again went for a military jacket style.
  • 4 Fashion Jackets:
    • 1 Biker Jacket. A faux leather biker jacket adds some much-needed edge to my feminine appearance and is incredibly versatile.
    • 1 Denim Jacket. I prefer a slightly oversized and slightly distressed look in a medium wash because I usually wear dark wash jeans.
    • 1 Bomber Jacket. I didn’t realise how amazing bomber jackets were until they became a trend. The satiny finish in a lightweight fabric is easily fashionable and comfortable stylish.
    • 1 Personality Jacket. Everyone needs a unique jacket catered to their personal style. I went for a grey suede biker jacket because the cut is edgy yet the fabric remains feminine.1
  • Trench Coat. An absolute fall staple. Also, can add a classy and mysterious look to an everyday outfit, and a romantic look when paired with a dress.
  • 1 Windbreaker. Practical pieces can still be a cohesive part of your wardrobe. I choose a burgundy colour to add some variety to my colour scheme.

 

Layers: (17)

  • 1 Black Blazer. I don’t like buttons on blazers because I weigh more towards a casual look. I wear it with jeans and a tee all the time.
  • 1 Personality Blazer. This can be any colour or pattern. I choose a very feminine cream coloured blazer with 3/4 sleeves and again no buttons.
  • 2 Cardigans:
    • 1 Neutral Cardigan. I opted for a white oversized cardigan. It is a light knit so it is still comfortable in the summer.
    • 1 Personality Cardigan. A chunky blue knit cardigan it perfect for layering in the fall and winter.
  • 4 Pullovers:
    • 1 Striped Crewneck. A classic item in every wardrobe.
    • 1 Chunky Knit. I went for an oversized beige pullover to add warmer tones to my wardrobe.
    • 1 Neutral Crewneck. I went with grey because it is my favourite neutral.
    • 1 Personality Pullover. I choose a crewneck from my university to show off personality.
  • 3 Sweaters:
    • 1 Flowy Sweater. A light flowy sweater is perfect for summer mornings when it isn’t quite hot out, or to pair with a dress.
    • 1 Neural Sweater. I chose a heathered colour to add pattern to a basic piece.
    • 1 Long Sweater. Some days you just want your butt covered, whether you are wearing showy pants, or are afraid of leaking, it is a much-appreciated addition.
  • 6 Camis:
    • 1 Black Cami. Straight forward.
    • 1 White Cami. Easy for layering.
    • 4 Miscellaneous Neutral Camis. I choose grey, dusty rose, maroon and navy.

 

Tops: (26)

  • 4 Button-Ups:
    • 1 White Button-Up. Very professional looking. I have it for presentations.
    • 1 Patterned Button-Up. I spill food constantly so a dark colour was best. Navy with small white polka dots is a youthful pattern without being too childish.
    • 1 Neutral Button-Up. I chose a military style. Again.
    • 1 Denim Button-Up. I prefer a light wash since I tend to wear dark wash jeans.
  • 16 Sleeveless or Short-Sleeve:
    • 1 White Tee. Goes with absolutely everything.
    • 1 Black Tee. Again a great basic.
    • 1 Striped Tee. I like the less harsh grey and white combination.
    • 4 Neutral Tees. I like to add a variety of colour with neutral tees.
    • 4 Personality Tees. I like a lot of options with tops because it is a great way to add a hint of you to your wardrobe.
    • 4 Band Tees. These are a staple in my closet. I love them. If you don’t like them go for graphic tees instead.
    • 1 Graphic Tee. I say go for something silly that makes you laugh or smile. I like the NASA graphic tee.
  • 3 Long-Sleeve:
    • 1 Long Length Top. Again helpful for the booty-conscious days.
    • 2 Neutral Tops. Useful for layering in the colder months.
  • 3 Evening Tops:
    • 1 White Top. Versatile and classic.
    • 1 Metallic Top. Perfect for the holiday season.
    • 1 Neutral Top. Pairs with anything and can be worn on casual days for a more professional appearancee.

Bottoms: (18)

  • 6 Pairs of Jeans:
    • 1 Very Dark Wash. In business casual workplaces very dark wash jeans are my go-to.
    • 1 Black Wash. A must. Especially when paired with white tops.
    • 1 Distressed Jean. The ultimate casual pant.
    • 3 Neutral Jeans. I play with different washes or rises.
  • 1 Casual Pant. Any colour, cut, or pattern, add some personality. I like military style pants.
  • 3 Dress Bottoms:
    • 1 Black Chinos. I wear these as dress pants.
    • 1 Navy Chinos. Can easily be dressed up for work.
    • 1 Khaki Chinos. Can be casual or business.
  • 4 Skirts.
    • 1 Basic Black Skirt. Can be dressed up for formal occasions.
    • 1 Detailed Black Skirt. A casual and flirty basic.
    • 1 Plaid Skirt. Perfect for fall.
    • 1 Neutral Skirt. Could be khaki, denim, leather.
  • 4 Shorts.
    • 2 Jean Shorts. One medium and one dark wash.
    • 1 Black Pair. Adds options without fear of getting dirty or stained.
    • 1 Khaki Pair. A work-appropriate colour but can be dressed down.

Dresses: (10)

    • 3 Long-Sleeve:
      • 1 Lace Dress. A classic piece.
      • 1 Black Dress. A casual choice is a peter pan collar.
      • 1 Personality Dress. I like to colour here.
    • 5 Short-Sleeve or Sleeveless:
      • 1 Floral Dress. A summer staple.
      • 1 T-Shirt Dress. So casual and so cute.
      • 1 Demin Dress. Surprisingly adorable. And I have a thing for denim.
      • 2 Personality Dresses. Add colour, pattern, and style.
    • 2 Party Dresses:
      • 1 Little Black Dress. So obvious.
      • 1 Sequin Dress. Perfect for holiday parties.

See my other wardrobe post Shoes for footwear.