Fashion Forward: Staple Pieces to Declutter Closets

If you have a full closet but nothing to wear, you could be missing important staple pieces that pull any outfit together.

Contrary to popular belief, there comes a point when too many clothes can be distracting. The key to any wardrobe is to have a few staple pieces that will guide an outfit to a completed, cohesive look.

A tailored blazer is an article every closet should contain. A blazer’s versatility makes it possible to dress an outfit up or make a dress more casual. The blazer being tailored is the most important element in pulling an outfit together. The sleeve length should also be considered when choosing the right look.

A flattering approach to the blazer is to pair it with dark-wash skinny or boot-cut jeans and a top with a plunging neckline. For a more conservative, day-time look, add long necklaces to cover the exposed neck and chest. Finally, wedge booties complete the look while keeping it casual.

Another essential element to any wardrobe is the perfect, figure-flattering pair of jeans. The perfect pair of jeans, more often than not, will cost more than the average Old Navy jeans. However, not to worry, because it is only important to have one pair, so feel free to splurge.

A few excellent brands to consider are: Paige Denim, J Brand, Rag & Bone, TEXTILE Elizabeth & James and GoldSign.

The most important elements when searching for jeans are the wash and fit. Keep in mind, even the most petite person can have a dreaded muffin top if jeans are too small.

Every woman should have little black dress on hand. This type of dress can be worn in almost any atmosphere. Generally, black has a dressed-up feel, but wearing a pair of distressed, camel-colored suede boots transforms the dress into a perfect Saturday afternoon outfit.

Don’t be hindered by the word “little” with this piece. This dress can be virtually any length, have any neckline or sleeve length that you prefer.

Accessories can be used to make any outfit unique or to add a personal touch. The accessory that never goes out of style, and can be worn in any season, is the pashmina.

Unlike a scarf, a pashminas are made of a linen or cashmere material and are usually wider than scarves. They can be used as a body wrap, shawl or neck wrap.

A pashmina can be worn with literally any style outfit, with the most common being the jeans and t-shirt combination.

Adding this accessory actually makes the look more feminine, in addition to breaking a common style.