Most women these days juggle multiple tasks and titles. If you go on YouTube, it’s not uncommon to find “womentrepreneurs” who are also homemakers, homeschoolers, and vloggers. It’s amazing and admirable how they stay on top of responsibilities and goals, and also look well put-together.
One of the most important secrets they share in looking like a total boss at all times is by knowing what’s genuinely essential because it allows them to prioritize effectively. Therefore, they can simplify most things and get them done more quickly.
The perfect example of advantageous simplification for less hectic days is by creating a wardrobe that is filled with the essentials. These are pieces that are good quality, flattering, versatile, and can serve as a solid base for any outfit that you need to wear. So, what are these pieces? Ten of them are rounded up below.
1. A good pair of jeans.
Jeans are utilitarian pieces that will serve you well and for a long time. Therefore, it’s important to invest in a really good pair. It has to provide your body with the most flattering fit, comfortable, and made of top-quality denim.
Don’t bother with what’s trendy – focus on a design that looks good on your body. Also, you may want to opt for ankle-length jeans (which may be challenging to find, so splurge on tailoring) because they look nice, whether you are short or tall.
2. Linen straight-cut drawstring pants
These pants are a lot similar to jeans because they are comfy and can be worn in so many different ways. But, perhaps the best thing about them is they are much more comfortable. The fabric is breathable, making it fantastic to wear when you’re on holiday. Plus, with the drawstring waist detail, you can easily adjust the fit for comfort.
When it comes to drawstring pants, opt for beige or khaki, and it’s best to go for a straight-leg with a high waistline. This cut is universally flattering.
3. Ankle boots
Ankle boots can be paired with dresses, formal trousers, shorts, jeans, and leggings. Plus, they are super comfortable to wear and walk around in. Additionally, the right choice of color can create the illusion of much longer legs.
When buying ankle boots, opt for high-quality leather whether they are a lace-up, zip-up, or slip-on pair. Leather is long-lasting, and it can withstand changes in the weather. Also, go for boots that hug your ankles, they will provide more stability to your posture, and they will be easier to tuck under your long pants.
4. Denim jacket
This layering piece will never go out of style. Denim jackets provide a nice texture and can improve the dimensions of any outfit. Moreover, it offers warmth on a cold day.
It does not matter what kind of cut you go for, really. If you opt for a cropped denim jacket, it will enhance your waistline. If you go for a denim jacket that falls right on your hips or lower, you can effortlessly create that oversized street-chic look that’s all the rage these days.
5. Crisp white blouse
A white blouse is another multitasker that can go from casual to professional to formal. You can pair it with literally everything and wear it frequently in different styles. Also, this piece transcends age. Thus, if you find a perfectly made one, you can wear it for years.
6. Oversized denim shirt
An oversized denim or chambray shirt is another all-arounder to have in your wardrobe. There are so many ways to style it, and the material is quite durable. Choose a light-colored one, so it’s easier to pair with the other pieces in your wardrobe.
When it comes to styling this shirt, there are abundant options. You can knot it around the waist for a more figure-flattering fit, you can roll up the sleeves for that cozy, slouchy silhouette, and you can wear it like a jacket or cardigan over a more form-fitting top or dress.
7. Midi electric-pleated skirt
This skirt is perhaps the most flattering on most women because it can hide a multitude of sins. Also, it does not matter if your short or tall because a midi skirt can look like a nice maxi skirt on someone petite. Meanwhile, the same length of skirt can beautifully fall just below the knees of a tall woman.
Another great quality of a midi electric-pleated skirt is it can go with any top – a basic tee, a blouse, a pullover, or a sexy strappy tank top. Plus, you can also wear it with any style of shoes. For a day of shopping, you can pair the skirt with espadrilles or white tennis shoes. For dinner out with your SO (significant other), you can wear it with your fancy high heels.
8. Plain T-shirts
You need at least three of these shirts (black, white, and khaki) in your wardrobe because they make a good foundation for any outfit. Like all the other pieces in this list, these go with everything else, especially if they have a relaxed fit and are made with 100 percent cotton.
Therefore, for those days when you do not want to think too much about what you need to wear, you can always start off with a clean and plain shirt and build up from it.
9. Black turtleneck
This piece is the epitome of simple sophistication. You just automatically look put together when you wear a black turtleneck with long or elbow-length sleeves. Another fantastic quality of this piece is it doesn’t show stains, which are high likelihoods when you’re a busy person.
It’s also perfect for layering. Wear it under a slinky dress or a cami for a bit of modesty, or pair it with a structured blazer or waistcoat.
10. Formless maxi dress
A long and flowy dress is a must-have for all women. This is the easiest thing to wear when you want to look like you made and effort to dress up but really didn’t. It’s an outfit for all seasons because it offers plenty of styling possibilities. You can cinch it in the waist, layer it, adjust its length and so much more.
Best of all, if you find your body changing due to pregnancy, this piece can remain wearable even until your last trimester.
There you go, 10 wardrobe essentials for busy women. If you have all these basic pieces, getting stylishly dressed every day can cease to take up too much time or cause stress.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.