The Everygirl’s 25 Fashion Essentials

Much like furnishing a new home, building a solid wardrobe can be both intimidating and costly. Shopping for fun, trendy pieces versus saving and investing in classic items is a debate many of us struggle with. We constantly find ourselves with a growing pile of impulse purchases that we barely wear. Meanwhile, day after day, event after event, we expectantly return to the few quality items that always look classic and have been shown to stand the test of time.

So which are these items are worth saving for? We’ve curated a list of 25 items every woman should have. And because we know everyone is in a different financial position, we’ve included super budget-friendly items to get you by, as well as a more quality investment pieces that will likely last a bit longer. We also included the best of the best splurges for when you want to treat yo’self (even though we recommend putting that hard-earned bonus into a Roth IRA… compounding interest, people).

01. The Basics

  • French Striped Top
  • White Tee
  • Dressy Blouse
  • White Button Down Top
  • Sweater
  • Cardigan
  • Skinny Jeans
  • Black Pants
  • Relaxed Jeans
  • White Jeans
  • Day Dress
  • The Little Black Dress
  • Basic Black Skirt
  • Jacket

02. The Shoes

  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Flats
  • Neutral Colored Heels

03. The Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Understated Everyday Jewelry
  • Tote Bag
  • Everyday Handbag

01. The Basics

French Striped Top

Channel your inner Parisian with subtle stripes in any of your go-to silhouettes.

White Tee

Rock it with a blazer, statement jewelry or all on its own,
a plain white tee is the ultimate staple.

Dressy Blouse

Whether you’re going to the office or going out on the town–this one’s got you covered and classy.

White Button Down Top

A staple under a suit or paired with jeans, transition between seasons with just the cuff of a sleeve.

Sweater

Slouchy, fitted, or anywhere in between. You deserve to get cozy!

Cardigan

Throw it on over a dress or sweats. Comfy, practical, stylish – and it’s done.

Skinny Jeans

a dark wash can be dressed up or down and will go with everything. Be sure to find a pair that fits you to a T.

Black Pants

From a client meeting to happy hour and beyond, black pants go from casual to classic.

Relaxed Jeans

Distressed, boyfriend, or that perfectly-fitting pair from high school. Get comfy, girlfriend.

White Jeans

Now appropriate all year long, white denim brings the resort to the streets. Pair with your go-to heels and a tropical drink.

Day Dress

Let them legs free, girl! These days, dresses don’t have to mean dressy.

The Little Black Dress

Grab an LBD, you PYT! (Or grab them all, we won’t judge)

Basic Black Skirt

Wear this basic with anything, and you’ll end up looking anything but basic.

Jacket

Not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.

02. The Shoes

Sandals

For the Greek goddess in all of us, there’s a sandal for any of us.

Sneakers

Not just for the gym, these sneaks up the athleisure game.

Flats

Mules, ballet flats, or loafers. Your hardworking feet will thank you!

Neutral Colored Heels

The sophisticated #BossLady staple that can take you from work to events.

03. The Accessories

Sunglasses

Block out the sun (and the haters)–these styles flatter any and all face shapes.

Watch

Functional and fashionable–telling time will never go out of style.

Understated Everyday Jewelry

We can’t get enough of these signature pieces–so we wear them every. single. day.

Tote Bag

Hold as much as Mary Poppins–magic not required.

Everyday Handbag

The kind of purse you’ll carry for years to come.