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The 15 Wardrobe Basics Every Woman Needs

LittleBlackDress_Date_300Tired of your clothes? From a classic trench coat to a statement necklace, getting dressed for work or play is made easy with these essentials, says Barbara Reich, author of Secrets of an Organized Mom.

Shari Schmeltzer has been a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman for the past fourteen years. Not only is she enviably stylish herself, and endlessly patient in teaching others, she’s also admirably practical. She knows that no matter how expensive or stylish an item is, if it’s not wearable and versatile, then there’s no point in having it. Shari is a big fan of having fewer items in your closet and having them all work for you in a variety of ways. Here is her list of what every woman should ideally have. Your individual life and work might require some alterations (and you might prefer red pumps to leopard-print), but consider this list an excellent starting point:

• Two pairs of jeans, one skinny or straight, and one flared or boot-cut
• Basic black cardigan
• Black dress that’s super-flattering and can be dressed up or down
• Black dress pants
• Crisp white button-down
• Layering T‑shirts in basic colors
• Silk patterned or colored blouse
• Black patent heel
• Leopard-print heel
• Comfortable ballet flat
• Fitted leather jacket (can be worn over a dress, with dress pants, or with jeans)
• Classic trench coat
• Handbag for day
• Evening clutch
• Statement necklace

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