Think of this Wardrobe Essentials Checklist as the foundation of your wardrobe, to be paired in stylish outfits with all the eye-catching pieces you love. Without a good base of essentials you will not reach your full fashion potential.
You might notice that these aren't all necessarily plain, basic clothes, that's because this list focuses on outfit building.
In our guide How to Build an Outfit, we often use these pieces to accomplish Step #3: Fill in the Blanks. If you haven’t read this yet, we encourage you to go back and start there!
Wear it all year round
Great to pair with statement pieces in bold colors or prints.
Easily pairs with your essential bottoms
Effortless work look
A well chosen print is going to make you feel put together and look chic
Great as a foundation for layering (denim jacket, moto, or blazer)
Start with white or black
Get a flattering cut (v-neck or surplice, loose and flowing)
Easily worn alone or layered
A material to invest in
Buy it in a neutral color
Comfortable and warm
LIttle Black Dress (LBD)
Extremely versatile and easy to wear
Dress it up or down for the occasion
Neutral, flattering color
Staple of business formal - zip it on and feel instantly put together
Great for work, job interviews, meetings, conferences, cocktail parties etc.
Choose a neutral color for your first
Classic Blue Jeans
A casual essential
Dresses down any top
Lightly distressed is a good choice
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
The most versatile jean
Compliments both casual and elevated outfits
Work wear essential
Transitions well from work to happy hour and beyond
The casual third piece
Buy a medium wash for a classic look
Make sure the shoulders fit but the body leaves enough room for layering
Classic Moto Jacket
The edgy third piece
Instantly cool and functional, great in Spring/Fall
Choose suede, leather or quality faux
The professional third piece
Instantly feel polished, great work wear
Choose black, navy, white or rose
We get it, you might have been looking for a comprehensive list of absolutely everything you should have in your closet right now. That's the wrong way to think about your wardrobe! Your wardrobe should be a reflection of your own personal style, which may or may not fit into the same tidy box as everybody else's.
We aim to make things easier for our clients by keeping an edited collection of the latest trends, and high quality basics. If you need any help, reach out to us on Instagram @mission_edit or leave a comment below!