The Top Five Pieces for a Versatile Closet

Make it easy to switch things up!
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Make it easy to switch things up!
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Do you know what takes a wardrobe from “OK” to “amazing”? It’s the versatility of the pieces in your closet. What makes an exciting, fully functional wardrobe is a mix of basics, versatile accessories, and just a few (key word: few) fun statement items to spice it up.

Not only can versatility help you shop smarter, but it can kick-start your ability to put together a killer look at the drop of a hat. Below are my five favorite items to help you spark your imagination and start simplifying your closet.

01. FLATTERING T-SHIRT & JEANS//

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

A flattering T-shirt and a pair of jeans that fits you well and that you love (OK, this is two items . . . but they go together!) are essential. It’s safe to say that the majority of us women own a T-shirt and a pair of jeans, but are we using them to their full potential? I like to think of this classic pairing as a blank canvas that can be accessorized and transformed for any occasion. It’s truly impossible to run out of options. Whether you pair the look with a blazer and heels, a sweater and booties, or a scarf and flats, these are pieces that can work with anything.

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

02. THE BLACK DRESS//

Photo Credit: Camille Stallings

Photo Credit: Camille Stallings

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Little Black Dress is the queen of the versatile wardrobe. There’s a reason we love the LBD: It works for any event. Date night? Check. Wedding? Check. Birthday party? Check. Just want to feel fancy at home? Check.

Photo Credit: Camille Stallings

Photo Credit: Camille Stallings

03. A ROMPER//

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

A romper in a solid color is a one-stop shop. This trendy item has a magical way of adding an instant “cool factor” to your style. Similar to an LBD, you can change it up with accessories to make it work for various occasions. If you’d like to dress it up, rock the romper with a fabulous pair of heels; if you want to go casual, wear the romper to lunch with sandals and gold jewelry . . . endless possibilities!

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp

04. A RANGE OF ACCESSORIES//

An outfit without accessories is like Pinkberry without raspberries, strawberries, and Cap’n Crunch. (Wait . . . that’s not everyone’s order?) Froyo daydreams aside, my point is that if you don’t have a great range of accessories you love, it will be more difficult to make your versatile pieces . . . well, versatile.  If you’re not sure where to start, stick with several gold accessories that you can layer. An added plus with gold: You don’t have to work hard to match other accessories, and the color is easy to find in affordable places.

05. A STRIPED TOP//

The striped shirt is oh-so-classic. It can go preppy, urban, dressy, or casual. And, a striped top can be worn with a skirt, jeans, or even printed bottoms. No matter what, if your wardrobe contains a favorite striped shirt that fits perfectly, it will. get. worn.