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Seven wardrobe essentials everyone should own – The Standard

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It’s 2020 and the fashion industry is shifting. People are becoming more comfortable with their own personal style. Whether you’re into minimalism, full on colour, African pieces or you’re keeping up with the trends, there’s a place for everyone.

Even so, there are a few items that are a must-have for any self-proclaimed fashionista. These wardrobe essentials are timeless meaning that they can withstand the coming and going of fashion trends.

Here is a list of some wardrobe basics everyone should to have.

i. A turtleneck

Turtlenecks will keep you nice and warm on a cold day. They have also become a key fashion item lately making it easier to take them from drab to fab. Pair your favourite turtleneck with a skirt or trousers and accessorise with some statement jewellery for a killer look. Start with the basic colours like black, white or nude and then add some more colours later.

You can never go wrong with a simple pair of black heels (Photo: Shutterstock)

ii. Ankle boots

These are a favourite among fashion lovers because they are comfortable and can turn any basic outfit into a stylish one. They look great with jeans, trousers, shorts, skirts, and dresses. Ankle boots can turn even the most basic of outfits into a style moment. You can pair them with some smart trousers to work or pair them with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual look. These multipurpose shoes are a must-have simply because of their versatility.

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iii. Active wear

Gone are the days when active wear was the preserve of sportspeople. More and more people are including working out in their daily routine. There are also team building activities organised by employers as well as sporting events in our children’s schools. All these call for a need for good, comfortable, not to mention presentable active wear. Since you don’t want to go into a panic mode when you get called upon to ditch your heels for sports shoes, it’s just generally good to have at least one sportswear outfit. A matching two piece is always the way to go.

You never know when you will be called upon to wear active wear (Photo: Shutterstock)

iv. A dinner dress

Similar to active wear, you never know when you will need to attend a dressier party. Thus, it’s good to have at least one, simple, timeless, preferably black, dinner gown in your closet. Invest in a short and long one that you can wear depending on the occasion. Some of the best choices are  silk dresses and embellished dresses which give an elegant vibe. Ensure to have shoes, a clutch bag and jewellery to match so that you look put together.

v. A simple pair heels

If you’re a lover of all things shoes, you know the thirst doesn’t really get quenched. Just when you’ve bought a pair you’ve been eyeing, you see another pair that you just can’t live without. But even as you indulge in your love of shoes, you must own a pair of simple black or nude heels. These can be your go-to pair when you need a more formal, polished look like if you have an important meeting with your boss or potential client. Pair these with your business suit or official dress for a girlboss look. You can never go wrong with a simple pair of black heels.

Silk dresses and embellished dresses give an elegant vibe (Photo: Shutterstock)

vi. A long coat

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Chic long coats are a wardrobe essential. Choose from other designs other than the trench coats because those can be a little outdated. These coats will keep you warm whether you’re pairing them with dresses or trousers.

vii. Rain boots

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These are a life saver on those cold and rainy days. Gum boots have come a long way and you no longer have to contend with the farmer-look rain boots that were available all those years ago. Gum boots can now be found in a variety of colours and styles keeping you looking chic even as you protect your feet from the cold and wet of the rain. Win!

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