Your New Year’s Guide: Clothing Essentials

Happy New Year! I love to start with a clean slate each January. I enjoy entertaining new ideas about my wardrobe and thinking through what I’d like to shape up or ship out from the previous year.

Are you struggling with what’s in your closet? Do you wonder why it takes so much time to pull together an outfit every morning?

Here are some guidelines for your wardrobe essentials that will greatly simplify your morning routine. With these essentials in your closet, mixing and matching is not only easier, it’s definitely faster. It’s also so much more fun! You may need to vary this list to suit your lifestyle, but you can depend on the basics to help you get dressed with confidence each day.


  • Little black (or navy) dress
  • Simple day dress
  • Summer lightweight dress
  • Long or three-quarter sleeve wool or knit dress


  • Dark and light denim pants
  • Black, brown, navy, tan or khaki, grey pants
  • Black, navy, grey and or brown skirt
  • Cotton skirt


  • Faux or leather jacket
  • Classic or boyfriend black or navy blazer
  • Trench/raincoat in camel, stone, navy or black
  • Denim jacket (my personal favorite)
  • Lightweight jacket


  • Leather handbag
  • Opaque black and brown tights
  • Small clutch or wristlet purse
  • Pashmina scarf
  • Silk or cotton print scarf
  • Black or brown and dark metallic narrow belt
  • Wide belt in black or brown
  • Casual, beret or fedora hat
  • Hair clips, barrettes or headbands
  • Umbrella
  • Bathing suit


  • V-neck, crew or boatneck sweaters
  • Cashmere, cotton or wool blend cardigans (long or short)
  • Simple black, white or cream t-shirts
  • Silk or polyester blouse for dress
  • Fitted white or cream cotton blouse
  • Denim or chambray blouse (chambray is seasonally more versatile)
  • Cotton or dressy tanks in basic colors
  • Black, white or cream camisoles

Shorts or capris in denim, stone or khaki


  • Black pump
  • Black ballet flat
  • Tall boot with choice of heel in black or brown
  • Tan sandal
  • Ankle boot
  • Fashion sneaker for casual wear

Other Adornements

  • Gold or silver hoops, studs or balls
  • Pearl studs or seed pearl drop earrings
  • Ring with personal significance
  • Watch
  • Bangles or a cuff
  • Statement necklaces in solid or neutral colors


  • Contour, convertible and t-shirt bra in a neutral color; black as needed
  • Seamless, pretty underwear
  • Robe
  • Perfume scent

Do you have questions related to your lifestyle wardrobe? I welcome them all. Just email me at – I am happy to respond!

From my closet to yours,


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