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10 Essentials Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet

The Budget Fashionista | DivineCaroline

November 21, 2008

How many times have you looked into your closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear.”

If you hear yourself uttering this statement more often than not, you have a dysfunctional closet. It is probably missing several key pieces that allow you to easily transition from one outfit to the next. It’s time to stop the insanity and get a functional closet.

The perfect ten — ten classic pieces that should be in every woman’s wardrobe — is the best remedy to a dysfunctional closet. It’s truly amazing the number of outfits that can be made when these ten items rest in your wardrobe: at least thirty-two different combinations.

Along with your signature item, the majority of your shopping dollars should be spent on classic, well made versions of these items that fit your personal style.

Here are the 10 things you need for a functional closet:

First Essential Item: Black Suit →


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    over 2 years ago


    I need a good trench coat/jacket.

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    over 3 years ago


    Great!This article is creative,there are a lot of new idea,it gives me inspiration.I think I will also inspired by you and think about more new ideas.

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    Wow, I need to do some shopping too!

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    almost 4 years ago


    All I've got all the great fitting jeans and the sneakers. I need to go shopping!

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    about 4 years ago


    Very helpful article. I am substituting tanks for t-shirts. Tanks are more my style and can be worn with the suit, just so long as you do not take your jacket off and by wearing a tank I stay cool enough with a jacket over the tank.

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    about 4 years ago


    Awesome! I have all of them except for khakis....I can't believe I don't own any khakis...? (Note to self: khakis.)

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    over 4 years ago


    Great advice for me as I try to revamp my closet from college student throwing shirts with jeans to a more sophisticated "grown up" look. Thanks

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    over 4 years ago


    The items are classics, true, but not every woman can or should wear black and white. For example, when I had my colors done I found out that white washes me out but off white (winter white) looks lovely with my skin tone/coloring. The same for black, I use navy instead.

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    THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL WOMEN! Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft or Old Navy (depending on your budget) have great basic white blouses as well...

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    over 4 years ago


    I thought this article was very helpful.
    I just had to get rid of my last black suit, and am looking for a new one, but it is so hard to find one that is priced right and fits well.

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