Closet Must-Haves

There are two kinds of people in the world.  There are the kind of people (Women) that have a million pairs of shoes, so many pairs of shoes in fact that they need to expand into another closet.  And then there are the kinds of people (Women) who have one pair of shoes and they can’t seem to find anything else that they like/ works for them.

I’m the second kind.  However, I somehow found myself with so many race shirts over the years that I couldn’t figure out what to wear if I actually needed to look like a grown woman and not someone who just came off of a road race.

It can be challenging to clean out our closets and realize that we really don’t have all that much that can actually be worn.  If you are having problems, please check out my post on how to clean out your closet effectively.

This post, however, is about something else.  Because once we rip something down, we do need to build it back up again.

So how do you clean out your closet, not let it get overrun by graphic t-shirts again but still have the clothing that you need to be put together and be taken seriously?  First and foremost I need to preface this with some rules.

Rule One:  Do Not Shop For Trends. 

People can say what they want about being trendy or down with it but when it comes down to it, we all don’t look good or feel good in the same clothing.  I do not feel right in a crop top and my friend who is 5 foot 9 inches does not feel good in high heels.  Shop for your style and what you feel good in.  Not for the latest trend that some 21 year old is wearing because no matter what the stops sign read, we are NOT nor should we act like we are 21 Forever (Reverse those two words and you’ll know what store I mean).  Things come and go but the classics stay that way and will always look classy.

Rule Two: Pick a Palette

I love love love color pallets.  Not just because they are pretty and fun but because they take the guesswork out of putting outfits together.  You can have a pallet for every season or one palette overall.  It’s really up to you. I personally prefer black and greys and then I can add pops of color with accessories

Closet Must-Haves


  • Classic Jeans
  • Black Ankle Pants
  • Slacks
  • A-line Skirt
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Shorts


  • LBD (Little Black Dress)
  • Fun Dress
  • Casual Cotton Mini Dress


  • Silk Blouse
  • White Button up
  • Solid Color teeshirts (Pallet colors)
  • Solid Tank Tops (Pallet Colors)
  • Long Sleeved Teeshirt
  • Cardigan
  • V Neck Sweater Shirt


  • Boyfriend Blazer
  • Denim Jacket
  • Leather Jacket
  • Dress Jacket (Peacoat or Trench)


  • Flats
  • Sneakers
  • Boots
  • Ankle Boots
  • Slide ons


  • Leather (Faux Leather)Tote
  • Clutch
  • Sun Glasses
  • Silk Scarf
  • Everyday Ring
  • Umbrella

When finding these items consider the same things that we considered when sorting out our closet: Are they good quality? What can I wear them with? If I left this here now would I still want it tomorrow?

The goal is to get rid of things, not to fill your closet back up with more things that you might not wear.

By sticking to this guide and your colors that you picked, not only are you making it easier to dress in the morning but you are creating a personal style.  No one is going to notice that you’re mix and matching the same pieces over and over again.  25 pieces after all, even without accessories can make over 100 different outfits.  What people are going to notice is how put together you look.

Note: I did not include undies, work out clothing or things of that nature in this post but be aware of what you are buying.

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