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Spring cleaning is just around the corner and with the rising trend of living a minimalist lifestyle thanks to Marie Kondo, we are always so tempted to get rid of a lot of things that don’t spark as much joy (because all our clothes definitely spark joy, duh!) but at the same time we are scared that we might be getting rid of something that we might eventually wear or need. How much is really too much, right? Here is a list of 5 wardrobe must haves that will put your fashion anxieties to rest! As long as you have these, you’ll do just fine and no one will ever notice that you’re just rotating a few key pieces in your wardrobe.

1. Good Pair of Jeans

I remembered buying my first pair of perfectly fitted jeans. I loved them so much I decided to buy 3 of the same style, size and color because why not? They’re originally designed for work wear so they are reliable but at the same time, versatile. Like seriously, it saves you so much time not having to think of what you’re going to wear because you can wear anything with jeans, from casual Friday to Party Saturday, these jeans can get you anywhere when paired with the right top and shoes. The great thing about being a woman is that we can be comfortable and classy in ‘em jeans.

Bershka Mom Fit Jean in Blue

Levi’s Women’s 721 Ankle High-Rise Skinny Jeans

Reformation Elsie Straight Leg Jeans

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans

AGOLDE Pinch Waist Hi Rise Kick Jeans

2. Dependable LBD

Have you ever heard of Julia Mooney who wore the same dress for 100 consecutive days and not a single look was ever the same? It’s the same thing as your dependable Little Black Dress (LBD). Put on the right accessories and people won’t ever notice it’s actually the same dress. In addition to that, you won’t ever be overdressed, underdressed, too slutty or look trashy. Hey, there’s a reason why Audrey Hepburn loved wearing her LBD and it has stood the test of time. Your LBD is great for every occasion and it’s the perfect outfit to show off your pearl necklace or your new leather jacket.

Ruched Satin Mini Slip Dress

ASOS DESIGN leather look puff sleeve button through mini dress

P.A.R.O.S.H. Halter Neck Pencil Dress - Black

Bowery V-Neck Velvet Sheath Dress w/ High Slit

Mestiza New York Women’s Lulu Ruffle Mini Dress - Black

3. Classic Handbag

We, women, just can’t leave the house without our handbags. I’m not complaining. They’re heaven-sent. Not only is it a fashion piece but it’s where we store important stuff. Unlike for men, designers have made our pant pockets much shallower than theirs. I am slightly grateful for that because can you imagine bulky pockets stuffed with our lipstick, foundation, thick-ass wallet, etc? Well, I can’t. He’s a secret to buying the perfect classic handbag that will never go out of style. Buy a good, plain quality handbag and add accessories to it. You don’t get what I mean? Try tying a scarf on the handle or probably a bracelet or necklace or even your ribbon scrunchie. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they’re functional too when you’ve realized that you’re not dressed for the occasion. GAME CHANGER!

ASOS DESIGN 90s shoulder bag with chain-Black

Longchamp Le Pliage Club Small Shoulder Tote Bag

Draper James Leather Zip Top Tote

Alexander Wang Striped Tote - Black

Danse Lente Baguette Shoulder Bag

4. Ankle Boot

Amongst all types of boots, ankle boots are the best among them. Why? They’re so versatile, not too cold for winter and not too hot for fall and spring. You can wear them with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, flare pants and even dresses for spring! Just make sure that they’re waterproof so that you won’t be miserable in wet socks.

Boohoo Block Heel Shoe Boots

Chinese Laundry Utah Bootie

Sam Edelman Women’s Jaclyn Leather Chelsea Boots - Black

Kenneth Cole Lucy Textured Metallic Leather Kitten Heel Bootie

Aquatalia Florita

5. Blazer (classic look and also really trendy this 2020)

Oversized blazers are making a comeback but blazers never really went out of style in the first place. They used to only be used for workwear but now, there is a growing popularity in wearing blazers all-year round. They’re perfect for adding layers to your outfit as well as stepping up your t-shirt/jeans game to give it a more sophisticated, sexy and polished look. Blazers now come in different body fits, colors and patterns so it could also be your signature piece to top off a look.

Blue Double-Breasted Peplum Blazer

Garage Double Breasted Blazer

Mango Essential Structured Blazer

Torrid Red Terracotta Crepe Blazer

GRLFRND Power Blazer

These 5 wardrobe essentials are definite must-keeps when deciding on what to clear out of your closet. If you want to be comfortable and chic all-year round, it’s a definite no-brainer. They are proven to stand the test of time, weather and those people that judge you for wearing the same clothing twice!

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