Want to update your wardrobe but don’t know where to start? All you really need is 10 simple pieces and you’ll be set for anything life throws your way. With these go-to items, you’ll be able to mix and match accessories to create hundreds of different styles without putting a strain on your pocket book.

Dark Wash Boot Cut Jeans

Boot cut jeans are universally flattering and never go out of style. Trends come and go, but these jeans in a dark wash never will go out of style.


Available in all prices ranges, blazers instantly make you look and feel pulled together. Pair yours with jeans for a casual dinner date with your hubby or put it on over your LBD to make your dress more work friendly.

A-line Skirt

The A-line silhouette flatters all shapes and sizes. This skirt style is extremely versatile.


Another closet staple, a cardigan in a neutral colour is a wardrobe workhorse. You can throw it on over anything when there’s a chill in the air and layer it under a jacket or blazer when the seasons start to change.

Crisp White Shirt

You might loathe ironing (and besides – what busy Mom actually has time to make things wrinkle-free?) but you can’t deny it – a simple white button down shirt is a thing of beauty. Wish there was one that never needed to be pressed? Wish granted – check out Brooks Brothers Non-Iron shirt. Goodbye wrinkles, hello style.

Casual, Fitted Tee

You need at least one black and one white. Make sure it fits well and choose the neckline that flatters you best (V-neck, crew or scoop).

Pretty Top

No requirements on this piece except to say pick a blouse that you love. It can be frilly, brightly colored or sparkly, just choose a top that you adore.

Classic Trench Coat

A trench coat instantly transforms a drab outfit into a dressy one. Trust me. Try one on the next time when you’re out shopping and you’ll see what I mean.

LBD (Little Black Dress)

You already know that no woman should go without an LBD. Here’s why – it can be dressed up or down. The only requirement? Make sure it’s a perfect fit.

Colorful Scarf

Since most of the items above are in neutral colors (black, beige, white, gray, brown), you need to add some oomph to your clothes. The most economical way to do so is to add a vibrant scarf.

Dark Jeans: Saks Fifth Avenue

Crisp White Shirt: Brooks Brothers

Pretty Top: stylehive.com

LBD: Saks Fifth Avenue