Ladies, we all love being fashionable. It’s not about trying to fit in; it’s about creating looks that make you feel beautiful and confident.

But as fun as it is, building your style from the ground up can be exhausting. That’s why it pays to have a few items to fall back on that you can remix into dozens of new looks. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of must-have versatile clothing pieces every woman should own, whatever her style.

Black Slacks

Almost everyone has at least a few pairs of jeans in their ensemble. But when you need a look that is just a step more formal without pulling out the evening wear, a pair of black slacks is an excellent go-to piece. Black is one of the ultimate neutrals. It looks great with everything, it doesn’t show stains, you can wear it any time of year, and it’s naturally elegant.

Biker Shorts

Biker shorts are on the less formal side of the bottoms spectrum. But even though they fall within the athleisure sphere, there are endless ways to style them. You can dress them down with a t-shirt or dress them up with a blouse or cute shirt. Some people even go the smart-casual route and pair them with a blazer. Just ask your boss before you try to wear them to work.

A Denim Jacket

Denim jeans are some of the most wide-reaching clothing articles. This is because they fit naturally in various fashion aesthetics, including prep, punk, and streetwear, to name a few. Denim jackets have a similar range, making them versatile clothing pieces every woman should own. They can add a fun flair to an outfit when worn over a dress or bring that extra bit of color to a casual ensemble.


Historically, people have looked down on the idea of wearing denim on denim. But you can still make this look work without appearing like you’re wearing the dreaded “Canadian tuxedo.” Just try to pair your jacket with a pair of jeans that are a different shade of blue or a different color altogether.

A Plain Dress Shirt

If you work in an office job, the chances are that you have an assortment of plain button-down shirts already. But you don’t have to consign blouses to your work wardrobe. A silk blouse styled with a pair of jeans or slacks is a perfect outfit for a night out or a first date. And layering it with a denim or leather jacket eliminates the professional nature of the look.

A Little Black Dress

The little black dress is the poster child for essential clothing articles for women. Wear it with heels, and you’re ready for a date. Wear it with a sweater over the top, and you can head to the office. Throw on a denim jacket, and you have a look you can wear just about everywhere. And if you opt for a dress with a higher neckline, you increase the number of venues where it’ll fit right in.

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