Posted: Jul 10, 2012 1:00 PM
Update your wardrobe without spending a bundle by choosing the right pieces. Pick classic staples that you'll be able to wear season after season. If you can't spring for all of these options right away, get one or two and add the others as you can afford them.

Statement coat

Get a coat that flatters your figure. It should be warm but not too bulky. For everyday wear, pick a coat in a neutral color, and for a special night out, choose one that is a little funky.


A scarf adds a classy touch to any outfit whether you are headed to work or out with friends. From cashmere scarves in the winter to silk scarves for the spring, every woman needs a few good scarves in her wardrobe.

White T-shirt

Tees are essential pieces that everyone should own. You can wear a T-shirt under a slouchy cardigan when the weather is cool and on its own in the summertime. Pick up a white V-neck T-shirt to wear with everything in your closet.

Black blazer

A classic black blazer is a must for every woman.

To look your best, tall women should pick longer blazers, while petite women should wear shorter styles.

Dark jeans

Jeans, pants, skirts — whatever bottoms you are wearing should fit right. You don't want baggy clothes that make you look bigger than you are, nor do you want tight ones that show all your imperfections. Dark colors will slim your look.

Button-down blouse

A button-down blouse is an essential piece in every woman's wardrobe. It can be a simple menswear-inspired style or something a little more frilly.

Quality bag

Pick a roomy, medium-sized bag that you can carry to the office and on the weekends.

Go-to piece of jewelry

Select one piece of jewelry that you love and wear it often. It should be neutral or multi-colored so that it goes with everything in your closet.

High heels

Your legs will look longer and leaner in a great pair of heels. Pick a pair of classic pumps or trendy platform sandals.

Ballet flats

You can't wear heels all the time but don't always settle for sneakers. Ballet flats are chic yet comfy too.'s top fashion stylist Jennifer Dayan talks about the top 10 things you must have in your wardrobe in this video.

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