As a part of my journey, I decided to start from the beginning, so I found a checklist of clothes that women should always keep in their fashion wardrobe. These basic items are standard, classic and timeless pieces that every woman should own. I scoured the internet and looked up a few reliable sources, such as Elle, Glamour and Lloyd Boston. Then I combined the lists and checked to see if my own closet contained these items. If any these items were not in my closet, I added them to my future shopping list.

12 Essential Wardrobe Pieces

After reviewing several various lists online, I settled on the following pieces that I would consider essential to any woman’s wardrobe.

#1 – Little Black Dress – I have a couple casual cotton black dresses that could work, however, I will have to be on the hunt for a more classic one this year.

#2 – Evening Clutch – I do own one of these, which I remember getting for about $3 on clearance at Target.

#3 – Business Handbag – a nice bag to carry all your work essentials.

#4 – Comfy Jeans - I have several pairs, but I always love a new (or rather old) pair of jeans!

#5 – Long Black Coat – Two years ago I invested in a winter business coat from Old Navy. Perfect for those brisk days at work.

#6 – Pearls - Pearls are classic and never go out of style. Every woman should own a pair, which can be dressed up or casual.

#7 – Boots – Tall and Short - boots are great for work and for play. They are versatile with jeans, skirts and leggings.

My Essential Shopping List

I don’t own the rest of the 12 essentials, so here they are as a part of my “green” shopping list this year. I’m not expecting to find these items the first time I shop at a second-hand store, but they will be on the list.

#8 – White-Button Down Shirt – something that goes with everything from dress pants to jeans.
#9 – Black Pumps – just an essential item, especially for working women.
#10 – Little Black Dress – do I really have to explain?
#11 – Long, Lightweight Scarf – a great accessory to spice up anything you are wearing.
#12 – Black Pant Suit – you never know when you need it for a job opportunity or a business meeting or a dinner.

2) Evening Clutch – I do own one of these, which I remember getting for about $3 on clearance at Target.
the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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  1. NC-BFF on January 2, 2011

    Did you know you have little black dress listed on here twice?

  2. Jennifer on January 2, 2011

    Yes. I have one listed and it’s a “stand-by” dress. I don’t really like so I listed in the List below. :)

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