The 5 Most Versatile Pieces in Your Wardrobe

We all have items in our wardrobe that are only good for one thing; the pea coat that is only winter-appropriate; the gorgeous cocktail dress that is for special occasions only; the power suit that you save for your most important meetings and presentations. But the majority of our clothes need to be used for multiple occasions and settings. These 5 pieces will work in a variety of outfits and give your wardrobe a strong and chic foundation.

Dark Wash Jeans

dark wash jeans

So many ways to style!

Regardless of their style (skinny, boot cut, straight leg, or trouser) dark wash jeans work in a variety of different outfits. Dress them up with a fancy top, your favorite heels or wedges, and some statement jewelry. Or dress them down with a graphic t-shirt, Vans, and a casual bracelet. Some companies even consider dark wash denim nice enough to wear to office if there is a casual or business casual dress code.

Little Black Dress (LBD)

One dress, three ways. Source

One dress, three ways. Check out that great mirror belt!  Source

The one item of clothing that is so well-known and ubiquitous, it has its own acronym! The LBD comes in so many styles, shapes, and fabrics that it is virtually impossible not to find one that suits you. Dress it up for a chic night out with gold jewelry, and bold lipstick and shoes. Dress it down for work with a belt, cardigan and pumps or flats. Some of the most popular styles are the wrap dress, a fit and flare A-line, or a simple sheath.

White T-Shirt

white tshirt 3 ways

White t-shirt worn 3 ways.

Like the LBD, the white t-shirt comes in a huge variety of styles; crewneck, v-neck, boatneck, ribbed, pocket, no pocket, and many more. You can find them for $10 at Target or $250 from Alexander Wang. But no matter how much or how little you spend, you will be able to use that t-shirt in a huge variety of ways. Dress it up at the office with a blazer, dress pants, and a subtle necklace. Or dress it down for a day of  running around with some cute shorts and your favorite sandals. Just be sure to wash it properly to avoid stain setting. Let’s be honest; white is a magnet for dirt!

Nude Shoes

KM nude shoes all

Kate Middleton knows a thing or two about the power of the nude shoe.

Nude shoes are purported to make your legs look longer if they match your skin tone, but the real super power of a nude shoe is the fact that it goes with any outfit you can dream up. They are great for the office because they are classy and subtle without being boring. And they work with all of your favorite date night and brunch outfits, no matter what color or pattern. When you wear an outfit that is full of color and/or pattern, nude shoes are a great way to add a simple foundation that doesn’t detract from the rest of your ensemble.

Pencil Skirt

One pencil skirt, 5 different outfits. Source

One pencil skirt, 5 different outfits. Source

Pencil skirts used to be work-only attire. But with more variety in length, pattern, and material, these pieces are now pulling double and triple duty. Make them work ready with a cardigan, belt and some classy flats or pumps, then  switch it up for happy hour with some heels and a fun top and necklace. You can even be super daring with a high-waisted pencil skirt and wear a fun crop top. The possibilities are endless!

What is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe?



Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

One Comment

  1. Thanks for linking through to my LBD post – it certainly is my most versatile piece.

    Your right, I love a pencil skirt too!

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