40 Wardrobe Essentials for Effortless Style

 Written by: Sara Crampton

I’ve spent the last 10 plus years understanding the key items women need in their wardrobes to make the act of getting dressed, simple, easy and effortless. Once I learnt the foundations of a wardrobe and put this into practice in my own closet, the time it took me to get dressed became quicker, I avoided those dreaded moments where It felt like I had nothing to wear (or rather nothing that I felt good in), and I finally started to feel like me.

What had happened was that my clothes were no longer wearing me, I wasn’t falling victim to trends that weren't flattering, and as a result I became the most confident I had ever felt in my own body.

I then wanted to pass that power on to other women, and found that there is a whole community who share the same values and interest in a minimalist and classic approach to style. 

When I started to put this key wardrobe essentials list together I actually didn’t think I would get to 40 items, but without including shoes, accessories and key pieces of jewellery, which all equate to an outfit, the list felt incomplete.

My caveat on this list is that building out your wardrobe essentials takes time. Be ruthless in your search for the perfect [insert wardrobe essential here] as it’ll make you a more conscious shopper, and you’ll have, love and wear that piece for longer, knowing you took your time.

Use this list as a guide to check through your wardrobe. You probably have most of these already, but if you find yourself with a wardrobe of clothes and with nothing to wear, you might find this list helpful to form up your wardrobe essentials so you can put outfits together with ease.


1. Plain White T-shirt

Gibson T-Shirt | Harris Tapper

Gibson T-Shirt by Harris Tapper


2. White Shirt

Matteau Classic Pocket Shirt


Classic Pocket Shirt by Matteau


3. White Tank

Organic Cotton Singlet

Organic Cotton Singlet by St. Agni


4. Black Tank or Camisole

Verna Tank by A.Emery

Verna Tank by A.Emery


5. Neutral Knitwear

Roberta Jumper

Roberta Jumper by Harris Tapper


6. Black Knitwear

Mock Neck Rib Jumper by St. Agni

Mock Neck Rib Knit Jumper by St. Agni


7. Black Blouse

Celeste Blouse

Celeste Blouse by Solaqua


8. Striped Long Sleeve Top

Striped Long Sleeve Tee - The UNDONE

Breton Stripe Tee by Matteau


9. Blue Jeans

London Clear Skies

London High Rise Straight Leg Jean by Slvrlake 


10. White Jeans 

Mica Low Rise Wide Leg Jean

Mica Low Rise Wide Leg Jean by Slvrlake 


11. Black Jeans 

Black Jeans

Grace High Rise Wide Leg Jean by Slvrlake


12. Black Trousers

Abel Trouser
Abel Trouser by Harris Tapper


13. White Trousers 

White Trousers | Summer Chino Chalk | Matteau

Summer Chino by Matteau

14. Black Leggings

Victoria Legging by Harris Tapper
Victoria Legging by Harris Tapper


15. Black Skirt

Joan Wrap Skirt

Joan Wrap Skirt by A.Emery


16. Black Tailored Shorts

The UNDONE - Black Tailored Shorts

Marion Short by Marle


17. Simple Black Dress

Tiered Sundress

Tiered Sundress by Matteau


18. Black Blazer

Relaxed Tailored Blazer

Relaxed Tailored Blazer by Matteau


19. Black Coat

Egon Coat

Egon Coat by Harris Tapper


20. Denim Jacket

Alfalfa Shirt by Marle

Alfalfa Shirt by Marle


21. Neutral Trench

Women's Trench Coat

Women's Trench Coat by Wynn Hamlyn 


22. Black Suit

Relaxed Tailored Blazer
Relaxed Tailored Blazer by Matteau


Relaxed Tailored Trouser

Relaxed Tailored Trouser by Matteau


23. Pyjamas/Loungewear

Drawcord Set

The Drawcord Set by Deiji Studios 


24. Black Ballet Flats


Kirsten by Aeyde 


25. Black Sandals


Lucia Sandal

Lucia Sandal by A.Emery


26. Neutral Sandals

Nodi Sandal

Nodi Sandal by A.EMERY


27. Neutral Heels

The UNDONE - Neutral Heels

Juliette Midi by Nelson Made


28. Black Heels

The UNDONE - Black Heels

Juliette Midi by Nelson Made


29. White Sneakers

Roland V.10
Roland V.10 by Flamingos Life


30. Black Boots


The UNDONE - Black Boots

Soma Boot by A.EMERY


31. Black Tote Bag 


Sac by Aesther Ekme


32. Black Evening Bag

Bon Bon Bag

Bon Bon Bag by St. Agni


33. Basket Bag

The UNDONE - Basket Bag

Mini Basket Bag


34. Classic Black Belt

Classic Black Belt - The UNDONE

Classic Leather Belt by Saint


35. Neutral Hat

The UNDONE - Neutral Hat

The Inca Bucket by Lack of Color


36. Black Sunglasses

The UNDONE - Everyday Sunglasses

Original Wayfarer Classic by Ray Ban 


37. Everyday Earrings

Ribbed Huggies by Rylan
Ribbed Huggies by Rylan


38. Evening Earrings

Link Statement Earrings by Rylan

Link Statement Earrings by Rylan


39. Elevated Necklace or Bracelet

Link Bracelet by Rylan

Link Bracelet by Rylan


40. Black One Piece

black matteau swimsuit

Square Maillot by Matteau

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