A Primer For A Basic Wardrobe

Young woman and man shopping for clothingWhether you are starting from scratch or filling in your wardrobe with some basic pieces, here is what constitutes a basic wardrobe for women and men.  Natural fibers and the most breathable are: cotton, silk, linen and wool.   

Women

Men

A black pantsuit A 2-or-3 button suit in black, charcoal gray or navy (heavier weight wool)
A neutral suit with pants or skirt in gray, brown or navy A 2-or-3 button suit in a neutral color, brown or medium gray (lighter weight wool)
2-3 pairs neutral trousers A tweed sports coat
3 winter-weight skirts (one tweed) 6 dress shirts in a variety of colors (make one white)
2 summer weight skirts 6 sports shirts, long or short sleeve, like polos
3 cotton button-front shirts 6 ties
3 blouses 3 sweaters (at least one cashmere)
2 sparkly tops An overcoat
Leather jacket Brown loafers
Denim jacket Black loafers
Trench coat Brown lace ups
3 pairs of jeans (dark wash is the most flattering) Black lace ups
Black dress 2 pairs of jeans (one medium wash and one dark wash for evening)
Solid-color dress A brown belt
Print or embellished dress A black belt
6 sweaters (3 neutral and 3 colored) A casual watch (metal branded)
2 blazers (one summer weight and one winter weight) A leather-strapped watch
1 wool coat A nonathletic sneaker
2 watches (one dress and one casual)
Black bag
Brown bag
Color or print bag
Black heels
Brown heels
Color or embellished heels
Black boots
Brown boots
Black flats

 

Holidays are coming and there will be sales galore.  Take advantage of the sales and put fill-in items on your wish lists.  These are minimum basics at best.  Men can add a leather briefcase and a quality umbrella.  Women can never have enough bags or shoes.  If you need assistance with gift ideas or some help with personal shopping, or have questions or comments, please contact us.

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