Building a great wardrobe is kind of like constructing a building: You have to lay down the foundation first, and then you can start getting creative.
Think of wardrobe basics as the foundation of your wardrobe – pretty tops, cool jewelry and other accessories may add style, but there are some classic pieces that will always hold your outfit together. Here are 10 wardrobe essentials that every curvy woman should have in her closet:
1. The right undergarments
Undergarments are especially important for plus-size women who likely have larger busts. Finding a bra with the right fit can have an amazing effect on how your body looks, whereas an ill-fitting bra can be very unflattering. Perfectly fitted bras in nude and black are a must, and curvy women may also want to consider shapewear made of spandex to smooth out lines and bumps under any outfit.
2. Button-up blouse
A simple white button-up blouse is a must in any woman’s wardrobe. If you’re having trouble finding one that fits correctly, buy the size that fits the largest part of you (like your bust, for instance) and get it tailored to the smaller areas of your upper body.
3. Fitted cardigan
A fitted cardigan that hits you at the hips is an essential layering piece, and it looks good on women with any body type. Find one in a neutral color like black or navy that you can pair with any number of outfits.
4. Fit-and-flare dress
Any curvy lady will look great in this flattering style of dress that cinches in at the waist and then flares out over the hips. Make sure you have at least one around for nice occasions or wearing to the office.
5. A-line skirt
Like a fit-and-flare dress, A-line skirts are always flattering because they downplay a larger lower body. Find one that’s high-waisted to wear with tucked-in blouses at work.
6. Dark slim pants
Slim pants that hug your legs are great to wear with looser tops and cardigans and a nice pair of boots. Make sure you find a pair in black or another dark color because lightly colored slim pants can draw attention to wide hips and thighs.
7. Wide-leg jeans
Any woman with wider hips looks great in wide-leg jeans and trousers. Have a dark-wash pair in your closet that you can throw on for running errands.
8. Basic black pumps
Comfortable black pumps are one of the most classic shoe necessities and will never go out of style. These are great for wearing to the office or to a semi-formal evening function. If heels aren’t your thing, no problem – black ballet flats serve the same purpose and look great.
9. Comfortable flats
Comfortable flats with arch support – like loafers or boat shoes, for instance – look stylish with any outfit. They’re perfect for slipping on before taking care of errands around town.
If you’ve never owned a pair of nice leather boots, get some as soon as you can. These shoes are comfortable, versatile and can be worn through spring, winter and fall for any number of different occasions.