While we’re always in favour of a super stylish trend here at GlamCorner, our admiration for great wardrobe staples that stems deep beyond the realms of ready-to-wear fashion.
Trends come and go faster than the seasons roll by, but basics are our year-round wardrobe staples. The essentials offer the groundwork for you to add your flair to; whether it’s a few glam accessories, a pair of eye-catching sunnies, or a classy heel to top off your look – you can never go wrong by opting for something simple.
It goes without saying that when you’re in a struggle spot eagerly searching for the perfect outfit, ‘The Staple’ can quickly become your best friend. Don’t get me wrong at times nothing fuels a fashion purge better than an outrageously decadent oversized sleeve or even a ravishingly ruffled hemline, but it’s the basics that keep us looking our best even after the passing of many years.
So, where do you start? GlamCorner has assembled the perfect list to get you started.
Invest In Quality
Like they say, ‘trends come and go but the classics are eternal’. When looking for staple it’s always important to select items that can be easily adapted and changed from look to look. It’s also important to ensure that the quality of these items are of a strong and durable nature.
Sometimes investing that little bit more at the beginning can truly pay off when it comes to longevity. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have bought a slightly more affordable piece of clothing only later to realise the quality just was not there long term! As you can imagine even after one wash the item progresses to look like it has been mauled by a small bear. I guess what they say is true, you get what you pay for.True a trend-based seasonal fashion piece can make us feel slightly more relevant in the thriving fashion sphere, but it doesn’t always offer a one-fits-all solution. What works particularly well on a genetically blessed 6-foot tall model might not necessarily work well for the average fashionista’s body type leaving us disappointed and in a ‘Netflix and binge’ state of mind.
Top Wardrobe Staples For Any Body Shape
That’s where we come in ready to help cure your fashion doubts. In this post we aim to show you that sometimes it’s ok to play it safe and go for the failproof ‘basic’ fashion option. So without further-ado let us take it back-to-basics! Here are our top wardrobe staples that's guaranteed to suit any body shape.
Little Black Dress
From its humble beginnings back in the 1920’s to now, the term ‘little black dress’ (as introduced by Coco Chanel) has flourished and thrived to become the ultimate fashion staple of our time. Whatever your age, profession or overall style there is bound to be a savvy LBD look for you. The Little Black Dress has stood the test of time and rightfully cemented itself as the go-to look for fashion lovers across the globe. Perfect for any occasion day-to-night, great for most skin tones and an excellent way of pulling off ‘the glam factor’ effortlessly the little black dress guarantees a knockout look time-in and time-out.
We all love our little black dresses for a number of reasons, but the main one is clear; versatility. There’s so much you can do with this as part of your wardrobe staples. You could go casual with understated accessories, flats, and a matching clutch or over-the-shoulder handbag, or dress your look up with matching black heels, statement accessories, and a bright glitter clutch to tie it all together with a metaphorical bow!
The little black dress is perfect for every season, and every outing – from wedding receptions, to date nights, to girls night out. You’ll never go wrong with one in your wardrobe! At GlamCorner, we have an entire selection of little black dresses to choose from – dresses that feature midi hemlines, asymmetrical hemlines, and everything in between.
Black is a universally flattering colour on all body types. It’s slimming, and it’s timeless. Highlight the waist with a free-flowing skirt, or show off all your curves in a bodycon ensemble to really catch the eye. There’s no wrong way to wear black, and no wrong way to rock your little black dress!
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The Wrap Dress
One of the most versatile dresses you can have in your fashion repertoire, the wrap dress is surely one of the most universally flattering dress you will ever own! Cinching in at the waist and falling from the hip, the always-stylish wrap dress looks great on every body type. It’s a simple piece and a great choice to look polished with minimal effort. Relaxed, casual, and carefree, it’s a great choice for the party season. These dresses come in a variety of shapes and styles – some feature more bodycon fits, while others are much more loose, and flattering.
There are countless ways to dress these looks up – dress it up or down both night and day for a truly relaxed feminine vibe! A wrap dress is a great option for a romantic summertime wedding function or a casual breakfast bunch with the girls. There are endless options to choose from when picking a wrap dress and you can experiment with vibrant colours, bold polka-dot prints or even sophisticated lust worthy silk textures. Give it a go at your next fabulous function and trust us you won’t be disappointed!
Simple Black Blazer
Even if you don’t work at a business-casual office, every woman should have at least one blazer tucked away in her wardrobe for ammunition. Evoke a confident attitude instantaneously with a simple black blazer this season.
A well-tailored black blazer can elevate your style from bleak to chic in a matter of moments. The blazer being incredibly versatile in nature can be styled multiple ways. For a casual look team your blazer with a white cotton T-Shirt, jeans and a pair of crisp white sneakers. If you’re looking for an elegantly refined style, try adding your tailor-fit black blazer to a slim fit black midi dress to create a slightly more elegant suit style set. Opt for a simple daytime look with folded lapels and deep pockets or, for a slightly more elaborate evening wear look, try an embellished blazer style.
What we love about blazers is that it can be easily tailored to be flattering for any silhouette— if yours doesn’t fit right off the bat, take it to a seamstress for a proper fitting. If your shoulders are too broad, or too narrow – that can be adjusted! Need it to be brought in at the waist a little more? Sleeves too wide? It can all be fixed, and made to fit you! That’s part of what makes this staple so perfect – it can be crafted to fit you, because you should never have to shift, and change for a piece of clothing.
Part of what makes a blazer so fitting in your wardrobe staples is how versatile it can be. Add broches, pins, necklaces and bracelets to shift your look from business professional, to after-work drinks. You can opt for a simple look with folded lapels, and deep pockets, or a more elaborate one embellished with beads and sequins for a subversive take on a wardrobe staple. Blazers can be paired with any outfit - so don't sleep on this timeless wardrobe essential!
The Floral Midi
Midi dresses typically hit mid-calf or just below the knee and are an essential addition to your wardrobe staples. The midi comes with an easy to wear vibe that can easily be shifted to an elegant ensemble, or something more suited to a racy night out. It’s a flattering style that can be worn countless ways – whether it’s a bodycon, a mesh skirt, or an asymmetrical hemline.
It’s a common saying that midi dresses shouldn’t be worn by short girls, because it’s easy to look ‘frumpy’ in a dress that falls too low down the calf, but there are easy ways to avoid that. Stick to sheer fabrics, like mesh! Go for strappy heels with length to give you the added illusion of height. Cinch the dress about your waist with a belt to highlight an hourglass figure — or aim for an A-line silhouette.
And now for our summer staple - the floral midi is the perfect way to add some effortless femininity to your style. Some may argue that the floral print is more trend than staple, but year after year we see the floral emerge as a front running spring/summer staple. We’ve come a long way from the humble fit and flare skirt of the rock-n-rock era, the free-flowing maxi dresses of the 70’s and pastel-hued florals of the 90’s.Nowadays, it appears that florals have taken a slightly soft and sweeter approach whilst still holding onto a hint of edginess. Today we see the floral print styled with sheer mesh panels and intricate lace detailing, thus creating a soft juxtaposition style.
The Classic Jean
An exceptionally dynamic staple piece, denim is a great look for most occasions. It’s safe to say jeans will never go out of style. Whether it’s dark or light wash, slim or loose fitting you’ll definitely find the perfect style for every occasion. Jeans have become an age-old favourite seamlessly evolving through time. Nowadays jeans have become more accommodating to different body types with many multi stretch blend fabrics taking the market by storm. So when you’re in that ‘I have nothing to wear’ mood style-up (or down) with a pair of sassy jeans, perfect for an upcoming casual work event or relaxed dinner date.
Maybe the most versatile choice, and the easiest answer to your ‘I have nothing to wear’ woes, anything goes with a good pair of jeans; even a pump heel, or strappy sandal.
Top 10 Tips When Looking For The Perfect Wardrobe Staples
Always ask yourself...
- Can you think of at least 3 ways to style this item?
- Does it fit in with your personal style?
- Do you already have something similar?
- Does it fit you properly? Is it flattering?
- Is the material type practical. Does it wash and wear well?
- Will you be able to wear it during all seasons?
- Is the item high quality? Is it well made?
- Does the colour tone suit your skin type?
- Is the brand sustainable? Are items produced ethically?
- Does the item make you feel comfortably confident?
For more helpful style tips read our 10 Great Ways to Declutter Your Wardrobe blog post. Need more help? Schedule a styling session with one of our stylists for tips and tricks to ensure you are looking and feeling your absolute best.