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5 Modern Essential Staples Every Woman's Wardrobe Needs

Every closet has some trendy pieces that work when a craze is hot but quickly lose their staying power. Luckily, there are tried-and-true styles that remain timeless, helping to keep your appearance on point with flattering designs and easy versatility. You can still add runway flair here and there, but building a solid fashion foundation is all about finding the best basics. For inspiration, take a look at these five modern essentials from Simply Styled that provide classic looks with an updated edge.

1. The Layering Tank

This sleeveless style, once revered for activity, is now a must for everyday wear. The scoop neck contour sticks to tradition, while a softer silhouette creates a base with a bit of drape. Its secret for going to work is a suit jacket. For the weekend, all it needs is jeans.

Style Tip: You can work your tank top hem three ways. Tuck it in for a tidy look, leave it out for a flowing feel, or try an especially casual vibe with a partially tucked-in style.

2. A Wear-with-Anything Woven Shirt

Add a crisp, clean look with a button-front top that structures with a conventional collar and speaks to curves with a tailored cut. Simple for layering under or over, this style works with camisoles, cardigans and more. The split neck shirt offers a current design whether you're casually decked out or professionally dressed.

Style Tip: Look for a shirt with button tabs that convert long sleeves to half-sleeve styling to transition from polished to casual.

3. Fitted Jeans without the Frills

Anchor any top with skinny jeans on the bottom. They're stretchy, slimming and sleek without squeezing, supplying a smooth look with complete casual comfort. Opt for a mid-rise design for a natural waistline, and just say no to distressing and other embellishment. Instead, pick a solid hue for a look you can dress up or down.

Style Tip: Skinny jeans should skim your legs with a little bit of room. If you like a fit that closely hugs, look for a dream jegging silhouette instead.

4. A Confidence Boosting Blazer

Just as suitable for a day at the office as it is for a night on the town, a blazer tops any outfit with an attitude of authority. Mixing business sensibility with serious fashion smarts, this jacket style offsets your curves with flattering angles. It's perfect with button-front shirts or blouses and enhances your shape with pants or skirts. The sharp modern cut even complements jeans and a t-shirt to give you a stylish Saturday look.

Style Tip: Roll up the sleeves for a carefree casual image.

5. A Midi Dress that Never Misses

Get sophisticated coverage every time with a mid-length dress that's always right for the occasion. Just like the hem is never too short or too long, the silhouette itself should be flattering without looking fitted. You'll still have a feminine hourglass shape but without showing off too much. Easy to accessorize with a scarf, wrap or jacket, this style proves its worth with every wearing.

Style Tip: To keep your figure looking long and lean, make sure the hem of your midi shift dress falls above or below the widest point of your calf.


Add some more modern essentials to your spring wardrobe with help from the Simply Styled Spring 2017 Catalog.