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Question: What clothes do I need in my wardrobe?

Answer: The key to a great wardrobe is owning versatile items, because investment pieces can be worn in a multitude of ways. The most useful items that should be in everyone’s closet include a white t-shirt, a little black dress, ballet flats, dress pants and a collared shirt. With these basics and the right styling tips, you can easily dress from day to night without changing your entire outfit.

For starters, a white t-shirt is one of the easiest pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. They come in a variety of styles and prices, so there’s an option for everyone. I prefer a simple J. Crew V-neck, because it leaves room for a statement necklace or scarf, and is tailored enough to wear under a blazer or cardigan.

Aside from basic day to night essentials, a quality pair of dress pants is invaluable due to interviews, appointments and meetings. I have some from Banana Republic, and they’re still in great shape after four years of use! Dress pants can be spiced up with a bright belt or a colorful top for post-work engagements.

Additionally, with an elegant black dress, it’s easy to transition from work to play. Ann Taylor has a fabulous little black dress section that offers an assortment of styles. Whether dressed down with flats and a bright bag or dressed up with a statement necklace and a gorgeous pair of heels, this piece ends up paying for itself for how long it will outlast the other trendy dresses in your closet.

If you’re always on the go, a well-crafted pair of ballet flats will save your soles. J. Crew has a great selection of ballet flats in a variety of colors and nearly any fabric you desire. These are by far the best ballet flats I own because of their amazing caliber of quality and comfort! You can pair these chic shoes with distressed jeans and a t-shirt or even a graceful maxi dress for a night on the town.

Last but not least, a collared shirt is a perfect top if you don’t know whether to dress business professional or casual. A collared shirt signifies respect to the person you’re meeting with, but it also says that you don’t take yourself too seriously. I love to pair this kind of top with distressed jeans and a statement necklace for a fun juxtaposition.

With these excellent items in your closet, you’ll be dressed to the nines!