The Basics You Need to Make a Wardrobe Work: Women

Hello, fashionistas! I am going to join the long list of Indianapolis Women’s Styling experts who recommend some basics you need.

Basics are the pieces that are the foundation of your wardrobe. So – don’t be afraid to buy quality clothing at a higher price. Pure fibers are more expensive but last longer. For instance, how often do you wear black pants, ladies? Quite a lot I am sure.

Must-Have Fashion Essentials From Your Indianapolis Women’s Styling Expert


Let’s start with the basic blouse. Your bouses could be cotton, button-down, silk, knit, etc. Stock up on this Indianapolis Women’s Styling essential in a variety of subtle prints and solids. These are perfect for work or to wear under a blazer. I am a huge fan of polka dot–very classic and looks wonderful.

Classic pumps and a leather bag complete this outfitAnother must-have: Classic blazer in a neutral (black, navy, camel, cream, grey) color. It should fit you perfectly in every way to flatter and slim you. Many stores have beautiful blazers such as Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and so on. Buy pure fibers such as wool, cotton, etc. Find something you like that doesn’t fit quite right? Alterations on blazers can do wonders!


Dark rinse, classic jeans that fit you perfectly. You can wear these to work or on a night on the town. My favorite jeans lately have been from Madewell, White House Black Marketing and Lucky Jeans. Don’t be afraid to buy them snug if they have stretch. They should not be uncomfortable but if you don’t buy them snug they will droop later.

Even if you’re not a frequent skirt wearer, having at least one in your closet is a must. Ladies, I still love a pencil or A-line skirt in a neutral color such as black, grey, cream, navy, camel. It’s like having another pair of pants. WBBM plus some other brands such as Hugo Boss has beautiful basic skirts.


Of course, every woman should own some type of pump, whether it’s black, navy or taupe. I like having black and taupe. I am also a big fan of spectator shoes that combine two colors.


Girl, get yourself a beautiful leather purse. It is a statement about you and how you come across. If you are against leather, buy a good faux one. This should be in black, navy, grey, cream, taupe or even leopard or python. If you want to change up your Indianapolis Women’s Styling on occasion, a color bag is fun, too, but it’s not a basic fashion piece.

Black pumps for women never go out of style

I am all about defining the waist for virtually everyone. It is rare that I have a client that can’t look even better with a belt. I like belts in neutrals. Plus, statement belts in animal print, stripes, colors, metallics can pull a look together.

I am a huge fan of leather jackets and have owned them in several colors such as burgundy and light green. They are a great layering piecethat makes every outfit a little more special. You can wear them with work clothes, t-shirts, blouses, and jeans. When you look for a leather jacket, look for one that is more worn. versus shiny. They look more authentic. Also, there are many great faux leather options out there. In fact, I have one in black and one in python. Make sure the jacket fits snug instead of big.

Finally, my last piece of Indianapolis Women’s Styling advice is that everyone needs one or two statement necklaces. They immediately upgrade whatever you are wearing, and with a tee, jeans, a leather jacket, and pointy-toe pumps or flats. Now you have a great Saturday night outfit.

Keep is sassy, Indy,

Beth Divine, MA

AICI Certified Image Consultant.