Wardrobe essentials are—well—essential. While we have a laundry list of the classics, like white t-shirts and skinny jeans, our 2017 closet staples go far beyond the traditional pieces. For spring 2017 think: low-slung trousers, pajama tops, and shirting stripes, to name a few fashion trends. Though we will be excitedly reaching for game-changers that may take us out of our comfort zone, 2017 is certainly the year of tailored elegance. Flip through our picks for the best bags, shoes, and clothes of the season: These are next-level wardrobe essentials that will take you through the coming year in style.
A Slip Dress
Here’s to a year of boudoir dressing. The beloved ’90s-style slip dresses are back and a *very *much a versatile essential. Dress them up with heels for a night out, or layer them, grunge-style, with a t-shirt and leather jacket on the weekends.
A Pajama Shirt
Whether in luxe silk or classic cotton, a pajama shirt is the more casual alternative to this season’s slip dress when it comes to boudoir style. The piped detail of this shirting trend gives your classic button-down a little something extra, while the total ease of styling remains the same!
A Pair of Pointed-Toe Skimmers
Elevate your accessories by stocking up on elegant classics that will take you from day to night. This is the year to invest in a pair of pointy-toe flats—casual enough to sport on the weekends, but dressy enough to style with a party dress.
A Camel Coat
The go-with-anything neutral cover-up of the year is definitely the camel coat. Opt for a duster length, or reach for a shorter, double-breasted style—this wardrobe staple is all about the versatile hue. Colorful enough to add a little pop to every look in your closet, camel is one of the few non-black hues we can truly call timeless.
A Pair of Classic White Kicks
When it comes to casual wardrobe staples, it’s clear that the sneaker is here to stay. For 2017, look for styles that are classic in shape but have a little something extra. That means leave the bold for other parts of your wardrobe, and opt instead for bright-white lace-ups with an understated accent or texture.
Think beyond the button-down this year, as you stock your wardrobe with shirting stripes in all silhouettes. Spring runways presented us with everything from skirts and dresses to wide-leg trousers, and we can’t get enough. It’s a great way to take your look to the next level without going over-the-top.
Whether you are a minimalist or maximalist when it comes to jewelry, this year is the year to go silver. The metallic hue offers a more modern and edgy vibe than its gold counterpart, in every style, shape, and size!
A Romantic Ruffle Dress
Make sure you have a feminine ruffle on hand in 2017, for day and night. Opt for a style with loose, cascading texture for ease of styling—nothing too fussy, but something head turning all the same.
A Pair of Raw-Edged Jeans
Yes, it’s true. We’re still obsessing over raw-hem denim and declaring it a true wardrobe essential . Especially in a slim silhouette, the style is unfinished enough to add a little something edgy to your look, but not quite as distressed as a ripped-up boyfriend style.
A Bright Bag
Whether you’re the kind of girl who reaches for color on a regular basis or more of a proponent of head-to-toe black, this is the year to invest in that bright and bold bag. Blue, red, yellow, or green—keep it solid, but don’t shy away from brilliant color all the same.
A Deep-Hued Midi Skirt
Pleated, pencil, or A-line—midi skirts have entered the scene with fervor and are not going anywhere, anytime soon. This year, make your midi a deep-hued style that isn’t too bold, but adds color into your look all the same. Mix yours with a T-shirt for casual days, a silk blouse when heading to the office, and a sexy camisole for late-night dinner and dancing.
A Marled Knit Sweater
The sweater of the season is certainly the marled knit. Sitting comfortably between a solid and a print, this is the simple outfit upgrader you’ve been missing. Though it carries a more casual vibe, don’t be afraid to pair it with a pencil skirt or tailored trousers for the office.
A Bold Choker Necklace
A single piece of statement jewelry is the easiest way to make any look in your closet totally party ready in a snap. Our must-have accessory of the season is the bold chocker necklace. Reach for one that’s large in size, but fairly classic in style, to master that elegant after-hours look.
A Cropped Jacket
A cropped jacket is another piece that pulls everything together. Need a little extra flair with your denim? Something to throw on over your LBD at night? A modern pairing to your office-ready pencil skirt? We promise, this essential is truly magical.
A Printed Mini Dress
Style yours with tights for winter months and go bare legged when the heat comes on strong. Either way, you won’t regret investing in a printed mini dress for 2017. To get the most out of this ultimate throw-on-and-go, find a shape that fits your body best.
An Exposed-Shoulder Top
With deliberate cutouts, the exposed-shoulder top is the sexy silhouette of the year. Slightly more striking than last year’s off-the-shoulder looks, styles with a high neckline and interesting shapes will make the most graphic statement.
A Pair of Heeled Mules
Not quite a classic pump, yet not as crazy as a true statement heel, the chunky-heeled mule is a year-round favorite that will take you from the office to after-hours drinks. Slip into your favorite pair with a pencil skirt and blouse, or use them to dress up slouchy, distressed denim.
A Tie-Neck Blouse
The tie-neck blouse is one of our favorite ways to incorporate retro style into our modern wardrobes. This shirting silhouette works best in fabrics with movement, like silk and chiffon, but stock up in all colors and patterns! Tie this transitional piece everything from an oversized bow to a lose knot, depending on your mood.
A Pair of Modern Aviators
If the spring fashion shows taught us anything, it was that we all need a pair of modern aviators in our lives. For sunny days all year round, reach for the most classic of sunglass styles—with a twist. Think: oversized frames, colorful detailing, or bright and reflective lenses.
A Slit Midi Skirt
Strike a balance between refined and sexy with a midi skirt. While the silhouette is long enough to wear in an office environment, its subtle skin-baring feature will take you to post-office drinks without fuss.
A Pair of Flat Mules
Much like our beloved chunky-heeled mules, this easy slip-on-and-go shoe is a true essential. While the backless shape may most closely resemble a bedroom slipper, the style’s draw is in shapes that are structured like a true loafer’s, in traditional leather and suede.
Layering is a breeze when you have a bodysuit on hand. Long sleeved or short; turtleneck or scoop; this seamless top will allow you to layer for any occasion without the bunching and fussing of a classic t-shirt or tank.