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February 11, 2021

Whether you care about fashion or not, filling your closet up with the correct clothing rather than clutter is one of life’s many challenges. With any size of closet—but especially with a small closet—you need to choose clothes wisely to efficiently utilize your space. There are some articles of clothing that you absolutely can’t skip out on, even if they’re situational. Refresh your closet with these wardrobe staples everyone should have in their closet and update your look with clothes you love to wear.

Your Favorite Hoodie or Fleece

Not sure what the weather’s going to be like? Are you going to a place that keeps the air conditioning on just a little too high or the heat too low? A zip-up hoodie or fleece jacket is the perfect accessory for you—especially if you’re always feeling cold. The zip-up allows you to either take off or put-on layers with ease; you won’t mess up your hair or makeup like you might with a pullover sweater. Everyone needs at least one comfortable zip-up, but if it becomes a larger part of your wardrobe you may need to buy more than one.

Jeans: Comfy and Trendy

Jeans are truly the perfect article of clothing; with plenty of options for comfort and high fashion, you really can’t go wrong. Fill your closet with both types of jeans—the ones you find the most comfortable, and the ones that may lack in comfort but enhance your style. Make sure to pick the right size.

If you love a pair of loose jeans, upgrade the look with a sleek belt for the appearance of a professional. Whether you wear jeans to work or for casual outings, they are an essential part of any wardrobe.

Workout Attire

It’s a lot easier to get yourself to the gym when you have the right clothes for an intense workout. Whether you’ve resolved to start working out at home, outside, or in a local gym, stock your closet with the right clothes for the job. Clothes specially tailored to handle tough workouts will allow your body to breathe and stay cool while building muscle or burning fat.

Equip your wardrobe with the following workout essentials:

  • Comfortable tank tops
  • Breathable long sleeves that double as a base layer in the winter
  • Shorts
  • Yoga pants
  • Sweatpants
  • Jacket for outdoor jogs
  • Running shoes
  • Lightweight, water-resistant socks
  • A light backpack
  • Sports bra

Some of the gear may differ based on your preferences, but the premises remain the same. If you lack the right gear for your workout regiment, you lack safety—prepare for your athletic journey starting with your choice of clothing.

Flexible Formal Looks

When you look good, you feel good. If you don’t have formal or semi-formal clothes in your wardrobe, you’re missing out on an opportunity to strut your stuff even when nothing special is going on. Some articles of clothing aren’t formal on their own, but when added to a formal outfit their identity changes. No matter who you are or what you do, consider trying out these outfits with a formal twist:

For Women

Women express their idea of fashion in a multitude of unique ways that all increase self-esteem. Whether you prefer the more nuanced, gender-neutral appearance of a form-slimming blazer or the free feeling of a fresh, flowing dress, either style adds a touch of elegance to any outfit. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from wearing a dress; keep warm leggings in your wardrobe to prevent your legs from freezing.

Perform your own fashion experiments with the clothes in your wardrobe and figure out your favorite formal looks. Keep it simple or overdo it—just make sure you have the formal outfits in your wardrobe for a rainy day.

For Men

While it may seem like men have fewer fashionable options for their wardrobe, this is simply not true. It’s all about the outfit combinations and layers for men; try wearing a turtleneck with your blazer or put a V-neck sweater over a breathable dress shirt—the possibilities are endless. Enhance the staples of your formal wardrobe by ensuring they all properly fit. When men’s clothes don’t fit right, they can look baggy or too small and ruin the appearance. Whatever your formal or semi-formal style is, the fit matters.

Don’t forget to accessorize! Your wardrobe is nothing without a silky tie and a belt. Wear a watch for an extra touch of elegance.

Shoes with Purpose

You may make fun of friends who have too many shoes in their closet, but they have a point. Don’t wear the same shoes for everything you do—each pair should have a specific purpose or specialty. Separate your work shoes from your gym shoes and keep your flipflops within eye level. Take it one step further and choose shoes for the gym and shoes for outdoor exercise. Keep shoes for work and shoes for dressing to the nines—you wouldn’t want to spill your morning coffee on your fancy dress shoes, would you?

Most importantly, fill your wardrobe up with shoes that match your outfits. If you try to match brown shoes with an outfit that calls for black or white shoes, you’ll stand out—and not in a good way.

Stylish Bags Wherever You Go

The last wardrobe staple everyone should have in their closet is a trusty bag. The size or style of your bag depends on where you want to use it and what you intend to carry. When commuting around the city for work or school, you need a stylish bag that turns heads. Consider a sleek over-the-shoulder messenger bag for a classy look. Your gym or jogging bag should be lightweight and able to carry all the essentials—water bottles, your phone, and extra clothes. Buy a waterproof bag for rainy day adventures to the local nature park.

Prepare for spring and summer early this year starting with your wardrobe. As the seasons change, so should the clothes in your closet. Keep an open mind as you consider the perfect wardrobe staples that fit with your style and try something new this year. Escape Outdoors’ collections of men’s and women’s outdoor fashion alternate with the vendors’ seasons to keep you prepared for new trends. Psych yourself up for your daily commute or workout by dressing to impress.

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