1) a Plain White Tee
It goes with everything and makes it all a lot better. You’ll wear yours under a blazer, tucked into a high-waist skirt or with cut offs.
J. Crew Perfect-Fit Tape Boatneck Tee, $15, jcrew.com
2) Black Leggings
Whether you wear them as pants with an oversize sweater, under billowy dresses for extra coverage, or kicking around running errands, black leggings are a must- have. Mixit Solid Leggings, $15, jcpenney.com
3) Ballet Flats
More chic than sneakers and comfier than heels, ballet flats are the best of both worlds. I personally love them paired with slim cut pants. Charlotte Russe Studded Bow Flats, $13, charlotterusse.com
4) a Skin-Tone-Matching Cami
A skin-tone-matching cami is about as basic as it gets. Layer it under sheer blouses or dresses to avoid overexposure. Wacoal Camisole, $25, bloomingdales.com
Black cardigans are timeless and effortlessly chic. Keep one under your desk for aggressive air-conditioning, or wear it over a sexy dress on a night out for a hint of sexy librarian. Button-front stretch cardi, $25, oldnavy.com
6) Classic Pumps
Stock your closet with a great basic, goes-with-everything pair of heels, and I promise you’ll wear them to death. Bandolino Shoes Eladia Platform Pumps, $55, macys.com
7) Dark Denim
Flattering and timeless, a great pair of dark jeans can do wonders for any woman’s wardrobe.
Lucky Brand Women’s Easy Rider Jeans, $80, amazon.com
8) a White Blouse
Nothing says “I have my act together” like a crisp white shirt.
Lands’ End Women’s Regular 3/4-Sleeve Stretch Broadcloth Blouse, $40, landsend.com
When you find the perfect LBD…buy two!! Dress it up with your pumps or down with your equally important ballet flats. Forever 21 V-Neck Sheath Dress, $18, forever21.com
10) Classic Black Pants
On the weekend, they’re rock ‘n’ roll cool and during the week, they’re totally office-chic. Black pants are also slimming – as if you need another reason to pick up a pair.
Calvin Klein Body Fit Skinny-Leg Galaxy Pants, $90, calvinklein.com