Today I present you with an article by guest writer Heidi.

When you have a wardrobe built around essential pieces of clothing, creating outfits becomes a matter of playing mix and match.

This week of outfits is built on a few key pieces of what I like to call the Core Wardrobe:

  • a blazer
  • pencil skirt
  • dark wash denim
  • khaki trousers
  • T-shirt and
  • white button-front shirt

The blazer

A blazer adds instant polish to almost any garment combination, taking looks from casual to dressy, and it’s a must-have for serious career wear.

The shirt

Like its male counterpart, a button-front shirt is also a staple for office looks and other dressed-up occasions.

The skirt

You don’t need many skirts in your closet if one of them is a pencil skirt. Like the blazer, it’s a work wear workhorse.

The trousers

Dark wash denim and khaki (or neutral) trousers are two essential pairs of pants to own; they can be matched with almost any color and pattern top for easy, stylish looks from casual to more dressed up.

The t-shirt

And doesn’t every woman own at least one solid color T-shirt? Wear it under a jacket to the office or with shorts to the beach–so versatile!

The shoes an accessories

Add one pair of dressy shoes, one pair of casual flats and a few accessories to this list of essentials and you have outfits for every level, whether it’s weekend casual errand running, a weekend chic brunch date with the girls, Casual Friday in the office or an important client meeting.

6 garments, 2 pair of shoes and 3 accessories for 1 week of style!

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casual Friday outfit

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Adapt any of these outfit ideas to your own personal style by choosing similar items that match your taste. The white button-down shirt might be more loosely structured or have ruffles if you are a boho gal. The pencil skirt might be in a solid color if a bright pattern isn’t your cup of tea.

And of course the color palette can be spun in any number of ways, from all brights, to all darks and neutrals.

What are your favorite wardrobe essentials?

Heidi is a working mom and fashion lover who thinks every woman has the right to be a little more fabulous. Her site, Frantic But Fabulous™, is the home of style mojo recovery: real world style advice, tips and fashion inspiration for working moms and Fab Mamas everywhere. Learn more about building outfits from basic garments with the Core Wardrobe series.

You can find all details of the clothes used on her Polyvore boards.

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