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Today’s post is in response to a request that I LOVED getting.

What are the essentials every woman needs in her closet?

Such a great question. I see this topic in magazines every month, yet it always feels way too broad or too sophisticated for my taste. So here’s a list of my essentials with the touch of edge that I personally can’t be without. Whether you opt for more classic variations or ones with even more edge, these are the must haves for a well-balanced wardrobe.

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1. White Silk Blouse

Light and flowy, this shirt looks good with a messy front tuck and jeans or layered over a long tank and leggings.

Equipment Signature Silk Shirt

2. Leather Jacket

Perfect with leggings and boots or a pop-of-color dress, a tough-luxe leather jacket is a must.

Zara Leather Jacket with Studs

3. Boyfriend Blazer

I love the cut of this laid-back piece. Roll up the sleeves to show the fun animal-print lining or leave them down when you’re feeling a bit more polished.

Bardot Animalia Jacket

4. Skinny Jeans

Hands-down the softest and best-fitting jeans I’ve ever owned… The ankle has an actual skinny fit unlike some other “skinny” jeans, and they’re so comfortable I’d even wear them on a plane.

Marciano Skinny No. 61 Jeans

5. Little Party Dress

Extremely more impactful than the tried-and-true LBD, the Little Party Dress is bright, flattering and perfect for any event.

Naven Bombshell Dress

6. Flat Boots

Ideal for all-day style, these boots go the extra mile with shiny gold-tone hardware.

Vince Camuto Moto Boots

7. Aviator Sunnies

The go-to pair for every off-duty look.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Aviators

8. Leggings

Can’t. Live. Without.

H&M Basic Leggings

9. Day Bag

Large enough to store all the goodies you schlep around during the day, wear this bag as a cross-body for hands-free convenience, or tote it by the top handle for a more posh finish.

Topshop Leather Satchel

10. Evening Clutch

A must for evening affairs, play up the gold shine with matching jewelry.

Whiting & Davis Clutch

11. Cap-Toe Pumps

So much more fun than basic black pumps, this cap-toe pair has a fashion-forward touch.

Jeffrey Campbell Bullet Platform Pumps

12. Gold Chain Necklace

Dress up a tee and jeans look or put the final finish on a nighttime ensemble with a long gold necklace.

Tinley Road Necklace

So what’s your take on my list? Share in the comments below. And feel free to submit your own questions on the Ask Her page!