How to Style Your Iconic Wardrobe Essentials


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There are several staple pieces that every modern woman needs to complete her sophisticated wardrobe. These iconic articles of clothing stand the test of time, the changing seasons, and the ever-evolving nature of fashion trends for timeless apparel you can wear for years to come and even pass down to future generations.

Learn which wardrobe essentials you should have on-hand year-round and how to style them for a timeless, polished look.

The Little Black Dress

Why You Need It

No woman's wardrobe is complete without the ultimate staple piece: the always-in-style, iconic little black dress. A quality black dress hugs your figure in all the right ways for a slimming silhouette that's perfect for cocktail parties, nights out, and semi-formal events.

How to wear it

Keep your look fuss-free and refined by pairing your black knit dress with a basic strappy heel. Layer with a complementary cardigan or jacket for dimension, and add a touch of glam with drop earrings and your favorite necklace.

The Tailored Jacket

Why You Need It

Adding a well-fitted jacket to a sophisticated outfit is like putting frosting on a rich, indulgent cake – it makes it that much better! As one of the most versatile wardrobe essentials, a perfectly tailored jacket is a style staple for any ambitious, professional woman. 

How to Wear It

Impeccably tailored for an unforgettable silhouette, the well-tailored jacket compliments just about everything, including dresses, skirts, and pants. Throw your jacket on top of your favorite workwear or dressy separates to elevate your style.   

Knit Pants: Milano Knit Pant

Knit Pants: Bella Double Weave Cropped Flare Pants

The Go-To Pant

Why You Need It

There's always a need for bottoms that can seamlessly transition from errands to the office to dinner and drinks. Sleek, smooth, and perfectly fitting black knit pants make the ideal foundation for sophisticated ensembles.

How to Wear It

Pair black pants with a knit tee or ultra-soft sweater and ballet flats or mules for casual days. Opt for a silk or satin tank with a jacket and heels for dressier occasions. Since these pants go from day to night without missing a beat, you can simply change your shoes and top for a completely refreshed look.

Knit Skirts: Soft Boucle Knit Skirt

Knit Skirts: Stretch Nappa Leather Pencil Skirt

The Power Skirt

Why You Need It

You're a strong, powerful woman. You need a skirt that shows it. A black knit pencil skirt cut just above the knee is ideal for the professional with a refined fashion sense. Offering an effortlessly chic appearance that highlights an hourglass shape, the pencil skirt compliments many styles of tops for a variety of ensemble options.

How to Wear It

Wear your power skirt with a crisp button-down blouse or knit shell to the office and business meetings. Complete the outfit with heels and your tailored jacket for the ultimate corner-office look.

One of the best things about staple clothing is that you can mix and match separates in a range of perennial looks. Introduce modern, statement, and more seasonal pieces to the mix for even more options.

Explore St. John Knits Basics for a curated collection of wardrobe essentials, and shop The New Standard for this year's must-have staple pieces.