With the New Year well underway, thoughts of resolutions, goals, fresh starts, and transformations are likely to be on your mind (or have crossed it, at the very least). Whether you’re the type who follows through on your resolutions or doesn’t tend to make them in the first place, there’s one goal we can all set in 2016: to create a chic, well-rounded wardrobe filled with a combination of classic staples and of-the-moment styles.
And no, that doesn’t require opening your closet doors, throwing out everything inside, and starting from scratch. Instead, it’s as simple as taking the essential pieces you already own and adding a few styles that are trending this year. To make it even easier, we’ve whipped up a list of these must-own pieces for you.
Sure, we’ve told you before that flares are making a major comeback, but they’re officially the jean to add to your collection in 2016. Not only are they ultra-flattering—thanks to their leg-lengthening and hourglass-creating effect—but they’re also easy to style with pieces you already own. Just add a boho top and heeled boots for a ’70s vibe, or keep them simple and sleek with a classic white button-down.
Start the New Year off with an easy-to-make statement by working thick stripes into your everyday look. Try a striped top with a midi skirt and heels for the office, or go a little more casual with a striped maxi dress for the weekend. Feeling especially daring? Mix stripes on top and bottom (think vertical stripes up top and horizontal stripes down below, or a dress that combines stripes of all different directions and thicknesses).
For the days when you don’t want to show off your curves in close-fitting tops, keep things laid-back in a drapey style that adds instant ease and romance to any look. An oversized button-down paired with skinny jeans or tailored trousers is a no-fail look for work or play, while flowy, boho-inspired tops are the perfect pair for your soon-to-be favorite flares.
While dainty rings, thin bangles, and simple necklaces will never go out of style, 2016 is all about the show-stopping pieces, from bejeweled necklaces to collarbone-grazing earrings. Perk up a basic tee-and-jeans combo with a mixed-metal necklace and piled-on bracelets, or inject an extra dose of drama to your night-out ensemble with a pair of glittering drop earrings or bold cocktail ring. You can even mix your delicate and statement jewelry together for a beautifully balanced look that works day or night.
Black, white, gray, navy—these go-with-anything colors are the building blocks of a great wardrobe. But this is the year to add some brilliant, eye-catching hues to your rotation. From fire-red dresses and royal blue skirts to emerald green coats and daffodil yellow sweaters, pair standout shades with your favorite basics to create fierce looks for every season. (And if you aren’t ready to dive right in to saturated clothing, test out this colorful trend by adding a bright bag, shoe, or scarf to your everyday outfit.)
Spice up your basic leggings, sports bras, tops, and more by reaching for pieces with strappy detailing. Let a strappy bra peek through an open-back top during yoga class, or throw on a multi-strap tank for your morning run when the weather heats up.
Plain white T-shirts are a wardrobe staple, working with everything from a pencil skirt and blazer for work to jeans and sneakers for a casual Saturday outfit. But why not take your tee game to the next level in 2016 by adding a few graphic styles to the mix? Try pairing a statement black tee with distressed skinnies and a leather jacket for a rocker-chic look, or wear one with a flirty skirt and heels for a simple date-night style.
There are sweaters—which you already have a million of (and rightfully so)—and then there are statement sweaters. Add some excitement to your standard sweater collection with a floor-sweeping cardigan, which looks super-stylish when paired with a graphic tee and skinnies for the weekend or an above-the-knee dress for work. Stick with a neutral hue so you can throw it on with pretty much anything on those chilly days when you need some extra warmth.