10 Items Every 20 Year Old Should Have In Her Closet

“I’ve got nothing to wear!”, is a phrase we’re all guilty of saying every now and then when we look into our beloved closet, but with some savvy styling there’s no need to say this ever again. As summer draws to a close and with fall on the horizon, you could be feeling like your wardrobe is in serious need of a revamp. You may not have the budget to hit the shops and splurge on the latest trends, but fear not as here at CGD, we’ve narrowed it down to a select few wardrobe classics, like the staple LBD or slouchy white tee, which will take you through this season and many more to come.

1.  A Classic Trenchcoat

Trench Coat Wardrobe Essentials
Photo via: Tuula Vintage

Perhaps one of the most iconic of coats, a classic trench coat, is a timeless staple in any girl’s wardrobe and can be worn in a variety of ways to give you a selection of the season’s trendiest looks.

Get the look:
+ Jennifer Zeuner Necklace
+ O’2nd Hudson Trenchcoat
+ Prada Cat- Eye Double Sided Sunglasses

2. A Pair Of Skinny Jeans

Striped Top

Every girl needs a pair. Classic skinny jeans are a must-have staple in your wardrobe. Wear it with a denim jacket and a slouchy tee for an off-duty vibe or smarten them up with a sheer blouse and a pair of black courts.

Get the look:
+ Missguided Double Breasted Tailored Wool Coat
+ Urban Outfitters Turtleneck Top
+ The Sak Silverlake Leather Crossbody
+ Joe’s Jeans Rolled Skinny Ankle Jeans
+ Truffle Collection Tegan Point Pumps

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3. The Boho Dress

If you need an injection of print into your wardrobe, then look no further than a dainty boho dress. Pair this dress with gladiator sandals, and a fringed handbag for the ultimate off-duty festival look, or dress it up with a tailored blazer and a pair of court heels. Try this daisy print overlay dress from Topshop, and wear with leather ankle boots for a 70s take on the ultimate boho vibe. Or pair this paisley cotton and silk mini dress from Talitha with an edgy leather jacket for a punk vibe.

4. A Striped Top

Striped Top
Image via: J.Crew

There’s a reason every time you step foot in Paris, one of the fashion capitals of the world, a super stylish Parisian in a striped T-shirt is not far from your eyesight. Stripes simply go with everything, making it a great piece to have in your wardrobe. This T-shirt looks as good dressed up with a leather pencil skirt or capri pants, as it does dressed down with slouchy denim and classic sneakers. Mix this cool Comme Des Garcons stiped tee or classic Alexander McQueen navy striped jumper with block colours, florals, denim, leather or other striped pieces.

Get the look:
+ Striped Ponte Sweater

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5. A Leather Jacket

Biker Jacket
Photo via: Fashion Agony

A leather jacket is one piece that will see you through all four seasons, whether it’s layered over a soft cashmere jumper in the colder months or draped over a casual tee and denim shorts during the summer time. For a failsafe going out look, wear your leather jacket slung over a party mini dress. It is a jacket that has become renowned for its ability to toughen up girly summer dresses, and dress down smarter outfits whilst giving any outfit an added injection of style. It’s worth opting for a classic biker style, like this Saint Laurent leather biker jacket, that you’ll still love in years to come.

Get the look:
+ J.D.Y Matt Leather Look Biker Jacket
+ Vince Little Boy Tee
+ ASOS Shopper Bag
+ Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Crop Wide Leg Pants
+ Ivanka Trump Floral Print Pumps

6.  The White Tee

White Tee
Photo via ASOS

Nothing screams versatility as much as a white tee, so make sure you have this staple in your wardrobe and you’ll never be short of outfit ideas. Whether you layer this perfect T-shirt under a jumper, tucked into a skirt or hanging loose with a pair of denim shorts, nothing says effortless style quite as well as this trusty staple. J Crew and Alexander Wang make some of the best casual tees, with the softest feeling cotton.

Get the look:
+ Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans
+ The New Forever Shirt
+ Leather Black Dial Watch
+ Sleeveless Blazer

7. A Sharp Blazer

Navy Blazer
Image via J.Crew

Ever looked in the mirror before heading to work, and thought you needed an extra something to make that office look truly work? Look no further than a sharp, well tailored blazer. It’s a great alternative to a coat in the warmer months, whilst looking incredibly chic and sophisticated at the same time.

Get the look:
+ Campbell Blazer In Italian Stretch Wool
+ Waffle Tshirt In Stripe
+ Trouser In Italian Wool
+ White Sneakers

8. The Oversized Sunnies

A pair of oversized sunglasses are the perfect accessory for finishing off your outfit with an added injection of edge. Worn by the likes of Olivia Palermo, Cara Delevingne and Kim Kardashian, they are essential on minimal makeup days to pull your look together. These oversized tortoiseshell sunnies from Gucci are perfect for those long, summer nights, or you can embrace the mirrored sunnies trend with these classic RayBan aviator shades.


9.  Flats

ballet flats

They’re as stylish as they are comfortable, making them an ideal choice for a long day in the office, or casual drinks at your local bar. You can wear them with a classic pair of black skinny jeans and a smart shirt, and transition into night by switching the shirt for a more glamorous sequined skirt. Chose a timeless pair that will work with the majority of your wardrobe.

Get the look:
+ Aquazzura Christy Laced Flats 
+ Pointed Ballet Flats


Cape Dress
Photo via Nastygal

10. The Little Black Dress

Nothing is more open to accessorising and styling quite like a LBD, meaning you can create so many different looks, just by adding accessories to this blank canvas.

Get the look:
+ Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress


  • Anna

    I really like this post :)
    Very good idea :)


    • Celina

      Thanks Anna!

  • Saria

    I love such posts!!!! And it’s so on point ^_^


    • Celina

      Thanks Saria :)

  • Emily

    Great post! Seeing a couple things my wardrobe doesn’t have, will have to invest :)




  • Lise G

    I have indeed most of these items. Great post !

  • Lauren

    Ohhh I definitely need a few more of these in my possession – I always size up my trousers which is a problem so need a new fit, and also you always need some stripes!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Beth Victoria

    Need to invest in some of these! Great post!

  • Chelsea F. B. Carter

    I would also add some comfy sweat pants, because I literally live in mine!

    • Lois

      Yes they are so comfi!

    • Celina

      So comfy :)

  • Gemma Carey

    Yay I’m 20 and own all of these! #lifecomplete


    • Celina

      hahaha :)

  • Aimee

    great post! I have half of these items in my closet so I’m half way there!


  • Mel

    Great post! I’m somehow missing 4 items from this list, time to do some shopping.


  • Steph Banks

    This was so helpful! Added a few things onto my wish list now :) xox

  • DT

    5/11 :( I need to go shopping!


    love the must haves! i need to add some !

  • Lynda

    Great must haves! I would count all of them!
    Love Lynda

  • Patricia

    thanks so much!

    Now I know that I need a button down blouse.

    and that I got much more essentials than I thought ;-)



  • yvonnelaura

    Got half of it.. need half of it

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