Must-Have Wardrobe Staples Every 20-Something Girl Should Own

Must-Have Wardrobe Staples Every 20-Something Girl Should Own
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Your 20s are going to be some of the best years of your life. It's the decade where you'll learn a lot about who you are, what you like and what you want out of life. It's also a time where you can be expressive with your style and get away with taking a few fashion risks.

Whether you're a traditional girl who sticks to classic looks, or you have more of an edge and prefer to stand out with your clothes, there are staples you've got to have in your wardrobe if you want to experience the full life of being a 20-something trendsetter.

Classic Tees

It doesn't matter how you spend your 20s; you're going to need basic t-shirts at some point. Casual weekends or days spent on a college campus are perfect opportunities to sport a comfy cotton tee. Two of our favorite places to shop for tees are Everlane and Joe Fresh.

Pair of Pumps

You might not be a super girly girl, but it's a good idea to have at least one pair of pumps in your shoe collection. You never know when you'll need to attend a wedding or another special occasion that calls for feminine footwear. 

If you are a girly girl, you know that pumps can dress up any outfit, or add a punch of color or fun! Shop affordable pumps at ASOS.


Unless you live somewhere that gets cold, you might not think you need scarves in your wardrobe. But scarves can be used for more than just wrapping around your neck. They are probably the most versatile accessory that exists!

Little Black Dress

From cocktail parties to nights at the club, a little black dress can be worn over and over again. You can take your look up a notch with jewelry and accessories, or keep it toned down with a pair of flats and nothing more. 

Keep in mind that many girls actually look better in brown than black, and can wear a little brown dress instead. Either way, a LBD is a non-negotiable piece for expert fashionistas. Look literally anywhere for a classic LBD, may we suggest Club Monaco for a great assortment!?


They come in a variety of shapes, styles and colors. Jeans are as crucial to your wardrobe as water is to your diet. Find the fit that's best for your body type, and make sure to have at least two pairs. Many women own more jeans than they do shoes! We love labels like Mother and J Brand.

Pencil Skirt

If you're a 20-something working woman, you may have a dress code at your office. A classic corporate piece that you can't go wrong with is a pencil skirt. It also makes a great transitional piece to go from the office to happy hour. We found a great collection at Shopbop.


Wear them with a tunic, to yoga class or under a pair of pants. Go with a bold print or a solid neutral. Whatever your preference, leggings are a comfortable must-have for every girl!

Tank Tops

While you'll probably wear tank tops mostly in the spring and summer, you can also use them to layer in the fall and winter. A stretchy tank is great for working out in, or a camisole style tank top is a dressier version you can wear under a blazer for work.

Animal Print

Because of its popularity and versatility, animal print is considered by many in the fashion industry to be a neutral. In the world of 20-somethings, it's a print that can't be ignored. Add some animal print to your look when you're feeling wild.

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