2-22-21 THIS WEEK: 10 Essentials Every Woman Should Own

February 22, 2021, 1:08 pm by MSP


Let's get back to basics. With the next couple of months being rather cold, we'll still be spending a lot of time indoors. Let's make this "in-between" time, time well spent. Devote some time organizing your closet and wardrobe. 

This week at MissusSmartyPants: A master wardrobe plan.

WHY? Because the secret to a truly successful wardrobe lies within having the right basics.

What basics should you own? While it might vary from woman to woman, depending upon lifestyle, there are 10 wardrobe essentials every woman should own. These 10 basics give you a good core wardrobe. With these 10 pieces you can create the most outfits-yet it's only ten pieces. This means, you can invest in better quality clothing and maximize their use season after season. It's big on style and super budget-friendly!

This week you get that list of 10 must-have essentials that will take you from winter into spring! Look for this article in all 5 Personal Profile body types posted this Thursday!

Stay warm and comfy (in your yoga pants and sweatshirt)...

And get ready to make a master wardrobe plan!


Instead of begrudging this dreary time of year, let's use it to your advantage. This is the best time of the year to create a master wardrobe plan! 

Examine what you have in your wardrobe...piece by piece. What really makes up a majority of your wardrobe? Do you have a lot of clothes, or not that many? What key items are you still missing? What do you wear almost daily? What don't you wear--and why? Ask yourself these questions as your go through your closet, item by item. 

What 10 wardrobe essentials should you own? This week: The list of the 10 wardrobe essentials you should have!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Got closet clutter? I thought you might say "Yes". Me too, and I've doing nothing until now. 

This week, slowly cull through your racks, shelves and drawers. Release the clutter--then organize what's left. By the way_What do you have left and how do you store items in your closet? Are your hangers all facing the same way, in the same color? Can you think of some clever ways you might want to store your accessories and other items in your closet? (adding hooks, racks, double shelving?)

This week's Style Mission: Store your accessories and clothing--creatively! 

How about tying long scarves around a shower tension rod, or using old knobs to hang necklaces?       


Paint your closet a bright color...

In the morning, your cheery closet becomes a happy place you visit first thing!


What SYSters Are Saying

Dear MSP,

I remember reading about black pants that don't fade. I have worn black cotton/spandex flares that fade badly and constantly need to be replaced. Please let me know what black pants you have recommended in the past that hold their color well.

I like to look put together for my job in a lab, but I quickly look shabby with faded black pants. Please help!

Thanks. Theresa

I have made wonderful clothing choices since subscribing to you service!!!!

MSP HERE: Hi Theresa,

It's not always easy to keep black pants dark and looking new.

Here are some tips that will help you… First of all, always wash them INSIDE OUT and in COLD water. Only tumble dry, if you must. It is best to line-dry (in the shade or indoors) black pants (and dark jeans) to keep the finish new.

Cotton and other natural fibers tend to fade more quickly than synthetics. If fading happens and you still love the pants--try dyeing them with RIT black dye. You can use a large plastic bucket or the washing machine. (follow the package directions). Soon you will have like-new black pants again!

Love, Leslie MSP



I've subscribed to your Personal Profile for about two years now and want to share with you another way I utilize the weekly MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile.  Before MSP, my wardrobe mostly consisted of dark, baggy clothes in hopes of covering up the fact I was overweight.  Now, based on your wonderful advice, I'm proud to wear close-fitting clothes in a variety of colors that are good for me. 

I found another great way to use your weekly profile suggestions.  I print out the last page, the "MissusSmartyPants Selects" which shows an outfit recommended by you that includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.  I place the sheet inside a clear page protector, punch a hole in the margin, and hang my collection on a jump ring.  I keep these hanging near my closet to give me great ideas for putting together an outfit I wouldn't think of doing myself. 

I'm currently in a weight loss program and have lost about 10 lbs.  The incentive behind my becoming healthier has lots to do with how I feel about myself since I've learned how to dress for my body shape and size! So thank you for that. 

I've had lots of fun mixing and matching different outfits rather than being in a rut.  

Thanks so much for all your great advice and encouragement.

 Love, Tina


"I think women are realizing that they don't need a closet full of clothes. 
They just need the RIGHT clothes" ~ Michael Kors