Do you have these 12 Wardrobe Must-Haves?

Like most of my content, this list is taken from Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman” right here on

Tired of buying duplicates of the same item because you don’t know what’s in your closet? Do you wish you could go shopping for exactly the right pieces to add to your wardrobe?

Start shopping on purpose!

fantabulous women wardrobe basics

Use this check-list to inventory your closet then make a list of what you need to buy. Keep your list in your purse for impromptu shopping trips.

____ Jeans in a dark wash to wear with heels or boots

____ Jeans to wear with flats or casual shoes

____ A denim jacket in a neutral color*

____ A white or off-white blouse*

____ A suit (a jacket and pants, or skirt) in a neutral color that flatters you.* Choose a fabric that you can wear all year.

____ A flattering dress in chocolate, black, charcoal or navy*

____ A cashmere or cotton sweater in a soft color

____ A silk or cotton blouse in a print or solid pop color*

____ A V-neck or scoop-neck T-shirt in chocolate, black, charcoal or navy.* Look for one with 3/4″ sleeves.

____ Khaki, tweed, corduroy, linen, cotton or wool slacks

____ A jogging suit in your favorite color (for hanging out at home)

____ A lightweight coat

*Wondering what your best neutral or POP colors are? Check out my previous post all about determining your Dominant Color Category and make sure to “follow” the corresponding Pinterest board, too.

Ideally, each piece will reflect your individual style, whether modern, vintage, eclectic or something else. They may be basic pieces, but they should still be “you!”

With these basics in your closet, you can create lots of different combinations!

Stay tuned for the OTHER dozen essential items AND your must-have spring items, coming soon!

What pieces do you need to add to your wardrobe? Need help editing your closet and determining your must-haves? Contact me for a Closet Makeover!


What is your Dominant Color Category?

I want to help you discover your Dominant Color Category so I can then recommend wardrobe items like scarves, blazers and floral prints for your unique coloring AND tell you what HOT seasonal colors will work for you.

This concept comes from Shari Braendel‘s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad” found on Amazon. I highly recommend the book and I ADORE Shari. This is Shari with my mom and me at an event last year at ASU.

fantabulous women tabitha dumas with shari braendel


I have a Pinterest board for each category that I curate on an ongoing basis.

I invite you to ”follow” the board for your category.

There are six categories:

1. Light. Naturally blonde or white hair. Fair skin tone. Light to medium eye color.

fantabulous women dominant color category light

The LIGHT Pinterest board

2. Deep. Medium to dark brown or black hair. Medium to dark skin tone. Hazel, brown or black eyes.

fantabulous women dominant color category deep

The DEEP Pinterest board.

3. Soft. Light to medium brown hair (or ‘mousy’ or ‘dishwater blonde’). Light to medium skin tone. Medium intensity eye color like hazel, brown, blue or green.

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The SOFT Pinterest board.

4. Clear. Dark medium brown to black hair. Very light or medium skin tone. Bright eye colors (green, blue or hazel) or dark brown.

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The CLEAR Pinterest board.

5. Warm. Red hair or golden blonde or brown hair with reddish highlights. Any skin tone, sometimes with freckles. Green, blue, brown or hazel eyes.

fantabulous women dominant color category warm

The WARM Pinterest board.

6. Cool. Silver, gray or ash brown hair. Light to medium skin tone (often with a pink undertone). Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes.

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The COOL Pinterest board.

Not sure which category you fall into? Wondering if you got it right?

Use Shari’s Color Enalysis tool.

I hope this helps, and I hope you’ll keep checking back for recommendations related to YOUR Dominant Color Category!

Good Reasons to Arrange Your Closet By Color

Closet organization is a personal and somewhat complicated issue.

One option is arranging your closet contents by color.

The picture below represents my tops arranged by color:

White, red, pink, purple, blue, gray, turquoise, green, brown and peach.

fantabulous women closet organization

You’ll notice the same order in the stack of long-sleeved tops on the top shelf as well as in the hanging organizer.

My shoes are arranged by color, too. Silver in the front and brown in the middle row.

Here are some good reasons to arrange your closet by colors:

1. You enjoy wearing color. And I hope you do!

2. You coordinate your outfits based on color {like this one, source}

FanTABulouswomen closet organization

3. Seeing a rainbow in your closet makes you happy.

If you are one of my ladies who pins color-coordinated outfits on Pinterest, arranging your closet by color is probably a great idea.

Jot down a few of your favorite looks {like the navy, green and white combo pictured above} and go to your closet to put some outfits together.

In the interest of full disclosure, my closet is currently arranged by the type of garment (short-sleeve, long skirt, etc.)–pictures coming soon.

Would you enjoy having your closet arranged by color? Why or why not? Leave a comment here or hop on over to Facebook to keep the conversation going!

Need help with organizing your closet to YOU can dress to look your best every day? Schedule a time for us to spend an hour together in YOUR closet!

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