Many of us have experienced the age-old problem of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. If it’s been a while since you last rummaged through your wardrobe, it may very well be time for an update. Over time, trends come and go, and our bodies change as we age.

Often, we hold onto clothes we no longer wear, and this can cause clutter and frustration when we’re trying to locate specific pieces of clothing. Now is the time to reassess your closet and recycle anything you’d rather discard.

To help get you started on your wardrobe overhaul, here are five essential items every woman should have in her closet:

1. A Pair of Flattering Jeans

While we’re of the opinion that you can’t own too many jeans, settling for one good pair is the name of the game. Moreover, your jeans should be flattering and suited to your body type. High-waisted varieties are currently in fashion, and these are a stylish addition to any wardrobe.

Additionally, you can have fun with your jeans by experimenting with colors and washes, rips, embellishments and length. A good pair of jeans will be your go-to pants and can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair them with.

2. A Wear-Anywhere Jacket

Life is busy, and when the temperature drops, you need a coat you can depend on and easily throw over your shoulders. Your outerwear will depend on your personal style and the climate, but something classic and versatile works well. Your jacket should suit work or play, and a longer, tied variety will get plenty of wear. A coat may be an investment, so we recommend shopping around until you find the perfect fit.

3. A Little Black Dress

Another item every woman should have in her closet is a little black dress. Affectionately known as an LBD, having one waiting in your wardrobe will give you something nice to wear whenever you need it. Of course, black is flattering, and it can be easily dressed up or down with accessories and shoes.

To that end, your little black dress will be instantly transformed into something new when you pop on a bright necklace and matching clutch. This versatile, ready-to-wear dress should be something you feel good in. Choose the cut and length to suit your taste and you’ll undoubtedly wear this one over and over again!

4. A Crisp White Shirt

A crisp white shirt can be worn with your jeans, a skirt or dress pants. You can wear it tucked in for work or open as a light jacket. With so many ways to wear a shirt, it’s little wonder why it made our essential closet items list.

While shirts come in a range of colors and patterns, a white shirt will never go out of style. It’s a classic piece you can invest in, knowing if you treat it well — this means no red wine stains — it will stand the test of time.

5. A Trend-Setting Piece

All the other items on our list are classics, but sometimes you want to follow the trends. When purchasing seasonal pieces, we suggest looking for splashes of the trend, rather than head-to-toe looks.

For example, leopard print has made a comeback but instead of wearing a full bodysuit in this design, stretch your money further by choosing a headband, belt or purse that you can accessorize with your classic pieces.

Start Your Wardrobe Overhaul

Remember, it’s better to own a few classic, wearable items rather than a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. With a flattering pair of jeans, crisp white shirt, little black dress, trendsetting piece and versatile jacket, you’ll have all the basics to start your wardrobe overhaul.