Wardrobe Essentials

January 28, 2015
I was going through my closet the other day and realized quite a few things...

1. I am a sucker for neutrals
2. I don't wander far from the cuts and styles that I know flatter my shape
3. I like classic pieces that I can wear for years
4. Anything that is 'of the moment' or 'seasonal' typically comes from a big-box retailers where prices are ultra low

The more I looked through my closet, I found that I am a collector of essentials; pieces that work together to build an outfit. My clothes lend to layering and really come together with the help of accessories. So, you can assume there are a lot of neutral colors, approachable fabrics and a bit of simplicity.

I decided to put together a collection of wardrobe essentials... these are all items that I think are the foundation for a woman's closet. Each item can be worn in several ways and are either currently in my closet or I have a version very similar.

Tops: Everyone needs a great white tee, tanks to layer, simple button ups and a couple special, slightly-dressy shirts to match with a variety of bottoms. Finally, when the weather gets chilly, cozy sweaters will keep you staying warm. 

(left to right:  tee  /  halter tank  /  tank  /  blouse  /  plaid button-up  /  chambray  /  striped shirt  /  chiffon blouse  /  cardigan  /  thin sweater  /  chunky sweater)

Jackets/Dresses/Bottoms: Vests are practical and add a sporty element to any outfit. A classic leather jacket will never go out of style along with a military-inspired piece; they both add a bit of edge which I love. As for skirts, pencil-cuts are universally flattering and can work with a variety of tops. Every girl should have a lbd, along with a great-fitting pair of black + white pants along with a go-to pair of denim.

(left to right:  vest  /  leather jacket  /  military jacket  /  pencil skirt  /  little black dress  /  pencil skirt  /  black pant  /  white pant  /  denim)

Bags + Shoes:  Neutrals rule in this category. A simple black cross body bag and a large tan tote will take you from work to the weekend easily. I love scarves and will buy cheap colorful ones seasonally but tend to reach for a cozy neutral option more often then not. As for shoes, I get the most wear out of my neutral flats, classic patent pumps, riding boots and a chunky-heeled wedge.

(left to right: cross body bag  /  scarf  /  tote  /  ballet flat  /  patent leather pump  /  riding boot  /  bootie  /  ballet flat)

What are your wardrobe essentials? Leave a comment letting me know what workhorse in your closet should be an addition to mine.


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