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Saturday, November 9, 2013

10 Wardrobe Essentials

There are a few pieces that every wardrobe should have.  You can do a lot with just a few key pieces.  Many of these pieces are pricier, but when you think about how much use you'd get out of them compared to other pieces in your closet, it's really worth the expense. 

1. The classic jean
The first and most necessary piece is a dark wash jean.  I recommend the J.Crew matchstick jean in classic rinse wash.  It's a really flattering fit on all figures and adds a little extra elegance to your casual look. 

2. A timeless blazer
Second on my list is a blazer.  I'd recommend getting a neutral color like navy, charcoal, black, or tan, so that it can go with a lot more and truly be a staple.  My favorite blazer is the J.Crew schoolboy. 

3. Dress Pants
Third on my list is a pair of versatile dress pants.  It's good to have something professional in your closet, no matter your occupation.  My favorite is the J.Crew Minnie pant.  With a cute pair of heals and a blazer, this is perfect for a business meeting or an interview, but with loafers and a sweater, this is perfect for any day out.

4. A little black dress
Fourth on my list is a little black dress.  The little black dress is something simple, timeless, and chic.  If you're grabbing drinks with the girls, going to the office Christmas party, or going on a date, this is the perfect piece.  With the right jewelry, shoes, and bag, this piece can be dressed up or down to meet the occasion and look like an entirely different piece altogether.  A few examples of a great little black dress: the Free People cross my heart bodycon, the Free People ode to tea shimmer dress, the Free People crazy for love dress, and the J.Crew misha dress.  It's best to go with a very simple little black dress and use your accessories to give it your style.

5. A great bag
Fifth is a great bag.  You want something that will hold up and age well.  Some bags even look better after they've been used a lot.  You can never go wrong with a well-tailored leather bag.  I personally love the Madewell essex messenger

6. A V-neck tee
Sixth is a V-neck tee.  My favorite is the J.Crew vintage cotton V-neck tee.  I have this tee in dozens of colors and use them all the time, but you only really need maybe two.  A white tee and then a bold color.  A bold colored tee can be the perfect way to add just a little spice to a casual look.

7. A flat
Seventh is a great flat.  I injured my knee, so I'm staying away from heels right now.  Something like this is actually why it's important to have a good flat in your closet.  I love the Madewell sidewalk skimmer.  These are honestly the most comfortable flats I've ever had on. 

8. Heels
Eighth is a heel.  It's good to have a nice heel for dressier occasions.  Something simple like the Madewell frankie pump would be a great addition to any wardrobe. 

9. A silk blouse
Ninth is a silk blouse.  A great silk blouse to have is the J.Crew Blythe blouse.  A silk blouse is the perfect piece to make a feminine business look.

10. A cardigan
Tenth is a timeless cardigan.  What could possibly be more timeless than a Jackie? My final recommendation for a wardrobe staple is the J.Crew Jackie Cardigan.

If you're equipped with these ten pieces, you'll be able to dress for any occasion.  All you need to make these outfits your own are the right accessories.