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How to Build a Wardrobe With Basics

 

Have you ever opened up your over-flowing closet and still said to yourself, “*sigh* I have nothing to wear”? That’s probably a sign that you haven’t invested in any basics! When you buy too many trendy pieces with fun colors and patterns, it makes it difficult to curate cohesive outfits. So, here’s a few tips & wardrobe basics that I think everyone should have in their closets.

THE LOGO CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT

A logo crewneck sweatshirt is perfect for a lazy day, running some quick errands, or lounging around the house. A must-have for the millennial lol. Obviously you could go sans-logo but I just like having the logo to act as an accessory. It just adds uniqueness to otherwise “boring” crewneck.

THE A-LINE SKIRT

Whether it’s of the pleated, skater, or denim variety, everyone needs an A-line skirt. It’s the most flattering skirt shape for any body type, and it’s a very versatile piece. Pair it with your white collared shirt for a more professional look, or pair it with a crop top for a flirty casual look. Lately, I’ve personally been really into tennis skirts and plaid skirts!

THE BLAZER

In the video I mentioned that a black blazer was an essential. In the case that you already have a black one, I’ve also found some really cute gray ones on Express and Banana Republic. If you’re in a career field that requires business appropriate or business casual wardrobe, Express and Banana Republic are really great stores to look into, as well as Everlane.

THE WHITE COLLARED SHIRT

A white collared shirt is probably the most versatile piece that you’ll ever invest in–right next to a good pair of jeans. I prefer silk shirts because they hang off the body nicely and they’re pretty wrinkle resistant, which is a plus if you travel a lot. I’ve listed some shirts above, however keep in mind that fabric is really important when purchasing any piece. While a shirt that is cheap in cost sounds attractive, consider that synthetic fabrics may not look or feel as good as silk or cotton. But as always, buy what works for you.

THE ‘LBD’ – LITTLE BLACK DRESS

A necessary piece no matter who you are. Dress it up, dress it down, accessorize or don’t. Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe to cover parties, formal events, or for an easy wear under a chambray shirt to run some errands or hit happy hour. The style is up to you…do you want a bodycon? Slip-style? Satin? Velvet? Mesh panelling? Interesting or unique cutouts? The choice is yours.

THE BLUE, BLACK, AND WHITE JEANS

If there’s anything that you take away from this post, it’s that you need good…no, scratch that. You need GREAT pairs of blue, black, and white jeans. They need to fit well, and they need to last you a long time. Then you’ll never have to purchase another pair of jeans for a very, very, long time.

THE JOGGERS / TRACKPANTS

The perfect pants for on-to-go. Lots of people will disagree, but I absolutely think that these should be a staple in anyone’s closet. It’s the perfect amount of care and no-care to be comfortable and warm, yet still fashionable.

THE MOTO JACKET

To add edginess to an otherwise vanilla look, a moto jacket is a must. In fact, just today I wore jeans with a nike hoodie because I wanted to be warm and comfortable while I sat in a theater to watch Hidden Figures. How did I upgrade that look? With a moto jacket on top. Layering is key to looking more put together. It makes it look like it took a lot of thought you curate your outfit. Another thing to consider before you buy: do you want a cropped jacket or a regular length? Cropped jackets might look cute, but regular length might be better for layering (and keeping warm). Decide whatever fits your lifestyle. It’s your prerogative.

THE PEACOAT / TRENCH COAT

 

A truly classic piece that will never go out of style.

 

What are some of your wardrobe basics?

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