Wardrobe Essentials are classic pieces that I consider to have in my closet for years and those that never go out of style. They are not only hard to find but also can be expensive. My point here is that you don’t need to go out and buy the most expensive designer pieces out there all at once, but good quality pieces will take some time to find.
The first and the most important thing to do in order to get one step closer to a great wardrobe is to identify what pieces are essentials, basics that are classic, well-made, well-fitted, and last for a long time. So as you can tell from the title, in today’s post, I will cover 20 best essentials and why you need to invest time and effort in looking now!
20 Wardrobe Essentials Everyone Should Own:
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of white sneakers. They instantly add a street-style element to dress down an outfit or a touch of chicness to a very casual one. Nike Air Force 1, Converse Chuck, Vans Old Skool, Superga Cortu, Veja V-10, Adidas Stan Smith, and Tread by Everlane are some of the very popular styles that you should look into. I own a few pairs of white sneakers and definitely want to invest in a few more since you can never have enough. 😛
My journey to the most perfect pair of black trousers has been a long one. All of the black trousers you see below have been in my closet for years now. Generally, I tend to gravitate towards a pair of high-waisted pleated front trousers because they are timeless and versatile: easy to dress up with heels or dress down with sneakers. Don’t feel limited to a pair of tight-fitted trousers, explore other options such as straight-legged or flared ones since they can look as equally chic. Go to the stores and try on different styles to make sure things fit you properly at the waist first then there’s nothing a good tailoring job cannot do!
I cannot recommend you guys to invest in a genuine leather moto jacket enough! I found my Allsaint jacket at the Nordstrom store in downtown Seattle almost two years ago, and I have been reaching for it non-stop ever since. Make sure you wait on a good sale or save enough Nordy note credits! 100% worth the investment, and I only have one to recommend just because I only have one! *wearing size 6 here by the way! Good way to determine which size to go for is to try it on with a thick knit. Go a bit more oversized for a street-style effortless look!
My journey to find the most perfect blazer seems to never end. I feel like I need to make a designer purchase to kinda feel like I’ve achieved it. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the blazers I have come across (worn below) so much! Aritzia, Zara, Topshop, Mango, and Massimo Dutti are some of the brands that make decent quality blazers at affordable prices. Black, brown, white, plaid, checker, herringbone. Oversized, fitted, vintage, relaxed fit… The possibilities are truly endless, so it’s best to stock up on a few colors and styles!
I’ve done a styling session on my IG-stories showing you my angled boot collection and put together a few looks there not too long ago. If you’ve missed it, definitely go follow me on Instagram and check out my stories frequently. Anyways, ankled boots are well-known closet staples. They come in many different styles and finishes. Just make sure you opt for those with genuine leather material that is sturdy and not too soft (perhaps read some reviews online?) with reasonably high heels so that you can stomp around town in them all day. Personally, I still prefer mine to be genuine leather because leather ages very well through time.
A bag holds all of the belongings, so it’s very personal and unique to each individual. I don’t often buy bags, but when I do, I’d prefer to invest in a designer one. I usually make a decision on which bag to buy depending on what designer I like and how much money I have at the time. Then I’d go to the store, read reviews, and stalk on it for quite sometime before deciding to spend my hard-earn money on it. I don’t just buy a bag for a show. It needs to serve a purpose, practical, and that it will hold up through time.
Please don’t ever buy a designer bag just because it looks good on your favorite blogger!
My favorite silhouette when it comes to skirts is flowy fitted at the waist and flowy toward the bottom. Satin skirts are definitely making waves this entire year of 2019. Skirts like these are versatile and can be paired with any tops and shoes, really!
This category takes me the longest in my staple wardrobe hunting journey.
My denim requirements are a straight leg, non-stretch/100% cotton, high-waisted, button-fly with minimal rips and tears. To my experience, a good pair of denim rarely goes on sale, so I’d be happy to spend $150-$250 on a pair once in a while. My current favorites are the Agolde Riley in Zephyr (via Aritzia) that I’m sure you guys are sick of me talking about and the GRLFRND Karolina in Sixpence (via Nordstrom). Both I bought at the original price (I know!), but they are so well worth the price!
For lower price denim, I’d say Topshop’s Jamie or Joni (skinny jeans) and Everlane’s cheeky straight jeans are some of the best and most-loved jeans in the fashion community. Nordstrom Rack and Sak Off Fifth so have a good selection of past season denim, and you might be lucky to find something there as well. Just make to always try them on and take note of the style and wash because no jeans are made equally!
Linen and silk are my favorite types of fabrics in button-up or button-down shirts. Uniqlo comes out with incredible shirt colors, and I especially love the men’s ones since they have slightly thicker fabric. I like Vince and Equipment for quality silk shirts. Everlane is also a great stop-shop for shirts, too! Button-up shirts are great for interviews, presentations, beach or vacay worn as an overshirt. Versatile and super easy to pack along!
Turtleneck sweaters come in a million different styles and fits and all colors of the rainbow. And I do own a handful of so many different styles and colors myself!
This pima micro rib turtleneck’s fit and the fabric is a dream! I love a good fitted For fitted knitted ones, I love Uniqlo’s washable extra-fine merino knit range since they are so affordable. Ariza, Everlane, and Jcrew also make great turtlenecks. I’m linking a few favorites below.
I made a Youtube video sharing my top 5 picks, all under $20, white T-shirts. Check it out: HERE. And please don’t spend over $50 on a T-shirt unless it’s from a brand that you absolutely adore! My favorites are crewneck and relaxed boyish fit for sure!
I think this category is straight forward enough! I’m linking a few of my favorites and those that are on my bucket list below.
Lack of Color is the brand to go when it comes to wool boater hats that are practical and affordable. I have 3 hats from them now! Their hats range from $80-$150, and shipping from Australia is super fast! I got the Benson Tri – Brown in size L thinking it would fit my big head, turned out it was too big for my head. I contacted the brand and was instructed to send the hat to their warehouse in California. My new hat came in a week after as well as the reimbursement for the shipping fee. Love LOC!
I found the old Celine sunglasses at a local designer outlet store in Minneapolis early this summer, Opitz. I got them for $150 while the original price was about $500. There were not any boxes accompanied, but I was pretty happy because they fit my face shape so perfectly. I also have a handful of Rayban sunglasses and a pair of Le Specs cat-eye Lolita ones. I highly recommend any of the styles below if you’re looking for a pair of quality fail-safe sunglasses.
I am in love with this Isabel Marant belt! I love how it’s versatile: worn at the waist to belt a blazer or waist line of your pants. I’ve worn it with an LBD HERE. For a more affordable version, Uniqlo, Jcrew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic offer some pretty good options that are worth to check out. Don’t forget to check out the thrift shops as well!
MEJURI is the brand that I will always tell you guys to invest your money when it comes to every day fine jewelry. AURate NY is another brand that I’ve worked with and also offer fine jewelry at a great price as well! Check both of them out:
My tip when looking for a good trench coat is to stick with a classic camel (or navy) long oversized coat so that you can layer a thicker knit underneath. Remember to read the fabric composition and try it on with a few outfits before getting it! A Burberry and Toteme trench coat is still on my bucket list!
I have a number of different bodysuits for different occasions. It’s great to wear with any bottoms to build a base layer underneath a big jacket or coat, especially in the fall and winter. The trick is to make sure they’re stretchy and easy to put in and take out for bathrooms. Opt for black, white, gray, and neutral colors! I also like my bodysuits to have some unexpected details such as the diagonal cut, open back, one sleeve, and interesting zig-zag straps.
Adding a red lipstick is y favorite way to instantly look chic even on days when I give no effort to my outfit. The less makeup the better when it comes to a bold red lip in my opinion. So just explore different shades whatever suits your skin tone, mine is definitely a deep burgundy warm-toned red shade. MAC lipstick matte in Russian Red, KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, and TOO FACED melted matte liquified long wear lipstick in Ladyballs are my top three signature red colors. What is yours? Share below!
Jumpsuits are the easiest to throw on and be out of the door. They come in so many different shapes and styles, are made from so many different types of fabrics, and definitely will save your money on many occasions because of how versatile they are. See below I’ve styled my jumpsuits out with sandals and heels, for more example, scroll through my Instagram! Zara, Topshop, and Anthropologie are my favorite places to get a good pair of jumpsuits! For more inspor, read my previous blog posts: here and here.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions in any of the pieces I’ve featured in this post as I am happy to help you out. Let me know if you’d like a part 2 of WARDROBE ESSENTIALS. Have a productive week!
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