I thought that it might be a good idea to start writing some posts every once in a while that are less about seasonal trends and more so focused on building a timeless wardrobe. If you like this idea, please let me know in the comments!
I’m listing the wardrobe items that I, seriously, can’t live without. These are items that I have worn over and over and over again and that are truly worth the investment. Some of these items are also very affordable, but I guarantee that they meet my quality and durability standards!
- Madewell 9-inch rise skinny jean – ‘Ripped and Patched Edition:’ I’ve written about these jeans before, but I loathed high waisted jeans deeply before I bought them. I had this assumption that they would only make my butt look bigger rather than shape it. I have never put on a more flattering pair of high waisted jeans in…my…life. I wear these and the jeans I list below nonstop. You know they’re a good pair of jeans when you’re always reaching for them every time you go to your closet.
- Madewell 9-inch rise skinny jean in ‘Black Sea:’ These jeans were actually my first foray into high waisted jeans, but I think I denied how much I loved how the high waist tucks everything in. Just like the blue pair of Madewell jeans above, these have an incredibly flattering fit, maintain their shape, and the distressed hem is the perfect detail. Unfortunately, the fit in these jeans is not consistent from color to color. But I have friends that have also bought these jeans and have agreed that these colors have a consistent fit on all bodies!
- Louis Vuitton Neverfull (MM or GM): These bags are made for it all, truly. They’re durable (the canvas isn’t leather so it can endure a lot!), roomy, and well worth the investment. There’s not a day that I don’t use one of my Neverfulls, especially when I head into work. Both sizes can fit a laptop as well as everything else you’ll need throughout the day. The GM is particularly amazing for travel or work, but I always grab my MM to run errands. I purchased my MM at a Louis Vuitton store and my GM in Paris last summer (for SO MUCH cheaper, seriously buy there if you have the chance), but I have seen some pre-owned Neverfulls on Luxe DH that are in beautiful condition, 100% guaranteed authentic, and very affordably priced.
- Joie/Vince/Equipment silk blouse: A cream or black silk blouse is always a good idea for building your wardrobe. But silk can be an investment – that’s why I always purchase Joie, Vince, or Equipment silk blouses from Saks Off Fifth. They’re always under $150 and oftentimes under $100 or even $75 with promotions. SO worth it for a piece you’ll seriously pair with so many outfits.
- H&M denim skirt: I discovered these denim skirts via my friends about a month ago and they’ve quickly become a part of my go-to outfit staples. They’re $30 – 35 and are built to last multiple seasons. I’ve already put together a bunch of looks with these denim skirts that I think you might get sick of them, jk! They’re SO versatile and can really be dressed up or down now or in transitional seasons. I grabbed one in black and one in lighter denim for all my wardrobe needs. I sized up to an 8 to accommodate this bootay, so I’d recommend sizing up one size for all my girls with booties!
- Sam Edelman Pointy Toe Heel: Obviously my Valentino Rockstud pumps are the pointy toe heels that have my heart, but they’re not always the most realistic for an everyday shoe for work or events. There really is nothing more stylish than adding a pointy toe pump to a look, especially with skinny jeans. Talk about lady long legs! These Sam Edelman heels are my go-to because they’re amazing quality, under $120, and beyond comfortable.
- Marc Fisher Adalyn wedge: Yes, these are more of a seasonal pick BUT there’s definitely a reason why these shoes are always flying off of the shelves. I got my second pair this spring because I had no regrets or qualms whatsoever about purchasing my first pair. These wedges do live up to the hype for me because they’re comfortable, affordable, durable, and high quality. The quality of these wedges is really what makes them worth the investment; they’re made to last for years and years and truly give you your money’s worth. For a more snug and close fit, I recommend going true to size, but if you’re looking for a bit more of a roomy feel then go up a half size.
- Jean jacket: If I did the whole minimalism thing where you only have like 13 pieces of clothing, a jean jacket would be the first item into my closet. Jean jackets can be added to almost all outfits without a doubt. There isn’t an outfit that goes by where I don’t think/wish, “can I put a jean jacket with this?”
- Neckerchief: This may seem like a bit of an “but you’re a blogger” wardrobe essential but hear me out. I used to be so scared of the whole neck scarf thing because I was like 1. people will give me questioning looks and 2. it seemed like something reserved for celebs or street style girls. But when I made the leap and ordered a few bandanas to wear, I realized how wrong I was. It really wasn’t until after a trip to LA that I realized I wanted to incorporate neckerchiefs into my looks for an elevated take on my style and to add a nice little flair (or because I’m obsessed with LA and want to be a poser a.k.a the real reason ;P). It’s important to grab one that will serve almost like a little choker for your look. I love this one from Urban Outfitters as well as the bandana print ones at Madewell – both are $12!