my 11 wardrobe basics


The past few months, I’ve been all about editing my wardrobe: noting what I reach for most, getting rid of what I don’t, taking stock of what I have & filling in any gaps. These eleven pieces are what I consider my wardrobe basics – the items I wear most often that I’ve either invested in one or two really good versions (the trench coat) or can’t buy enough of (striped tees). What are your wardrobe staples?


1. Stripe Tee & 2. Little Black Dress

I have no less than 14 stripe tops at last count and yet I wear every single one. This J.Crew ballet t-shirt is one of my all-time favorites with it’s skinny black and white stripes and fitted silhouette. Another staple I’d rather not count is little black dresses. They’re all different (I promise!) like this knit LBD, my newest addition from Club Monaco with a cute cutout back. In the summer I wear this one just as often.


3. Trench Coat

This was my big investment purchase last year – the most classic Burberry trench coat that I’ll have in my wardrobe for years on end. I chose the lighter color because I’m most often wearing all black. I couldn’t love it more and I wear it every chance I get!

4. White Tee & 5. Silk Blouse

I’ve cycled through a few favorite white tees but none has held up as well as Everlane’s Pima Stretch Tee. I love the slightly longer sleeve and incredibly soft fabric. It’s one I’ll buy again and again (in black and gray, too). Equipment’s Signature Silk Shirt is another staple to get in multiple colors. This paired with skinny pants and pointed shoes is the ultimate fail-proof outfit, in my opinion.

w by worth infinity poncho

6. Leather Leggings & 7. Pleated Skirt

A step above denim and just as versatile, my perfect leather leggings are from Helmut Lang. They update this pair slightly every season but I’ve found they always have just the right amount of stretch and super skinny ankle. One step above those? A timeless black pleated skirt. This season I’ve liked pairing it with these velvet ankle boots or suede over-the-knee boots.

8. Skinny Jeans

How great is it when  you find your perfect pair of jeans? Frame makes mine – the Le High Skinny. They’re stretchy but they don’t stretch out, don’t fade a ton and just fit me perfectly. This dark wash pair is my favorite.


9. Comfortable Flats & 10. Black Pumps

I wanted to put Loeffler Randall’s Quinnie flats here but it looks like they’ve stopped making them?! Runners up include the Aquazzura Christy flats, Nicholas Kirkwood Beya loafers and J.Crew pointed flats – always pointed. Also my incredible under-$100 black Saks Fifth Avenue Leather Pumps. I’ve worn them about twice a week for over a year and haven’t had to get even the heel tip replaced yet!


11. Watch

If I’m going to include any accessory, it’s this Larsson & Jennings black and gold watch. Super pretty, goes with everything, what more can you ask?

First image via Apartment Therapy

pointed toe flats

nicholas kirkwood flatseasy spring outfitgap boyfriend shirtnicholas kirkwood pointed toe flatsSunglasses: Celine, Earrings: ILY Couture, Scarf: Forever 21, Shirt: Gap, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Flats: Nicholas Kirkwood, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

These jeans are moving up in my collection as a new favorite pair. I love that the clean, dark wash because they’re nice enough to wear to the office during the week. The ankle cropped length is perfect for showing off a pretty pair of shoes, too. A pop of red is the most classic way to make a statement and that was my deciding factor when choosing between these red flats or the powder blue pair. They come in so many colors (and more here) and are such a flattering shape.

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Dress / Ring / Sandals / Perfume
Pink Polish / Peach PolishFlats / Trench

This brand self-portrait is one of my favorite recent discoveries for the incredibly modern way they do lace dresses. I’d wear this white shirt dress on date night once it warms up! I’m mixing up my all-gold jewelry collection lately with a few new rose gold pieces and this pearl ring would be the most elegant addition to any stack. I bought my first pair of Aquazzura sandals last weekend and promptly added a few more styles to my wish list including these tan sandals that are perfect for spring in so many ways. Last week I attended a beauty clinic at work for this fragrance brand and this scent was my favorite. I’m finally trading dark purple and red nail polishes for pretty pastel colors lately. Aside from the eye-catching bottles, these Smith & Cult polishes have the glossiest opaque formulas that I love. I ordered these red Nicholas Kirkwood flats last week and can already think of so many outfits I want to wear them with! I’m still on my hunt for the perfect trench coat and this sleek, streamlined one has caught my eye. Let me know what’s on your wish list!