my 11 wardrobe basics

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Top: c/o W by Worth, Pants: c/o W by Worth, Watch: Larsson & Jennings, Pumps: Saks, Bag: Celine

Continuing my Instagram takeover here today with this summer office look! The Lola pants are honestly my most comfortable tailored pants to date — soft, stretchy and just fitted enough. I love that this colorblock tank is a little longer in the back (perfect to wear with leather leggings in the fall) and how the black panel ties in my accessories. I recently got this bag on Trendlee after what felt like forever searching for the perfect, timeless black bag. A few coworkers and I stalk their new arrivals emails each week — so tempting, I have my eye on this one now!

Photography by Christina Emilie

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Sunglasses: Celine, Necklace: BaubleBar, Blazer: Asos (old, similar), Jeans: rag & bone, Pumps: Saks

My current favorite necklaces are these delicate lariats, worn trailing down a v-neck tee or low-cut blazer. I think the right one can make your outfit look more luxe even if it’s really inexpensive. And for me it’s just gateway jewelry to a body chain — I want something super simple like this Maria Black body chain. I’d wear it the same way most of the time or layered under a cute cropped top like this one.

Photos by Samantha Goh