I’m always interested in what items other people feel are essential in a wardrobe. One of my fashion idols, Leandra Medine, lists the following as her essentials: light-washed jeans, white sneakers, bright single-sole pump, black blazer, and a denim shirt. While I think this is a pretty solid list, I have some additions.
1. COMFY WHITE TEES
(admittedly, most of my white tee shirts are old Jockey v-necks that I have stolen from my dad…soooo soft)
Free People We The Free Rory Tees: Ok I have a few of these in various colors. They’re thaaaat good. They’re a thick, super soft fabric in an oversized fit. Love under sweaters cause the shirt tail hem really shows.
J.Crew V-Neck Tissue Tees: …I also have these in a few colors. Love how thin and sheer they are. These are pretty much the only “tight” tee shirts I own (quotes around tight because they aren’t really that tight. I hate tight shirts…)
Alternative Apparel Men’s Perfect Vintage Organic Pima T-Shirt: Love Alternative men’s tees. Perfect with tight jeans or under blazers to dress them down. Love a tee I can sleep in and then wear out the next day…
2. HIGH WAISTED JEANS
Citizens of Humanity Rockets: I think these were my first pair of really good high waisted jeans. They’re amazing. The perfect rise, super skinny, you know the drill.
Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny: A newer favorite. I got my first pair this summer and somehow I’ve racked up quite the collection. Really cute ankle length and a super flattering fit. Great range of colors.
(I recommend having 3 pairs of jeans: a dark wash, a black or washed black wash, and a medium, regular denim wash)
3. MEN’S SWEATERS
(again, these are mostly stolen from my dad or guy friends!)
Gap Men’s Cotton Cashmere Crew Sweater: I have a few of these and they are a great basic. I usually get mediums since I like them to look like they are stolen from the boys.
Polo Ralph Lauren French-Rib Half-Zip Pullover Sweater: These are amazing on a lazy day. They are somewhere between a sweater and a sweatshirt. Plus you can almost always find them at Macy’s or Carson’s on sale.
4. WOOL COAT
I have a bunch of wool coats that I’ve collected over the years so I can’t post them all here, but I love the Zara options. They are relatively inexpensive and really great quality in my experience. Wool coats are great because they look chic and sophisticated, but are still warm and cozy for winter.
Zara Funnel Coat: I just got this and I am in love! It’s the perfect black wool coat. The funnel neck is so fun but still really simple. And for only $60! Weeeeeee.
Zara Coat with Detachable Fur Collar: Oh how I love this. I tried it on at Zara a few weeks ago and unfortunately didn’t purchase but it is a great coat. Really cool fit and very unique. I would take the fur off but just because it was kind of overpowering.
Anthropologie Nonie Check Coat: How cute is this?! I have two really old plaid coats that are always in my winter rotation. I’m a pretty minimal dresser so I think it’s fun to add a patterned coat to an otherwise simple outfit.
Sam Edelman Petty: I live in my black Petty’s. Super comfy with a teensy heel. The more worn in the better. Should I get the tannish/grey pair?
Frye Veronica Shortie: Currently on my Christmas list. I like these because they are short, but not too short. I’m picturing them with that Gap crew neck sweater.
Madden Girl Dobby Boot: Combat-style boots are really “in” right now, but I like them because they add masculinity to a more feminine outfit. I have a really old pair that I got for super cheap, but I’m really liking this pair because they are on the shorter side.
Well there you go! Not only are these my winter wardrobe essentials, these are basically the outfits I wear every. single. day. Oops.
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