Friday, February 20, 2015

Shopping Help: More Wardrobe Staples & Ways I've Worn Them

I've gotten several emails lately asking for help with pieces to buy to start a wardrobe.  Last month I posted a bunch of pieces from Old Navy that I would consider my closet staples (see post HERE), and this week as I browsed Target I saw a bunch more!  Then I found more great building blocks at other stores like H&M, Old Navy (again), and a few others, so here they are.    

Find links below for ways I've worn my pieces like these!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine
ten  |  eleven  |  twelve

Leather Jackets:  Option 1  |  Option 2  |  Option 3
One of my absolute very favorite pieces to wear is my cognac leather jacket.  And I've increasingly loved my black one too!  You can dress them down or up, and they make an outfit look chic instantly.

Ways I've worn them: COGNAC JACKET  |  BLACK JACKET

Blazers:  Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6
I always heard that you "need" a black blazer as a wardrobe staple, but personally I've worn my grey and navy ones way more.  And I've been wearing my striped one a little more as I've gotten better at knowing how to style it!


Row 3:  Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
Options 7 and 8 are my other two most worn completer pieces.  Years after buying a mustard cardigan, it is still THE cardigan I pack on every single trip.  It goes with everything in my closet.  And to think--I used to think I couldn't wear mustard because it wouldn't go well with my skin!

The striped dress is another one of my closet staples since it works just like a striped shirt, but is nice if you want to wear one piece.  Haven't been able to wear it much lately though due to nursing.  Boo!


Row 4:  Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
I used to not get why people loved stripes, but now here I am, a complete addict.  They're as comfy as a plain tee but give your outfit a little interest without being weird or "out there" in any way.  Found these two at H&M!

While I don't necessarily wear flora skirts that often, I think it is a fantastic piece to have.  You can wear them in the spring and summer, or pair them with tights and boots in the fall.  If you have mild winters, you can style this one with darker colors.

Ways I've worn them:  LONG SLEEVED TEE (one, two, three)  |  SHORT SLEEVED STRIPES (one, two)  |  FLORAL SKIRT (I've worn this more than shown, but I have not labeled the posts that far back.  Sorry!)

Shoes:  Option 13  |  Option 14  |  Option 15
Target has awesome flats right now--both flats and sneakers, actually.  I own #14 and wear them all.the.time.  I saw #13 in store yesterday and loved them!  Not sure if I'd wear them a lot since my clothes seem to have more patterns and it's hard to mix with patterned shoes, but if I wore a lot of solids I'd totally get these.  I tried #15 in store and loved them!  They have a slight point so they look a little more sophisticated.

Ways I've worn: TAN FLATS

What are your favorite closet staples?  Do we have any overlapping ones?


  1. I LOVE posts like this, especially Target ones. =) I've been starting to think about what basics I need to incorporate into my spring/summer wardrobe to expand my options.

  2. Definitely can't get enough of Target! :)

  3. First time I've posted--I enjoy your blog so much! Congratulations on being a mom too! Question about the H&M dress. It's so cute but I've never shopped at H&M so I'm wondering about the quality of the dress -- is it super thin & clingy? Also, how short is it? Its hard to tell on their website but I'm guessing the model might be tall (I'm 5'5 so wondering if it might hit around my knees or a tiny bit above)?

  4. Striped dress and cargo jacket. Hands down two of the best items I have in my closet.

  5. I've been on a floral kick lately and would love to find a floral skirt. I think I remember you styling a floral pencil skirt at one point that I really loved. Anyway, great list of staples!

  6. I am obsessed with stripes! I can't seem to stop buying them. I never thought I would be into blazers, but I bought a black one at H&M and wear it at least once a week. Love this list!

  7. I love all of these! I wish I could buy them all! I especially want a cargo jacket, a leather jacket, and a striped dress. I love your blog and our styles are very similar!


  8. Yes! My floral pencil skirt is one of my favorite items. Can't wait to wear it again in the spring!

  9. Thank you, Lee! I haven't actually felt that exact H&M dress in person, so I can't say. Sorry about that!

  10. Oooh, girl, all these are so great! I am still in the process of figuring out "my style" (after all these years...ugh!) so as I look at collages like this, I like seeing which items I'm drawn to...and I think the ones that stand out to me most are the black leather jacket, gray blazer, striped tees/dress, and cognac flats. Luckily, I already have a couple of these things in my closet, so it makes me think I'm on the right track style-wise, but I'm also eager to add a few more things to my closet to complement what I already have :)


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