The list: Classic wardrobe staples

Fashion

It’s almost redundant to put classic and staple together. Being a staple – an important thing, feature, or element of something, in this case your wardrobe – means, by default that it would be a classic, no? Not exactly. Jeans are a wardrobe staple but having them in mom-jeans and acid wash style may not exactly count as a classic.

Over the past year, I have been looking to really simplify my dressing routine and tried to adhere to what I preach about sustainable and clutter-less fashion. I think I have been largely successful, though the amount of stuff I have returned by mail is not necessarily a small carbon footprint (I buy almost everything online). Here’s a list of items that should be mainstays in any wardrobe and in what style they should come in.

The list: Classic wardrobe staples
  1. Jacket/Coat/Trench in camel. I have been touting this for awhile but you have to admit, camel-colored jackets and outerwear have been around for a long time. Chances are, they’ll stick around.
  2. Striped top. There seems to have been an explosion of stripes from shirts all the way to shoes. But a striped t-shirt that you can throw in the wash and hopefully come out not too wrinkled is something you can rely on for years to come.
  3. Black skinny jeans. Leggings/tights would be more comfortable but jeans have a little more structure to them. Keep them in black, whether ripped or unripped, to bring an outfit from day to night.
  4. Understated bag. I prefer the crossbody style for this. I never get the top handle bag that gets slung on the crook of one’s arm even though it looks fantastic. It just looks so unnatural and uncomfortable to me. I used to prefer the good old shoulder bag but with a baby in my arms, a crossbody is a better option.
  5. Pointed toe shoes. As a pair of flats, the pointed toe shoes can be a great runaround pair of shoes without looking sloppy. If you can add some details like studs, leopard print or straps, not only can they be runaround shoes but can also work for date night.
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The List: Pointed toe flats

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This style may have come, gone and come back again but I have always had this in my wardrobe since 2002. I find them to be a lot more elegant and dressy than round toe ballet flats. Plus, as a petite girl who stopped wearing heels 5 (!) years ago, the pointed toe flats give me an illusion of height especially in neutral colors. Thankfully, the style is back and there are plenty of options to choose from. Happy Monday!

 

Pointed toe flats

Belgravia Flat
barneys.com

Sam Edelman black flat
revolveclothing.com

Loeffler Randall flat shoes
loefflerrandall.com

Jimmy Choo flat
net-a-porter.com

Sophia Webster black flat
net-a-porter.com

Gianvito Rossi black flat
net-a-porter.com

Ella – WOMEN
prettyballerinas.us