I was going through my closet the other day and realized quite a few things…
1. I am a sucker for neutrals
2. I don’t wander far from the cuts and styles that I know flatter my shape
3. I like classic pieces that I can wear for years
4. Anything that is ‘of the moment’ or ‘seasonal’ typically comes from a big-box retailers where prices are ultra low
The more I looked through my closet, I found that I am a collector of essentials; pieces that work together to build an outfit. My clothes lend to layering and really come together with the help of accessories. So, you can assume there are a lot of neutral colors, approachable fabrics and a bit of simplicity.
I decided to put together a collection of wardrobe essentials… these are all items that I think are the foundation for a woman’s closet. Each item can be worn in several ways and are either currently in my closet or I have a version very similar.
Tops: Everyone needs a great white tee, tanks to layer, simple button downs and a couple special, slightly-dressy shirts to match with a variety of bottoms. Finally, when the weather gets chilly, cozy sweaters will keep you staying warm and can be layered with other pieces to add texture and warmth.
(left to right:  tee  /  halter tank  /  tank  /  blouse  /  plaid button-up  /  chambray  /  striped shirt  /  chiffon blouse  /  cardigan  /  thin sweater  /  chunky sweater)
Jackets/Dresses/Bottoms: Vests are practical and add a sporty element to any outfit. A classic leather jacket will never go out of style along with a military-inspired piece; they both add a bit of edge which I love. As for skirts, pencil-cuts are universally flattering and can work with a variety of tops. Every girl should have a lbd, along with a great-fitting pair of black + white pants along with a go-to pair of denim.
(left to right:  vest  /  leather jacket  /  military jacket  /  pencil skirt  /  little black dress  /  pencil skirt  /  black pant  /  white pant  /  denim)
Bags + Shoes:  Neutrals rule in this category. A simple black cross body bag and a large tan tote will take you from work to the weekend easily. I love scarves and will buy cheap colorful ones seasonally but tend to reach for a cozy neutral option more often then not. As for shoes, I get the most wear out of my neutral flats, classic patent pumps, riding boots and a chunky-heeled wedge.

 (left to right: cross body bag  /  scarf  /  tote  /  ballet flat  /  patent leather pump  /  riding boot  /  bootie  /  ballet flat)
What are your wardrobe essentials? Leave a comment letting me know what workhorse in your closet should be an addition to mine.

Love Jaime
Written by Jaime
South on Broadway is a Denver based food + lifestyle blog for lovers of food, fashion and design. a destination for daily inspiration

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