Build A Wardrobe: The Essentials


If you’re paying down your debts, saving for a big purchase or curbing your spending, this post will guide the way.  While trends are fun, every girl should invest in having some basic, universal staples that will survive short lived trends and be easily adaptable to any event or occasion with only minor fashion accessory supplements or adjustments.

Do your best to find the essentials as cheaply as possible and get creative with sales, shopping around and swapping with friends.  You don’t have to spend a lot to look fabulous!

Wardrobe Essentials:
  • 1 Pair of Black or Nude Heels
  • 1 Pair of Statement Heels (My go-to are Leopard Print)
  • 1 Pair of Black Flats
  • 1 Pair of Classic Boots (i.e. riding boots)
  • 1 Pair of Sandals To Go With Everything
  • A Simple Pencil Skirt
  • A Work/Church Appropriate Blouse
  • A Black Cocktail Dress
  • 3 Cardigans (Black, Tan, Bright Crazy Color)
  • 3 Pairs Of Jeans (One being a classy dark wash)
  • 4 Camis/Undershirts (to be paired with cardigans, layered or worn alone)
  • 1 Black Trench or Peacoat
  • Pearl Necklace & Studs
  • Basic Silver or Gold Necklace & Studs
  • Leather Belt (to cinch dresses, layer sweaters)
  • Statement Accessory Pieces (Vintage Brooches, bright scarves)
  • Leggings or Tights  (to layer with your summer pieces for fall)
  • Basic Handbag (a bag you love so much you’d wear it with anything!)

Where I Shop:

Zulily   (I get TOMS ballet flats, Spanx hosiery, and undershirts here…love this site!)

Hautelook (I got some nice Calvin Klein shift dresses for work & some gorgeous statement jewelry here)

Kate Spade (sign up for emails to get their Surprise Sale at 70% off)

Shabby Apple (beautiful timeless styles, great sales… great pencil skirts!)

 Levis (It’s important to invest in good jeans. Love these, they last forever!)

Follow my Fashion Board on Pinterest for more style inspiration, and tweet your thoughts to @wearable_ .

Stay Trendy.

xo, Mal.

Photos via whowhatwear |domainehome