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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to Basics

Last weekend I did the big Summer/Winter clothing switch. Reluctantly I brought all my sandals & shorts & warm weather wear to the basement in exchange for lots of sweaters, boots & scarves. Twice a year when I do this I like to look through all my clothes and see what I can get rid of.
But this year while I did make a giant pile of clothes that don't fit to donate, I realized how many wardrobe staples I was missing, which seems near to impossible considering the sheer volume of clothes I have. I definitely think I need to slow down with my impulse buys & start acquiring the basics that will last.
Livingaftermidnite - Back to Basics

The Button Up Blouse - Equipment is pretty much the epitome of perfect button ups. In a fun color this blouse can take you through hundreds of outfits. (Equipment Signature Silk Shirt in Fuchsia & Orange)

The Black Scarf - Please explain to me how I have scarves of every color of the rainbow & every pattern imaginable yet I don't have a plain black scarf? (Gebeana Black Cable Knit Scarf)

The Perfect T-Shirt - Don't get me wrong I have a ton of t-shirts, but none of them fit me just right. I think every girl should have a perfect t. (T by Alexander Wang Pocket T-Shirt in White & Black)

The Chunky Knit - Over the past few winters I've finally built up my sweater collection, but I'm still looking for that perfect over sized yet chic knit that can be worn with everything from sweats to jeans to a skirt. (Marc by Marc Jacobs Geraldine Sweater, Vince Rib Jumper)

The Nude Pump - Its hard to believe that in the hundreds of pairs of shoes I have I don't own a nude pump. I own a few light brown pairs & 1 cream colored pair, but not nude. (Michael Kors York Platform Shoes, Jimmy Choo Crown Snake Skin Peep Toe Shoes, Jimmy Choo Agnes Nude Cigarette Heel Shoes

The Leather Legging - I literally have tons of outfits planned in my head to wear with leather leggings, yet I don't have them! (Joseph Leather Leggings)

The Timeless Coat - Coats are something I love to collect. I'd love by the time I'm 40 to have a collection of amazing coats for every occasion, in all styles & colors. (Moschino Cheap & Chic Zips Coat, French Connection Wonderland Ruby Red Wool Coat, Gucci Buckle Detail Wool Coat)

The Party Dress - I am looking for "the dress", the dress that just happens to be in my closet when an amazing party is sprung on me and I don't have time to shop for it! (Alice by Temperley Lottie Dress, Diane von Furstenberg Sarita Flower Lace Dress)

What items are missing from your wardrobe?


  1. great post jacquelyn! when you clean out your closet, this is the kind of thinking and inventory you should do! it helps when shopping for things and saving money on things you don't need. i have a plethora of black, brown and grey in my closet. so my emphasis is adding more color to my wardrobe.

  2. Love it. I'm missing the button down blouse and leather leggings.

  3. I completely agree about getting back to basics! I am always on the hunt for the perfect nude shoe ;)

    xo SideSmile,

    SideSmile Style

  4. love your look!

  5. Love all of these! The bottom dress on the left is my favorite!

  6. These are all definitely essential pieces!! I must admit that I am an impulse shopper, so I have looots of clothes but am also missing some of these staples!

  7. love these staples!

  8. love these essential pieces. I'm in need of a perfect trench!

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