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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Building a Wardrobe
Thursday, November 13, 2014 20 Comments Images

I have had numerous emails and requests to help build up a wardrobe, so I thought why not do an entire post on it. I tried to keep it all pretty short so I hope you enjoy, happy Friday!
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This is an obvious one.  Everyone should own jeans and these are the jeans that I absolutely have to have in my wardrobe.  A sleek black pair, a distressed pair, the classic blue jean, and boyfriend jeans. Now these are all must haves, but I love jeans so much I had to add a zipper detailed pair and a pair of flare jeans.  These two are ones that would just spice up your wardrobe even more.  Now I am not going to do a separate section for it but I would also include a good pair of trouser, leggings, and tights.  I am a huge tights wearer so those are a big deal to me.
Now this could be a really big category but I'm going to try and narrow it down a lot so you can just have a few must haves.  I believe a classic neutral colored coat is a must have for the Winter (at least where I live), and I love adding a little detail to it with faux fur or fun zippers.  Next would have to be a leather jacket.  This is an item that is worn time and time again by me.  I actually have to stop myself from wearing it every day.  A lighter trench coat or something of that sort so that you have a jacket on semi-chilly days, but one that won't make you too hot and is not too heavy.  Now I know this one may seem a little silly, but I believe that a colored or patterned jacket/coat is a must have.  A colored or patterned one will make any outfit a little more exciting and I really do think it can brighten up your day.  Last, I would have to say a faux fur coat.  I know many of you may agree with me, but it is definitely a must in my wardrobe.  This is a piece I can wear for any occasion, whether it's super fancy or casual.  
When it comes to tops, in my opinion I believe you need the following: a good button-up blouse, a basic boyfriend t-shirt (in white, black, and grey), an over-sized sweater, and a graphic top or striped top. A button-up blouse is something you will need for so many occasions in your life and it's important to have at least one that you love.  Now for your basic t-shirt, you can do fitted or boyfriend style, but I personally prefer a boyfriend look on me.  A good over-sized sweater is one item that I CANNOT live without.  I can wear an over-sized sweater over and over again.  I wear it when I'm just hanging out at home, on a date night, on an airplane....really I will wear it anywhere! Now a graphic top is necessary because you need pieces that make your wardrobe a little more exciting and makes it stand out.  This may not be pieces that you wear as often, but definitely one that you should have in your wardrobe.
Of course the little black dress needs to be at the top of the list.  I would say along with that should be a classic white dress, a maxi dress for casual occasions and summertime, and a casual summer dress to wear on those hot days when you can't stand to put anything else on. Finally, a cocktail dress you can wear on nights out with your girlfriends or your man!
There are only a few skirts I need in my wardrobe, but keep in mind that if you work at an office everyday you may need a few more.  I would say I need a pencil skirt, an a-line skirt, and a maxi-skirt.

Shoes are a little tough for me because I swear, I can never have too many, but if I had to decide on just a few, these would be them.  I would need a pair of booties, boots, flats, pumps, and tennis shoes. I know boots and booties may seem similar but they are completely different.  Flats are perfect for those occasions when you want to look nice, but you can't stand to wear heels all day.  Every woman should own a pair of pumps, they are useful on many different occasions. Wedges are always needed in the summer and to be honest, I usually wear them even a little more than my pumps.  Finally is a cute pair of tennis shoes.  Whether this is for working out or casual wear....you need them! They give any outfit that cool, effortless vibe.  
I am a sucker for handbags and have so much fun shopping for them.  If I had to narrow it down to just a couple must haves I would say a cross-body bag is first on my list, because of how convenient it is. Another bag I'm a major fan of is the shoulder bag.  This is usually a dressier bag and a good look for the office.  And then of course I have to add a diaper bag right now because I'm in baby mode. 
As far as must-have accessories I would say a watch, rings (I believe you can never have on too many rings), a dainty necklace, a simple gold or silver bracelet, sunnies, scarf (I prefer an infinity scarf), and a hat for bad hair days. 


  1. Such a great post! Thank you for making this compilation.

    My Cup Of Chic

  2. Convenient and balanced!

  3. Pretty sure I could buy very coat.


  4. Dying over the mint colored Rebecca Minkoff! <3

    - MeYouandHayleyLarue.com

  5. Such a great idea for a post! I love this!! Such key pieces to mix and match! Love your style Cara, thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  6. Love so many of these pieces! Those coats look SO cozy for this time of year!


  7. You did really great job on this post.I love all the pieces and I'm also agree that you can never have enough shoes!

  8. Thank you for this!! Such a great list.


  9. This post is genius! I think these are the perfect pieces to a complete wardrobe :)

    xoxo, kiely

  10. Great post! All of these basics are adorable!

    Summer Ann

  11. I love this post! I think I have nearly every one of these staple items in my closet!

    xoxo hails.

  12. i totally agree! and these photos really helped me think about what i want in my wardrobe :)

  13. Thank you so much for posting this! I am someone who definitely needs help in the wardrobe department. I tend to have too many of one thing and wear it all the time. #momlyfe

  14. thanks for putting this together! it's great!


  15. Thank you so much for this post Cara. I'm a mommy with a new body with absolutely no clothes. Now... Time to go shopping! :-)

  16. This is by far one of the best post you've ever done. A lot of bloggers forget that their readers need advice and inspiration. You've seriously helped me with all the basics I need to buy. I think you should do one of these list every few seasons!!


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