Whether you practice a capsule wardrobe or are a “more is more” kind of shopper, having a core closet of certain essentials makes it much easier to get dressed in the morning. You don’t need ALL of the pieces suggested here but having a selection of some of them will make your life easier.
Core closet essentials are where you want to spend your money. Buy the best you can afford, with one exception: white tees. I find that white tees grey, yellow or get spills on them so quickly that it’s better to find a good, less expensive model and replace them more often.
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Core Closet Essential Shopping Tips
- Look for classic cuts that suit your body type. For jeans, skinny or straight legs will have the most longevity. A-line and pencil skirts are great staple cuts. For dresses, look to sheath, shift, a-lines or fit and flare styles for versatility.
- Shop core closet pieces in neutral colors. Light, medium or dark tones are specified in the checklist for adequate balance but choose the neutrals you most find yourself drawn to. Some look great in white, others are better or in ivory or a pale grey. The same goes for the dark neutrals of black, navy or charcoal greys.
- Shop your climate. In warmer areas, you may shop silk blend or lightweight merino wool sweaters. Cooler climates may dictate heavier merinos or wool/cashmere blends.
Stores for Core Closet Essentials
- Old Navy
- Banana Republic
- J. Crew
- Eileen Fisher
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Look to department store outlet divisions (list below) for high quality, past season items in timeless cuts. SAKS Fifth Avenue Blue and Nordstrom Signature are two other labels to keep an eye out for.
- Barney’s Warehouse
- Neiman Marcus Last Call
- Nordstrom Rack
- Saks Off Fifth
For more on Core Closet Essentials and building a great wardrobe, check out these posts.
Next week we’ll be talking about color trends for fall. Until then, keep cultivating a simple, stylish and satisfying life. As always, thanks so much for stopping by – I so appreciate the support!