When I posted about my commitment to quality a lot of you had GREAT feedback for me. I was so excited to see your enthusiasm and was inspired to write up a whole slew of posts based on the questions you asked me. I'm going to kick things off with a post inspired by J. Mill. She has a hilarious blog so I recommend you check it out when you have a moment. Anyways, she asked me what items of clothing I was going to invest in and if there were any designers I was going to go for this year. I LOVED her question so here's my answer.
Depending on where you live, your wardrobe essentials are going to be different. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and three years ago if you had asked me what was essential in my closet I would have told you a sundress and pretty open-toed shoes. Right now this Chicago weather has me leaning towards a pair of boots, skinny jeans, a cute top, and a scarf. High school Malori would laugh at cold college Malori. Anyways, I gave it some thought and realized there are some pieces a lady should have in her closet no matter where she lives!! That's this list :).
1) A quality tank top in every color of the rainbow
J. Crew does tank tops right as well. These are INDISPENSABLE in my closet. I wear one pretty much every day. Whether it's as an undershirt so I don't die in my wool sweater or a simple addition to a pair of denim shorts the tank top is one of the most versatile and necessary things you'll own. Go out and immediately invest in some. You won't regret it!
2) A simple pair of black pumps
Louboutin's but any classic black pump will do :).
5) A pair of skinny jeans
6) booty shorts and appropriate underpants
shorty-shorts for safety and comfort's sake. You never know when a gust of wind is going to blow your skirt up so the whole world can get a great ass-shot of you. This is probably impractical but I have a pair in black, highlighter pink, and lime green. The colored ones are fun and because I generally wear black you can't see them through my clothes. Plus, if I ever go to a rave I'll be set ;). I also think it's really important to have a variety of underwear that is appropriate for different occasions. You probably don't want to be rocking your stripper thong underneath your suit at work. Buy some classier underwear for occasions that call for class. Also, every girl needs some full-butt underwear. For the love of God, don't wear thongs under skirts and dresses. That is all.
7) A fitted coat
8) A little black dress
9) A pair of real sunglasses
10) Some "just for fun" pieces
Some of my fashion icons are Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, Liz at Late Afternoon, and Bri at Design Love Fest.
So ladies, I ask...
What are YOUR wardrobe essentials? Did I miss anything major? When I asked my readers on facebook I got some great responses.
All images came from my fashion pinterest board.