I mentioned a couple of posts again that basics can make or break your wardrobe. The thing about basics is that it can help you in getting dressed without you even knowing it. Basics are the unsung hero of your closet. I also feel like they are the most misunderstood — what makes a basic? A lot of times people just think it means a white tee. And while I do believe that every good closet has a plain white tee, basics are there to help you build your closet or use your closet even more. Basics should be the hardest working styles in your closet and the most worn, so let’s put them to work, shall we?
I’ve pulled 10 of my favorite wardrobe helpers just for fall.
You’ll probably notice that most of them also live in my closet and you’ve seen something similar on me before. They are my cliff notes when it comes to getting dressed. And now you know all of my secret weapons.
01: Military Jacket / I’d be lost without this staple. I can dress it up or dress it down and it’s the perfect layering piece. In fact, I could layer it up with any of the pieces in this post and have multiple outfits.
02: Black Mini / This is one staple I’m on the hunt for right now (well, actually I want this J.Crew one but I haven’t taken the plunge yet.) It’s an essential that can make a difficult piece in your closet make sense. Plus, the shape of this skirt is everything.
03: Black Heels / If you are sensing a theme of black in this post you are correct. Black is the perfect base for any outfit, the ultimate neutral. Don’t be afraid to mix black heels with any other neutral hues as well — white, navy, olive or brown. Remember: black will be always be the new black.
04: Striped Tee / This list would be amiss without a striped tee. I like the loose feel of this one — it can be tucked into the black mini or worn under the military jacket and dark skinnies. Or even layered under the chambray shirt, worn as a jacket. I could go on and on…
05: Everyday Tote / I feel like I shouldn’t even have to explain this one, but I will. In the perfect shade of tan this tote can literally be worn with any outfit — it goes from weekday to weekend effortlessly.
06: Everyday Dress / I got this dress last fall from Madewell and have worn in countless times in all seasons actually. This simple grey dress is so easy to throw on and layer with other pieces in your closet (or on this list) or can be dressed up with a scarf or statement necklace. Also, it’s just one piece — literally the ultimate basic.
07: Ankle Booties / Not to be dramatic but I can’t even think of getting dressed without ankle booties this fall. Shoes can make or break an outfit so it’s nice to have a neutral pair that you can wear with jeans to skirts to dresses.
08: Essential Tee / I’ve worn the hound out of my grey tee this past summer and don’t really feel like stopping for fall. I’m actually amazed at how much I’ve worn just a simple tee but it seems to find it’s way into at least one outfit a week. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a layering piece that you can count on and I like the tone of grey instead of solely relying on classic white. Grey is the new bold.
09: Chambray / Since the inception of KE, I feel like a chambray shirt has been around. I’m half way convinced that chambray shirts were made for bloggers. They are the ultimate helper — I can’t think of an outfit that doesn’t work with a chambray shirt. (My favorite go-to as of late has been denim on denim, especially with a dark skinny. Be still my heart.)
10: Dark Skinnies / I have about 4 or 5 pairs of dark skinny jeans that I’ve collected over the last few years. Not because I’m a lush (I’m a lush) but because they are the easiest and quickest way to feel put together and comfortable. I find myself wearing them a lot at the shop — they go with my bold pieces at bloom that I wear while keeping the outfit grounded.
What are your fall essentials? Feel free to add your favorites below. There is always room for more basics.