17 August 2021

The most important trick to making great outfits! Part 1

Madewell denim jacket | Frame cami | Gucci bag | Sunglasses | Roxanne Assoulin bracelets | Black denim

The most important trick to making great outfits!


ESSENTIALS:  The key pieces everyone needs to have in their closet in order to put together solid, event-appropriate, feel-good outfits … every day.

The start of a new season is the perfect time to review your essentials and get your closet organized. Having a solid wardrobe foundation not only makes getting dressed easy and effortless, but also helps you be prepared for any occasion. I often hear “what’s the perfect white tee? Which denim should I add? I already have a bunch of black pants!” Well, stay with me because I’m going to address the question “what is the most important trick for making great outfits? Essentials!” Having a strong set of essentials is the trick to a carefully thought-out, useful, exciting wardrobe.

Today’s post is Part 1 of a two-part series covering both the essentials you need and the trendy pieces you should add to attain the perfect wardrobe. Keep reading to see the essentials you should invest in, as well as recent top sellers you might like. And, stay tuned for Part 2: the fun and trendy pieces that will take your wardrobe to a completely new level!


Street style inspo


Images via Pinterest

After 25+ years of helping women in the dressing room, here’s what I’ve observed over and over again.

Everyone’s essentials are different, but as a stylist, I know which ones to recommend. Trust me. I am very confident when making recommendations about what you should buy and how to wear it. For example, right now, you need to have these go-to items as the foundation of your wardrobe: a great jacket/coat/blazer, a black scarf, a current jean, a stylish shoe, and a nice handbag. Basic. Everyone needs these essentials.

When a key piece or two is missing, outfits don’t come together. A client recently told me for the hundredth time “I have nothing to wear!” and I thought to myself: how can that be?? I had just helped her purchase a few essentials that all worked together beautifully! Well, unbeknownst to me, she had made a couple of returns: a jacket that was the pull-it-all-together piece for most of the outfits, and a black scarf that was the accessory to wear with absolutely everything. We stylists carefully put together outfits that revolve around certain esentials, so, if you return a key piece, you do need to replace it with another one!

My guiding principle as a stylist: what you purchase must be able to be worn at least three different ways (if not more). I’ll help you find the pieces that will earn you street cred for always looking put together — in other words, essentials that will give you miles and miles of wear, season after season. These include your favorite denim, your wear-everywhere blazer, your best shoes … and more.


Here are the essentials today’s well-dressed, confident woman needs in her wardrobe:

Great jackets

A denim jacket is an essential piece, and this belted coat is amazing too!





Go-to brands include Mother, Frame, AG and Paige. I wear all of these and highly recommend






These 3 items work for everyone


The cardigan you’ll want in every color

Seriously, all four styles are really really good — I own them all!


Shoes you’ll love

These are my favorites.


*Classic tees

Invest in black, white and gray and you’ll be covered





*Silky camis

Several camis, including black and ivory, is pretty much all you need

Cami NYC


$49 bra-friendly tank



*Finishing touches

Any one of these accessories will pull your outfits together 






1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

All of the above are recent top sellers from So Susie. You can’t go wrong with any of these!


Thank you for reading! xo