14 June 2022

Your outfits won’t work without these 10 items!

J.Crew dress – on sale! | YSL sandal | Loewe tote will work with any outfit | Michele watch | Gold bracelet

Your outfits won’t work without these 10 items!

Do you ever look in your closet, stare at all your clothes and think, “I have nothing to wear?” I hear this ALL THE TIME from my clients and friends! Well, over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of women make sense of their closets, pick pieces they love and help put them all together into wearable, stylish outfits. It takes time, but it’s so worth it! When you have a wardrobe that has the key pieces you need, it’s easy and FUN to get dressed in the morning. BUT … your outfits won’t work without these 10 items!

On a drive home the other day, I looked in the rear view mirror and thought to myself, “what would I do without my favorite sunglasses?” I mean, it probably sounds a little over the top, but it’s true! I’ve worn these sunglasses in almost every photo for the last few years, and they’re a small detail that makes my entire outfit look complete. So … are sunglasses one of the 10 items? Absolutely! Read on to see them all, and if you’re missing any, pick them up now so you can get dressed easily every morning. If you have questions, message me on Instagram here or leave a comment on my blog. As always, I’m happy to help! 🙂

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#1 Nude shoes

One-shoulder top | White Mother Dazzler – also here | Sandals | Straw tote, affordable version here

Last count, I was at 10 pairs of wear-with-everything neutral or skin colored shoes. I’ve collected these over time, but it’s safe to say it’s by far the most I have in any one color. This spring, I went for these by L’Agence and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. These splurge Prada pumps are so good, I’m on my second pair — they look great with anything you wear. And then there’s the designer-inspired Sam Edelman ones that are the perfect color, and these best-selling Schutz ones I’m wearing above. You get the idea: make sure you own a handful so you always have the right shoe!



#2 Must-have Vuori joggers

Denim jacket | Vuori jogger | Tank | Givenchy bag | Valentino sandals

I’ve been talking about this jogger for almost three years, and I used to jokingly say they owe me a lifetime supply 😉 That’s not happening (hah!) but they do help make many many outfits. In fact, this is probably the most versatile bottom piece you can own — it’ll work with anything else you wear. RUN and get a pair if you haven’t already! Wear them on the plane or around the house, look stylish while running errands, go play pickle ball (or whatever sport you love) in them, dress them up a bit to meet a friend for lunch, you name it. And … don’t forget your guy. Men love them too!



#3 Cool jackets and blazers


Left: Anthropologie blazer | White denim | Tan sandals | Tank | Right: Anine Bing jacket | Marc Fisher sandals | Balenciaga tote

Usually I believe less is more, except when it comes to jackets 🙂 We refer to them as the “third” piece, and it’s truly what makes your outfits complete. Grab an oversized blazer like this or this, pick up a denim jacket and a utility jacket, and any other one you fall in love with. These don’t need to be boring, just versatile so you’ll wear them often.




#4 The best White summer staples

J.Crew cardigan | White tank | White jeans | Dior sandals | Balenciaga tote

I’ve gone on and on about the ATM tee, so I won’t bore you too much except to say it’s pretty much the best t-shirt out there! Or, try the Michael Stars tank that’s shaped but not skin tight, and you’ll be set for your under layer. These two pieces work with any blazer or jacket.




#5 Mother denim

J.Crew blazer | Tank | Mother denim | Schutz sandals

Since I’m on a roll, Mother denim is another favorite denim line — they fit everyone really well and work to make great looking outfits. Others I highly recommend are Paige, Frame and Fidelity … those are my top brands. There are others, but start with these four first!



#6 Graphic tees … especially by Ganni and Anine Bing

Anine Bing tee | Mother denim | Sandals

I usually don’t buy three of anything … but over the course of a couple of years, I bought this tee, this one and this one. They work under blazers, with denim, and with leather skirts — and, they make you look just a little bit more stylish. I noticed this one is back in stock, so don’t wait because it’s a good one! Lately Ganni is making cool styles as well, and I found some for you at Net-A-Porter and Revolve. They look great with all your denim favorites.



#7 Crossbody bags that work day and night

Denim jacket | AGOLDE tank | White Mother Hustlers | Veronica Beard sandal

There’s nothing better than being hands-free while shopping! Crossbody bags come in all sizes, so they work whether they’re larger or smaller (whatever you prefer). Find one you love — not only is it the finishing touch to all your outfits, it’s convenient and you’ll wear it every day. The point is, any cool handbag makes an outfit. This wallet on a chain is perfect for an evening event, or for daytime if you just want to carry a few things. This everyday crossbody holds more than you’d imagine.


#8 The Gold Standard: Golden Goose sneakers

Salty  & Pine jacket | Mother denim  | Golden Goose sneakers, similar  | Heart bracelet

It took me a long time to fork out $500 for sneakers, and yes there’s still a part of me that thinks it’s a little ridiculous. But then again, I wear them most days. They’re cool and edgy and elevate all your outfits, so they’re worth it (kinda). I get if you want something a little lower in price, in which case I’d look at the brand P448 (which is GG inspired), or this classic white one for $99. There’s also Veja, which I own and love too. It’s just that the GG are the faves 🙂


#9 Everyday jewelry

Brinker & Eliza

I’ve moved on from Poppy Finch and am now loving other beautiful necklaces like this one, this one and this one. The layered look is pretty, so wear several of your favorites together for a modern, stylish look. Then, add your own gold earrings and a couple of bracelets because these are the pieces that really personalize your outfits!




#10 Glamorous sunglasses

J.Crew cardigan | White denim | YSL sandals | Loewe tote

Someone once told me “who needs an eye job when you can just put on sunglasses?” Haha! Finding cool sunnies that fit your face shape is the key, then you’ll feel extra glamorous no matter what you’re wearing. My favorites are these new Prada ones, these Tom Fords and of course these Gucci ones I’ve had for 4 years and still love!


Thank you for reading! xx