Over the past three weeks, I’ve been purging my closet. Pieces that don’t fit, gone. Pieces that I don’t wear anymore, gone. This culling has me thinking about what the essential pieces of my wardrobe are, so I thought I would share the eight pieces that form the core of my fall wardrobe.
A black and white stripe turtleneck. This striped turtleneck ($35) is the only J.Crew piece of clothing in my wardrobe. I love it so much, I bought an extra for this season. The lightweight fabric makes it perfect for layering, and the long cut is flattering. If the turtleneck isn’t a flattering cut for you, check out my favorite striped tee for just $10. Plus-size: Try this Avenue mock-neck.
An elegant leather flat. These M.Gemi Ondata flats ($228) are perfect. The wave style makes an otherwise simple flat, a bit more special. I also love the burgundy color.
A rosy lip color. A new lipstick is a great way to add something new to your look. These Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colors ($29) are on every beauty blogger’s wish list. They give a “just kissed” stain, and come in a wide selection of colors.
A structured white blazer. Forget the “no white after Labor Day” rule. I wear my white blazer all year-round. It’s the perfect pairing for all of my monochromatic fall/winter pieces. This Mango Essential Blazer ($99) is one of the best blazers on the market.
Black distressed jeans. I bought these 7 for all Mankind Blair Ankle Jeans ($59) last fall and wore them also non-stop. They were a chic choice for weekend wear. If you want something less casual, try these slim bootcut Kut from the Kloth jeans, also in petite.
A leopard print scarf. This has been my go-to fall accessory for a few years now. I wear it with collarless blazers, black sweaters, and simple dresses. Animal prints make a bold statement, especially as an accessory. This BP. leopard scarf ($24) is an affordable option. If scarves aren’t your thing, try leopard pumps, a belt, or clutch.
A black slouchy boot. At the end of last winter, I picked up a pair of slouchy boots and kept thinking, “Where have these been all my life?” They were unique, cool, and just a little bit sexy. These Sole Society Belen Boots ($109) are fabulous. These ASOS pointed-toe boots are also worth a look.
A cashmere sweater. The quintessential basic must-have, a cashmere sweater is both aspirational and practical. This oversize Faye sweater ($280) is a cool piece. For something more basic, this Halogen crewneck is a good option, also in v-neck.
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