One of the core themes you’ll find on Treats and Trends is creating a wardrobe that revolves around basic, timeless pieces. This is important for three reasons: first of all, if it doesn’t go out of style you don’t have to buy new coats, jeans, etc. every year (yay for saving money!). And second, when you have a variety of simple pieces in your closet it’s easier to mix in trendy items. For example, if you want to try a poncho like I did in this post, it’s easy because you have neutral items to style it with. Lastly, when you have a collection of versatile pieces you can create a new outfit with items you already have. I put this casual, weekend look together in seconds before doing some Christmas shopping with my husband. My closet is full of light layers since it never gets too cold here in Vegas (except for this week, it’s been FREEZING! Literally lows of 28 and so windy.). I stick to neutral colors, like white, tan and olive, because it’s easy to mix and match different pieces when they are in a similar color palette. I enjoy using my wardrobe basics to create a chic, minimalist outfit.
These are four wardrobe basics I swear by:
- White Jeans. These are a staple year-round. I’ve dedicated a few posts to white jeans, like 10 ways to style them for fall and how to wear them in winter. I love how they brighten up an outfit more than regular denim and look really crisp. Whether your personal style is minimalist, boho, edgy or feminine, white skinny jeans can be mixed into any wardrobe.
- Layering Pieces. When I don’t know what to wear I always start with a simple T-shirt or lightweight knit. From there it’s easy to add on a cute cardigan or blazer to make it a complete outfit. I found this striped long-sleeve top for only $10 and it’s been perfect for wearing under my utility jacket this fall. I also like to have lightweight turtlenecks, V-neck tees and camis on hand for layering.
- Utility Jacket. This is one of my go-to items. It can be worn with boyfriend jeans, dresses, skirts—the options are endless! Olive is one of my favorite colors for clothing because it mixes so well with other neutrals to create a chic look. The cinched waist on this one makes it flattering and not too bulky.
- Cognac Booties. I’m all about boots, so I jump at the chance to wear them as soon as the weather gets cooler. I bought these booties for under $40 this year and have definitely gotten my money’s worth! They are surprisingly comfortable for being so inexpensive and they go with everything. You can see how I styled them 10 ways in this post.
What are your must-have wardrobe basics?