You don’t need an entire closet full of trendy pieces to look stylish. All it takes is a handful of are reliable wardrobe essentials that you can mix and match with those “of the moment” items. Think good quality, classic pieces – those tops, bottoms, jackets, shoes, and accessories that never go out of style.
Each season, you simply add a few of these wardrobe staples to your collection, keeping in mind how they’ll integrate with what you already own. In time, you’ll have a flawless wardrobe guaranteed to stand the test of time.
If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe in 2022, here are some excellent options you won’t want to pass up.
A Button-Down Blouse. Whether it’s teamed with a suit or jeans, you can never go wrong with a simple button-down in a classic color like black or white. I’m a big fan of both the Basic Concealed Placket Shirt ($95) and Vintage Tie Neck Silk Shirt ($125) by LILYSILK. A brand committed to zero waste, LILYSILK sources its natural fibers from Mulberry trees, which require less water than cotton to grow. Besides being glossy and gorgeous, these blouses are light and breathable, which makes them wearable year-round.
A Versatile Sweater. Brands like Oliver Charles have an amazing selection of unisex sweaters that come in easy-to-pair colors including navy, light gray, charcoal, and burgundy. One thing to love about Oliver Charles’ sweaters is that the brand uses a 3D knitting technology that knits the sweaters all once, making them completely seamless. This makes them lighter, stronger, and better for the environment. And, unlike your typical cashmere sweater, these are machine washable. Although, the antimicrobial properties of the wool means you’ll rarely have to worry about washing. Two major bonuses.
A Classic White Tee. There is a slew of options when it comes to t-shirts. But not all are created equal. When it comes to comfort and quality, I personally love Bern Conrad’s Mia Relaxed Modern Top ($75) – a luxurious take on a basic crew neck tee but made with a relaxed modern cut in the brand’s trademarked RalmTex™? knit fabric, which was designed to increase cellular oxygenation and local circulation in the bottom.
A Sleeveless Turtleneck. Often overlooked, the sleeveless turtleneck is a versatile wardrobe piece that looks amazing as is or layered under other pieces in your wardrobe. I recommend this option from The Sleep Shirt collection ($80), which is made of a smooth, medium-weight stretch cotton blend that drapes and doesn’t cling.
A Comfy Lounge Set. This is hands-down the easiest way to look cute and feel comfortable while working from home or relaxing around the house. And while I have many favorites in this category, my favorite of the moment is the Cozy Fleece Collection by JJ Winks. The Sweater Weather Top ($112) and Hot Java Pant ($78), offer the comfort of your favorite sweatshirt – without the bulk of a bra. This luxe fleece top is warm and fuzzy (perfect for the colder winter months) and designed with the brand’s signature Light Hug® material inside, so you’re free to go braless while still looking polished. I also like that you wear this sweater off-the-shoulder for a fun, sexy look.
Quality Outwear. When it comes to must-haves for braving those colder months, outerwear is key. Pro tip: invest in a coat from a brand like Troy London, a quintessential luxury British heritage brand featuring timeless pieces that will instantly transport you to the English countryside. The Troy London Wax Parka ($400), which has been donned by The Duchess of Cambridge, has a sports-luxe lining that provides fully waterproof protection and an urban appeal to this casual but elegant coat with a cinched waist and drawstring hood. My personal favorite in the collection, however, is the Heathland Coat ($486). This lightweight walking style coat features an oversized swing shape and structured cotton shell, contrast checkered lining, and a soft corduroy collar. I also adore the large storage pockets, inside zip breast pocket, and beautiful gold finishes. This jacket goes great with just about any outfit.
Cute Flats: If I’m being honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of high heels. And, after spending so much time at home over the last couple of years, heels are few and far between in my closet. What I can’t get enough of these days? A great pair of flats like the Cellina Midnight Flat ($265) from Bells & Becks’ collection of luxury day-to-night shoes. Created by the former 25-year Head of Merchandising for Gap Inc., the Cellina is a ballet flat made modern with a ridiculously soft, padded Italian nappa leather lining, insole, and outsole for extra comfort. Featuring a square toe that is ideal for wider feet, the Cellina is made for all-day wear and walking in five colors: Black, Midnight, Blush, Silver, and Snake.
I’m also a big fan of Cocktail Sneakers, a female-founded brand that designs and delivers incredibly comfortable, super-stylish, and classic sneakers that pair as easily with dresses and skirts as they do with jeans, leggings, shorts, and capris. My personal favorites are the red suede Weekender ($215) – they add a gorgeous pop of color to any outfit – and the metallic rose gold slip-on Sophisticate ($225).
A Chic Handbag: The recently launched brand NOIRANCA has a gorgeous collection of PETA-approved vegan leather bags that are consciously handcrafted with an ethical focus. Inspired by the natural beauty of an eye, the Alice Mini ($235) comes in three different colors (dusty rose, olive green, and blue) and is the perfect portable size, making it a great way to add a pop of color and personality to any outfit.
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