I like to strike a balance between easy/effortless, but put together and polished at the same time.
My Style Formula
The 3 things I ask myself when assessing a new purchase: is this comfortable, does it flatter me/my body, is this versatile? I realized that back in the day I would see something on a model online and would order it and it was completely different on me. I would keep it anyway because I loved the idea of it, and would end up being untouched. Sometimes things just don’t work out, so make sure you truly love something before taking the tag off. Start to make note of why you love the certain things you do! For me, it is always about the cut, details, and quality.
I never like to look too polished. For example, if I am wearing a nice wrap dress, I will wear less makeup and keep my hair wavy/undone. I’ll par it down with flats or converse to ground the look a bit more, too. There have been times where I put on big statement earrings with a more elevated outfit and I end up taking them off and tossing them in my purse within a few minutes of being out. I just don’t feel like myself when I am too *done up*. I usually like to let one item of the look/outfit really sing.
My Top 6 Essentials & Basics
Denim that you feel your best in. I have a lot of jeans and I am recently noticing how much I gravitate to a certain few pairs. I feel my best when jeans stay true to shape and have a bit of stretch. My all-time favorite jeans are the Toni jean by Agolde. I hope they always have this style as part of their classic collection!
For (slightly) oversized tees, I am obsessed with The Great. I have this one called “The Slim Tee” (pictured) in 3 colors and they are by far my favorite loose fitted tees. I can’t recommend them more, you will fall in love, too! True to size and perfectly roomy (I go with size 1). I also have it in washed white and washed black. These are a soft, thicker cotton… you can just tell they are high quality at first glance.
Special Investment Pieces
With time, I have established which brands I am a lifelong fan of and who I adore and will continue to collect from! Some of my go-to’s to check in on each season: KHAITE | Totême | IRO | Nanushka | Lisa Yang | Anna Quan
I love IRO leather jackets! I personally look for clean cuts with a few moto details and nicely oversized. I love my BLDWN leather jacket from many years ago. I have one from each brand and treasure them both.
My closet is mainly forever classic things that are super versatile, but every so often I love to invest in a super fun piece to add to a more simple look! A studded bag or jacket, a little sparkle of some kind on a shoe, a ruffle-y number top.
I usually gravitate to similar color schemes (we all have *our colors), which usually comes down to neutrals, navy, poppy red, and green. My advice for collecting pieces you genuinely love and keep forever is to bookmark your favorite designers and join their mailing lists! I like to invest in quality at this point in my life, so one nice statement piece every few months.
Always check your favorite designer’s sales on their websites, they are usually a lot cheaper than on retailers! I also usually pop a brand and style name into google to check and see if they are cheaper elsewhere, or if they are on a website which is holding any special discounts.
Effortless Shoes & Accessories
For shoes–I live in my converse, mules (these and these I wear constantly), booties (I shared a whole post here of my favorites), and this time of year sandals! I usually go for neutral, super comfortable and flattering. A handful of favorites below:
As for accessories, I don’t dabble too much but love simple jewelry. I did a post somewhat recently here, where I touched on some of my top favorites. I also love my initial necklaces and wear them every day.
Now let’s talk hats! I have tried a handful of brands, but nothing has compared to Janessa Leoné. I have 5 of her hats and I adore them all… you can just see and feel the quality in the fabric, cut and how they fit nice and snug on your head. My favorites are the Adriana, Simone, Jade, and Jodi!
So there we have it! My wardrobe basically revolves around versatile key pieces that can be reinvented in many ways. Quality basics are the building blocks. Jackets and shoes bring the look together. And all the fun statements make an outfit sing. As I continue to add things to my closet (and the pages of BoC), I will make a more thoughtful approach to sharing how I decide on each piece, why I love it, and how I plan to wear it. My wardrobe right now has such a great solid foundation, and I look forward to collecting more fun pieces this spring!
It’s all about finding the brands that you love and believe in and pieces that make you feel your absolute best.
If you have any question, feel free to drop them below! x