5 Wardrobe Essentials (by Anne from In Residence)

I’m excited to introduce you all to Anne from In Residence!  Anne is a Pinterest whiz in the sense that she actually *makes* things she pins on Pinterest, and they turn out beautifully.  I’m always inspired when she recreates one of her pins.  On top of that, I looooove Anne’s style!  I won’t even bother explaining why–just take a look below!

Hi, Putting Me Together readers! Audrey always has such great tips for building a
remixable wardrobe, so while she’s off traveling, let’s talk about wardrobe essentials.
Earlier this fall I identified and spent a week showcasing some of the most used pieces in my closet, the ones that are the building blocks for outfits suitable for almost any
occasion in my life and that suit my personal style perfectly.

I define wardrobe essentials as the foundational, go-to items in my closet that
help me avoid that “I have nothing to wear” feeling and always make me feel great while
I’m wearing them: an army jacket, something leopard, a chambray shirt, a great statement
necklace or scarf, and a basic dress that can be dressed up or down. The key to these
essentials is that they go with everything and can be endlessly remixed into outfits I love;
I find that often they’re even better when I wear a couple of them at once. Your essential
pieces might be different, but figuring out what they are will make getting dressed or
packing for your next trip a breeze.

In Residence wardrobe essentials

5 essentials:  1. an army jacket | 2. something leopard  3. a chambray shirt | 4. a statement necklace or great scarf | 5. a basic dress that can be dressed up or down

I get lots of use out of the my essentials year-round by pairing them with seasonably
appropriate layers, colors, accessories, etc., and in December I freshened them up for the
holidays by mixing in some bright colors and shiny things. I’ll keep on doing that for the
next few months, because what better way to keep your spirits up through gray, cold days
or that post-holiday letdown… Here are a few recent ways I’ve worn and loved my
go-to pieces (see some other versions here!):

In Residence wardrobe essentials
jacket (similar): Gap | cords: Loft | shirt:
JCrew | flats: Target

The military jacket (or vest) is one my favorites for a casual but pulled-together
outfit, and it’s been perfect for the mild early winter we’ve had here. It gets
even more snazzy for running errands and a coffee date when paired with some
bright red (outfit shamelessly copied from my blog friend Shea).

In Residence wardrobe essentials
In Residence wardrobe essentials
dress and scarf: Old Navy | boots: Indigo by Clarks
| necklace: Anthropologie | heels: Target

Next up, a dress that can be dressed up or down – obviously this wardrobe essential is
helpful to have around for having something suitable to wear for many occasions… In this
case, everything’s more festive and fun in bright colors, so for work or church, a bright
dress with a cozy cable knit scarf and flat boots is great. Then for a little party or date
night, switch out for a sparkly necklace and heels.

In Residence Wardrobe Essentials
skirt: Loft | chambray (similar): Crewcuts | boots:
Old Navy | scarf (similar): Banana Republic

And finally, the chambray shirt. This thing seriously goes with everything and gives
any outfit a great polished but laid back vibe – I especially love when chambray is used
to dress down skirts, so what better way to wear it during the holidays or even post-
holidays for a fun cocktail outing or birthday party than with a sequined skirt (don’t have
a sequin skirt? Layer your chambray with a sequin top like so!). As usual, a scarf tops things off
and brings it all together nicely.

I limited myself to 5 items here, but in reality my essentials probably number closer to
10: I’d also include a striped shirt, a pair of gold flats, a denim jacket, and a fitted blazer
to my list of things that go with everything and make every outfit feel a bit better and
more polished. What are yours?

Stop by Anne’s blog In Residence to check out more of her great outfits and to be wowed as she inspires you to recreate some of your pins!

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