Friday, January 14, 2011

Wardrobe Essentials

Today, I'm guest posting at Ashley...Plus Three while Ashley and her family are on a fabulous vacation in Cabo!  Come check it out!  Here's a copy of my post.


pretty dresses in fun colors
great fitting jeans
button down blouses
a classic pump
over sized sunglasses
denim jacket
the perfect maxi

As the new year begins, I'm continuing to "shop my closet" and revamp the items I already have in order to save money and take advantage of the clothes in my closet.  Of course I love adding items to my wardrobe, but I've recently decided I have more than enough and shopping my closet has forced me to get creative with outfits to make them feel new again.  These are a few of my wardrobe essentials that I wear repeatedly-mixing and matching in different ways.  What are your wardrobe staples?

great fitting jeans
pretty dresses in fun colors
ballet flats
classic pumps
button down blouses
basic tees
flat boots
scarves
denim jacket
over sized sunglasses
the perfect maxi dress
an over sized handbag

33 comments:

Torrie said...

For the top...
In the winter, layers.
Lots of cotton tops (all with varied necklines & sleeve lengths), thin sweaters, scarves, denim jacket, leather jacket, and a couple of button down shirts.

For the bottom...
I need jeans, cords, boots, and flats!

Have a good weekend Valerie!

Katie said...

J.Crew tshirts, scarves, flats and plenty of other things are essentials for me!

Krystal said...

you have the cutest style, for reals :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

beautiful outfits!! found your blog from ashley's, excited to be a new follower :)

Lindsay said...

You are SO cute! Im a jeans girl :) Thats my staple.

Val said...

You look super cute!!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

totally true! i need new sunglasses...i have my eye on a tom ford pair for my bday in may :)

happy weekend!

Danielle said...

all totally essentials. I would die without my oversized sunnies.

Lisa Griffin said...

i also mix solid colored and striped henley's under cropped sleeved tops for a fun layering look
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Anna Liesemeyer said...

I love your choices. I try to buy versatile layers to mix and match. Boots have been my essential item this winter for an easy way to take the outfit to trendy while staying comfortable:)

Happy weekend!

Designer's Wifey said...

Great outfits, you remind me of Lauren Conrad... so pretty! Have a great weekend!=)

Gabriel said...

Wow! You sure are gorgeous! Whoever married you is one lucky guy!

Elle Sees said...

yes to all! these are excellent essentials.

Marcie said...

Ballet flats for sure! Walking in San Franciso is painful otherwise.

I am off to check out Ashley's post. Isn't she great?!

Also, can you do a post on your hair? I know it sounds strange, but it always looks so amazing and shiny. I am dying to know what you wash it with and how you maintain.

M

Ashley said...

Yay thanks Valerie! I love your post so much, you seriously help me a ton. I get overwhelmed trying to manage mom life and looking good and this simple list of classic pieces is great. Thanks again for guesting for me! xoxo

Alicia said...

Great essential picks Valerie! Every girl needs a little closet re-vamping as we get ready for spring. Happy Friday!

Josie said...

I love this post! You always look so incredibly chic and put-together, and it's great to know how you've built such a fabulous look from the basics. Have a fantastic weekend, Valerie!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

MJ said...

I love these pieces!! I need to shop my closet more...

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Friday Valerie!
Love your perfect maxi, super pretty!
You enjoy your 80 degree weather!
So jealous!
Have a fruity drink for me!
xo
gi gi

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Perfect essentials! You wear each and every one so well!

Happy weekend, sweetie :)

this free bird said...

Val you're my total hero for shopping the closet. It's been tough, but I've been sticking to it - with the exception of one pair of high waisted jeans yesterday, but Chef said I could guilt-free splurge for closing a search. Whew! Promptly back on wagon.

I love the essentials you picked and we're on the same page. For me it's - good basic t's in white, black, grey; denim jacket, pair of skinnies/bf's/trouser jeans, white button up, black/grey cardigan, black/brown belt, black/brown boots and bags. From there I can do almost anything...except in summer where I need to add a dress/skirt/tank combo to keep me going.

Love this post!!

Have a great weekend,
Carrie

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I'd agree with your essentials - now I just need to purchase a few of them hehe! Have a great weekend :)

Annie said...

Love this post and all of these outfits! That last dress is sooo pretty on you. That is a great list of staples.. I'm working on increasing my staples so I have more key, versatile pieces in my closet. Heard Banana is having a great sale right now so maybe I'll have some luck there.. Have a fun weekend Valerie! xo

Fashion Meets Food said...

You seriously always look gorgeous. I don't really think I have essentials I seriously need to get some though or figure out what mine are lol. Have a wonderful weekend.

xo

A.Co said...

All your pictures are always so beautiful, Valerie. You look great.

I love those black (sparkly) pumps now even MORE!!

Hmmm staples for me:
LBD
Skinny jeans
Flowy top
Pashmina
Clutch
Large everyday bag
Long necklace
Diamanté studs
Pencil skirts
(faux) Leather jacket
Denim jacket

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Perfect essential list. I have been trying really hard to shop my closet but the sales have been just too good and to be honest I received a lot of gift cards this year from my mother in law (guilt free)I must add a denim jacket- I love how you use it to layer the look.

Happy Weekend.
PS love your updo in the last photo. How did you do it?

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Shopping from your own closet...that is such a great reminder. I really need to be doing that!!
Have a great weekend!

Diana Mieczan said...

I really love your style, sweetie and that is such a great idea to start shopping your own closet instead of getting new stuff. That maxi dress is so beautiful:) Wish you a relaxing weekend, darling
Kisses

Angie Aquarius said...

This is really a great post! Love it!

My essentials:

many black and white basic tops
leggins and tights
thigh high socks
cute dresses
cardis
Longshirts
boots
scarves
beanies and hats
(i love layering...)

Thank you for your lovely comment!

*From Munich With Love*
Angie

the runaway romantique said...

Great list of essentials! I love button down tops and have yet to find the perfect denim jacket. Another staple I love is a perfect pair of denim shorts, oxfords and a favorite over-sized sweater :)

- the runaway

She Wore It Well said...

basic tees for sure! xo

A La Mode et Plus! said...

That maxi is absolutely gorgeous!! For this season, my staples are definitely boots, tights cable sweaters and easily layerable skirts and dresses!

Natalie said...

Great choices! What brand are your jeans? I've been searching for the prefect pair of lightly destroyed skinnies and I love yours!