Are you making this mistake with your closet?

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Are you making this mistake with your closet?

Do you own the correct essentials?

ESSENTIALS:  The key pieces everyone needs to have in their closet in order to put together solid, event-appropriate, feel-good outfits … every day.

The start of the new year is the perfect time to review your wardrobe essentials and get organized. Having a solid wardrobe foundation is one of those little pleasures in life that not only makes getting dressed easy and effortless, but will also leave you feeling prepared for any occasion. I know, I know, these lists are everywhere, talking about the perfect white tee and the best skinny jean to own. But stay with me because I’m going to share why having your own set of essentials is the absolute key to a carefully thought out, useful wardrobe.  AND — they don’t need to be boring!  They can be stylish and affordable!

After 25 years of helping women in the dressing room, here’s what I’ve noticed over and over again:


Everyone’s essentials are different, but as a stylist, I know which ones to buy.

Trust me. I am confident when making recommendations about what you should buy and how to wear it. For example, right now, you need to have certain go-to items that are the foundation of your wardrobe: the Veronica Beard blazer (or any blazer that fits well), the black scarf, the skinny jean, the bootie, the handbag. Basic. Everyone needs these. And you can buy them right here!


When a key piece or two is missing, outfits don’t come together. 

Recently a client told me for the hundredth time “I have nothing to wear!” But as her friend (and stylist), I was thinking to myself: how can that be?? I had just helped her purchase a few pieces that all worked together beautifully. Well, unbeknownst to me, she had made a couple of returns … a jacket that was the pull-it-all-together essential for most of the outfits, and a black scarf that was the accessory to wear with absolutely everything!! We stylists carefully put together outfits that revolve around those items, so, if you return a key piece you need to replace it with another one.


My guiding principle as a stylist: what you purchase must be able to be worn at least three different ways (if not more).

I’ll help you find the pieces that will earn you street cred for always looking put together: clothing that will give you miles and miles of wear from season to season. These include your favorite denim to your wear-everywhere blazer to your best shoes.


Lastly, here are the essentials that today’s well-dressed, confident woman needs in her wardrobe:



Just purchased this denim jacket today, and this drapery trench is amazing!





Go-to brands include Mother, Frame, AG and Paige. I happen to own all of these!



Basic black you’ll love forever

These 3 work for everyone




my favorites


Classic tees

Invest in black, white and grey.  It’s all you really need


Finishing touches

Any one of these accessories will pull your outfits together 




Thank you for reading! xo

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  1. I love this post Susie and I couldn’t agree more! I always try to think of 3 ways to wear an item before I purchase it. The only thing I’m missing right now is that great blazer! I love Veronica Beard and have been eyeing one of hers for a while now! 😉

    1. Oh yes… you should have a good blazer. I love love Veronica beard…and the Dickey options are amazing. There’s a good selection on the vb website. I love the light weight cashmere ones 🙂
      If you find a blazer keep me posted. You have the best taste!