Who What Wear Feature: This 55-Year-Old Knows …

Woodlark Hotel Portland fashion blogger wearing grey denim and a Gucci bag

J.Crew cardigan | Mother denim | J.Crew white shirt | Gucci bag | Celine sunnies

 

“A 55-Year-Old-Former Nordstrom Buyer knows these 7 basic wardrobe staples work for everyone”

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Who What Wear’s Senior Editor Bobby Schuessler on this article. I’ve been reading Who What Wear for over 10 years to get the latest in fashion trends and street style, as well as tips from some of the top editors in the business. So, you can imagine my excitement when an email appeared from Kat Collings, THE Editor-in-Chief for WWW!! It’s definitely a career highlight for me 🙂 And I’m thrilled to let you know that another article is in the works! Today I’m sharing my favorite wardrobe staples.

Since the 7 basic wardrobe staples I narrowed down for the article really do work for everyone, I thought I’d share them with you directly. I’ve also updated my picks for each category listed, so keep scrolling to read!

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#1 White Shirt

style blogger wearing a white blouse and straight leg denim

J.Crew white shirt, older-similar here | Levi’s

“Here’s the trick to a white shirt: it needs to have a little interest to it. For example, this J.Crew popover style is a bit oversized, which makes it more appealing than your simple white shirt. No matter the twist, this classic will always be a good investment.”

Another one of my favorite staples is a simple shirt dress, featured in my recent post HERE.

 

#2 Straight leg jeans

Influencer wearing a black leather shirt with black crop pants

Nanushka top | Gucci bag | Mother straight leg denim | Zara sandals, similar | Gucci sunglasses | Hoop earrings

“If you want to get your denim up to date, a slim straight-leg jean is the style to buy. High-rise with a slimmer leg, these make everyone look great. I’ve sold hundreds of pairs of the Mother Dazzler to all ages.”

 

#3 Denim jacket

Fashion blogger wearing a denim jacket and black pants

Madewell denim jacket | Frame cami | Mother denim | Gucci bag | Gucci sunnies | gold necklace | pearl initial

Another one of my favorite basic wardrobe staples. “I put one of these in every dressing room, and it almost always leaves with the client! This specific Madewell version has a slightly relaxed silhouette and is a touch longer than in previous years, making it perfect to layer over your favorite blouse or sweater.”

 

#4 Joggers

Portland blogger wearing a denim jacket and black joggers with sneakers

“Joggers are comfy, stylish, and great for working from home — the perfect ‘everything’ piece. This might be the item I’ve gotten the most DMs about. The number one comment is ‘OMG, why did I wait so long to buy these?’ Even though the joggers I’m wearing are made of performance fabric, I only wear them as streetwear and loungewear.”

 

#5 Blazer

Blogger wearing a travel blazer and a silk lace camisole

BlankNYC blazer also avail here | Cami NYC | Mother denim | Prada shoes, similar here and here | CALPAK luggage | necklace

“A good blazer is the defining piece of every outfit. Blazers are stylish, easy, elevated and worth every penny because they can be worn all seasons. Whether you hop on the leather trend or try an oversized style, this is a key piece for everyone’s wardrobe.”

 

#6 Cardigan

So Susie wearing a J. Crew cardigan and denim

J.Crew cardigan | Mother denim | J.Crew white shirt | Gucci bag | Celine sunnies

“A cardi looks good over everything. The Juliette by J.Crew is a favorite. It’s actually a cross between a cardigan and a jacket, and they just came out with a brand new linen version for spring.”

 

#7 Silk cami

Portland blogger wearing a white silk cami and a leather jacket

Frame silk cami | Allsaints leather jacket | Citizen of Humanity denim | Gucci bag

“I’m officially declaring the cami to be the one and only layering piece you need for every outfit you own! If you have a jacket, a cardigan, or a blazer sitting in your closet, the cami is the perfect basic to go under it. This simple little number has staying power because it works all year round, thereby making it the ultimate wardrobe staple.”

Thank you for reading! xo

Photography, Carrie Minns Photography

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  1. Susie! This Who What Wear article is how I found your blog just a few days ago. I’m so happy to follow your blog on Bloglovin’, your Instagram posts and to see your updated, over 50 style. So good! I too am a denim collector and have lots of jeans but am always looking for new styles, and new ways to wear them with white blouses, blazers and almost everything JCrew. And it’s so helpful to have a knowledgeable guide to the many wonderful items on Nordstrom, another favorite retailer. Thanks again for allowing me to virtually escape the long but essential quarantine!