10 wardrobe staples I swear by!

J.Crew Juliette cardigan | Dior sandals | Mother denim | Michael Stars tank | Balenciaga tote| Poppy Finch | Gold hoop earrings

10 Wardrobe staples I swear by — Who What Wear edition!

Last week, I worked on another article with Who What Wear called “I’m a Former Nordstrom Buyer With A Lot of Clothes – I Wear These Items The Most.”  It’s so cool that Who What Wear continues to feature women over 50, and I’m honored to be one of them! Age doesn’t matter when it comes to style — and WWW is at the forefront of this effort. We all want to look and feel good, no matter how *young* we are 😉

The back story on this bucket list opportunity goes like this: last year, during the second week of lockdown, I received an email from Kat Collings (Editor-in-Chief of WWW) asking me to do a “test” article. As you might imagine, I was beside myself with excitement! I’ve since worked on 14 articles with Bobby Schuessler, the Senior Market Editor, and this month he wanted me to focus on the wardrobe staples I wear all the time — and 7 is the number we came up with. But I did have a hard time narrowing it down, so in addition to the 7, I’ve added 3 more and written about them all below. I hope you like it!


#1 Easy Shirtdress

J.Crew dress | March Fisher sandals | Balenciaga bag | Bracelet | Holiday House, Palm Springs

A shirtdress is my go-to for an easy, effortless outfit. It looks good with almost any shoe, and it’s kind of the perfect dress for right now. There are so many good ones — see below for my recent picks! Some of the best are by J.Crew, Frank & Eileen, and Veronica Beard.




#2 Slide Sandals

J.Crew Ella cardigan | Michael Stars tank | Mother  jeans | Schutz sandals | Brinker & Eliza bracelet | Earrings

When the weather brightens up, I wear slide sandals almost every single day. Easy to pair with denim, dresses, and even joggers. These Schutz sandals are favorites and look good with everything, and for a splurge shoe I highly recommend the Dior Dway slide sandal, they’re super stylish and pretty too!


#3 Classic Trench coat

J.Crew trench | ATM tee | Mother denim | Prada shoes | Gucci bag | Sunglasses

On cooler days, try your favorite white tee and faded, worn-in jeans, with a classic trench. It looks a little more polished for running around town. I love this J.Crew one, this Club Monaco plaid one (wrote about it here) and this one by Mango. Try one this season, because not only are they practical, they’re super stylish too!



#4 Tank Tops

Michael Stars tank | J.Crew sweater over shoulders | Mother flare jeans | Black mules similar | Zara bag, older

A good tank is a staple that everyone should own. It layers nicely under any jacket, and when the weather warms up, you can wear it on its own. I probably throw this one on several times a week — not kidding!



#5 Crispy White denim

Reformation blouse | Mother white denim | Schutz sandal | Gucci bag | Sunglasses

White denim is on serious rotation right now. I’m especially loving a higher-rise straight-leg jean like the  Mother one I’m wearing.



#6 Pretty white tops

Veronica Beard top here and here | Levi’s Icon Wedgie

Pretty white tops are a nice option to a basic tee. I especially love the puff-sleeve details — I get compliments every time!



#7 Faux leather

Good American faux leather shirt | Givenchy bag | Black jeans

Even though it’s spring, I still grab this faux-leather shirt and wear it like a jacket. There’s something about this luxe-looking trend that elevates every outfit. Nanushka is a favorite brand — see the selection here.


#8 Utility jacket

Utility jacket (to be re-stocked soon) | Denim | Prada shoes | Sunglasses | Bag

The staple pretty much everyone should own. Versatile, good for most seasons, and a cool vibe. What more could you ask for? This one above is being re-stocked any day, and I’ll be sharing on my IG stories when it’s available. It’s so good and only $59!



#9 Popular Joggers

Madewell denim jacket | Vuori Jogger | Veja sneaker

I can’t imagine how I ever survived without joggers. I wear them all year long, several times a week! The Vuori Jogger is a favorite, and the only one Itrust me on this one!


#10 Must-have Crossbody bag

Blank NYC faux leather blazer | Frank & Eileen white shirt | Paige Hoxton skinny | Mansur bag | Aquazzura shoes, last season | Brinker & Eliza bracelet

Consider bags to be the finishing touch to every outfit! Crossbody bags are super versatile, and they give you a hands-free option which is so convenient these days!


Thank you for reading! xx

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  1. Hi Susie! I have a question about the Gucci Marmont Mini Bucket Bag. How much will the bag actually hold? I have measured the bag and my cell phone is taller than the bag is wide! I have been straddling the fence for weeks now about whether to purchase the bag or not because of the size. I WANT IT SO BAD!!!!! Please tell me what items you are able to put in your bag. Maybe I can then make a final decision on whether to purchase it. I love your blog but………..you do cause me to spend a lot of money! However, it is money well spent and I thank you for bringing all the good items and terrific styles to us. You are my favorite blogger by far and I thank you for all the time and effort you put into putting together such great posts. Thank you! Carol