The most important trick to making great outfits! Part 1

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The most important trick to making great outfits!


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 a new season is the perfect time to review your essentials and get your closet organized. Having a solid wardrobe foundation not only makes getting dressed easy and effortless, but also helps you be prepared for any occasion. I often hear “what’s the perfect white tee? Which denim should I add? I already have a bunch of black pants!” Well, stay with me because I’m going to address the question “what is the most important trick for making great outfits? Essentials!” Having a strong set of essentials is the trick to a carefully thought-out, useful, exciting wardrobe.

Today’s post is Part 1 of a two-part series covering both the essentials you need and the trendy pieces you should add to attain the perfect wardrobe. Keep reading to see the essentials you should invest in, as well as recent top sellers you might like. And, stay tuned for Part 2: the fun and trendy pieces that will take your wardrobe to a completely new level!


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

Everyone’s essentials are different, but as a stylist, I know which ones to recommend. Trust me. I am very confident when making recommendations about what you should buy and how to wear it. For example, right now, you need to have these go-to items as the foundation of your wardrobe: a great jacket/coat/blazer, a black scarf, a current jean, a stylish shoe, and a nice handbag. Basic. Everyone needs these essentials.

When a key piece or two is missing, outfits don’t come together. A client recently told me for the hundredth time “I have nothing to wear!” and I thought to myself: how can that be?? I had just helped her purchase a few essentials 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 piece 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 certain esentials, so, if you return a key piece, you do 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 — in other words, essentials that will give you miles and miles of wear, season after season. These include your favorite denim, your wear-everywhere blazer, your best shoes … and more.


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

Great jackets

A denim jacket is an essential piece, and this belted coat is amazing too!





Go-to brands include Mother, Frame, AG and Paige. I wear all of these and highly recommend






These 3 items work for everyone


The cardigan you’ll want in every color

Seriously, all four styles are really really good — I own them all!


Shoes you’ll love

These are my favorites.


*Classic tees

Invest in black, white and gray and you’ll be covered





*Silky camis

Several camis, including black and ivory, is pretty much all you need

Cami NYC


$49 bra-friendly tank



*Finishing touches

Any one of these accessories will pull your outfits together 






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All of the above are recent top sellers from So Susie. You can’t go wrong with any of these!


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!

  2. Hi Susie,
    I love your Blog and reading all your posts. I have a question on the basics that you mentioned. I don’t really look good in black, white and grey so are there basics that you can recommend for people that need to work with other colors?.

    Thank you!

  3. Love this post! I’m like your client who feels like I never have anything to wear, though have a closet filled with clothes! Most of them are basics and high quality, but somehow I struggle to put things together. Because I wait til the last second to get dressed, I end up wearing the same outfits over and over again. Do you ever do in home consultations? In the meantime, I love following your posts and have been placing a lot of orders per your recommendations! Thank you!

  4. Hi Susie,
    I live in So. Florida, where it is hot & humid most of the year with no fall season. When I see these cooler weather pieces come into the store I roll my eyes. Just not practical here! What would be the key pieces if omitting the blazer, sweaters and scarves?

    1. I totally understand, a blazer would be way to warm! What about a thin linen cardigan like the Halogen one, and silky camis to start?