21 September 2023

Building a fall wardrobe? First get these 12 items … on sale!

Buy first: Leather blazer | Frame trouser | L’Agence sandals | ATM striped t-shirt | Anthropologie bag  | Celine sunnies

Building a fall wardrobe? Get these 12 items first … on sale!

Take advantage of Friends & Family sales, happening now

Here’s a confession: I’m not a big sale shopper. I believe in buying items when they’re right, not just because they’re on sale. But, before you get upset with me, hear me out and I’ll explain!! The reason I’m not a big “end-of-season sale” shopper is because I worry that by next year, I might not like what I bought this year 😂 However, when you already have an item on your list and THEN you spot it on sale and grab it … now that’s what I’m talking about! We love those kind of sale finds around here, and that’s the topic of today’s post.

Keep reading to see the 12 essentials I highly recommend buying first. This will lay the foundation and make it easy to add on until your closet is complete! From there, you can start adding the extras … in other words, the fun things that truly make a closet your own. And, because we’re in sale mode thanks to some Friends & Family sales at the moment, I made a board at the bottom of this post with all the fun stuff — and it’s all on sale! I hope you like it 😊 Happy shopping!

Noteworthy sales: Rag & Bone – 25% off, Frame – 25% off, and Nordstrom Triple Points for cardholders


Susie’s outfits


On sale: Left: Rails cardigan | Frame jeans | Rag & Bone boots | Right: Frame sweater | Frame cord skirt | Sandals


Checklist: 12 essentials to buy first

Third pieces: Blazer | Wool coat | Trench coat | Cardigan

Denim/pants: Blue denim | Black denim | Black pant

Layering pieces: Black blouse | Cashmere tee | Button up | Stripe or graphic tee

Dresses: Versatile dress


12 wardrobe essentials

Row 1: Blue coat | Graphic tee | Jean | Black jacket

2: Cashmere sweater | Trench | White button up | Black pant

3: Slip dress | Bucket bag | Boot | Loafer | Black blouse


Why these 12 essentials?

… I thought about these long and hard 😊

Blazer: Truly a wardrobe staple!  You can’t go wrong with a Veronica Beard Miller jacket, or the Cinq a Sept Khloe — my two favorites. For a sale version, this Rag & Bone Ponte knit one is super cool and you’ll wear it all the time!

Wool coat: Find a coat you love, and plan on wearing it all the time for the next few years. I’m loving this one.

Trench coat: Whether you want to splurge on a Burberry or go for this J.Crew one, a trench coat is always stylish and versatile. I wore this $100 Orolay one all last season. For an affordable version, you can’t go wrong with this Sam Edelman

Lightweight cardigan: I recently purchased this lightweight cashmere cardigan from Cuyana, and it was perfect for the airplane. It’s soft and it’s a great length. I LOVE this Vince one, and for an affordable option, look at this one on the F&F sale, or this J.Crew one

Black jeans: I wear black jeans all year around (except in 100 degree weather!), both longer length or ankle length. The blackish/grayish wash I’m wearing above and the Mother Hustler (in this wash) are my two favorites

Faded jeans: The most important thing here is to find a pair that fits you perfectly! Look at the Paige Claudine, or the Paige Cindy which is available in petite and plus sizes

Black pant: Just yesterday, I wrote about the black pants everyone loves. First check it out here, then see how I styled them here. I recently purchased this Frame cropped trouser, and it’s so good!

… and here are the last 5

Black blouse: I used to tell everyone I helped that a good black blouse works wonders! Must admit, I’m always surprised at how many people don’t own a black blouse. When you don’t know what to wear, a black blouse and black jeans always look polished no matter where you’re going. I love this one by Frame, but I know it’s a crazy splurge. Vince has one on the F&F sale (starts tomorrow) right now that you might consider!

Cashmere tees: Adding a simple cashmere tee in black, gray and ivory is pretty much all you need to layer under everything! I love these at Nordstrom and these at J.Crew.

Button up: A simple button up shirt is a wardrobe essential. The two I recommend include this one from Frank & Eileen, and the Citizens of Humanity Kayla shirt (I have 3 of them!).

Striped or graphic tee: I just purchased this striped ATM one, and I’m wearing it in the above photo. I also love this new graphic tee by Anine Bing.

Versatile dress: Love this Vince slip dress, the J.Crew slip dress and this Cinq A Sept one – comes long or short.


And now for the fun stuff: everything on sale

Gillian blouse | Cardigan | Jeans | Coated jeans | Stripe sweater | Black boot


Neiman Marcus Friends & Family

Theory trench | Mother Weekender | Rag & bone cardigan | AG Farrah | Crossbody bag | Alice + Olivia jacket | Vince sandal


Thank you for reading! xx

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