Tuesday, December 15, 2015


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Your wardrobe is a silent reflection of who you are to those around you. It goes far beyond the simple question of "what should I wear today?" and choosing between the three clean skirts in your closet. Style choices can have real implications on first impressions and truly do impact how others see you. With its far-reaching significance, it's not hard to see why personal style should be calculated and wardrobes chosen with care.

While I'm still creating and altering the nuances of my personal style everyday, I've established the foundation. Before I share my tips for curating classic style, it's important to note a few things:

+ On establishing personal style 
Developing a personal style is something that can take years. There's no hard-and-fast advice about how to refine your style. For me, comfort is queen. I never thought I'd outgrow the college days of wearing leggings and sweatshirts to class. Thankfully...that ship has sailed! I'm not willing to sacrifice comfort for aesthetic, and so I don't. Your wants and needs can work together.

+ On building a wardrobe 
Curating the perfect wardrobe can be a daunting task. Be sure to only include pieces that truly reflect your personal style. For me, if a piece doesn't fit 'just right' or is too far out of my comfort zone, I won't wear it, and it'll sit at the back of my closet for seasons. Don't make a trendy purchase just because the price is right. If you try a piece on and you don't love it, don't buy it. If you're unsure of how you feel, you don't need it. A mediocre piece won't add anything substantial to your style foundation. Unless you absolutely can't leave without it, think twice.

The basics are arguably the most important part of a style foundation. Basics can be dressed up, dressed down, layered or worn alone — appropriate for nearly every occasion. Find some simple tanks and tees that fit you well. And buy them. In multiple colors. Pick up a few cardigans and relentlessly hunt for that pair of jeans you've been searching years for. I promise, a pair of jeans that is comfortable and fits your body right does exist! Shop my favorite basic pieces (that I can't live without!) by scrolling through the widget above.

At the center of a functional closet is a flexible color scheme. A versatile color pallet is key. That pink sequin top is fun for a night out celebrating your best friends' birthday, but is hard to pull off the other 364 days of the year. Sticking to a neutral color scheme is a great way to maximize the utility of your pieces. My closet is full of my neutrals of choice — white, grey, camel and black. It's incredibly easy to mix + match pieces if most of your wardrobe works together.

Wardrobe staples can take a variety of forms, but they've all got one thing in common — they're pieces you'll reach for season after season. Whether it's a great structured bag or a pair of mid-height almond toe pumps, staples are relatively timeless and serve as a welcome addition to nearly any outfit. The 'little black dress' is a quintessential example of a classic wardrobe staple. It's season-less and is suitable for almost any occasion. My most-worn staples pieces are my Vince Camuto riding boots and J.Crew Chateau Parka.

Splurge items are my favorite pieces to wear (and shop for) in my wardrobe. Often, these are designer items that tie together a wardrobe and provide a unique finishing touch to an outfit. I tend to splurge on accessories like jewelry, shoes and bags because their versatile nature provides the most 'bang' for your buck. Classic holy grail splurges — like the Chanel flap bag, David Yurman cable cuff bracelet, Cartier Tank watch and Valentino bow pumps — are worthwhile picks because they've proven to be pieces that never go out of style. Hands down most-worn splurge item is my David Yurman Petite Albion Ring.

Personal style can (and should!) be a calculated choice. Curating your perfect twist on classic style ensures your wardrobe is a reflection that you're proud to share.

Thank you to Lawrence Cheng Photography for shooting this post


  1. Love this :)
    I have a ton of basics that are cheaper but I tend to mix and match them each week.

    My staples are my riding boots, my Tory burch tote, and my peacoat.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. I don't go anywhere with out my David Yurman bracelet! I wear it everyday :)

  3. Great tips! Neutral colors are the best for mixing and matching; I own so much black and gray!

  4. I am lucky to mix it up once in a while because I am definitely a neutral's kinda gal!!! Love these tips :)

  5. I need to get some more basics and staples into my closet. That will probably be a project for this new year.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  6. I'm definitely addicted to buying basics. I love comfy, plain tops that are lightweight for layering!


  7. I definitely need to get some more basics into my closet! I love neutrals!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  8. This is such a great post and great advice!

    Amy | pastelnpink.blogspot.com

  9. Having staples are key. They are the perfect building blocks.

    Sara Kate Styling

  10. I definitely believe in splurging on timeless bags and shoes, and saving on trendier pieces. Basic staples are definitely an important part of a well curated wardrobe.

  11. This is such a great post! Staples are the key to any great wardrobe, and having a few splurge pieces is a must!

    xo Ashley

  12. I love this rundown! I'm hoping to add a few splurges to my wardrobe soon.

  13. I learned the hard way how important it is to have staple pieces. Invest in them because that's what's most important! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

  14. This is a genius post. I love the splurges a little too much though! hahaha

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  15. My closet is mostly basics and great reflection of my style I think .. I love your 4 step concept!

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