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Hi friends! YAYYYYY it’s finally Friday!!! Is it just me or do the weeks seem to be dragging by this summer? Maybe it’s because I’m stuck working and studying for my online classes when I’d much rather be laying out at the beach or by a pool, sunning myself with an extra large mojito in hand… Either way, I always LIVE for the weekends when I get to sleep in and stay up late eating pizza and watching movies after a day filled with summer relaxation.
This weekend, I’m going to visit Jordan and as I was throwing all of my stuff in my weekend bag, I realized that there are certain items of clothing I always seem to pack and bring with me, whether I think I will wear them or not. Most of these “go-to’s” are items of clothing that I’ve had forever and can always seem to make work with an outfit! I think everyone has had that moment where they’re looking in their closet for that last finishing touch to make their outfit perfect, only to find that they don’t have what they hadn’t even thought before that they needed.
Here are my 5 “go-to” wardrobe essentials that I think every girl should have on hand in their closet to add a quick and easy finishing touch to an outfit.
Black Leather Jacket
Oh how I love leather jackets. They’re such a timeless piece of clothing. Every time I see one, my mind immediately goes to famous pictures of James Dean, sitting on his 1950s motorcycle while smoking a cigarette in his black leather jacket. I love these because not only do they add a stylish, “look at her” vibe to any outfit, but they can be worn any time of the year! They aren’t really all that warm, so I wear them in spring and summer at night if I’m going out, and they provide the perfect shield to the chill of fall! I even wear these in winter over a warm long sleeved shirt to add an extra layer that’s great for protecting you from the wind! Whether it’s summer, winter, fall, or spring, you will ALWAYS find a black leather jacket sitting in my closet, ready to be thrown on as a fashionable addition to any ensemble. I couldn’t find the exact same black leather jacket that I have (because mine is super old, but I love it and have a slight attachment to it so I’m not getting rid of it), but here are a few others I found that are the same style as mine and are super good quality so it’ll last through all the wear I KNOW you’re going to get out of this fabulous article of clothing!
Black Ballet Flats
I think every girl should have a pair of black ballet flats. They go with almost anything, can be used in casual, comfy, or dressy attire, and make the perfect substitute if you just aren’t feeling the heels that day. I have the middle pair linked below by J. Simpson! They are so comfortable and the little simple tied bow on the toe adds a subtle touch of femininity that I love. (I love bows and wear them whenever I can, so excuse the fact that all 3 of my suggested pairs have bows on them!) Pair these black ballet flats with your favorite pair of jeans and a cute top and you have a perfect cute and casual outfit that’s great for if you need to throw together a quick look! 🙂
*Also, as I was looking around for similar suggestions to my J. Simpson ones, I actually ended up ordering the pair on the right too because I saw them and COULD NOT pass up that bowwwwww ♡)
Okay I have no idea how people can go without a purse. It doesn’t matter if I’m just making a quick trip to the corner store, I HAVE to have my purse with me. It’s like an extension of my body when I’m going out, I can’t go without it!! These are two of my all-time absolute favorite purses. The one on the left is from Aldo, and I’ve had it for YEARS and still use it to this day! I love the size of it since it’s smaller than my usual everyday purse (the one of the right) and it’s super easy to use as a cross-body bag when I’m going shopping or I know I’ll be walking around a lot. The one on the right is my CK bag and I absolutely love it. It’s my go-to bag I use every single day and is big enough to hold all of my necessary stuff, but not so much to where my arm gets tired carrying it or anything like that. It’s actually ON SALE right now at Macy’s for 40% off, which is GREAT for CK stuff, so I would definitely recommend checking this one out if you’re looking for a new purse!
Ahhh yes, the ultimate clothing article that people everywhere, young and old have hanging in their closet. The piece of clothing that can be used to create a multitude of different outfits ranging from cute and casual to going out for a night on the town with your girls. The article of clothing that is so important, there is a Sex and the City episode built around the powers that this single article of clothing contain (shout out to all my SatC fans out there who know exactly which episode I’m talking about).
Jeans. Everyone has them. Everyone wears them. I can’t tell you how many pairs of jeans I have hanging in my closet just because when I find a pair that looks good on me, I GET IT because I know for a fact I will get my wear from the jeans if I feel good in them. Now I won’t lie, I am SUPER picky about my jeans. How they fit, how they look, how they feel… So when I came across these jeans below, I knew I had to have them! I now buy pretty much all my jeans from American Eagle. I love the fit of their skinny jeans and jeggings and find that they’re sizing is really on point. The material from which they make their jeans is also stretchy so it fits your curves in all the right places and is SO comfortable! I personally have all 3 pairs below and feel like I’m channeling my inner “Miranda Hobbes back in her skinny jeans” when I wear them! ♡
Comfy Heels You Can Walk In
One word… BLISTERS. Chances are, f you’ve worn heels before, you’ve had your fair share of battles with these things. On the back of your foot, on the side of your foot, from the top of your big toe down to the little guy, BLISTERS HAPPEN WITH HEELS. There have been times when I have bought a pair of shoes thinking they are the CUTEST things in the entire world, only to put them on to go out and within the first 15 minutes, I’m limping from the pain coming from my poor feet. Now usually I’m able to break them in (slowly but surely, and generally with a box of bandaids) but it takes time and they usually don’t end up being a pair of shoes that I choose if I know I’m going to be walking around a lot. Below are a few of my favorites that I personally have and LOVE to wear when I’m going out because (although they don’t look like it, I know) they are super easy and comfortable for me to walk in!
*Tip: These are BOTH on sale right now for at least half off!!*
So dear friends, those are my 5 Wardrobe Essentials I probably wear the most out of anything in my closet! These are items I always think of first when I’m trying to put an outfit together in my head and plan out what I’m going to wear. I think everyone has their own wardrobe essentials and I would love to hear from you guys in the comments about what you’re “Go-To” items are!
I’m always looking to expand my closet! 😉
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