Remember a few weeks ago when I was telling you about how black pants had become an indispensable item in my wardrobe — something I couldn’t live without? I was thinking about this the other day as I was getting dressed, and realized that the simplification process has extended far beyond pants. Recently, there have been a few items in my wardrobe that I’ve reached for over and over again, so much so that I’ve already looked online so that I can buy multiples of them (a sure sign that you know you really love something). Today I thought I’d share a few of these wardrobe workhorses, because honestly, they’re things I’d highly recommend you add to your closet!
First up, this blouse from Banana Republic. I bought it in-store late last summer, never dreaming that it would become such a go-to piece for me. I recently asked Joe if he was sick of seeing it, because I’m pretty sure I’ve worn it out on every Friday night date for the last two or three months. I believe that every woman needs a good button down silk blouse (or several) in their wardrobe, but this blouse has also proven that every woman needs a non-button down ladylike silk (or in this case, good polyester) blouse in their wardrobe, too. It pairs effortlessly with any type of skinny pant, looks fabulous with a vest thrown over it, and drapes beautifully so that it’s slimming and good at camouflaging simultaneously. With this particular blouse, sometimes I leave the top button closed and wear dainty gold necklaces with it; other times I leave the placket open and pair it with a bold statement necklace (the material is woven in such a way that the placket won’t flop around too much if left open, which I love). I often pair this blouse with those faux leather moto pants, and boom, perfect date night/night on the town outfit.
Banana Republic isn’t selling this right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar style appears on their shelves come spring/summer time — I have seen them create similar looking blouses each year! If you needed one right this very second, Piperlime has one option (albeit a bit pricier and also more detail-oriented), Club Monaco has a few that are gorgeous, super modern, and an extra 30% off (here and here), and Nordstrom has one with a waterfall placket.
I bought the Glasgow satchel from Madewell earlier in the fall, needing a simple, basic, everyday bag that could haul a ton of stuff, go with everything, and that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting wet or dirty during the winter and on the subway. I liked the overall shape of this bag — it’s interesting, but still feels classic enough, with gold tone hardware and feet on the base. It’s ended up being a fabulous workhorse bag! It can carry all the everyday purse items, plus still fit things like flats and/or lots of winter accessories (carrying a pair of gloves, a hat, ear muffs, etc has been essential lately). I like that when I’m running out the door during the week, I can take this to a meeting or out to dinner, and it fits the occasion well (nothing drives me nuttier than having to switch out a purse every damn day!). Nowadays, I typically only swap bags for fancier date nights that call for a clutch or something dressier; on the whole, this bag has let me streamline the whole “jetting out the door” thing. PS, Madewell is still selling this, in a bunch of colors, and it’s on sale!
Yes, a pair of jeans makes my list! I purchased these J Brand jeans just a couple weeks ago, and have worn them pretty much every day since. So why are a pair of jeans that special? Well, I’d purchased J Brand jeans before (and I always love them!), but these were from a particular line I’d never tried before — the photo ready denim line. Holy comfortable and flattering jeans! These are without a doubt the most comfortable, wearable jeans I have ever owned. They stretch perfectly, but still feel thick and substantial (not too thin and overly stretchy like jeggings). With this particular pair, they are a very, very dark blue, which can pass for black in the evening, and have the perfect amount of distressing at the knees and ankles — not too ripped up, but also not too fake looking. I love the feel of the material and the fit so much, that I’ve already bookmarked other jeans I want from the ‘photo ready’ line. Trust me, they’re amazing!
So these are my three recent wardrobe workhorses that I can’t get enough of. Do you have any that you’ve been wearing on repeat?