At the beginning of every season I like to determine what my aesthetic will be, otherwise I’m setting myself up for analysis paralysis that usually ends with me laying on the bed and begging my husband to pick my outfits; if only. My closet’s power to overwhelm generally strengthens as the season changes because I have to reacquaint myself with items that have been stored away or pushed to the back of the closet. Hence, my solution to preventing the I-don’t-know-what-to-wear meltdown is picking wardrobe staples that fit my aesthetic at the beginning of the season; the end results are go-to uniforms that make it relatively easy to put looks together.
My go-to pieces tend to be a mixture of oldies but goodies and some new findings. It requires about two weeks before I fully catalog what I have for the season and finalize my staples. The length of time is not indicative of how many clothes I have, rather the twelve days of procrastinating the inevitable arduous process of rearranging my entire closet and storing prior season’s pieces. However, it never fails that after this long feat, I rediscover old staples and fall in love with them all over again. Combining the old and new always makes me happy because it validates previous purchases. My top three staple pieces for this winter are my cuffed wide leg trousers, Gucci loafers, and faux strand of pearls.
The Faux Strand of Pearls
My bestie got me these faux pearls that are part of every look in this story. She had them first and she felt that I just couldn’t live without them.
The Cuffed Wide Trousers
I purchased these from Anthropologie years ago, it was love at first sight. The satin bow belt is a nice surprise to an otherwise serious pair of pants. I’ve styled them three ways: for the office, the weekend, and a cocktail party. I hate the thought that I must wear a dress or a skirt to be considered “dressed-up”, with a lace crop top I feel just as fancied up in these pants as I would in a cocktail dress.
The Gucci Loafers
I’ve been eyeing these bad boys for over a year so I finally gave in and bought them on my Italian trip. They are testing my belief that experiences bring more long term fulfillment than things; every time I wear them it’s an experience. I always have an urge to wear them with all black or black and white.