Spring is here and I couldn’t be more excited to start putting away my coats and sweaters. I often see people in my DM’s or emails asking for good basics or wardrobe staples. I wanted to put together a resource for those of you who are looking to build (or lean out) your closet and find good foundational pieces. My style definitely leans towards classic, neutral with an edge. And if you’re into that, here are some of the pieces I always recommend. 90% of these I own, wear and fully stand by. And chances are, you already own a few of these styles too.
For accessories, I’ll put ideas next to each piece. I personally love to mix brown with black or add a pop of color with my shoes or bag. Since my foundation is rather neutral, it’s easy to have fun with accessories.
SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE
1. Wide Leg Trousers: I recommend this style from Banana Republic (wearing above). It comes in different lengths which I feel is really helpful when buying trousers. I also love the Sloane Trouser from Abercrombie (I size up). A good trouser is key for me. I wear these with a black tank, white button down, striped tee…you get the idea. This is an essential piece for spring.
2. Linen Blend Wide Leg Pants: I also live in these pants during the spring and summer months. They are lightweight and you can pair with flat sandals or heels depending on the occasion. I have a pair in black and cream in my closet and they are worn quite often. I really love this cargo style too.
3. 90’s Straight Leg Denim: If you follow me on instagram stories, you’ve seen this exact pair show up several times (here and here to share a few). I describe them as them as the ideal jean if you want something that’s not skinny, but not slouchy. They are a relaxed, straight leg style that feel polished. They are slightly longer which feel very on trend at the moment.
4. Cropped Denim: I’ve had the Jamie High Rise Class jean from AGolde for several years now and it’s still one of my most reached for styles. I opt for this style when I wear oversized tops or blazers to give me more shape. They are slim, but I wouldn’t call them skinny.
I always get asked about bras with these tanks. I usually do this racerback from skims or these nipple covers.
5. Striped Poplin Dress: Stripes are always a good staple to have and my go-to option when I want to wear a print.This one from Banana Republic is currently in my cart. Again, it’s easy yet polished and could be worn with slides. Also loving this version on sale from Frame.
6. Black Smocked Nap Dress: I live in easy, comfortable dresses this time of year. And this has been one of my most worn dresses. I pair this with an open knit cardigan and flat sandals or sneakers.
7. Belted Dress: This embroidered one from H&M is a nice budget-friendly option I have on my radar.
8. White Mini Dress: This a-line dress from Banana Republic is on my radar as it looks like the perfect dress for a warmer spring day. Also love that it comes in different length options and is fully lined (whites can be so tricky).
9. Striped Cardigan: I have this cardigan from Alex Mill (I got a medium) and can’t tell you how many times I wear this. It’s such a good basic and I love pairing over a white rib tank or tee.
10. Oversized white Button Down: Ok, I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, this Anine Bing shirt is the best white button down. It’s not the most budget-friendly, but truly when you compare the fabric to others, the quality is apparent. It’s not see-through and doesn’t wrinkle as easily as others I’ve tried. I have had mine since before George was born (so about 4 years) and though it says dry clean only, it’s easy to spot treat. I also used the Dryel kits and it was fine. I took a small but I loved this top so much I bought a medium to wear when I was pregnant. Here is another option that I like from Good American (I wear the size 1) and the best budget friendly version is this one from target but go up at least 1 or 2 sizes for the same oversize fit as the above.
11. Striped T-Shirt: I have this one from Mango (I took a small and it has a relaxed fit).
12. Ribbed High Neck Tank: I have a few of these from different brands. This one from Target is really affordable (literally $8) and has a great fit. I’ve had mine since last summer and wore it all the time. It held up well. I also lovethis one from Amazon ($20). It has a little more compression and feels slightly upgraded compared to the Target one. I wear a small in both and rotate them multiple times a week. I wear to sleep, Pilates, with an outfit…they are truly a staple. And honestly, I’ve tried the “designer” ones and I just can’t get on board with paying $80+ for a basic tank.
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