My 5 Go-To, Non-Boring, Wardrobe Staples

I was thinking about the pieces in my closet that were on the heaviest rotation. My favorites,  my best-of list. The pieces that I go to over and over again that never disappoint. What surfaced were 5 go-to, non-boring wardrobe staples that always give my outfits that finishing touch. And the perk is they’re timeless and THEY’RE ALL AFFORDABLE.

So what about these 5 wardrobe staples makes them so useful? And so versatile? IMHO, it’s because they’re pieces that easily add a little oomph to an outfit, BUT not so much oomph they couldn’t be worn again because they were just too memorable.

One important note – these pieces are available at all different price points. So, if you want to spend $20, $200 or in some cases $2000 you can find all 5 items at all of these prices, and everywhere in between. The looks will be similar but the materials used (rayon vs cashmere) or the designer label (Mango vs Gucci) are what account for the huge disparity in price. I’ve linked products that run the gamut price-wise, so be sure to click the photos to find the item and price that’s right for you.

A Short and Sweet Valentine’s Day Post

This is quite possibly the lamest blog post I’ve ever done, so I apologize in advance. The flu has knocked me out, hard. So this is a bare-bones, short and sweet one. What to wear for Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that happens every year so the question that comes up every year too.

What If You Don’t Want To Go All Out for Valentine’s Day

What if you want to give a nod to the Valentine’s Day holiday but not go all out with hearts and pink and red? Personally, I think it’s kind of fun to acknowledge the day (even though the hubs and I typically avoid the crowds and spend the night in). But there is a difference between paying homage and dressing in a costume.

Here’s a quick, down and dirty, full-proof formula for a Valentine’s Day outfit that’s not too over the top but still celebrates the Hallmark Holiday of love is this…

Hallie Abrams in grey ALO sweatsuit

Sweats for the WIN-ter

It’s that time of year when I truly want to stay in my PJ’s all day long. I don’t know about you, maybe it’s the cold, or lack of sun, but my motivation level is waaaay low. If I have a day that I can be a homebody,  a lazy day outfit is on the docket for sure. And if I have to actually get dressed and go out (which is most days) then THE MINUTE I get home the comfy clothes are on.

Loungewear and pajamas that are presentable are a must-have for a zillion real-life scenarios, I went in-depth on that subject last year. And, I’ve updated those links so all the items highlighted should be in stock.

Sweatsuits are IN Again

2020 seems to be the year of the sweatsuit. Not athleisure, or loungewear or joggers, but full-fledged, matching top and bottom sweatsuits.

And those sweatsuits can look super cute out of the house too.

You may have noticed a lot of celebrities stepping out in matching sweat sets and that tells me it’s only a matter of time until we see it in a more mainstream way.

Did You Know I Post an Outfit of the Day on Instagram?

Well, almost every day I do. Or at least try to. When I’m leaving the house I make a quick stop at the “Selfie Mirror” in my bedroom and snap a quick pic. It’s actually a tip I give my personal styling clients as well. Keeping photos of the outfits you’ve worn helps so much when it’s time to recreate those outfits for packing or other occasions. If I’m being honest, I’ve scrolled through my own Instagram #OOTD highlight to jog my memory when getting dressed on more than one occasion. He-he, it really works!

They’re My Real Clothes, From My Real Closet

When I post my Outfit’s of the Day (#OOTD) on Instagram I’ll often get dm’s asking about items in the outfits.

Here’s the thing… the clothes I wear in my #OOTD’s are my real clothes from my real closet. Meaning, I’ve collected them over many years – even decades. So, many of them are old, or resale or vintage, and not easily linkable. So when I answer the DM with the brand or store name, it’s often a wild goose chase for you to find the item.

And, my job is to make shopping easier for you, not harder…

So, I’m doing an experiment. I’m posting links to similar items to those in the OOTD photos – at all different price points. And the exact item if it’s fairly new and available. My hope is that it will make it easier for all of you.

The Leather Puffer: Fashion & Function

That red puffer coat Maggie is wearing in the photo above is mine from a few years ago. As I reminded her a zillion times, she’s only borrowing it – because she needed a warm coat that covered her tush. It got a lot of love on IG from all of you (thank you). And frankly a ton of love from every store and restaurant we walked in to as well. Maybe because it’s red and happily stood out amongst a sea of black jackets… And maybe it’s because leather puffer jackets are a cool way to stay warm and stylish.

It’s no good to look fab but freeze your a** off, right?? So your winter coat needs to keep you warm, first and foremost. And then it’s second most important job is to look good. Leather puffers happily do both!

How to make sure all the stuff in your closet is properly insured…

I realize a post about insurance may not be the somewhat light-hearted fun and fashion that’s regularly here. However, I truly believe this is an important topic to cover – ESPECIALLY for this audience!

I’m one of those people who actually LOVES all of the items in my closet. Yes, I know they’re inanimate objects, but they truly bring me joy. Thanks to Marie Kondo for coining that phrase. And I, btw, encourage my clients and readers to also love what they wear. It really does help bring out confidence and calm and lets you focus your energy on the bigger stuff. But I digress…

How to Protect Your Stuff = Insurance

So, I was kind of disappointed in myself when I realized how little I knew about keeping these joyful possessions protected. Not how to hang, fold or clean them but HOW TO INSURE THEM IN CASE OF DISASTER.

Yes, I totally have insurance – home, auto, life – we are covered. We have a fabulous agent, that I adore. Who, in fact, has become a wardrobe client and a friend too. And this past season, as we were purging her closet and coordinating outfits for fall/winter we got to chatting. 

How Much Would You Get to Replace it?