I have a hard time buying “basics.” I’m the type of girl who’d much prefer to snag an impractical pair of hot pink pumps or a splashy new necklace than the perfect wear-with-anything black flats or trench. That being said, I’m always thrilled with my decision when I actually own high-quality lather-rinse-repeat classics — the items that cycle through my wardrobe once or twice a week. This post pays homage to those stand-bys for their service.
1. The Cap Toe Flat
I’ve owned several pairs of cap-toed flats, and I absolutely wear them into.the.ground. Currently in rotation? The Michael Kors Otley flat in the camel and silver combo shown below (on sale in a darker color combo for $136 here)
They literally go with everything, and are oh-so-of-the-moment with the metallic cap. Heartsies.
2. A White Crossbody
I’m smitten with everything Proenza Schouler has been doing lately, so I’m obviously swooning over the PS11 mini ($1,650), though this Rebecca Minkoff style would achieve the look for a fraction of the price ($195):
3. Tortoise Shades.
So cool. So classic.
4. A Red Manicure
I’m a devotee of Essie’s colors, but these classic coral-reds from YSL (“Corail Colisee” and “Corail Divin” — $25) stopped me in my tracks.
5. Gold Cuff
I’ve long died over the Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet shown below —
— but this $145 Tory Burch style is the clear “must” of the season. I’ll finally get the look for much less!
6. Colored Denim
It’s here to stay. I wear my reds, whites, and corals almost as frequently as I do my blacks and blues! I’ve said this a bajillion and one times, but J. Brand is where its at for colored denim. I lovelovelove it.
7. Gauzy Scarf
I wear scarves pretty much a million times a week (…?) My daily uniform essentially consists of: skinny jeans/cigarette pants, a blouse or cotton tee, a blazer, a statement necklace, and a scarf. At the moment, I’m coveting the Lem Lem styles below ($125 each) — so hot right now.
Whether you’re 18 or 80, a shirt-dress is flattering, appropriate in nearly any context, and pulled together. This affordable TopShop style is #winning:
10. The White Watch