The key to an easy to style wardrobe is having good basics. Knowing I can turn to pieces that effortlessly work without overthinking a strategy makes getting dressed quick and stress free. It’s a formula as straightforward as jeans and a tee that’s elevated with classic black pieces. They’re the perfect base to wear on their own or add layers to create a variety of looks. They’re essential for travel practically disappearing under scarves, coats and jackets, and make transitioning from day to evening a breeze.
For starters, a simple turtleneck in a classic silhouette is a must. I like having a couple on hand in various weights from cotton to cashmere. Regardless of the fabrication, for travel it must be light enough to layer under jackets. Oversized, chunky knits, or exaggerated sleeves are great style statements at home, but I’d never pack one. I’m wearing a cashmere knit from Saks Fifth Avenue that’s perfect in all these ways (and currently included in the Saks Fall Sale). For a lighter weight, this is a great option. Additional styles in a variety of weights below:
A black pant is equally key. I’m sold on a cropped style from Frame with stretch for comfort, practicality, and style. I’d pack them in a heartbeat plus another full length style. Either are workhorses easy to dress up or down, wear with sneakers, loafers, or heels. They’re indispensable. I’ve tested several and in addition to the previously mentioned, love these styles:
A good percentage of my shoe wardrobe are stylish flats. Ballerinas, loafers, and Mary Janes are my favorites. For days when I’m planning on walking or standing a lot, loafers – especially with a thick or lug sole – are what I reach for first. But other times, I prefer a style that’s more elegant, like a ballerina flat. They’re perfect to slip on for a quick jaunt and look chic with a cropped pant. Look beyond black here to add an interesting note. Brown or tan are my top choices.
For travel, I’d repeat this palette to include a small, soft brown bag. The Bottega Veneta pouch continues to be my go to at home or away. I usually carry it is a clutch but can switch to a crossbody if desired. It holds just what I need for a dinner or quick outing. Occasionally, I’ll toss it in a larger tote to corral the necessities of what I’m lugging around that day. And because it’s soft and pliable, it’s packing friendly.
I’ve curated this edit of essentials from Saks Fifth Avenue. The selection of classic, wearable pieces have helped me build a wardrobe full of quality basics I count on as my core style. For a quick edit, shop my LTK post here.
An ecru blazer adds a nice contrast to all black. In corduroy, it feels casual yet pulled together. I’d wear it with jeans and a tee or for a look more of the moment, with the matching trouser. Both pieces included in Saks Fifth Avenue Fall Sale.
The texture on this Max Mara coat adds so much visual interest. I love how it can dress up a look yet be equally chic with jeans. It’s soft and light weight making for a good travel companion when a heavy coat isn’t needed. The straight silhouette adds versatility in styling options.