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Wardrobe Essentials - Denim

Wardrobe Essentials - Denim

If you're anything like us, you've probably acquired quite the denim collection over the years. With each new season comes a new trend and a couple additions to your closet.  Whether you're doing a wardrobe overhaul or just need a little refresher, we've pulled together the five essential pieces that will give you an efficient and effective denim wardrobe. 

Rag & Bone Skinny Jean, AG Jeans Harper Straight Leg Jeans,
Frame Le Garçon, Frame Le High Flare
and Current/Elliott "The Snap" Jacket

The Skinny:

Although the trends may imply otherwise, the skinny jean is your number one denim essential. Wear it ankle length for a sophisticated and classic look that references the chic style of the 6o's. Although you can certainly sport the skinny in every color of the rainbow, a dark, denim rinse, with minimal distressing is clean and can easily be dressed up or down. 

The Cigarette:

A straight leg jean never goes out of style - just look at your dad's 501s. 

The Boyfriend:

There's nothing better than a pair of jeans that are so comfortable that you forget that you're in denim.  This cut isn't just for the weekend, a slim boyfriend style in a medium wash will be easy to wear with sneakers and a sweater but will also pair well with a crisp white shirt, stilettos and a statement necklace. 

The Flare:

A high-waist flare may be a bit out of your comfort zone, but believe us when we say it's a super flattering silhouette.  They accentuate your waist and bum all the while making your legs look a million miles long.

The Jacket:

A denim jacket is one of those pieces you'll pull out again and again.  It's a season-less staple that will take you from fall through the heat of summer. You can go oversized for this one, but we think a classic, slightly shrunken silhouette will give you the most longevity. 

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Wardrobe Essentials - L B D

Wardrobe Essentials - L B D

If you're anything like us, you probably have more than one little black dress hanging in your wardrobe.  Just in case, we've pulled some of our favorite LBD's of the season and a couple tips on how to choose the best dress for you.

Most importantly, FIT is key.  Find a silhouette that suits your body and if necessary have your tailor work her magic to make it fit perfectly.  You want to be able to wear this dress over and over again, and the better it fits, the more likely you are to grab it from your closet. 

Your dress should be VERSATILE.  Whether that means you can take it from day to evening or wear it all year long, a dress that can be worn in multiple ways on multiple occasions will get more use and more love.  That being said, it's also important to invest in classic, black cocktail dress for evening that makes you feel fab.

Leo & Sage Shift Dress, Theory Lakelyn Dress, A.L.C. Jacobson Dress, Akris Punto Contrast Hem Dress, Theory Kadrayel Dress

We can thank Coco Chanel for pioneering the modern LBD, our closets would not be the same without it.

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Wardrobe Essentials - White Shirt

Wardrobe Essentials - White Shirt

There are some items you should always have in your closet: an LBD, great fitting jeans, black, white and gray t-shirts, a cashmere sweater, etc...  

One of the most important, and versatile pieces you should have is the classic white shirt. There are so many iterations of this staple, but we're sticking to the original.  Whether you choose crisp poplin, breezy cotton lawn or lightweight silk, it's a piece you will reach for again and again.

Equipment Signature Shirt, Rag & Bone Beau Shirt and Strenesse Stretch Shirt

There are endless ways to style your white shirt. It can be as simple as casually rolling your sleeves up to your elbows and knotting your shirttails.  Layer it under sweaters, tuck it into your favorite jeans or pair it with your favorite statement necklace.  Most of all remember it's not too precious, the contrast between denim and a crisp white shirt is totally timeless and chic.

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2015 Wardrobe Detox

2015 Wardrobe Detox

It's January - everyone is partied out from the holidays - too much booze, too many sweets and too many snacks.  We all know what that means: it's time for a little detox.  While we're cleansing our bods with green smoothies and extra miles at the gym, we thought it would be a great opportunity to clean out our closets to reassess and restock.

WARDROBE DETOX

T-SHIRTS

After a year of layering your favorite tissue tees under sweaters and jackets they are bound to be worse for wear.  It's time to replace those well loved basics with some fresh silhouettes.  We always like to have a gray, white and black option on hand.  And don't forget to replace your Breton stripe tee as well.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 
CAP SLEEVE HENLEY AND V-NECK SLUB COTTON TEE BY STATESIDE,
GRAPHIC TEE BY SOL ANGELES, MULTI-STIPE TEE BY VINCE

JEANS

Although blue jeans only get better with age, black and white denim can start to look drab after too many wears.  A new pair of high waisted skinnies in black and a slouchy pair in white (we always like to size up with those) will instantly make your wardrobe feel fresh again.

LE COLOR SKINNY FILM NOIR BY FRAME DENIM,
THE CROPPED STRAIGHT BY CURRENT/ELLIOT

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE

It's a new year and you deserve to treat yourself to a new piece that simply makes you happy and excited for Spring.  Because after all that holiday shopping for everyone else, it sure is nice to buy something for you.

FLORAL SWEATER BY AUTUMN CASHMERE, "VANEESE" TOP BY THEORY

Now that you've detoxed your closet those green smoothies and a little extra gym time doesn't seem so bad.

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