save money, buy wardrobe essentials (Part 2a)

To me, a wardrobe essential is a versatile, classic and flattering piece with outstanding quality. Its something you would want to grab multiple times per week. It will hold up well and be “boring” enough that others don’t notice you’re wearing the same item over and over. Boring can be a good thing in fashion. *Gasp*

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White pants are perfect for spring and summer. They are extremely easy to pair with everything from brights to patterns to neutrals. You can even play with white on white and add a little texture or some metallics! Its worth it to find a pair that fits well, especially since ill fitting white pants exaggerate any lumps and bumps. I’ve tried J. Crew’s cropped matchstick jeans and I like them well enough (ones with stretch worn here). I do prefer Adriano Goldschmied’s Stilt jeans that I picked up on eBay a white back (worn here). They also come in a cropped version but I’m not sure if they’d be too short.

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wardrobe essential: white blouse

Similar to the white pant, the white blouse gives a crisp cleanness to an outfit. I love the short sleeves because I’m always extremely paranoid of getting my light-colored sleeves dirty. So this is perfect. So many ways to wear it. The hard part is finding the perfect one! I love this one above by Joseph. Vince has some nice ones, but they’re over-priced, too. I’m on the hunt for the perfect one.

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Chambray is a year-round must-have. In the summer I’ll wear mine alone with black trousers for work or with some short shorts for a picnic and trip to the beach. I prefer mine to be super soft and broken in. I think Madewell has some of the best chambray shirts. I have some chambray tunics from J. Crew s/s 2012, but they haven’t come out with anything similar yet this year.

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draped maxidress with slit

I didn’t know how amazing and petite-friendly maxi dresses were until I picked this one up from J. Crew (worn here and here). Since then I’ve picked up another one, but its sadly hanging out in the “to be hemmed” pile. I try to make mine conservative enough to wear to work, but this one by Lanston (above) is calling my name.

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loose knit cardigan

We conclude part 2a with the chunky loose knit cardigan. You can pick this type of thing up anywhere for pretty cheap, but the more luxe materials feel amazing and will hold up so much better!! I’ve been trying to hunt one down for cheaper for a while now and haven’t had any luck (the Brunello one above is out of the question!). I can’t wait to find the perfect one. I love the soft, feminine texture it adds to an outfit!

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This post is just the first half of my “spring/ summer wardrobe essentials. “ I’m working on part 2b, which is proving to be a bit more difficult!  If you missed it, see Part 1 here for handbags, outerwear, shoes and jewelry!