Our 5 Fave Essentials & 3 Ways To Wear Them

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The Wardrobe Essentials

Diego Zuko

We've said it before, but if you haven't heard, our core style philosophy revolves around wardrobe essentials. We believe every woman should own around 20 basic items that collectively tie her entire closet together. What makes an item a quintessential staple is it's ability to perform in three style categories.

Your essential item should be wearable in three different contexts: for work, on the weekend, and for a night out. If it falls into at least two out of three of these buckets, you need it as a part of your most cohesive wardrobe. We've taken 5 of our favorite super-essentials that fit all three of these categories, and show you how we would make the most out of them. Get ready for some serious style inspiration.

By: Emily Manchester

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Black Blazer: Work

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​Essential #1: The Black Blazer

To give your black blazer a fresh spring spin, pair it with white trousers or denim and a chambray shirt. This look is professional and sophisticated for work but stills feels light and airy.

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Black Blazer: Weekend

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​Essential #1: The Black Blazer

A blazer on the weekend is the easiest way to polish up your denim-and-t-shirt combo, creating a chic, no-fuss look for running errands, grabbing lunch or browsing around Zara. We love the denim midi-skirt as pictured here, as an alternative to jeans.

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Black Blazer: Night Out

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​Essential #1: The Black Blazer

An oversized boyfriend blazer over an LBD is such a sexy night out look. The blazer adds a tailored, functional element to the dress without taking away from the sex appeal of the overall outfit.

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White Button Down: Work

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Essential #2: The White Button Down

The white button down shirt is a work-wear go to, and while we love it with a blazer, it also fits perfectly layered under a textured cardigan. This look works best when the button down has that borrowed-from-the-boys, oversized vibe.  

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White Button Down: Weekend

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Essential #2: The White Button Down

Overalls are the ideal casual weekend piece. Pair them over your white shirt rather than a tee to create a more tailored look. Add a red lip and bag for a fun, sophisticated pop of color.

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White Button Down: Night Out

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Essential #2: The White Button Down

For a fun going out look, try layering a textured, strapless mini dress over your white button down. This look is bold and flirty, but maybe not for everyone. Which is why we have another night out look in mind; just check out our shop-able option!

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Gray V-neck Sweater: Work

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Essential #3: The Gray V-neck Sweater

For a no-brainer work outfit, wear your V-neck sweater with slim cropped trousers and a fun pair of lace-up pumps or flats. You can further accessorize with an embroidered jacket, a colorful tote, or a skinny scarf.

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Gray V-neck Sweater: Weekend

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Essential #3: The Gray V-neck Sweater

For the weekend, your gray V-neck is the comfiest, easiest choice. Try it with denim and white sneakers, and add a boyfriend blazer to add some polish.  

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Gray V-neck Sweater: Night Out

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Essential #3: The Gray V-neck Sweater

Layer a lace bralette under your sweater for a flirtatious night out look. Wear with a delicate necklace and black skinnies for tomboy-sexy appeal.

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Leather Skinnies: Work

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Essential #4: The Leather Skinnies

Paired with a blazer and silk blouse, leather skinnies are the cooler, updated version of classic work trousers.

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Leather Skinnies: Weekend

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 Essential #4: The Leather Skinnies

A graphic or vintage tee paired with leather pants is a casual-cool look for the weekend. Try pairing the outfit with red or metallic flats to add a pop of color. 

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Leather Skinnies: Night Out

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Essential #4: The Leather Skinnies

Leather skinnies are inherently sexy, making them an ideal night out look choice. To keep this look grounded, aim for a menswear-style button down and a sling-back pump.

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Boyfriend Jeans: Work

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Essential #5: The Boyfriend Jean

Tuck a silk blouse into your cleanest (no tears or holes) pair of boyfriend jeans for work. Use a silk scarf as a belt to add a pop of print. For work, we'd recommend closed-toe pumps, but feel free to rock a pair of strappy heeled-sandals if your job allows it.

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Boyfriend Jeans: Weekend

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Essential #5: The Boyfriend Jean

The slouchy silhouette of boyfriend jeans makes them ideal weekend wear. This street style guru (whoever she may be) proves that even an outfit composed completely of basics (boyfriend jeans, white trainers, white button down, striped tee) can still be fresh and exciting.

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Boyfriend Jeans: Night Out

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Essential #5: The Boyfriend Jean

For a night out, un-cuff your boyfriends and wear with heeled sandals. A pretty off-the-shoulder peasant blouse works so well in the spring, especially in a bright print.