August 27, 2014


Hiya! In the past I've been asked to post about how I've built up my wardrobe over the years, and what kind of pieces are staples in my closet. Well, today I'm ready excited to share 10 wardrobe staple pieces that I think everyone should own. These pieces can be easily mix and matched without much hassle and are basics that you'll never get sick of or see go out of style. Without further adieu ---

Featured on my DIY wardrobe that Scott built are some of my absolute favorite pieces in my closet. For the purpose of this post, I've chose two pairs of jeans, two shirts, two dresses, a cardigan and three shoe options. Narrowing down my closet favorites was a bit difficult, but I knew when it came down to it these are the items that are most loved and worn in my closet today. All of these items vary in price range, and while I love a good quality piece, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have items that work best for your style and wardrobe needs.

(Black pair - Madewell leggings, Dark pair - American Eagle leggings)

I think every gal needs a pair of great fitting jeans. I'm all about dark denim and the skinny fit, but whatever style fits your body best is the one that you should be buying. I also think it's important to have a black pair of jeans in your closest at all times, as they can make a casual outfit appear more dressed up and pulled together in an instant.

(White t-shirt: UnderAmour, Denim button-up: Levi's)

I have a white t-shirt obsession, it's true. A white t-shirt, however, can be worn with all kinds of outfits and can transcend different styles. I basically feel the same way about a denim button-up, and while I have no fear of the Canadian Tuxedo, I love pairing mine with black skinny jeans and booties for a polished look.

(Rose dress: TJ Maxx, Grey dress: Madewell)

Having a couple of dresses in your wardrobe is always a good idea, even if you're not much of a dress kind of gal. I've learned over the years that there will always be a time when wearing a dress feels most appropriate, and for that I have my "dressy" dress. This particular dress is actually quite special to me, as I was wearing it when Scott got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. For the times where I just feeling like throwing on something quickly and with no fuss, a basic dress in a solid color is always my go-to. This one is soft, medium-weight and can be worn as is or layered up during the fall and winter months. It's the perfect go-to item when I'm in a hurry!

(Cardigan: Last Chance)

A cardigan, ya'll know how much I love my cardigans. Aside from the fact, a nice cardigan is something you can wear year-round and goes with more outfits than you can imagine. Personally, I love a lightweight cardigan with a little length to it. This one was a great find at a local bargain store that I've had for years now and I don't plan on retiring it anytime soon.

(Sandals: TOMs, Flats: LuLu*s, Boots: DSW)

Shoes! A lady has got to have shoe options and for someone who lives in a warmer climate, these are appropriate all year round. When it comes down to it, however, each pair is seasonally appropriate and neutrals work with almost all outfits. These Crown Vintage booties are my favorite and I scored them for a great deal at DSW last fall. I definitely plan on wearing them again when the weather finally cools down.

And there you go! Ten wardrobe staple pieces that can be mixed, matched and worn tons of different ways. I hope this helped to give ya'll a good idea on how to add and build up your wardrobe with basics that can see you through all seasons. Don't forget, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a versatile wardrobe. Pick pieces that will work will loads of outfits and will see you through current and future trends.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this blog post and if you would like to see more posts like this! Leave a comment and let me know!

-Chelsea xo


  1. I adore this post! I'm currently undertaking a capsule wardrobe challenge (with mildly altered rules) so I'm only buying wardrobe staples this fall so I'm super pleased for this post especially to show that staples needn't be only monochrome! :) great blog also! Jess

  2. I like this post a lot! I've been paring down my wardrobe to the "essentials" so I'm very big into mixing and matching basics lately.