• 12 Wardrobe Essentials for Every Budget

    12 wardrobe essentials for every budget

    Edie Jean was born at the beginning of November before the holidays, which meant a lot of outings and gatherings and I found myself dealing with a closet of clothes that weren’t fitting. It will still be at least a few months before I fit into some of my old clothes so part of me doesn’t want to invest in new pieces, but I still want to look and feel my best especially during a time of a lot of emotion and adjustment. I made a list of essentials items I needed and collected as many as I could without breaking the bank.

    Here’s my list of 12 essential items for your wardrobe, for every budget…

    1. Booties: splurge $130 (with current discount)/deal $33/steal $27
    2. Trench coat: splurge $298/deal $49.95
    3. White v-neck tee: splurge $29.50/deal $16
    4. Chambray button up: splurge $69.50/deal $34.50
    5. Distressed medium wash skinny jeans: splurge $231/steal $29/my DIY
    6. Black skinny jeans: splurge $69.90/deal $39/steal $29
    7. Silky blouse (in a pattern or a solid color. I’m a fan of black right now): splurge $74/steal $19.90
    8. Black comfy flats: splurge $69/deal $30.11/steal $19.99
    9. Navy and white striped top: splurge $108/steal $14.90
    10. Cable knit sweater: splurge $81.69/steal $25.90
    11. Tunic dress: splurge $57.94/steal $24.95
    12. Statement necklace: splurge $78/deal $22.78/ my DIY

    What items are in your essential wardrobe?


    1. hannah said… March 25, 2014 6:54 am

      I love these posts as I am a terrible dresser and can use any help I can get -particularly visually appealing help.

      Great post!

    2. mandy said… March 11, 2014 4:47 am

      Looooooooving these post-pregnancy posts – so excited because it feels like such a long period and yet it gets little-to-no attention usually. Thanks. This is my third pregnancy (4th baby!) but I find it still feels new each time 😉 especially wardrobe planning! Would love to see some examples of these basics mixed and matched for maximum variation, if you have time 😉

      • Liz Stanley said… March 11, 2014 10:11 am

        great idea, planning a post about postpartum outfits but love the idea of just using these pieces too!

    3. Elizabeth at Violently Happy said… March 10, 2014 1:32 pm

      Don’t forget a cashmere or merino cardigan! Your list is spot on. Now to edit my closet…

    4. Liv said… March 10, 2014 12:46 pm

      Thank you! I also had a baby in November and can’t quite figure out what to wear…also, thanks for saying that it’ll be a few more months until your old clothes fit, I really needed to hear that today.

      • Liz Stanley said… March 11, 2014 10:11 am

        Oh totally. At least! My body always carries an extra 10-15 lbs until I stop nursing no matter how active and healthy I am post baby!

    5. Jamie said… March 10, 2014 12:18 pm

      I bought a pair of leather booties for about $30 last week so I have almost all of these things! Though I’m a knitter, it’s been a struggle finding the perfect cabled sweater that flatters me. Thanks for the great post!

      • Liz Stanley said… March 11, 2014 10:12 am

        Yeah, I think with the cableknit you just have to embrace the fact that it’s bulky, it’s not going to be super flattering but with some skinny jeans it’s a good balance i think

    6. Vanessa said… March 10, 2014 11:14 am

      Thanks for this! Very helpful for someone like myself who is clueless in the fashion department. I also just had a baby last year so I am in need of a wardrobe refresh yet need functional simple items. These all fit the bill. Thanks!

    7. Stel // Stel Style said… March 10, 2014 9:56 am

      this is a really good list essentials, I Iove the trench and the boots!!


    8. Stacey said… March 10, 2014 9:02 am

      Love the booties! I can’t live without pointy toe flats, cardigans and cotton dresses.

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