ask sarah: what are your closet staples?

question: Hi Sarah,  I recently lost a bunch of weight and need to invest in a closet makeover.  Can you recommend some basics that I can start with and build off of?  I’m fairly casual, but want to look put together and would love some ideas on where to start.  Thank you!  - Best, Erica

answer: hi erica,  i’m happy to help!  i’ve put together a list of what i consider closet staples, with options below in the links for most of the items.  these pieces all provide a great neutral base, and you can play around with your accessories while you build up your closet since those are generally more affordable!  think: scarves, hats, shoes, lipstick, jewelry, etc.  hope you love what i’ve put together for you! xx- sarah

CLOSET STAPLES:

1. Panama Hat  1  //  2  //  3 //  4

2. Chambray Shirt  1  //  2  //  3  //  4

3. Grey Tank 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

4. White Jeans 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

5. Striped Tee 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

6. Blue Skinny Jeans 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

7. Military Inspired Jacket 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

8. Black Skinny Jeans 1  //  2  //  3  //  4 

9. Classic Black Bag 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

10. Tortoise Sunnies 1  //  2  //  3  //  4

11. Sandals 1  //  2  //  3  //  4 

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  1. Hanna|

    I love posts like this! I already own some of the things you call closet staples, but still there's some missing I might need to look a little bit more put together. Thanks, this is so helpful!

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  2. Emilie|

    Great post! Can't wait to complete my closet with some of these pieces. Thanks Sarah!

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  3. sarah yates|

    thanks everyone! @ jennifer… i think i'm going to have to do a part II and maybe even part III of this post. because YES, SKIRTS AND DRESSES! plus i didn't get to touch on my love of booties and need for blouses. :)

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  4. lauren|

    I just purged about 50% of my closet (it was long overdue) and found that I had a lot of clothes that are not basic and versatile. This post is helping me lay out the foundation for my wardrobe… I am purchasing one of the striped tops from Madewell as a good starting point.

    Lauren

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  5. Rachel Ward|

    Honestly, for as much as I love fashion I am so wardrobe challenged so this is great, I LOVE rules, makes my chaotic life just a little bit simpler, thanks, I will be employing this.
    RW

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