Where do you begin to create a timeless wardrobe that works for you? Or your partner? Joe and I recently did a big closet clean-out to remove things that just didn’t feel like us. What was left made it clear we needed to invest in some chic wardrobe essentials that were missing.
Over the years, I’ve been collecting statement wardrobe pieces—items that stand out and “make” an outfit—yet I find myself not grabbing them as often as I’d like. Joe expressed a similar sentiment. He likes putting together outfits but kept grabbing the same basic tee and jeans. What we were both missing were the basics—tried and true foundational pieces that are the base of a wardrobe.
It was so much fun working with Joe on this project. He’s probably just as into fashion as I am, and we had a blast picking out the pieces together. All of my pieces are from Sézane, while his selects are from Octobre.
With so many options out there, knowing how to put together flattering, mix-and-match pieces can seem overwhelming—I get it! But it doesn’t have to be, and I suggest just jumping in and making some purchases to get started. As you try things on and feel confident wearing high-quality basics, you start to get more comfortable with mixing and matching.
Here are some key essentials that I think should be part of any wardrobe. From classic basics like blouses and trousers to statement accessories and shoes, today we’re talking all about the chic essential wardrobe pieces in my closet and Joe’s that will ensure we both look stylish no matter what life throws our way.
KATE’S ESSENTIAL PIECES FROM SÉZANE
The Dita Sweater from Sezane is an essential piece for any wardrobe. Its luxurious knit, round neckline, and button plackets on the cuff make it incredibly versatile. Wear it alone with a pair of jeans for a casual yet stylish look, or layer it over a collared blouse with tailored trousers for a more dressed-up vibe.
This is such a classic top. I love that it is lightweight, has a tight collar, and can still be layered over a t-shirt or blouse. It fits true to size.
An absolute essential for any wardrobe. This t-shirt is versatile and comfortable—perfect for everyday wear. For a casual look, try pairing it with jeans and sneakers or sandals. For a more dressed-up style, tuck it into a skirt or shorts and pair it with espadrilles or block heels.
Fits true to size!
The 70’s Trousers
Don’t let the name fool you—these pants are timeless! The high waist silhouette and straight leg create an elegant, flattering look that can be styled in multiple ways. Wear them with a tucked-in blouse and pointed heels for a timeless evening look, or pair them with a slouchy sweater and sneakers for a modern day-to-day style.
I found these to run on the large size. They are a perfect length to wear with heels but may need to be hemmed.
Brut Sexy Jeans
Their tagline says it all: “The quest for the perfect pair of jeans stops here.” These are high-waisted jeans that look great when paired with a basic tee, boyfriend shirt, or tucked-in tank for a classic look. They can also be dressed up with a blouse or crop top and blazer for a more elevated ensemble.
Unfortunately, these did not fit me in the size I originally ordered! I ordered my usual size but couldn’t button them up. I would go up one to two sizes in this style.
The loose style and gathered round neckline ensure a comfortable and flattering fit, while the length from the shoulder gives it a modern touch. This versatile shirt can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Pair it with dark-washed jeans and heeled boots for date night, or tuck it into high-waisted trousers and add a blazer to dress it up for the office.
This top runs a little big. I like the oversized look and appreciate that the buttons do not pucker—something large-chested ladies like myself deal with often.
JOE’S ESSENTIAL PIECES FROM OCTOBRE
A classic look with modern features. These trousers have a wide cut and tapered ankle fit, creating an incredibly flattering silhouette that pairs perfectly with almost anything. Try these with a chunky knit sweater and Chelsea boots.
Joe loves these. They fit true to size.
A timeless rolled collar is perfect for layering under overcoats and blazers to create an effortlessly elegant finish to your look. For a more casual look, pair it with jeans and sneakers.
This runs small! Joe would suggest ordering up a size.
This shirt can be dressed up with a pair of dress pants or chinos for formal occasions, worn casually with jeans for a relaxed look, or layered over a t-shirt to complete a more casual ensemble.
This runs quite small. Joe ordered a size XL and it fits more like a large.
This cozy organic cotton sweatshirt can be worn to the office with dress pants or on a casual weekend outing with jeans and sneakers. For a bold, modern look, pair it with joggers and chunky sneakers. Layer it under a denim jacket to add extra warmth and texture during the colder months.
This fits true to size.
The slightly wider fit in the legs gives your look a vintage feel, making them perfect for both smart casual and more formal occasions. Pair with a crisp white shirt for an effortlessly stylish look, or dress up with a tailored blazer and brogues for a night out. Alternatively, team them with a graphic tee and sneakers for an easy everyday ensemble.
These are amazing pants. Joe LOVES them.
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