I spent a lot of time organizing my closet this month. I took inventory of what I had, what needed mending, and what items I wanted to fill holes in my wardrobe. I’ve fallen victim to buying things that I wear only a few times or buying too many pieces that are the same style. This has left much of my closet underutilized! So the process of cataloging and categorizing the items I have has brought some renewed excitement to my fall wardrobe staples, or what I’ll call my “uniform” or “essentials.”
When it came time to work on our August partnership with Sézane, I browsed their site for items that would round out the essentials I already had in my closet. The perfect navy cardigan. A great cream trouser. The perfect fitting cream jeans.
I wanted this style of turtleneck sweater to round out my collection. This one looks like something you’d see Jane Birkin styling with little plaid skirts or cropped denim. I’d pair it with high-waisted jeans or skirts and would complete the look with ankle boots and a statement bag. It’s not bulky (and is a bit sheer) so you can easily layer on top of it, too.
A Note on Fit: This runs a tad small. Consider ordering up a size.
These trousers are so good—a true wardrobe essential. They are elegant enough to dress up but could easily be styled down with a slouchy tee and sneakers. Pair these pants with a simple blouse or sweater and a pair of loafers for a chic and effortless look.
A Note on Fit: I have to get mine hemmed, but other than the length, they fit true to size.
With its classic collar and straight cut, the Tomboy Shirt provides a tailored silhouette that is both comfortable and stylish. I reach for a crisp button-down all year round and like to bring in a fresh design each season. I love this pattern mix. I paired it with cropped jeans and flats (shown above).
A Note on Fit: Go up a couple of sizes if you want an oversized look. I opted for one size up from my usual.
This Mary Jane-style shoe has been on my list for a while. I couldn’t decide between black or camel so I went with a khaki color which can work with a variety of outfits. It’s also a little unexpected! Pair these shoes with a flowy midi dress for a romantic look, or with wide-leg trousers and a tucked-in blouse for a streamlined, sophisticated look. These also pair perfectly with a cute mini skirt and a tank top on a warm summer day.
A Note on Fit: These fit true to size.
This pair of jeans has a hold on me. I have been wearing my grey ones nonstop and have gotten compliments on them at the grocery store. It’s a great cut if you miss the style of denim with a narrower leg but still want to feel very current. I love pairing cream denim with crisp whites and navy. Pair these with a tucked-in blouse or a fitted tee for an effortless yet elegant silhouette.
A Note on Fit: Size up in these jeans. I’m usually a size 25 in denim but wear a 27 in these. Also, be sure to consider the fit notes listed below each wash, as different washes will fit differently. This cream color is made of 99% organic cotton and 1% elastane and runs bigger than my grey pair, which is 100% organic cotton.
A classic, minimal black bucket bag was high on my list. I love styles by The Row and Céline but they aren’t in my budget. The Romie is absolutely gorgeous and has that understated luxury feel that reminds me of what I love about The Row and Céline. It’s also a fraction of the cost of those bags! The Romie bag is the perfect accessory to carry all your essentials in an effortless, elevated style.
This cardigan is so good. When it comes to Sézane knitwear, you really cannot go wrong. I love the inky blue color, how the buttons blend in with the hue, and how the sleeves bell out a bit. It looks great tucked in with jeans and is so cute with shorts. It could also be worn over a dress for an extra-cozy layering option. It’s a wardrobe essential I’ll be living in all fall and winter.
A Note on Fit: This runs a little big. Consider ordering one size down for a more fitted look.
Wide-leg jeans often look overwhelming on my figure, too shapeless in the leg, or like the crop is too high. These wide-leg jeans are different—I love the way they look! Pair these jeans with a simple white t-shirt for a more relaxed style or dress them up with a silk blouse and heels for a night out.
A Note on Fit: They run a tad small so go up a size if you are in between sizes.
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BY Kate Arends - August 31, 2023
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