How to Create a Wardrobe that Lasts – My Favorite Basics

November 10, 2017

How to create a wardrobe that lasts? There’s no need to buy new things every year when you stock up on my favorite basics.

Can I be honest with you all? Sometimes I feel this pressure to always have something new to share. It’s self-induced I am pretty sure, but in the blogging world it seems like to stay relevant you have to have current things to link. I feel like it can be annoying for me to post things when what I am wearing isn’t available for purchase. Here’s the truth, I don’t have the budget to constantly buy new things. I am not a full time blogger who makes my income off of this. I love fashion, I love connecting with you, and I love being creative with clothing. That’s why I started blogging about fashion in the first place. I am fortunate that it has grown to the point that I am gifted clothing, given credits to buy clothing, and even sometimes paid to share clothing. For the most part this allows me to post new things without having to buy them myself… BUT that is not always the case.

That brings me to the point of today’s post. More often than not, in my real everyday life (remember I just blog 3 days of the week), I am wearing non-new pieces and remixing items. They just don’t always make it to the blog because I try to share current things. But I run out of new, and I rewear. Many outfits are made up of my favorite basics: pieces I bought several seasons ago and wear all the time because they are just that – basics that never go out of style. Pieces I love. Pieces that season after season I can find similar pieces to link because everyone loves them. These are pieces like cardigans, t-shirts (solid and striped), neutral sweaters, scarves, good jeans, moto jackets, and ankle boots. Below I am sharing these items as I’ve styled them through the years to give you an idea of their versatility and longevity. I’m also linking current options which allow you to create a wardrobe that lasts. I’d love to know any feedback or thoughts you all have on this topic!

Reminder on Blog Stuff – Giveaway!

Just a reminder about some of the fun things going on this week! I joined Gina and Jo-Lynne to show you three ways to style a leopard scarf on Wednesday’s post. We also are hosting a $100 giveaway to Nordstrom, yay! It started on Wednesday where Jo-Lynne joined us to co-host our Wednesday link up. Today we are joining her to co-host her Fashion Friday link up. You join below as well as enter the giveaway.

How to Create a Wardrobe That Lasts

how to create a wardrobe that lasts by picking the right basics

Great Cardigans

Cute Striped Tops

Okay, I don’t have a good example for this year, but I promise I wear this striped top all the time! This is one from last season.


See also cardigan pic for another example. I also wear my tan scarf pictured in the moto jacket photo all the time.

Distressed Jeans

(see also ankle boots example for second photo in winter setting)

Ankle Boots

Honestly, these are such a staple in my wardrobe, it is hard to even pick a pair to show you. You’ll notice the same black buckle pair in other photos from 2016 and 2017 as well. Notice the blanket scarf in my left photo and my same denim in the right photo. Another time I have worn them this year too!

Moto Jackets (Leather and Suede)

(Actually wearing the same top in both too)

$100 Nordstrom Giveaway

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Fashion Friday Link Up

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  • Reply Gabrielle November 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’m completely on board with leather and suede jackets, I can’t stop collecting them because they’re so perfectly versatile 🙂 You look fabulous in all of your looks babe, and love your idea of filling a wardrobe with striped tops!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine November 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    These are great basics! I just got that suede jacket! I agree, it is a perfect basic!

    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Reply The Wardrobe Stylist November 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I really like the items that you would include in your wardrobe. It’s got all t hat you need. Love it!

  • Reply Jalisa November 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I feel the same way, girl. I think in general, there’s more pressure to have more and do more with social media these days. Whether you’re a blogger or checking your Facebook feed and seeing all your friends new things and travels, it can put that unnecessary pressure. So, a post like this that shows how you can easily work with some key basics countless times in a way that’s fresh and new is incredibly helpful and inspiring. I also love the way you’ve showcased everything with the dates, too. Thank for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!




  • Reply Tamara November 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    You have definitely covered all the basics!


    Tamara –

  • Reply Lily Ayala November 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I love that you shared examples! You definitely have such great basics, it’s something I really need to do more, is investing in good quality basic pieces.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Lauren Oliver November 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Couldn’t agree more with this! I think it’s such a hard balance between trying to buy all of the new trends, but be reasonable with what you’re actually going to wear! I love how you mix up your outfits with some of the same pieces that they really do seem like completely different outfits!


  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista November 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Yes to all of those pieces! I’ve been trying to re-build my denim collection, and need some more jackets <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Threads for Thomas November 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I’m with you girl. I love this post, and you have so many great basics! Loving all of your outfits!

  • Reply GlamorousandGeeky November 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

    love all the outfits! perfect for all seasons

  • Reply Laura Boswell November 10, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I love all of the outfits! These are really great ideas for multiple seasons!

  • Reply One Swainky Couple November 10, 2017 at 6:27 am

    This is such a great idea for a post! I love how you changed everything up! 🙂

    Katherine |

  • Reply Biana Perez November 10, 2017 at 5:49 am

    You are queen of reworking your closet staples and you do it so well! You always have the best content to share and style that I would actually emulate! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rachelle November 10, 2017 at 5:41 am

    You have the best jackets and booties and jeans, love your style.


  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine November 10, 2017 at 5:41 am

    So cool you’re hosting with Jo-Lynne! You are stunning in everything you style..wishing you a beautiful weeknd!!

  • Reply Dominica S. November 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Always flawless. Thank you for sharing this with us love. Wishing you a happy November. Kisses, Dominica from London.

  • Reply Mica November 10, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Everyone (with the exception of maybe celebrities, and even then not all of them!) rewears pieces, it’s a fact of life, so never feel bad about it Amy Ann 🙂 If we all got rid of things after 1 war I’d hate to see the state our planet would be in, there’s enough damage to it already! Definitely keep doing posts like this 🙂

    Hope you have had a lovely week and have a great weekend ahead of you 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Jacquard Flower November 10, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Such a great post. I can definitely relate to this. You share some amazing outfits here and I love your style. Gemma x

  • Reply Meagan Brandon November 10, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more about feeling pressure to constantly have new items. I’ve gotten to where I mainly focus on classic pieces only because I get so tired of constantly weeding the trendier pieces out of my wardrobe (and lack of closet space!) Everything you included is great to have and can be worn so many ways!


  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio November 10, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Great tips and styles!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

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