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 Ruth from My Little Nest November 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I can relate to this post on so many levels! I try to incorporate my classic items in with some trendier pieces. I do buy quite a bit of clothes, but try to really make some of them classic!

  • Reply Venswifestyle November 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Oh! I love this post!
    Such a brilliant idea… I believe in essentials. There are certain items in our closets like jeans or jackets that will never be out of fashion. I have lots of jeans that I bought ages ago, and I still wear them and show them on my blog!

    kisses from UK

  • Reply Jessica November 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    This is so on point dear. Often times, I get the beautiful basics and simply mix and match them with the current trend. Also, you can never go wrong with the classic styles and prints.

    Jessica |

  • Reply Isabelle November 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    love the outfits! Classics are such a great idea, I really dont buy clothes that often so things that last are super important.

  • Reply Katherine Tran November 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I love these pieces! I live for stripes and scarves, especially this time of year!

  • Reply Akaleistar November 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I love this look at your basics! I’m currently looking to update mine 🙂

  • Reply Publicist in Pearls November 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Such a well thought out and executed post! Love all these looks and so agree that basics can make a look golden! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply Izabela Nair November 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    As bloggers we are often under pressure to show new and trendy clothes. However, I am a firm believer that style is about the ability to mix and match. I love your selection of basic. Your style is always impeccable.

    Her Style Hive

  • Reply Ankita Bardhan November 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more on your basics list, all of these are fall must haves!

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest November 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I absolutely love all the pieces that you shared! You can’t go wrong with a wardrobe of basics that you can remix. I’m working hard to only add items to my wardrobe that I know will get a lot of wear and love.

  • Reply Girl & Closet November 11, 2017 at 11:41 am

    These are all such gorgeous outfits. And I agree with you, it’s hard to constantly keep buying new things. When it comes to my own wardrobe?! I love to feature classics that never go out of style and are always easy to link. I find the “consuming” part of blogging a little overwhelming + I feel like most women want to learn how to remix their own pieces, rather than feel pressured to buy, buy. So having said that, I love that you re-wear yours. Happy weekend love!! xo

  • Reply Daniel Poon November 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for sharing! I really agree with these especially the biker jacket!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • Reply TOUCH OF GS November 11, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Love all of these! I’m always thinking ‘I’ve blogged/posted a pic of this jacket before, I just can’t post it again!’ I absolutely love the way you’ve reused some of the pieces 🙂 x


  • Reply Mercy November 11, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Such a creative post, yes rewearing is not a bad idea. You made it look really good and practical.

  • Reply Marisa Cavaleiro November 11, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Thats the classics or basics in every wardrobe. I love to know your blog…
    Xoxo from Portugal

  • Reply Natalie Popi November 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This is all so true. I feel the pressure to constantly have new things to wear and photograph, and frankly, it gets exhausting (and expensive). But like you said, it’s frustrating to post things that aren’t current enough to link to.

    That said, I love all of the suggestions you chose for putting together a fall wardrobe that will last! I’m a firm believer that some things- like jackets, jeans and booties- should be investment pieces. 100%.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Julia November 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I am getting more and more stable pieces nowadays as well. I spend a lot less time picking outfits in the morning now because I don’t have to worry about pieces that don’t go well together anymore…

    Julia || Closet de Jules || Recent Post – Over the Knee Boots for Fall

  • Reply districtofchic November 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    These are all amazing basics! I live for striped tops and I’m currently on the hunt for a perfect brown leather jacket!

    District of Chic

  • Reply Sonia / Chanel November 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    This post is so great Amy. I love how you remix classics in your wardrobe so seamlessly.

    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Reply Ashon Fashionary November 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Oh wow this is such a genius post. Love how you can style those classic pieces in different styles and for different seasons. Thankyou for sharing these amazing ideas.

    xx Ashon

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