The Bare Necessities

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As I've been working through getting rid of our excess stuff, I've been really thinking through my wardrobe. I've been pretty good at keeping my closet small - when I spent two months abroad in 2010, I took two duffle bags with me, one for clothes/toiletries, and one for art supplies and treats I brought back for family and friends. I realized how much less I really needed. It was incredibly refreshing!

Last summer was also pretty transformative for my wardrobe. I worked through needing work-appropriate attire (though a creative office is quite casual, I wasn't going to come to work in social club t-shirts!). I also obtained several versatile classic pieces for wedding-related events and our honeymoon that finally felt me and also very grown-up. 

A year later, I've noticed my friends truly know what's in my closet without ever stepping in it. And the best part? They love it! At a bachelorette party this past weekend, I said I had brought my green peplum top ("Britt, I love that on you!"), while I was currently wearing my chambray shirt with pink pants ("You wore those to your bachelorette! Those are such great pants!"). Seriously, the best feeling ever. I finally know what fits my body, and what fits who I am. 

So here are my personal 12 must-haves; mostly staples and a couple of statements:

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  1. Striped Shirt
  2. Grey Tee
  3. Dark wash skinnies
  4. Pixie pants (we talked about these recently!)
  5. Chambray
  6. Versatile bag (work/errands/hanging out with friends)
  7. Utility jacket
  8. Statement necklace (make your outfit an instant evening/party look)
  9. Statement dress (I have one very similar in coral that I wear to most showers and weddings)
  10. Nude flats
  11. Nude wedges (so Kate Middleton)
  12. Silky blouse

It makes packing for trips so easy, and getting dressed in the morning is (typically) a snap. I really recommend that you consider down-sizing your closet! I'm considering putting together another post with some questions to help you sort through what you have... what do you think? Is that something you would use? 

Images via Sequins & Stripes and That's Pretty Ace