Good wardrobes always begin with a few good pieces, worn again and again. They’re the pieces that you can depend on to bring an outfit together, to make you feel comfortable or answer those ‘what should I wear today?’ questions. The item categories that circulate ‘style essentials’ lists are often pretty generic, but the items are unique – and perhaps mine can inspire you.
Polka Dot Tights
I started wearing polka dot tights somewhat obsessively late last year, and I still haven’t let them go. I’ve probably spend a couple of hundred dollars buying these as unfortunately they rip easily. I think they add an additional splash of personal style to any outfit, and always make me feel comfortable in whatever skirt I’m wearing.
I have two of these, one in black & gold and one in white & silver. Together they’re able to complement almost any outfit and safely port my phone and other essentials wherever they need to go.
An Oversized Bag
Essential for a University student. I became sick of cramming my books and folders into a bag that would not comfortable hold everything, and bought this bag on impulse. It’s done me well ever since. I love the zips on the side that jazz up what would have otherwise been a bit plain.
Black Skinny Jeans
I like having a good pair of black jeans on hand, to go with anything and to keep my legs warm. I used to buy all my jeans from Lee, but these are from Country Road because I like the fit and quality of their denim.
This Stolen Girlfriends Club dress was perhaps one of my best purchases. The back lattice detail makes it slinky enough to wear out, it pairs well with blazers for a formal look and is easily dressed down for day-to-day wear. I was so crazy about this that when I saw another of the same dress selling on Trade Me I snapped it up, just in case something horrendous happened to the first.
This jacket knows me pretty well, it’s my default jacket of choice because it checks all the boxes. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, it’s stylish and it goes with pretty much everything.
I wear the Karen Walker Girl Robot necklace, and Deadly Ponies claw necklace almost interchangeably.
What are your style essentials?