The Basics

J.Crew jean jacket | Equipment silk blouse | Joie coated pant | J.Crew leopard heels | Madewell tote

When I have zero time to think about getting dressed, which has been more frequent as of late, I reach for one of these five essential pieces in my wardrobe. There’s nothing better than the perfect denim jacket for layering over blouses and dresses, a goes-with-everything silk blouse in creamy vanilla, skinny black pants, and leopard heels. Seriously, these heels–they are an absolute workhorse in my closet. I wear them at least twice a week to work! And I can’t forget my trusty Madewell leather tote, since it comes everywhere with me. What are the handful of basics you remix constantly?

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  • Dana Mannarino

    I swap out the coated pant for my J.Crew Pixie Pants. They are a lifesaver. But everything else, I keep the same. If it’s a bit chilly out, I’ll throw on my cashmere wrap from J.Crew (I turn it into an infinity scarf!)

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  • I think a chambray shirt would be part of my essential basics… I wear one nearly every week. Its versatility is similar to your leopard heels.

    – jaime

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Love my J.Crew pixie pants, too! Good call on the cashmere wrap–that can be a total lifesaver in a cold office.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    For sure on the chambray shirt…I wear mine frequently as well.

  • I go by the mantra that less is more so this look definitely speaks to me! I need a great pair of leopard heels! My recent go to ensemble has been boyfriend jeans, flats, a vintage tee and blazers.

  • Jess and I need to feature you + the other Everygirl editors on the fashion section ASAP! Love this classic look. My basics are very in line with yours — though I don’t wear heels to work, I wear my Madewell pointy leopard flats about 50 percent of the time. Leopard print truly is a neutral.

    xo Valerie @

  • Perfect, perfect perfect! I love it all and you look fab. I absolutely love the leopard heels. I need a pair in my life! 🙂

  • champton

    Loooooove this look.