NYFW Recap

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Im back from New York, and thoroughly enjoyed my time exploring Fashion Week! Some of my favorite collections were  Rachel Comey, Milly, Tibi, Marissa Webb and Elizabeth and James but what really grabbed my attention was this beautiful debut collection by Zoe Jordan (pictured above). Overall I loved all the sheer and meshy details mixed with the oversized and structured silhouettes. Is it bad that I am already excited for spring?

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the perfect wardrobe / a guide to basics

Wardrobe Essentials // WEL Blog
Wardrobe Essentials // WEL Blog

I have been asked a number of times now to share some of my favorite basics in my wardrobe. Finding the perfect basics is a never ending task, and after four years I finally feel like I am content with the staples in my wardrobe. So without further adieu- the basic items in my wardrobe that I cannot live without // 

Silk Camisole - Lets start with the undermost layer, the silk camisole. I love this item because You can wear it on its own, or layer it under almost anything. I prefer my camisole to be loose and breathable, with the thinnest straps possible. I own both a black and a white one, and love these silk styles from Club Monaco and Tibi. 

Button Down Shirt - Arguably the most versatile item in my wardrobe. I own one white woven cotton button down from COS and two silk button downs- in both black and white. I love the Equipment silk button downs, however Everlanes are quite good as well. I like this item to be a tad over sized in fit.

Cotton T shirt - Hands down my favorite Tee is the LA made, SkaGorn Tee sold at Madewell. I love its super boxy over sized fit, and how thick and soft the fabric is. I own it in black and have plans to get it in white as well. 

Sweaters - I'm not a huge fan of chunky knit sweaters, so instead I opt for cut and sew versions. I love sweaters with interesting seams and soft comfortable fabric. My favorite one I own is from Duffy, but this Zara sweater has recently caught my attention- love the exposed seams and structured fabric!

Blazer - Every girl needs a great blazer, or in this case, two. I have a long sleeved black blazer and I recently picked up the white sleeveless blazer (pictured above). Both are in constant rotation for me. For the black blazer I love a trusty Helmut Lang, or a less expensive version here. For the white sleeveless blazer, you can find a similar option here.

Little Black/White Dress - My first LBD I picked up from Zara, and still absolutely love it. It has a low back and a over sized boxy fit.  I think its best to start with a very basic LBD that cant be dressed up or down- I prefer mine to be sleeveless because I think it looks more elegant. Some good options here and here.  A Little White Dress should have a bit more interest- maybe a subtle hem or fabric detail. I have found that they are more wearable when they have a little bit more too them. Good options here and here

Jersey Pencil Skirt - In the summer I practically live in this. Soft, comfortable and breathable. I own this Vince one in black, however there are plenty of less expensive versions available. 

Denim - My favorite brands are ACNE Studios, Imogene and Willie & Madewell, in both black and white. Having a great pair of black denim is more important then white, but I do love wearing both colors year round. I prefer my denim to be slightly high rise and very skinny. 

Wide Leg Trousers - This was a recent addition to my wardrobe but they have quickly become favorites. I own one pair in white that I picked up this summer from Zara. Similar option here.

Black Booties - I wear ACNE Studios boots, pretty much exclusively. I practically live in my Donna boots by them, but I think these Pistols are another great option. Other options here and here.