Essentials • Part I

Personal style is a way of expression. It can embody your mood, who you want to be, what kind of message you want to send.

The three words that I keep in mind when I think about my own personal style are effortless, sophisticated, and simple. My day-to-day looks are really just a compilation of key pieces and fun accessories. I have definitely found a few holy grail items I can't live without. Here's the rundown: 

1. Flowy tank tops: Classic layering pieces are the basis of most of my outfits. I have found two tanks from Urban Outfitters that are perfect: the first is a little shorter which makes it pair well with skirts and high waisted bottoms and the second being a little bit longers gives a more breezy effortless vibe. For these pieces I really agree with the phrase, "if you love it buy it in every color." I have two of each! 

2. Oversize cardigans: One of the best parts about being 5-foot-9 is that I can wear oversize cardigans and not feel like I'm being swallowed whole. Whether I'm wearing one with black jeans for the weather now or with distressed light wash shorts in the summer, it makes any outfit extra cozy. 

3. Black jeans: My Urban Outfitters BDG jeans have been a staple in my wardrobe for years. I think I've repurchased these bad boys about three times already because I wear them so often! They never ride down because of the high rise, and they're super stretchy and comfortable. I especially like the length options! I love being able to cuff my jeans when I wear heels and that is a rare luxury (#tallgirlprobs).

4. Boots: There is nothing like a good pair of boots to spice up a classic look. From sleek heeled booties, a chunkier bootie heel, or suede knee highs, shoes are the fun part! I'm still on the hunt for the perfect over the knee boot, so until then I'll continue to lust over the Stuart Weitzman 50/50s. 

5. Tunic tops: Longline tunic tops add such an airiness to an outfit. I especially love white ones-they're crisp, classy, and easy. Right now for winter I wear them with high boots and a slip dress underneath or jeans, but in a few weeks when I'm in Puerto Rico, I'll probably style them with a bralette, high waisted shorts, and sandals! So versatile and a definite must-have.

6. Jackets: Outer layers act almost like an accessory for me! I have a lot of different jackets that create totally different looks. My classic favorites are a trench and leather jacket. They go with absolutely anything and everything. Once spring hits, I want to add a light duster trench to my collection.

7. Shift dresses: I adore shift dresses and I really think they suit just about everyone. They're so fun to style, whether it's with a cardigan, jacket, or even changing the look with different statement necklaces. (Also, if any of you out there shop online and are worried about length of dresses, I've learned 32-33" is usually always a decent length- no  Marilyn moments here.)

8. Accessories: I'm a huge scarf person. Doesn't matter if it's 30 degrees or 70, they're a staple accessory. Because it's winter, I'm all about the plaid and faux fur. Some of my other everyday accessories include a watch and simple tassel necklace. I've had two Fossil watches and they're definitely my favorite brand. They last for ages! And as for the necklace, it really adds some shine and interest without too much of a statement. Plus depending on what I'm wearing it can give me a bit of a boho vibe which I love! 

I've put together a few outfits mixing and matching pieces from my list. Keep an eye out for "Essentials • Part II" to see these outfits in action!  


{ ESSENTIALS 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 8 }

U.O. Tank $29 • Cotton:On Cardigan $49 (currently 40%!) • U.O. jeans $58 • Blanket Scarf $20 • Lulu's Booties $38 • Fossil watch $135 



{ ESSENTIALS  5 + 6 + 3 + 4 + 8 } 

ASOS longline top $58 • F21 trench $48 (on sale!) • U.O. jeans $58 • Nine west boots $81 • Fur scarf $35 • Fossil watch $135 


{ ESSENTIALS 7 + 2 + 4 + 8 } 

F21 dress $20 • Cotton:On Cardi $49 (on sale!) • Nine West boots $81 • Tassel necklace $15 • Fossil watch $135 


OUTFIT III: Nighttime 

 { ESSENTIALS 7 + 4 + 8 }

F21 dress $20 • F21 trench $49 (on sale!) • Fur scarf $35 • Nine West boots $81 • Fossil watch $135