As someone who threw herself wholly into house renovations this past year, I became intimately acquainted with HGTV. I love a good fixer-upper show, just like I’ve always loved a movie makeover montage. The best ones, in my humble opinion, aren’t a total teardown but an improvement on the original. "Good bones,” someone may say while touring an old Victorian, testing creaky steps before marveling at the natural light or beautiful crown molding.
This same rule of thumb can be applied to your wardrobe. Maybe you’re keen on a total reinvention for the new year, maybe you went a little overboard on Cyber Monday and can’t string together a solid look. Whatever your dressing goals are, building your closet around a few key staples will take the guesswork out of everyday dressing. I rely on a few tried-and-true pieces to demystify the process. Having these in my arsenal always gives me a solid foundation to build upon, whether I’m feeling classic, trendy, or wild that day.
Keen on some clothing building blocks to help make 2024 your most stylish year yet? I got you.
A STRIPED SWEATER
Stripes are enduring, a timeless pattern that never really goes out of style. They add texture and dimension to even the most neutral of closets and these cozy selections will keep you warm through spring.
Did you hear? Ballet is back, baby! Whether your tastes are more restrained (black or traditional baby pink) or a little wilder (rhinestones and velvet are your speed), there's a style out there for you.
TRENCH WITH A TWIST
Belle de Jour, The Matrix, Holly Golightly crying in the rain. The trench has long been an icon of cinema and is as much a perennial fashion favorite off-screen.
Cream always feels luxe, in my book. An ivory colorway is a chic spin on the traditional pair of corduroys or jeans.
BLACK BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING (AND MORE)
L.A. may be a driving city, but I like to stroll. These pairs are guaranteed to add a little extra pep to your step (and a lot of pizzazz to your outfit).
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