I'm writing this because I'll be the first to admit that my internal clock runs a good five minutes late. I'm pretty sure the reason for my tardiness is that it's a struggle for me to stop what I'm doing and move onto the task of getting ready to head out the door, and that's why I have to do everything in my power to make up for the lost time. Not curling my eyelashes simply isn't an option, so I have to be creative in other departments.
Despite my love for fashion, I actually hate spending a lot of time choosing something to wear, and it's usually a last-minute decision (thanks to the whole internal clock thing), so I've made it a point to collect a variety of fashion items that I can throw on quickly and avoid being late. These low-maintenance pieces are versatile, don't require a lot of accessories, don't need to be steamed (save for a couple), and look polished and cool no matter what. You could certainly call them basics, but I find them special enough to stand on their own.
Whether or not you're often rushing to get ready, read on to shop 21 pieces that have rescued me time and again.
I own this in a lighter blue color, and I've found it to be the perfect going-out top, especially when I want to wear something special and don't have time for carefully selected accessories. It makes an impact with just jeans and a simple pair of heels.