If you study the wardrobes of the most stylish women around the world like I do every day for work, you start to notice a few patterns. There are a handful of key pieces that can be found in nearly every chic wardrobe—essentially the building blocks of elevated closets. Whether it be the perfect white T-shirt, an oversize blazer, or a rich camel-colored coat, these principal pieces are essentials in the arsenals of those with impeccable style. While browsing Nordstrom recently, I realized that all of said principal pieces can be found at the beloved retailer—most of which at reasonably affordable prices. Below, I've outlined each of the seven key pieces to a stylish wardrobe plus the best shopping options from Nordstrom in case your closet is missing any.
It's basically a fact that blazers are the ultimate third piece—you can throw them on over anything and your outfit will feel complete. From T-shirts and jeans to dresses and heels, a good blazer is a staple in every modern wardrobe.
Sneakers have officially transitioned from sporty to essential, with fashion girls pairing theirs with everything from jeans to bike shorts. They put a cool, casual spin on anything you decide to slip them on with.
Camel coats are one of those items that literally always look expensive, regardless of how much you spend. Throw one on over jeans, leggings, or knits and your look will immediately feel more polished.
Jeans have been a wardrobe staple for decades, and a good pair will take you wherever you need to go. You can dress them up or down with ease without ever having to worry about looking like you tried too hard.
Black boots are the winter shoe style you'll come back to year after year (and most likely wear long past winter). Right now, knee-high styles are everywhere, but regardless of the height you go with, they'll never go out of style.