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.
Wear this well through spring.
Perfect for the office.
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.
Way more personality than your white sneakers.
Classic Vans got a cool update with this mint hue.
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.
This looks significantly more expensive than it is.
I want to repeat this exact outfit ASAP.
I love how this one drapes.
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.
The fit on these is impeccable.
Almost every WWW editor owns these already.
Skinny jeans will never go out of style.
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.
Riding boots always have an air of sophistication around them.
You'll be happy you own these on chilly days.
Mock croc always looks expensive.
A white T-shirt is the ultimate building block for any chic wardrobe as long as you get the fit right. Pair it with denim or leather and your outfit will look put together.
Madewell's tees have a cult following for a reason.
The perfect scoop neck.
You can never own too many white T-shirts.
Tailored trousers are another one of those pieces that almost always look luxe. They feel more sophisticated than their denim counterparts but are equally as comfortable.
Wear these to the office then to brunch over the weekend.
For when your blue jeans need a break.