I'm a VIP Nordstrom Stylist—My Core Wardrobe Consists of These 9 Staples


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As a VIP stylist at NordstromSandy Koszarek helps her clients build out their wardrobes by starting with the elevated basics that could become staples. Many of the items she recommends have also become core pieces in her own wardrobe. And yes, she's sharing the edit of must-haves below for a bit of styling and shopping inspiration.

Ahead, you'll uncover the nine items Koszarek deems as her wardrobe go-tos because of their chic, versatile, and modern nature. Essentially, every item could be mixed and matched with a variety of pieces to create standout looks. Keep scrolling for more intel, complete with visual references from Koszarek and product recommendations. 

1. Perfect-Fitting Jeans


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"Jeans are an essential staple, and I always reach for a well-fitting pair to make me feel confident and stylish. Heading into fall, I'll be wearing straight, flare, wide-leg, and bootcut styles."

2. White Blouse


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"A white blouse is a classic item and a staple in my wardrobe. It's a versatile piece I can style in multiple ways, and I always feel chic and put-together wearing it."

3. Pointed-Toe Boots

"I love when cooler weather arrives, and I get to wear all my boots. Pointed-toe boots are one of my wardrobe staples, and I'll wear them with jeans and a sweater for a chic fall look."

4. Trench Coat


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"A classic trench coat is a staple I always rely on when the weather turns cool. I like wearing it over sweaters with a scarf. Although this season, I'm mixing it up by adding a leather trench to my standard rotation."

5. Cozy Sweater

"Fall is my favorite season, and one reason is that I get to wear comfy sweaters. As a staple in my wardrobe, a sweater must be both comfy and classic so I want to wear it often. My favorite way to style it is over a T-shirt, blouse with jeans, and boots."

6. Blazer


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"Blazers are a favorite item in my wardrobe. They are versatile, easy to style, and the finishing piece to complete my outfits. This season, I'm wearing blazers in bold and autumnal colors to go with my denim outfits."

7. Loafers


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"Loafers are perfect fall transitional shoes and a staple in my wardrobe. I like to wear them with jeans and sweaters, but they are also a comfortable option to wear with midi dresses."

8. Retro Sneakers

"I'm delighted sneakers are considered acceptable and trendy footwear to wear with all my outfits, from jeans to dresses. So I'm starting the season with a retro-style sneaker that I'll wear with all my looks."

9. LBD


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"Everyone needs an LBD in their wardrobe, and mine is a black slip dress. I wear it year-round, styled with blazers and sweaters, and I always feel stylish and confident."

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.