I'm a VIP Nordstrom Stylist—If I'm "Fixing" a Closet, I Add These 8 Items


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As a VIP stylist at NordstromSandy Koszarek spends the better part of her days helping clients explore their personal style by testing new trends and items. If a particular client comes in and wants a complete overhaul (i.e., wants to "fix" and upgrade their closet), she typically suggests a few key pieces first to help lay the foundation of a well-balanced wardrobe. The items in question fall in that "elevated basics" category, so they're chic and extremely versatile.

Below, you'll find the eight items Koszarek will often recommend to take a wardrobe to the next level. You'll notice everything from a top-notch denim silhouette to a shirting style that's classic but also trend-forward.

Keep scrolling for more, including visual inspiration from Koszarek and shopping recommendations.

1. Blazer


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"Adding a loosely tailored blazer to your wardrobe is a smart choice. This piece instantly pulls every look together and is a classic year-round staple."

2. Modern Denim

"Current, on-trend denim is key to an updated wardrobe. I recommend adding flare, wide, or straight-leg jeans. All are versatile and easy to style. Pair them with heels and sneakers."

3. Oversize Shirting

"I suggest my clients update their button-down blouses to include an oversize style, a fresh take on a classic piece."

4. Slip Dress


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"I recommend a slip dress as a versatile piece to dress up or down. Pair with a relaxed blazer and trendy sandals or a denim jacket and sneakers."

5. Chunky Slides or Pretty Sandals

"An easy way to update your wardrobe is by adding new shoes. I suggest adding pretty sandals and chunky slides. Plus, bold colors are trending, so try adding colorful shoes that are fun and make you smile."

6. Trench Coat


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"The classic trench coat deserves a spot in the updated wardrobe. Always trending, it's a coat you will reach for often."

7. White/Retro Sneakers

"Sneakers are go-to shoes for many of my clients. I always suggest they refresh their sneakers with a new classic white or retro style to wear with jeans, trousers, or dresses."

8. Denim Jacket

"A denim jacket is a must-have in creating casual looks—layer over a dress, wear with trousers, or wear with denim for a Canadian-tuxedo look."

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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.