10 Wardrobe Essentials

10 Wardrobe Essentials

Personal style is important. All of us should dress the way that makes us happy, and if we all dressed the same, life would be boring. That being said, I do believe there are a few items that can enhance everyone’s individual, unique closet. Below is my take on the 10 outfit essentials that we all need here at Princeton (or pretty much anywhere).

1: Every-day jeans

Everyone should have (at least) one pair of go-to jeans that you know you can rely on. Dressed up or down, these jeans fit you perfectly, are comfortable for class, and go with anything.

Budget option: https://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/rich-blue-jamie-jeans-9154621

Splurge option: https://shopredone.com/collections/skinny-leg/products/stretch-high-rise-ankle-crop-mid-70s?variant=22793422503994

2: Detailed t-shirt

Like your basic plain tee, but with one design detail to set you apart. Whether it’s a pleat, a ruffle, a cool pocket, or anything in between, all it takes is a subtle design feature to elevate your outfit from uneventful to classic with a twist.

Budget option: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/uo-rosaria-ruffle-babydoll-top/?color=010&size=XS&type=REGULAR

Splurge option: https://www.clubmonaco.com/en/women-clothing-knits-and-tees/side-slit-top/501882.html?cgid=women-clothing-knits-and-tees&dwvar501882_colorname=Prosecco&webcat=Women%20s%2FClothing%2FKnits%20%20%20Tees#prefn1=CategoryCode&prefv1=Shirts%257CTees%2520%2526%2520Sweatshirts&webcat=women%257Cclothing%257CKnits%2520%2526%2520Tees&start=1&cgid=women-clothing-knits-and-tees

3: White sneakers

Plain white sneakers are now available from pretty much any brand, and for good reason. As probably the only item that could be paired with literally any other on this list, all-white sneakers are the easiest, most versatile shoe option that I honestly could not picture my life without.

Budget option: https://www.stevemadden.com/collections/womens-sneakers/products/emmi-white

Splurge option: https://www.goldengoose.com/us/en/white-and-gold-hi-star-sneakers-with-sparkle-foxing-cod-G35WS945.H3.html

4. Neutral sweater

As we come into fall weather, layering is key. A classic, cozy sweater is key to keeping warm. Whether you choose to save or splurge, make sure your sweater is a good material that will stay soft all winter. 

Budget option: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/uo-milo-chenille-mock-neck-sweater?category=sweaters-cardigans-for-women&color=004&quantity=1&type=REGULAR

Splurge option: https://naadam.co/collections/100-cashmere-womens/products/cashmere-oversized-turtleneck-oatmeal?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=paid_affiliate&utm_campaign=Pepperjam&clickId=2854896123&variant=20169796190304

5. A layering jacket

In the same vein, a fall layering jacket is one of the best ways to express style in your outerwear. When we get to the real winter months, practicality takes priority, but lighter options such as a jean, khaki, or leather jacket can be the perfect layer from fall, or for underneath that puffy coat once winter does come.

Budget option: https://www.revolve.com/superdown-alyssa-crystal-denim-jacket/dp/SPDW-WO10/?d=Womens&page=2&lc=15&itrownum=5&itcurrpage=2&itview=01&plpSrc=%2Fr%2FBrands.jsp%3F%26aliasURL%3Djackets-coats%252Fbr%252Fe4012a%26s%3Dc%26c%3DJackets%2B%2526%2BCoats%26filters%3Dprice%26pageNum%3D2%26price%255B%255D%3DTWENTY_TO_FORTY%26price%255B%255D%3DFORTY_TO_SIXTY%26price%255B%255D%3DSIXTY_TO_EIGHTY%26pageNum%3D2%26price%255B%255D%3DTWENTY_TO_FORTY%26price%255B%255D%3DFORTY_TO_SIXTY%26price%255B%255D%3DSIXTY_TO_EIGHTY%26sortBy%3Dfeatured

Splurge option: https://www.revolve.com/blanknyc-suede-moto-jacket/dp/BLAN-WO87/?d=Womens&page=1&lc=1&itrownum=1&itcurrpage=1&itview=01&plpSrc=%2Fr%2FBrands.jsp%3F%26aliasURL%3Djackets-coats%252Fbr%252Fe4012a%26s%3Dc%26c%3DJackets%2B%2526%2BCoats%26filters%3Dprice%26pageNum%3D1%26price%255B%255D%3DONE_TO_TWO%26pageNum%3D1%26price%255B%255D%3DONE_TO_TWO%26sortBy%3Dfeatured

6: The little black dress

Probably the most classic clothing item of all time, the LBD can be just as valuable for day as night if you pick one in the right fabric and silhouette. And while putting on a dress may feel like a lot of work before class, it’s honestly an automatic outfit that will make you seem put together whether you are or not.

Budget option: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/uo-josephine-printed-bungee-mini-dress?category=dresses&color=009&type=REGULAR

Splurge option: https://www.shopbop.com/sleeveless-belted-utility-cotton-twill/vp/v=1/1589108280.htm?folderID=13359&fm=other-shopbysize-viewall&os=false&colorId=1071C

7: Leggings

Let’s be realistic – even your everyday jeans can’t be worn every day. Whether you want to go to the gym after class or just seem like you are, leggings are the perfect balance between athletic wear and style. Here I’ve picked some sportier options, but a plain black pair also always works well as a stand in for black jeans in a fancier outfit.

Budget option: https://www.adidas.com/us/essentials-linear-tights/DP2386.html

Splurge option: https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-pants/Mapped-Out-HighRise-Tight-28/_/prod9490381?color=41671

8: Joggers

For those days when jeans and even leggings are too much effort, everyone should have the right pair of joggers. In a fitted silhouette, joggers are the way to feel like you’re wearing sweatpants without looking like it.

Budget option: https://www.revolve.com/nike-nsw-essential-fleece-pant/dp/NIKR-WP43/?d=Womens&page=1&lc=5&itrownum=2&itcurrpage=1&itview=01&plpSrc=%2Fr%2FBrands.jsp%3F%26aliasURL%3Dloungewear-sweatpants%252Fbr%252Fff2e84%26sc%3DSweatpants%26s%3Dc%26c%3DLoungewear%26price%255B%255D%3DTWENTY_TO_FORTY%26price%255B%255D%3DFORTY_TO_SIXTY%26price%255B%255D%3DSIXTY_TO_EIGHTY%26filters%3Dprice%26price%255B%255D%3DTWENTY_TO_FORTY%26price%255B%255D%3DFORTY_TO_SIXTY%26price%255B%255D%3DSIXTY_TO_EIGHTY%26sortBy%3Dfeatured

Splurge option: https://www.revolve.com/lna-brushed-leopard-pant/dp/LNA-WP120/?d=Womens&page=1&lc=11&itrownum=4&itcurrpage=1&itview=01&plpSrc=%2Fr%2FBrands.jsp%3F%26aliasURL%3Dloungewear-sweatpants%252Fbr%252Fff2e84%26sc%3DSweatpants%26s%3Dc%26c%3DLoungewear%26price%255B%255D%3DONE_TO_TWO%26filters%3Dprice%26price%255B%255D%3DONE_TO_TWO%26sortBy%3Dfeatured

9: Basic belt

Often, a belt can be the addition that makes an outfit look like you spent time putting it together. You don’t need anything fancy – just a streamlined, chic belt can make all the difference.

Budget option: https://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/black-and-gold-circle-buckle-belt-924a6-n888.html

Splurge option: https://www.toryburch.com/1-1%2F2%22-reversible-logo-belt/56644.html?color=001

10: A hat

This one is the only purely practical item on this list. Sometimes, it’s just not your hair day. Whether it’s a Princeton hat or one for your high school’s football team, a baseball cap is quite literally an essential for the days when you don’t have time to shower.

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