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21 Classic Outfits from 14 Wardrobe Essentials

Dressing in a classic style is the most affordable way to dress. Learn how to mix and match 14 wardrobe essentials into 21 outfits!

Buying classic wardrobe essentials and mixing them into a comprehensive work to weekend wardrobe is possible for anyone!

Clothing trends come and go, but dressing in a tailored classic look will always be in style.

You will be surprised how many outfits you can create from a core set of shirts, pants, jackets, a dress, and a few shoes that will take you through most occasions! 

Each outfit fully accessorized comes in around $55 even with accessories!

Wardrobe Essentials You Need

By investing in key and classic wardrobe pieces you can create SO many outfits.

Let’s look at the base pieces of the wardrobe I’ve created:

  • 4 shirts
  • 1 blazer
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 jean jacket 
  • 3 pair of pants
  • 3 pair of shoes
  • 1 dress
  • Plus for fun a purse, some earrings, two pair of sunglasses and a necklace

What’s really key to this wardrobe is the neutral color base. I focused on white, gray, black, and olive. That way everything goes with EVERYTHING!

To spice up the outfits and add color, bring in other jackets, t-shirts, or scarves from your closet and poof you can double these 21 outfits to 42. WOW.

How much would you have to spend at a department store to create this wardrobe from scratch?

All of these pieces add up to $1,200 or less even with the shoes and accessories! That’s $57 per outfit for 21 outfits.

To give you a sense of how some of these pieces work in real life, here is a picture of me in June in Manhattan Beach, CA.

This outfit took me from day trip to a casual dinner with temps from 75F to 60F!

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Day Trip to Manhattan Beach, CA

I traveled an entire week with very few pieces that I could layer for all temperatures and occasions. 

This dress, t-shirt, and jean jacket are new staples in my wardrobe.

The dress is SO comfortable, but does pull across the chest so I felt more comfortable with a t-shirt underneath.

I am 5′ 4″ and bought a S dress, so it was roomier. The other pieces are XS. 

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14 Wardrobe Essentials

Since Nordstrom has their Anniversary sale in full swing until August 4th, 2019, I thought I’d do my shopping for you at Nordstrom since they have amazing deals and FREE RETURNS!

People think that it may be more expensive to shop at Nordstrom, but it really isn’t and the quality creates the value!

Hover over pictures for full retail, but much of this is on sale.  

Seriously, the olive pants are so amazing that I just bought a blue and white pair too!

They are the most flattering and comfortable pants that are cut like a jean, so a little dressier.

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Items were selling out as I was writing this post, so hop on buying if you like something.

This wardrobe can take you from work to weekend in style!

ALL OUTFITS and DETAILS BELOW

14 wardrobe essential and 20 Mix and Match Outfits

Here are the simple accessories I used to dress up the outfits. I’m a BIG fan of a bag that can be worn cross body or with the strap removed be used as clutch.

Then you get both a casual and dressier look out of the same bag. Great when traveling!

21 Mix and Match Outfits from Work to Weekend

Are you ready to see some merchandising magic? You won’t believe how easy it is to mix and match these 14 wardrobe essentials to create new outfits.

Seriously, I could have kept going with the infinite mix and match possibilities with these core pieces. 

If you are traveling and want to pack only a carry on, this style of dressing is perfect for maximizing your clothes!

Desk to Dinner or Date Outfits

Each outfit has a little edge to it in this collection. A stacked heel, bit of jewelry, a blazer and black add a sophisticated vibe.

Going on a date? Remove the top layer, unbutton a button, and roll up the sleeves for a sexier look.

Girl’s Night Outfits

Cute, comfy and casual is the name of the game when going out with your girlfriends for dinner and a movie.

Need to dress up more? Ditch the sweater or jean jacket or choose the white blazer instead or wear all black.

Weekend Stroll / Casual Day Outfits

Comfy shoes, a cross body bag, and layers define a casual weekend style.

Easy looks that can take you through temperature changes that move from morning to evening.

Now you will never feel like you don’t have anything to wear! With a little imagination and this guide you can create so many different outfit combinations.

Remember to add in your personality with scarves, purses, jewelry and fun shoes!

Creating a base classic wardrobe will always serve you well. As trends come and go, you can mix in those items with your solid colored clothing pieces.

Dressing has never been easier! Like this lifestyle guide to dressing?

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