8 Essentials For A Timeless Wardrobe

As a mom, fashion expert, and the Midwest  blogger behind Thee Girl In Yellow,  Kasey Milner knows a thing or two about creating a strategic and fashionable wardrobe.   Below, she shares her insight, plus 8 essentials for a timeless wardrobe.

As I’m getting older {and I’d like to think wiser}, I’ve come to realize that my wardrobe is changing and always evolving, and so is my sense of style. I’m becoming more about quality pieces and less about ‘trendy’ clothing, or the ‘this probably isn’t going to last more than a few washes or wears’ type of clothing. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m referring to. I’m guilty of sometimes buying pieces that aren’t timeless, because hey, I too am not always the perfect shopper. Lately though, I’ve been trying to ask myself one basic question before I buy yet another item to add to my closet.

I simply ask myself, ‘is this piece timeless?’ Meaning, will I be able to wear this piece of clothing {basically} forever? If the answer is YES to this question, then I almost always will purchase the item. Classic wardrobe pieces are a must.

So if you’re in the mind space to build yourself a timeless and lasting wardrobe, ‘Thee Girl in Yellow‘ is here to help! You truly can build a great wardrobe starting with just 8 essential pieces. Remember though, that this is just a starting point! These are just a few of my must-have essentials. So letโ€™s start off with my 8 essentials for a timeless wardrobe below.


8 Essentials For A Timeless Wardrobe

The 8 Essentials:

1. (the simple) Striped Shirt
2. (the edgy) Biker Jacket
3. (the classic) Nude Flats
4. (the effortless) Chambray Denim Shirt
5. (the cozy) Cardigan
6. (the perfect) Pair of Jeans
7. (the basic) White T-Shirt
8. (the little) Black Dress

Each of these pieces is timeless. These are great basics to start building your wardrobe around. Not to mention, each essential has endless possibilities when it comes to mixing and matching within them. I’ve put together a few simple outfits based on these 8 essential wardrobe pieces I’ve highlighted above. I was able to create 6 looks all together, with 4 daytime looks and 2 night looks. These outfits were made by simply mixing and matching these wardrobe staples. It’s that easy! Building a simple, classic, timeless wardrobe is what’s key here. Make sure to check out my favorite go-to looks below, perfect for a casual day look or even a night out.

Day Looks:
Look #1: Chambray Denim Shirt + Jeans + Nude Flats
Look #2: Biker Jacket + White Tee + Jeans + Nude Flats
Look #3: Grey Cardigan + Little Black Dress + Nude Flats
Look #4: Striped Shirt + Jeans + Nude Flats
Night Looks:
Look #1: Grey Cardigan + Striped Shirt + Jeans + Nude Flats
Look #2: Biker Jacket + Little Black Dress + Nude Flats

And just like that, you too can build yourself a timeless wardrobe! These 8 essential pieces can help create a gorgeous wardrobe that will last you for years to come, and remember that this is just a starting point. There are many more simple, basic pieces that are timeless (such as a classic trench coat, black pants, and the list goes on!)

Try and stick to these simple basics though when purchasing pieces, and your wardrobe is bound to be fabulous! For more style and inspiration, head on over to my website, Thee Girl in Yellow.



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  • Reply kblackie February 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    every girl needs a fierce little black dress!

  • Reply Kristen February 26, 2016 at 11:38 am

    you’ve just inspired me to revamp my closet! I have versions of these, but I want the ones you posted!

  • Reply Angela Tolsma February 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    oh my essentials are almost identical except more black because white is hard to wear with purple hair!

  • Reply Karin Rambo February 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Great list! I JUST blogged something super similar about my 10 essentials for a capsule wardrobe. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re on the same page!

    Karin | truncationblog.com

  • Reply Noemi February 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Super choices and I love the little black dress! You can never go wrong with that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Marija February 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    It’s in a way what’s in my closet, only my coloring is a bit different ๐Ÿ™‚ I do need to get a new biker jacket though. I left it somewhere at Frankfurt airport last spring and was never able to find a good enough replacement ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply lisa February 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Live those looked. Especially live that you added something a little edgy for us punk girls!

  • Reply brittcrotty February 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I love simple!! These are definitely the essentials to have . Simple but comfy too and easy to mix up! Great post!

  • Reply chrystievachon February 27, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Happy to say I own all of these, phew! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply January Erskine February 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

    This collection of staples is so on point! I love all the pieces and ways you paired them together.

  • Reply Ruthie February 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    LBD and a leather jacket are a must!!

  • Reply xoxobellablog February 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Great concept! I am happy you have a striped top in there. I love stripes!

  • Reply hooplah February 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Love lists like this! I’m not the best at fashion, so having a good foundation would be a big help. Looks like I have a few of these, just need to fill out the rest!

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