Clothes—all of us wear it, some of us hate it, some of us love it, and surely, we buy a lot of it! I’m very guilty of purchasing a tonne of clothes only to then revert to wearing the same three clothing items most times. Due to this, I can always find something to wear for any occasion because of my versatile, favourite three items.
I’ll let you in on my not-so-secret seven essential clothing items. Of course, your essentials might be a bit different from mine because fashion styles are personal but that’s okay, you can still gain inspiration for new essentials or realise you’ve had go-to pieces all of this time!
Dark wash jeans – Out of all the colours, dark wash has to be my favourite for two reasons:
1. I am clumsy and any lightly coloured clothing is always at risk with me.
2. On the days I need my thighs to appear slimmer, they come in absolutely clutch. Also, dark wash denim goes with pretty much anything I decide to pair it with which easily makes it one of the easiest pieces in my closet to wear. I go for a black, of course, but if all else fails, navy is the next darkest shade I turn to.
A sweatshirt – Listen, stress-free dressing is my forte. Spending hours finding an outfit is not a thing I do, so sweatshirts are one of my favourites. I can throw on some heels and make it extra cute. I can wear my oversized ones as dresses and pair it with a comfy and casual pair of sneakers, or sandals and I am fully dressed. I also have two separate collections, my work sweatshirts, and my ‘going out’ sweatshirts.
A Chunky Heel – I actually wear heels about once every six months, but still, it’s a very important item in my wardrobe. However, I’m at that stage in my life where I’m so over stilettos because my feet hurt three seconds immediately after putting them on, so now chunky heels are my go-to. They are so cute, comfy, reasonably priced and they don’t always make me look too dressed up if I’m looking for that cool, but still diva, the balance I sometimes need.
Strappy Sandals – I’m a sandal girl to my heart and truth be told, I could use some more sandals because I’m stuck on buying the same colour in so many different styles, it’s time to expand my horizons. It’s always hot in Trinidad and my toes do not like confinement so it makes sense to own a ridiculous number of cute, strappy sandals so that I can wear them all the time.
A Little Olive Dress – My friends have tried to get me to stop buying olive coloured clothing, but it is my money and I’ll do what I want. ️Due to my yellow undertone, olive loves me and I love it – what better reasoning do I need? However, out of all the olive things I own, my favourite has to be a spaghetti-strapped, stretch dress which I have probably worn every way possible in combination with the other things I own. It has been paired with heels, sneakers, a denim jacket, a cute cardigan and with each, it still looked great.
(Some) Graphic Tees – Given that my face always says what’s on my mind, I like my t-shirts to do the same. So, I have a sarcastic tee or two, or 10 that I keep on hand for when I think folks should have a fair warning before I even open my mouth. Like my sweatshirts, I tend to dress these up or down depending on my mood, the occasion or however I see fit. They are easy to wear as well as they pair with just about anything.
Palazzo Pants – What are jeans? Not a thing I enjoy as I prefer the notion of no pants, however, if I must, please let it be palazzo. They’re so easy, breezy and come in the cutest prints that are hard to say no to (which is why I own several pairs). One store that surely fuels my Palazzo addiction is The London Clothing Company as I usually pick them up there for between $100- $200. The material is great, the fit is amazing and the price is just right for something I wear so many times.
What are your closet must-haves? What flatters you the most?
Rochelle is a 25-year-old digital marketer by day, blogger/beauty product junkie by night. And all day, every day, I’m an advocate for things local & regional. My blog ellerstyle.com features products and services available right here in Trinidad & Tobago and by extension the Caribbean so that we can get familiar. Follow me on IG @eller_style!