Before I wrote this post, I started about five other posts on meatier topics and just didn’t feel the motivation or passion to finish any of them at the time. But then, I answered a question/Instagram DM about a clothing item I had been wearing, and all of a sudden I had an idea for a very simple post. So here we go …
I often mention that I’m an outfit repeater, and so many of you have confirmed that you are too. I love to hear that, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. Why? Because if you like something enough to buy it, then you should wear it often. And some of the most successful creative- and business-minded people have a “uniform” that they rely on daily to help them not have to make unnecessary decisions on what to wear.
Based on that, I wanted to share a few things that I’ve bought over the last few months that I continue to repeat, repeat, repeat. And I’m going to try to keep workout-wear out of this, but we can do that one in a separate post. This list is mostly made up of my classic staple items, because those are my favorite to invest in — although many of these items are under $100, so they are not splurges.
My top 10 recent staple purchases that I wear over and over again
Barefoot Dreams Cozy cardigan
This is the softest wearable blanket ever. Hands down. Seriously loving the Barefoot Dreams Cozy cardigan, because it goes with everything and even has little pockets. I had heard about this brand on a podcast and was so happy when my mom bought me something from the line last year. It’s definitely not cheap, but such high quality.
Everlane square leather tote bag
I searched high and low for a brown leather tote bag and even ordered one and returned it before I ended up with the Day Square Tote from Everlane. It’s Italian leather. The perfect size for my laptop, wallet, water, sunglasses, keys and a snack when I’m on the go. I can also throw my little diaper pouch for Brady in there if I have to. The leather is so soft and comfy, and the bag stays on my arm well. So happy with this purchase.
Top Shop high-waisted skinny jeans
I now have two pairs of this style, the Jamie high-waisted jean, and they are SO high-waisted, which I really like, because I’m tall and have a long torso. They are snug, but have just enough give to be comfortable, and as you’ve seen on the blog, I wear these ALL the TIME. Even though they aren’t too expensive, they last. Here are the ripped ones I have in blue denim, and the ripped ones I have in black denim. They also have non ripped, if you’re into a full pant leg, because I definitely get cold knees in the winter.
Classic black long-sleeve CALIA top
I received this black long-sleeve everyday flow casual top as part of one of my outfits from CALIA by Carrie Underwood during our partnership last year. (We’re working together again this year, so stay tuned for more on that.) I must admit that I’ve probably worn this plain black top tucked into my high-waisted jeans at least once a week for the last few months, perhaps more. It’s soft, it fits great, and it’s a basic item that you can pair with anything.
Straight-up ADIDAS Superstar sneakers
Dave got these ADIDAS Superstar casual everyday sneakers for me, and at first I didn’t wear them all that much. And then I realized that they go with almost everything, and now they are on my feet a lot. And the good news is that these babies have been in style for years, so I think they are going to stick around. I like to wear them with my jeans or leggings, sweaters, denim jackets or whatever else. They can do it all.
Old school blue denim Old Navy jacket
The denim jacket will live on forever. While I bought a trendy oversized one over the summer when we were in Canada, I always come back to my standard blue jean jacket right here. It goes with everything else on this list, and so it makes a frequent appearance on me. I mean, who doesn’t love a blue denim jacket?
Animal print slip-on sneakers
These Mix. No.6 slip-ons may be my most-worn shoe of the last few months, outside of the shoes I wear to the gym. They are nothing fancy, but comfy and you can slide them on with no socks — perfect for quick errands, etc. The black and white pattern that I have is currently sold out, but there are some solids and another animal print that’s really cute. I love a good loafer-ish shoe and could see getting these in more colors in the future.
SPANX faux leather leggings
These SPANX leggings are one of the most recent purchases on this list, and boy am I glad I bought into a Facebook ad that sold them to me on a whim. They fit like a glove, and I’ve been wearing them with casual sweaters, out at night with blouses (okay that was only once), and basically whatever else I feel like wearing, because they are so versatile. They are so flattering on the figure too, so I highly recommend.
Marc Jacobs softshot crossbody
Definitely the priciest item on the list, but let’s hope it lasts for as long as I think it will. Dave got me this Marc Jacobs softshot crossbody for my birthday, and I’ve been using it all the time. It fits a lot more than you’d expect, and I love the look of it with the gold detailing. And who doesn’t need a crossbody to keep your hands free, especially with a tot around?
Lululemon studio joggers
Thank goodness jogger pants are a thing, because it’s literally like wearing pajamas out and about, yet looking put together. I picked up these dark olive studio joggers when we were in Vancouver (where Lululemon is headquartered) and had no idea they would soon become a staple in my wardrobe. I’ve worn them on a couple flights and put them on at least a few times a month, usually with the black CALIA top mentioned above, either of the sneakers mentioned above and a denim jacket. All the staples work well together, and that’s the beauty.
And there you have it, my most-worn items.
How I handle shopping and buying clothes
It may seem like I get new things all the time, but I really am not a huge shopper at all and sometimes go quite a while without getting anything new (certainly not anything that isn’t for working out).
I do the majority of my shopping online, usually at Nordstrom.com or Everlane.com, and then I do more in-person shopping at Nordstrom Rack and DSW for everyday clothing and shoes. I don’t get a ton of trendy stuff, but stick to solids and classics, as you see in play above. And when it comes to travel, events or fancier weekend evening clothing (which is not required often), that’s when I’ll get more loud patterns, colors, fabrics, etc. and order in advance online usually from Nordstrom.
In order to not get over-loaded with stuff, I’m always actively trying to minimize my closet and drawers too. I try to keep my closet pretty organized and light, so I will often go through what I have and donate or list stuff on Poshmark every few months at a minimum.
I just don’t think we all need a million things to wear everyday, because if we focus on getting what we really like and need, we’ll be pulled to repeat often anyhow. But those are just my two cents on this non-fitness-related matter.
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Questions of the day
What’s one staple item you’ve recently bought that you are wearing over and over again?
Where do you do most of your shopping?
How was your weekend?
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this week?