A few weeks ago I shared 5 tips for building a great wardrobe, and mentioned in that post that I was working on an updated closet staples series. Well, here we are. Part one of a Closet Essentials series. To be honest I’m not sure how many parts this series will have…maybe ten, maybe twenty. But I want to share my most worn, most loved, and most versatile pieces in my closet. The things I cannot live without.
And along the way, I’ll share how I style them, how you can style them, and a few places to find similar or identical items. Also, I should mention that these are no particular order.
These have been something I’ve been on the hunt for for the last two years, at least, and although I’ve purchased and been sent a few pairs that were nice, they weren’t real leather, and weren’t a really classic pair. So it wasn’t until I ran across these gorgeous leather ones at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago that the hunt was finally over.
- The most classic pairs are a normal shaft height, no embellishments, and a block heel.
- Choose black or brown, depending on your preference. Both are very classic and incredibly versatile
- If your legs and ankles are thin, low-cut, medium, and high shafts are great on you. If your legs and ankles are thicker, go for just the medium height, like mine.
- Recognize these as an investment piece. If you can’t afford real leather at this stage of your life and you really, really want a pair, look for pairs that have nice and realistic faux leather or faux suede. But for this particular item, it’s worth it to save for a few months and then splurge on a nice pair because if you take care of them, they’ll last you for years.
- I just wrote a post over at Babble about this very thing — the Dos and Don’ts of Cuffing Your Jeans with Ankle Boots. Check it out and learn how to wear them with your jeans.
- Wear them with dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts…you name it. These are one of the most versatile pairs of shoes you will own. And if they are a classic, unembellished pair, you will be able to wear them forever!
Are you convinced to buy a pair yet? Trust me, you need them in your closet. They are an essential.