Steady Days | Wardrobe Essentials

July 19, 2014

Steady Days | Wardrobe Essentials

If you missed yesterday’s post on taking a few minutes to get dressed each morning, you should read it before reading this one. A wardrobe is just the cherry on top to a beautiful person created by God, and things like fashion are just “extra” in my humble opinion. I do believe how we dress is important, though, and effort ought to be put into it. Whether you have a big or small budget, a husband who sees you daily, classes to attend, a work environment with members of the opposite sex, or kids that spit up and mess up your clothes, I hope this encourages you to dress with modesty and class, enhancing your femininity.

Black Skinnies // $59.50

I’ve listed these first because I think they are the single most important wardrobe essential you could own. The only maternity item I’ve bought is a pair of black skinnies from Target ($34.99). You can build an entire wardrobe from a pair, so if you do not buy anything else on this list, buy these or something similar. Please, please, please trust me on this!

Dark Skinny Jeans // $29.99

A dark wash is the most flattering on any body type and the most versatile because you can dress it up or dress it down. It is important to buy a pair of jeans that fit you well and make you feel good, so even if you don’t walk out of a store buying something know that the hunt is worth it. Buy a little tighter than you think you need, because they will stretch. I love the little zippers on the back of these jeans from Target and the price is oh so right.

Black or Grey Maxi Dress // $34.99

I’ve worn this black maxi dress from Old Navy since the beginning of pregnancy and it has hung in there with me through the 30 lbs I’ve gained. I’ve worn it with a cardigan, tied a tee over top of it, or just as is. It is my go-to for running errands or when I don’t know what to wear. I usually pair mine with a statement necklace or scarf to give it a little oomph.

Pretty Blouse // $28.58

You need a nice blouse in your life for work events, date nights, or church services. Pick something neutral if you need to look dressy and have it pair with a lot of the things on this list. If not, be brave and buy a patterned blouse or one with lots of color. Either way, it should fit loosely so you can pair it with your black and/or denim skinnies with ballet flats.

Hat // $16.99

I’m convinced that a hat makes any outfit look stylish. You can cover the craziest hair and throw on a pair of sun glasses and never even bother with makeup still looking like you’ve got it together. If you’re not used to wearing them then give yourself a few wears before you feel comfortable.

Canvas Closed-Toe Shoes // $60.00

These are on the splurge side, I know. I waited a year to buy a pair, but now that I have them I wear them all the time as they translate well for almost every single season. These casual shoes take a typical weekend look or a frumpy mum look to the next level. Throw your hair up in a messy bun and your look is complete!

Neutral Sandals // $19.99

These are brown and black, so you can wear them with everything. And I do mean everything!

White Tee and or Grey Tee // $14.95

Do I need to even mention how important this one is?! You can pair a good tee over top of a maxi dress, with jeans or with anything else I’ve listed for you here. It is extremely important to buy one that you like, is flattering, and makes you feel good. Gap, Old Navy, and Target are all great stops for tees. Don’t feel bad if you take 15 back to the dressing room and only end up with one or two.

A Good-Fitting Bra, No-Line Panties & Simple, Everyday Pretty Ones //

I’ve linked to Ross Dress For Less for you and even though you can’t shop online through them, this is the place I’ve found the least expensive underclothes for the quality. I can usually find Calvin Klein there for a fraction of the price (think around $10 – $15 for a bra, $3.50 for panties). It is hit or miss, but I can usually walk away with something and as a woman it feels oh so nice to be pretty underneath. If you don’t have a Ross, the Gilligan O’Malley line at Target is another one of my favorites, just a step up in price. I want to treat myself to a robe in magenta for when baby comes and I’m staying in the hospital.

Ballet Flats // $19.94

You really need a good pair of simple ballet flats to go with your skinnies. I, for whatever reason, have picky feet and have to buy the really nice leather ones on sale at the outlets so that my feet don’t hurt with shoes. But, these ballet flats from Old Navy are super comfy!!!

Striped, Cotton Dress // $47.64

Again, a bit on the splurge side. But having a good cotton dress in your life is a game-changer. If you need a more forgiving fit, having a separating seam at your waist helps establish a good structure like this linen one or this grey jersey one. Also look for thicker fabric when shopping, as it helps with structure and not showing every lump and bump.

Chambray Shirt // $34.50

Need I say more? Chambray is classy and goes with practically everything. Own one.

Brown Leather Bag or Purse // $29.94

I owned one vintage, coach purse that I got at a yard sale for $10 for the longest time. And really, I’m here to tell you you only truly need one brown classy bag. The one from Old Navy is super cute, but if you want a splurge, go here.

Hunter Green Cropped Pants or Shorts // $19.94

Hunter green is basically a neutral. Did you know that??? It goes so well with stripes and adds just a smidgeon of color to all these whites and grays I gravitate towards. I have this linen pair of shorts listed above and a pair of cropped pants on clearance from J Crew that go with so many of my things and the color will never go out of style.

Statement Scarf // $12.95

A versatile, light-weight scarf can last you through a lot of months and finish off the look of an outfit with no effort other than throwing it around your neck right before you walk out the door.

If you want to redo your closet and feel overwhelmed with this list, don’t be! Start with one or two items, like a pair of skinnies and a cotton dress and then just build from there as you are able. Let family members know that you would like gift cards to go wardrobe shopping for birthdays and holidays. Most people love a chance to help a woman feel beautiful and will happily oblige!




  • Reply Whitney July 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Every one of these pieces are right up my alley. And I love the idea of wearing hunter green as a neutral! Hadn’t thought of that before.

  • Reply Julie Carini July 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Mary Beth! I stopped by your site the other day to re-find a recipe I liked and lost. Congrats on the wee one! I love the wardrobe list and have ordered the Steady Days book. ; ) Have you ever shopped thredUP? It’s addicting!

  • Reply Jordan Graves July 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

    What a perfect list! I just completely overhauled my wardrobe last week because of a blog I found called I think you’d really like her blog because it’s all about creating a minimalist wardrobe! Anyway, these wardrobe essentials are quickly becoming my entire wardrobe and I love it!

  • Reply Terin Garrett July 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love the look of Fedoras… and my aunt rocks one like nobody’s business, but I just can’t get them to look right on me! 🙁

  • Reply Allison Wall July 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Yes! This is perfect! All my favorite pieces! Even after I go shopping for new stuff (however rare an occasion that may be…) I still always go back to these essentials!

  • Reply Franchesca July 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    This was so much fun to read!

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  • Reply Tiny tots August 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

    A unique collection of essentials!

  • Reply Crystal Knox August 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I love your style:) It’s similar to mine, but my problem is pairing down to essentials and sticking with what I know works and I tend to feel like I’m thrown together. I could use help on a fall/winter essentials…any chance you might be inclined to do a similar post, only for cold weather? 🙂 Love your blog! I’ve told you before, you inspire me to keep on with my little blog:) God bless!

  • Reply tina September 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    So would it be bad to buy these things pregnant and at this time in the season? I threw out over 50 pieces of clothes! Ready to minimize.

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