I was in barre class yesterday looking at the strong women sweating beside me. In performance tanks and mesh-paneled leggings, everyone looked polished regardless of their size or shape. I used to scoff at investing in workout clothes; why bother spending money when an old concert tees and shorts will do? But when I finally splurged on quality workout pants and sports bras I was amazed at the difference. I felt more confident, motivated and even pushed myself harder.
I believe in the same philosophy for daily dressing: clothes should be functional, reliable and polished. By stocking your closet with a well-edited wardrobe, there’s one less thing to think about each day so you can focus on showing up and taking care of business.
To me, the capsule wardrobe is the essential tool for effortless style. Granted, your lifestyle should dictate the overall tone of your wardrobe (corporate office / maker / caretaker), you can still get by with a few well-made pieces that can serve you for at least an entire season or even longer.
Here are my picks for effortless dressing:
Crisp white shirt
These look great paired with anything from jean cut-offs to a tailored trouser or skinny denim. From L to R: Just Female, $85.00 / Ali Golden $126
A well cut-t-shirt can make any outfit look polished and can be layered for year-round wearability. From L to R: Just Female rayon scoop t-shirt in grey $77/ Emerson Fry luxe linen t-shirt $98 / Just Female white linen crew t-shirt $70 / Emerson Fry sleeveless pewter tunic $108
Dresses are undoubtedly the simplest way to look put together. Wear with sandals, booties or even white sneakers. From L to R: 34N 118W button-up shirttail dress $178 / Ali Golden cotton t-shirt dress $83 / Just Female jersey t-shirt dress $123 Sugar Candy Mountain white linen dress $225/ 34N 118W denim button-up dress $188 / Ali Golden black poplin pleated-back dress $158
Un-basic black pants
Black pants are a staple and are definitely not boring in non-traditional styles. From L to R: Just Female palazzo pants $95 / Emerson Fry cross-front silk pant $228 / Objects Without Meaning cupro lounge pants $144 / Mary Meyer black everyday pants $119
Jumpsuits can be just as versatile as dresses without the fuss. From L to R: Luis Denim flight suit $250 / Mary Meyer pull-on jumpsuit $149 / Ali Golden wide-leg linen jumpsuit $189 / Ali Golden slit-back cotton jumpsuit $165