Shopping: 10 Closet Staples You Need for Fall

You know how sometimes you can go on a break from a brand? Okay maybe not. That’s probably only something people with shopping addictions do. I think that may be one of the signs that you have a problem – referring to a relationship with a store. Hey, admitting the problem is the first step.

Anyways, I’ve been a longtime fan of Banana Republic. When I got my first job in a very corporate atmosphere, I stalked the Banana sale wall. Give me all the dress pants and silk blouses at an additional 40% off. When my work wardrobe became a little less formal, I’d still hit them up for those silky basic tees, jeans (their skinny jeans may be my favorite) and still, all the silk blouses. But about a year or so ago I kind of fell out of love with Banana. I’d still stop in, like a needy girlfriend who couldn’t quite give up, but would walk out empty handed. The basics were still great but there was nothing to get me excited about shopping there. No must-haves.

Things have changed. I was wooed back in a week or so ago on a mission to find a shirt for Drew but left with way more things than I intended (which involved sneaking my overstuffed shopping bag in slowly like I was trying to smuggle drugs through my living room). Things started slowly – with this mini skirt and vest – but on my last stop in I ended up grabbing a new pair of jeans (#7), the cutest detailed tank (#5 – that is seriously on sale) and a new necklace. I may have also ordered these heels (still waiting on their arrival).

Here’s the thing, nothing is overly trendy (save maybe the heels) so I know I’ll be able to wear and re-wear them. The other bonus is everything works really well for mixing-and-matching. The stripe tee with the mini and sneakers for a football game (throw on #1 if it’s a little chilly). The printed sweatshirt (#2) with the boyfriend jeans (#7) and heels for a casual dinner with friends. The tee (#4) and pants (#9) for work, toss on the vest (#10) to really dress it up. I could go on and on with the combos (it gets a little out of control – see below).

Moral of the story: it’s time to stop back in Banana on your next trip to the mall (or just when you’re browsing online). You will not regret it. You may want to head there stat too because everything on sale is an additional 50% off AND a bunch of stuff that rarely goes on sale is marked down 40%. Yes please. Oh and it’s worth mentioning this post is not sponsored, I’m just really that into Banana. #letsstaytogether

10 closet staples for fall

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Combos to try:

#3 + #7 + sneakers = Movie Matinee

#5 + #9 + #8 = A Day of Meetings at the Office

#5 + #7 +  heels = Drinks with Friends

#5 + #6 + black heels: Cocktail Hour Attire


#2 + #7 + #8 = Dinner Date

#1 + #3 + #7 = Football Tailgate

#10 + #4 + #6 = Networking Event


#1 + #3 + #9 = Casual Friday

#1 + #4 + #7 = Brunch

See I told you. It’s a little out of control.

Outfit Post: Bloggers Who Budget – Fall Trends

Weekends shouldn’t be for cleaning out your closet but lately I feel like I’ve spent some time editing and organizing every weekend. My main goal is to make getting ready easier but the other goal is to avoid (or minimize) the never-ending pile of clothes to put away after furiously trying 10 different things on every day.

Over my next few outfit posts (with one bright exception tomorrow), I’m going to do a “connect the dots” type series. Each post will connect to the previous one through one piece. I’m keeping it pretty basic and using the same items on repeat. Not quite a capsule collection but kinda. I’m thinking at the end, I’ll layout everything together so you can see it all at once. Most of my favorite outfits are the ones that involve mixing and matching from my old and new favorites so we’ll see what you all think. Also, if you’re in the Louisville area and need help cleaning out your closet – give a girl a shout. I may procrastinate cleaning out my own closet but I find an odd pleasure in helping others clean out theirs.

So to get things started it’s a big blue Monday. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, I gravitate towards all things blue. When I found these navy booties last fall it was like someone had finally answered my boot prayers (okay that’s a lot dramatic but you get it). Navy booties, yes please. With fall creeping up on us, I’ve moved my booties back to the front of my closet to get them ready for near constant wear. Since I couldn’t wait to wear them, I paired them with this bright blue mini (perfect for work and play) and lightweight plaid button down.

Since it’s a Bloggers Who Budget Monday and I know we’re all on a budget, both are under $75 (this shirt is an extra 30% off now too). They are the closet staples that I’ll be reaching for time and time again from now until winter. Think skirt with sweater and boots or with a tee and leather moto jacket; Button down with distressed denim and booties, or with navy pants and heels for work. I’m just getting started here…

Banana Republic Blue Mini skirtSharing My Sole | Lou What Wear | Let It Be Beautiful | Here&Now | Pearls & Twirls | Stylin in St. Louis | Living in Color Style | The Pumpkin Spot

Fall Outfit Inspiration * Sole Society Navy Romy BootsJ.Crew Summerweight Shirt in Navy (on sale now) |Banana Republic Winged Mini in Cobalt | Sole Society Romy Booties |Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote (snagged this basically brand new at the Shop My Closet sale a couple weeks ag0) |Karen Walker Sunglasses

Fall Outfits * J Crew PlaidRebecca Minkoff Medium MAB TotePhotos by Chelcey Tate

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