How I Started My Wardrobe From Scratch


After years of a self-imposed ban on shopping—part of which was spent in Bali and the bulk of which was spent in my pajamas as a freelancer—I decided I could no longer respectably get by on ragtag items I’d purchased as far back as 2007. So, I decide to purge it all and start from scratch, and enlisted the help of my fellow TZR editors in doing so. Here, the six essential—and affordable—pieces they think will form a strong foundation for my new, 2016-appropriate wardrobe.

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How I Started My Wardrobe From Scratch

Drape Shift Dress



"I think you should buy a versatile dress that can be styled in multiple ways for work, nights out with friends, daytime and so on. It should be simple, but still have a fashion-forward flair like this asymmetrical hem drape dress."

Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor

Karolina High-Rise Skinny Jean


"Investing in a pair of high-waisted jeans is worth every penny. You can dress them up for the office with heels and a blouse, or wear them with your favorite shredded t-shirt on the weekend. In the end, if you have cool jeans that fit perfect—you've got the cornerstone of a great wardrobe."

Shannon Nash, Jewelry & Accessories Editor

Office Onto Suede Courts



"Every woman should own a flattering black suede pump to pair with everything from a cocktail dress to vintage denim."

—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director

Raglan Cotton Jumper



"A lightweight, wear-with-anything sweater in a neutral color is an essential layering piece you’ll wear year-round." —Kristi Mikesky, Features Editor

‘Sandria’ Peep Toe Ghillie Sandal


Vince Camuto

"A pair of nude sandals are great to have. This can also be styled from day to night and add height and a feminine vibe to any outfit. Plus, they elongate your legs and are perfect for summer!"

Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor

Tall Regent Blazer


J. Crew

"A versatile blazer will smarten up your office attire and add polish to jeans and a white tee on the weekend or when traveling."

—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director