How I Started My Wardrobe From Scratch

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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

$78

Topshop

"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

$248

"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

$78

Selfridges

"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

$49

COS

"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

$129

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

$198

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