Wardrobe essentials

My 10 Wardrobe Essentials 


Having basic staple pieces in your wardrobe is essential! For me, it means eliminating that dreaded feeling in the morning of having nothing to wear! So, essential “GO TO” pieces are key! There are 10 items in my wardrobe, I will never ever be without!

1- My Biker Jacket – I got mine in Zara about 2 years ago, and I live in it! It just goes with everything!! So when I’m in a dilemma about what to wear, it’s always my leather jacket and jeans! Mine is black but there are lovely tan & grey coloured ones out at the moment. I love the traditional biker style but there are beautiful Centre zip round neck ones too. Here are my favourites in the shops right now!

Biker Jacket – H&M – €44.99

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Zara – Biker Jacket €25.99

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Tan Biker Jacket – M&S – €77

2- My Skinny High-waisted Tiffosi Jeans – Everyone loves their jeans and they are so easy to dress up and down. I am a pear body shape, so I always wear a dark indigo or black. My favourite brand of all are Tiffosi high waisted body shape. They don’t loose their shape and no reefing up needed! I would also recommend Salsa jeans and New Look high waisted. Both good fits and hold there shape well.

3- My Blazer – Your always dressed well when you are wearing a blazer! An easy go to piece that always looks polished and chic! Even if you are only wearing jeans and a vest top, if you throw your blazer on, straight away you have a completed look that never goes out of fashion and ALWAYS looks stylish! I have about 4 blazers that are years old but I live in them! I travel in them, I go out on nights out in them, I even work in them! Know your best base colours, and invest in blazers in these colours and straight away, you have a new best friend! Here are my favourites available in stores now:

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Camel Colour Blazer – River Island – €75 (Also available in many other colours)


Grey Blazer – H&M – €29.99 (Also available in many other colours)


Blush Colour Blazer – H&M – €29.99 (Also available in many other colours)

4- Scarfs – So, if I’m in my leggings, t-shirt and feel like crap! Throw on a scarf and you have transformed your look completely in 2.3 seconds! No effort, no hassle and no major expense! A scarf can completely transform the worst outfit, to something beautiful! Making you feel human again!! Know what colours are good on you, invest in different varieties of scarfs in these colours and the outfit possibilities are endless! Immediately brightening your complexion and making you feel great! Here’s my favourites in stores right now:

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Red Frill Scarf – Zara – €19.95


Blush scarf – Stradivarius -€15.99 (Also available in camel colour)


Mustard Scarf – Zara – €12.95 (Also available in many other colours)

5- My Denim Shirt– I adore my denim shirt! I dress mine up and down! I wear it with my leggings and New Balance runners for a cool relaxed look or I dress it up with black jeans, cami top, white blazer and statement necklace! A great spring/summer look! Denim shirts are everywhere at the moment! Mine is from H&M and is about 3 years old! It’s a soft denim which I love! The best places to buy soft denim shirts are H&M, Vila, Penneys and Twenty 1! Here are some ideas how to wear your denim shirt:

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Denim Shirt

6- My A-Line Black Midi Skirt – A-line skirts in general are fantastic on most body shapes! I’m a pear so it is a must have in my wardrobe! For years I searched for a good A-line skirt and eventually found it in Kildare Village. Mine is a Diane Von Frustanberg! It’s an investment piece but there are plenty of pocket friendly options out there at the moment! Mine is midi length which is multi seasonal! Opaque tight and ankle boots in winter, bare legs and strappy heels in summer! Here are some a-line skirts available in store at the moment:

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A-line Skirt – Diane Von Furstenburg – Kildare Village – €110

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A-line skirt – Zara – €29.99

A-line wrap skirt – Warehouse – €51

7- My long line vest tops – You have probably all noticed that I wear a long line black t-shirt whenever I wear jeans. This is something I have done for years! As I have mentioned before, I am typical pear shape, so I am very conscious about my hips and thighs, so I always wear a longer t-shirt to conceal that area! I always feel much more confident knowing my bum is covered. I will never ever be without these vest tops. My favourite are my Diffusion ones from Secret Closet. They are the most incredible stretch fabric and are the perfect length! I also would recommend the Dunne’s Stores brand, River Island and H&M!

8- My Shirt Dress – I am obsessed with Shirt dresses and my favourite is a black one from Penneys that I bought about a year ago! It always ends up in the suitcase if we are going anywhere! So so easy to dress up and down! My favourite wardrobe staple of all time! Here are some of my favourites in stores right now:

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Shirt Dress – Oasis – €60 (Also available in black)

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Shirt Dress – Warehouse – €46

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Denim Shirt Dress – M&S  – €54

9- My New Balance Runners – lets face it, we can’t go around in high heels every day! Although I’m guilty of wearing mine too often, the knees are already starting to give trouble 😂! I’m not a hugh sports wear fan but I do adore my New Balance Runners! I wear them with leggings but also with turned up blue jeans and chunky knits for a smart casual look! If your are going to invest in a pair, my advice would be to go up half a size! They are very narrow fitting: Here are some cool inspiration looks:

10- My LBD – We all need a LBD! And it doesn’t have to be black! It can be navy or even charcoal grey! But something that we can always rely on! Knowing your body shape and having a LBD that suits your shape will be your best friend, that will never let you down! I got mine 2 years ago from Buy Design! And it’s honestly the best dress I’ve ever bought! When you have an old reliable dress like that, all you need to do is add a different statement necklace each time for a completely different look! Accessorising is key here! Change up the shoes and bag and VOILA!
Here is a little chart to help with body shape dress choices:

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So that it! These are my 10 wardrobe essentials that I will never be without, because by having each of these items in my wardrobe means, I always have something to wear! It’s just makes my mornings easier knowing I don’t have to stress about my outfit!! And that’s what it’s all about, making life a little easier! Especially when it comes to our wardrobe!

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