61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

The Bare Essentials

I am no minimalist. I love to be a bit extra & definitely think more is always more. But if I lost everything, or wanted to start my wardrobe from scratch, these 61 feminine essentials would create a complete wardrobe ready for every season. That’s right! This post includes clothes, outerwear, accessories, the whole nine yards! I guess you could say this would be my version of a super chic capsule wardrobe. Honestly, I truly believe every woman would benefit from having these items in their wardrobe. I’m not going to say you need them, because you don’t “need” any of them, but having this solid base will enable you to look chic & feminine with ease no matter what season you’re in.


61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Shoes

A woman’s outfit is never complete without a great pair of shoes. Here are my 7 essential pairs:

  1. Classic Ballet Flats
  2. Espadrilles
  3. Knee-High Boots
  4. Rain Boots
  5. “Chanel” Style Shoe With Capped Toe
  6. Embellished Heels
  7. Embroidered Flats
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Tops

It seems a bit crazy to only have 9 tops on this list, but these are truly my essentials. They have stood the test of time & are extremely versatile.

  1. Camel Turtleneck
  2. Striped Long Sleeve Top
  3. Crochet/Broderie White Top
  4. Floral Wrap Top
  5. White Sweater
  6. Classic Cable Knit Sweater (try navy)
  7. Embellished Knit
  8. Flowy Sleeveless Blouse
  9. Smock Top
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Bottoms

These pieces are just so classic. You won’t have to worry about them going out of style.

  1. Wide Leg Pants
  2. Cropped Skinny Jeans
  3. Fall Toned Mini Skirt
  4. Tulle Midi Skirt
  5. Feminine Shorts
  6. Suede/Leather Mini Skirt
  7. A-Line Midi Skirt (solid color)
  8. Tweed Mini Skirt
  9. One Matching Set
  10. Jumpsuit (one that can be dressed up or down)
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Dresses

This was the hardest category for me to narrow down! You’ll find easy day-time dresses as well as perfect occasion wear for any season.

  1. Little Navy Dress (LND)
  2. Wrap Dress
  3. Beachy Maxi Dress
  4. Floral/Striped Midi Dress
  5. Flirty Mini Dress
  6. Night Out Dress
  7. Long Sleeve Sweater Dress
  8. Velvet Mini Dress
  9. Red Dress
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Outerwear

Look chic year-round with these fab outerwear pieces I can’t live without.

  1. Trench Coat
  2. Denim Jacket
  3. Faux Fur Coat
  4. Long Wool Coat
  5. Cozy Pullover
  6. Light Button Front Cardigan
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Accessories

Accessories are so important. They put that final feminine touch to your everyday looks.

  1. Silk Scarf
  2. Classic Sunglasses
  3. Straw Hat
  4. Clear Umbrella
  5. Basket Bag
  6. Evening Clutch
  7. Leather Top Handle Bag
  8. Wide Woven Belt
  9. Seamless Nude Thong
  10. Classic Bikini
  11. Fun One Piece Swimsuit
  12. Colorful Blanket Scarf
  13. Faux Fur Scarf
  14. Beret
  15. Picnic Basket
61 Feminine Essentials For A Complete Wardrobe

Jewelry

Jewelry can sometimes revolve around current trends, but these pieces are timeless.

  1. Gold Studs
  2. Pearl Drops
  3. Floral Earrings
  4. Gold Chain Bracelet
  5. Neutral Evening Earrings

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How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made bad decisions while shopping. Whether it’s spending too much on something, or buying something we don’t need or really even like, we’ve all been there. In an effort to stop making bad shopping decisions, I’ve put some new rules into practice to help make me a smart(er) shopper. Smart shopping means having more money in your bank account & a clear & curated wardrobe making putting outfits together a breeze.


How To Be A Good Shopper

Outfit Details

Whimsical Buttercream Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Bow In Hair // Bag // Bracelet // Earrings


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

Before Spending Any Money…

First things first, before you go shopping, you first have to know what you actually have. I recommend going through your closet & taking a bit of inventory on the things you currently own. Having a good idea of what you already have will help you tremendously when trying to be a smarter shopper. This will help choose pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

Next is the fun part. It’s time to get inspired! I like to get my outfit inspiration from a few places: fashion blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, & my newest favorite, the LikeToKnow.it app, but you choose what inspires you the most. When you find an image or item that you like, save it, pin it, or screenshot it immediately to come back to when you’re about to shop.

Creating Wishlists

Finding images other places can be fun & inspiring, indeed, but let me tell you why using the LikeToKnow.it app might be the smartest decision when it comes to shopping. On this free app, you can follow fashion bloggers & influencers & see the exact items you’re inspired by right then & there. Not only can you see how much things cost, but you can also save items you love to wishlists within the app to come back to later! I’ve spent many hours doing this recently, because so many bloggers have been sharing amazing affordable options. You can also find all of my looks & exclusive content by following me (felixandflora) in the app.

You’re almost ready to go shopping! All you need to do now is make a list of items your wardrobe needs. Maybe that’s a classic trench coat, a LND, a pair of denim culottes, espadrilles, or some new accessories. Create your list of items & be specific. Think about the colors you want to look for that will go well with other items in your wardrobe. Knowing these specific details will make you a much smarter shopper. Now let’s go!


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

We’re Finally Shopping! Now What?

When you’re out shopping or even shopping online, & you find a piece you’re considering buying, it’s time for the interrogation process. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is this the right color for my wardrobe? Will it flatter my body? & most importantly: Does this go with at least 2-3 other pieces in my wardrobe? If you can only think of one way to wear it with your current wardrobe, ditch it. You need versatile pieces that will ensure you’re making a smart decision by choosing to invest your money in them. If the pieces pass the interrogation, yippee! You’ve just added another lovely item into your wardrobe!

Immediately upon arriving home or receiving your items in the mail, TRY THEM ON! Not just alone, try them on with different pieces in your wardrobe & accessories. If you can’t make at least 2-3 different looks with them, send them back! Never be afraid to return items. In fact, the smartest shoppers return things frequently, because they only want to keep items in their wardrobes that bring them joy, inspiration, & versatility.


How To Be A Good Shopper


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Beauty Room Tour!

Beauty Room Tour!

Beauty Room Tour!
Beauty Room Tour!
Beauty Room Tour!

Taking The Next Step

I knew I needed to take the next step in my blogging & content creating, but I couldn’t figure out exactly what that looked like. My husband must have been reading my mind when he suggested that I take over our office in order to create more possibilities for my business. He is the biggest supporter of my dreams. I am one lucky lady! After that conversation, I spent the next few weeks dreaming up what is now my beauty room! This space has already been so great for my blog & my creativity. I can’t wait to see all the possibilities that arise because of this dreamy space.


Beauty Room Tour!
Beauty Room Tour!
Beauty Room Tour!
Beauty Room Tour!

My Secret Garden

Seeing as though my brand’s name is Felix & Flora, I wanted this room to feel like a garden. My own secret garden. I do have some real plants, like the ones hanging in these gorgeous pots we got from our wedding registry, but I also added some faux garlands for more texture. The wisteria that frames the window reminds me of my trip to Charleston which gave me so much inspiration for this room. Another huge source of inspiration for me was my trip to Italy. I loved seeing how flowers, vines, & greenery dressed every nook & cranny. Therefore, I mixed a greenery garland with a white dogwood bloom garland to dress my wardrobe. I love how dreamy these garlands make the entire room feel. It’s amazing how being surrounded by flowers brings me so much joy.

Statement Pieces

The two biggest purchases necessary to complete my beauty room were my large mirror & my wooden wardrobe. I researched these pieces for quite some time searching for the best deals. My mirror was a must-have item so that I could share more try-ons & ootd pics more regularly. I found some really great offers on Wayfair & ended up purchasing mine during their semi-annual sale which saved me quite a bit of money. This wardrobe was perfect for my beauty room not only because of it’s amazing price, but for how sturdy it is. I love that it’s made of wood rather than metal giving it a more cozy vibe. The shelves on the side are great for extra storage as well as displaying some of my favorite accessories.

Other great pieces I’ve added to this room are my sheer curtains. They still let a lot of natural light in which I love & tie up in a bow for a romantic & feminine touch. My white floating shelf is now home to some of my daily beauty products, but it’s also great for shooting shelfies. I added some new art to the room like this whimsical blue & white piece that is currently on sale! Finding creative ways to hang & display things added my own personal touch on this room. It’s so me & I love love love it!

Room To Grow

This room is “finished” for now, but I already have ideas for the future! I want to paint the long wooden cubes white & cover the top with a really lovely botanical print like this one. Also, I want to add more plants to the room. There can never be enough! I’m really picky about rugs, but when I find the right one, I think a nice rug with navy accents in it & an emerald green pouf chair would go perfectly in my secret garden in the future.


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Adding A New Color To My Wardrobe

Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe

Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe

Yellow

I keep catching myself being drawn to the color yellow. Maybe it’s my subconscious wishing for more sunshine & warmth? Or maybe it has something to do with my lemon obsession I’ve had ever since our Italian honeymoon last summer (see here: 1/2/3). Either way, this color is giving me life at the moment. I’m slowly finding ways to naturally incorporate this color into my wardrobe.

What a fun & vibrant color yellow is! It has the power & ability to absolutely cheer up any outfit. That in itself is one huge reason adding more yellow into your wardrobe this year will be a decision I will not regret.


Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe
Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe

Ease Your Way In

A great way to slowly starting adding a new color into your wardrobe is to incorporate it in with the colors you already own. I already wear a lot of pink, burgundy, & dark green, so the yellow worked into this striped dress makes wearing this bright yellow feel a little less intimidating & a little more me. Finding an item like this dress is a great way to introduce a new color to your wardrobe.

My Look

It has been just cold, cold, cold here in Richmond. So while I can’t wait to wear this dress alone or with sandals once the weather starts to warm up a bit, I added a few extra layers to make this dress wearable in the current climate. I love the way brown & yellow pairs together. Black & yellow just seems a bit too harsh for me, at least right now. Brown & yellow feels warm, fresh, & soft. A very casual & wearable color combination.

This long, feminine wrap style dress in contrast with the brown leather jacket is such a lovely pairing. I wore this look with my favorite tall brown boots that I literally wear all year long. This cheerful ensemble just begged for a fresh face. I kept my makeup simple with some bronzer & a fresh nude lip for a warm & summery feel. To add to that vibe, I even wore my cute starfish studs that remind me of the movie, Aquamarine (if only they complimented me! haha). Seeing the completed look against this dark green wall is giving me mega inspiration to do a two color look with green & yellow! Should I give it a try?


Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe
Adding A Cheerful Color To My Wardrobe

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Wishing For Spring

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Wishing For Spring

Top (sold out- similar here, affordable option here) / Skirt ($13!!) / Shoes ($15!!) / Bag (old, similar here, affordable option here) / Lipstick (shade 02)

Hello Everyone!

The weather is slowing starting to warm up here in Richmond, & florals seem to be the only things I am in the mood to wear. I put this outfit together, & fell in love with it’s effortless, feminine look. The bow details, pops of floral, & the overall silhouette of this look give me the feeling of springs mornings in a coffee shop.

Looking forward & wishing for spring, pops of florals are a must in my wardrobe. Whether it’s a fun top like this one, a floral dress, or a hint of florals on my shoes or handbag, having fun & feminine pieces in my wardrobe make a big impact when putting together spring outfits.

Florals become an easy addition to your wardrobe when you have the right neutrals to pair them with. A neutral, everyday skirt (not an evening skirt), is a key item you will want to have this spring. Also, adding a navy cropped blazer to your wardrobe like this very affordable one (seen here), can really help bring a whole outfit together. It can easily be thrown over almost any floral top or dress & adds a bit of structure to a flowy, floral look.

Wishing For Spring

Wishing For Spring

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Are you a fellow floral lover wishing for spring? How are your favorite ways to incorporate florals into your wardrobe? xx

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Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

Hello Everyone!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is wearing holiday pajama sets. Every year, my siblings & I get to open one present on Christmas Eve from my grandma, & it’s always a fun & festive pajama set. It’s a sweet tradition that I look forward to every year. This year though, I just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve! Blogmas is here & it’s putting me in quite the Christmas spirit, so I went ahead & purchased 2 new sets for the holiday season.

Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

The 2 sets I ended up purchasing are both from Target. My first pair is a classic red Christmas plaid with a lovely black edging detail. One thing I love about this set is that I can actually sleep in it! I tend to overheat at night if I have long sleeves & pants on, but this are just light enough, that I sleep through the night with easy. Don’t get turned off by how light they are though. They are perfect to lounge in, and are cozy to cuddle in. These are my idillic holiday pajamas, & the best part about them is they are on sale for $15 total! Jump on this deal!

Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

My second pair is more of a long johns style (do you say long johns or thermal underwear?). I love how it has a classic white background with whimsical poinsettias & holly layered top. This set is oh so cozy while still being clean, bright, & festive. My favorite way to lounge in these pajamas is with my favorite red plaid fuzzy robe & my Boden blue bow slippers (similar here). These items are so affordable with the holiday pajama set being under $20 & the robe being under $35!

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Do you love holiday pajama sets as much as I do? Will any of these be making their way into your collection? xx

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